The Bluefield paper reports here that Senator Puckett, in his review of the upcoming legislative session, expects to see the final approval of a fourth judgeship for the 29th circuit:
"The new judgeship is funded, and could begin as soon as March 1," Puckett said. "However, I understand the process will be sometime in the latter part of the session. I'm very supportive of an individual from Tazewell County being named to the judgeship. There is no reason why you shouldn't have one in Tazewell, and it is the only county of the four counties in the 29th judicial district that doesn't have it's on sitting judge."