Pamela Casey is sworn in as district attorney for the 41st Judicial Circuit by Circuit Judge Steven King at an elaborate ceremony last Sunday, as her mother Donna assists. Casey is the youngest woman elected district attorney in the state’s history. A standing-room only crowd of nearly 300 observed the ceremony featuring girl and boy scouts, Casey’s former high school civics teacher, grateful crime victim survivors, Casey’s former colleagues, and her present staff. She will serve a six-year term.
Loyd Arrington (left), is sworn to his first elected term as sheriff of Blount County by Probate Judge David Standridge, as Arrington’s wife Norma holds the Bible and beams her approval. Arrington was appointed by the governor two years ago to fill the unexpired term of former Sheriff Danny Morton. He was elected easily in his own right last November. Minutes after this photo was taken, some 30 deputies attending the crowded event were themselves sworn in a mass ceremony.