published Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Larry Roddy enters Rhea County judge race

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    Larry Roddy of Rhea County is announcing his candidacy for General Sessions judge in the May 2014 primary election.
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Dayton, Tenn., attorney Larry Roddy said he will seek election as Rhea County General Sessions/Family Court judge in the August 2014 county elections.

Roddy, 63, a Soddy-Daisy native with a practice in Dayton, is the third candidate to announce for the race. Incumbent Judge James McKenzie has said he will not seek re-election.

He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee and a law degree from the University of Memphis. He practiced in Chattanooga with former state Sen. William H. Ortwein from 1978 until 2002, when he moved his practice to Dayton.

Roddy is licensed to practice in all Tennessee courts and has practiced in U.S. District Courts in Chattanooga, Atlanta and Birmingham and the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

A U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, Roddy is also licensed and has appeared before the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati. Roddy also served active duty in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.

He and his wife have six children, and he is a member of the Sale Creek Church of God.

Roddy is running as an independent in the Aug. 7 county general election. He faces local attorneys Carol Ann Barron, a Republican, and Democrat Shannon Garrison in the race.

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