One big-name state official won't be vying for the vacant seat on the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Attorney General Herbert Slatery said Tuesday that he appreciates speculation that he might apply for the position but won't be doing so.
"There has been a fair amount of speculation not only about possible candidates, but also about how confirmation will work," Slatery said in a prepared statement. "While my name has been mentioned in some of the conversations, a compliment that I really appreciate, I want to clarify that I do not intend to submit an application for the position.
Before becoming the state's top lawyer, Slatery was an adviser to Gov. Bill Haslam and seen by many as having an inside track to join the five-person court. But Slatery noted that he's been in his current position less than a year and said he didn't want to disappoint those who had quit other jobs to join his staff.
The vacancy on the state Supreme Court was created last week, when Justice Gary Wade retired after nine years.