Jimmy Turner


Gov. Bill Lee last week appointed Murfreesboro attorney James A. “Jimmy” Turner to serve as a 16th Judicial District Circuit Court judge.

He will succeed retiring Judge David Bragg effective immediately, Lee’s office said.

Turner is a criminal defense attorney and partner at Oliver & Turner PLLC on the downtown square in Murfreesboro.

Turner told the Murfreesboro Post that, “It is deeply humbling to have the confidence of Governor Bill Lee and his General Counsel Lang Wiseman in being appointed as Circuit Court Judge for the 16th Judicial District. The responsibility of this position provides an incredible opportunity to serve Rutherford and Cannon counties. I am thankful for the countless individuals that have encouraged me, mentored me, taught me, lifted me up, prayed for me and lobbied on my behalf. I truly stand on the shoulders of giants.”

Turner, a Memphis native, said he graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace administration. He graduated from the Nashville School of Law in 2011.

Since April 2019, he has also served as the city attorney for Eagleville. He served on the Rutherford County Election Commission in 2018 and 2020. He lives in Lascassas with his wife, Erin, and their two sons, Hudson and Harrison.

Bragg’s retirement was effective Jan. 1. A lifelong Murfreesboro resident, Bragg won his seat on the bench in 2008 following the retirement of Judge James Clayton, the Tennessee State Courts System said in a statement.