BY SARAH PROFFITT
THE ROGERSVILLE REVIEW
ROGERSVILLE -- The Hawkins County Justice Center Circuit Courtroom was deemed the "Honorable Kindall T. Lawson Circuit Courtroom" after a well-attended dedication ceremony held May 24 honoring Lawson, who will retire June 1 after 37 years on the bench, including 17 years as circuit judge.
The event was held in the circuit courtroom and emceed by fellow Third Judicial District Circuit Court Judge Tom Wright.
Public officials and law enforcement officers from Greene, Hamblen, Hancock, and Hawkins counties attended the event.
Lawson has served as circuit court judge in the Third Judicial District since 1996.
The program included speeches by Lawson's friends and colleagues, the presentation of a portrait by Lawson's artist brother, Michael Lawson, to be hung in the Justice Center; and a plaque of appreciation by the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office, presented by Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson.
The sheriff closed the ceremony by surprising the judge with a plaque to dedicate the circuit courtroom as the "Kindall T. Lawson Circuit Courtroom."
The event was planned by Lawson's administrative assistant, Shelia Myers.
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