Hospitalized judge to be back

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One medical problem led to another for top court official

By Damon Lawrence

Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Dennis Humphrey was in good spirits Tuesday, despite being in the hospital.
“My legs are horribly swollen, and I can’t even walk,” said Humphrey. “But I’m on blood thinners, and I’m keeping my legs elevated.”
Humphrey was diagnosed with substantial blood clots.
 “I’m expected to fully recover,” he said.
Humphrey said it was a kidney problem that originally landed him in the hospital.
He developed the clots after he was released. He had to be readmitted.
“I hope to be back (at work) next week,” he said. “That might be wishful thinking, because like I said, they released me, and then I had to go back with blood clots.”
He made arrangements to keep court operations from backing up too badly.
Humphrey said Fentress County General Sessions Court Judge Todd Burnett filled in for him on Monday.
“When I knew I had to do this I made arrangements for our really bad criminal court dates to have other judges come in from other counties,” he said.
Humphrey said he’s been on the other side before, and has filled in for judges in Cocke, Blount, Sevier, Cumberland, Anderson and Morgan counties.
“We sub for each other when there’s emergencies like this,” he said.