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Local officials oppose idea
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A proposal in the Tennessee Senate to redistrict the state’s 31 judicial districts is drawing fierce opposition from local District Attorney Lisa Zavogiannis and Judge Bart Stanley.Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey has announced he wants the Senate Judiciary Committee to examine judicial districting and ways the legal system can operate more efficiently and effectively. He notes the last judicial redistricting occurred nearly 30 years ago in 1984.“I think this will give us an opportunity to figure out how to take that same money, reallocate it and make it work much more efficiently,” said Ramsey.Warren County is currently in the 31st Judicial District, which includes all of Warren and Van Buren counties. Zavogiannis said it is one of the smaller districts in the state, but stressed her staff is also small with only four assistant district attorneys.“For the people of this community, I hope it doesn’t happen,” said Zavogiannis.