The moderator for the Marshall County Tribune's election debate has changed.
Long time banker and local public figure as a master of ceremonies and civic leader Barry White, senior trust officer for First Farmers Bank, has succeeded Bob Binkley as moderator for the newspaper-sponsored election debate that's to include candidates for sheriff and county mayor.
Binkley is a long-time attorney here who's served as sessions court judge and, among other accomplishments, he's argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court and, as a state official, he helped create the fiscal note, a document used by state lawmakers to know what their new laws will cost. Binkley withdrew Wednesday, citing differences with an opinion column published here one week ago.
White has served as an assistant district attorney in Marshall County, a position that affords such officials with important experience with sheriffs and the criminal justice system.
The debate is scheduled for the Friday evening of July 9 in the Marshall County Community Theatre. That venue to be rented by the newspaper was selected for its superior sound system, acoustics, lighting, and location on the Lewisburg public square in a commercial district.
Admission will be free, however there is a sign-up sheet at the front desk of the newspaper office so that people preferring better seats may have a reserved place in the theatre.