Chief Derr retiring from Savannah Police Department

March 14– On the force for 35 years, Savannah Police Chief Donald Derr today announced his retirement.

“I’m looking forward to it. It’s been an incredible career. I don’t have any regrets,” he said.

Veteran police Capt. Terry Hosea has been named interim chief to replace Derr, who has served as chief since 2001. 


Audit Committee

PUBLIC NOTICE: The Hardin County Audit Committee will hold a planning session at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11 at the county courthouse.

Governor appoints Savannah attorney McGee chancellor

March 7– Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday appointed Carma Dennis McGee of Savannah as chancellor in the 24th Judicial District.

She replaces Chancellor Ron E. Harmon, who died September 14, 2013.

McGee will serve immediately upon her appointment and be up for election this August. The 24th Judicial District serves Hardin, Decatur, Henry, Carroll and Benton counties.

“The people of the 24th District will benefit from Carma’s vast experience,” Haslam said. “We are fortunate to have her on the bench, and I appreciate her serving in this capacity.” 

McGee, 43, has been a trainer in the area of juvenile law for the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts since 2006 and has had a private practice at the law office of McGee & Dennis in Savannah since 2001.  Her practice at McGee & Dennis has involved an emphasis on property, real estate, estate planning, probate and domestic cases.

McGee was a city judge in Savannah from 2004-2005. She previously was at the law office of Carma Dennis McGee from 2000-2001 in Savannah, after working at the law office of J. Gilbert Parrish Jr., also in Savannah, from 1999-2000.

“I would like to thank Governor Haslam for this appointment,” McGee said. “I look forward to serving the people of the 24th Judicial District as their chancellor.”


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