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Montgomery Co. judge dies from COVID-19

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Posted at 4:20 PM, Nov 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-26 17:20:28-05

MONTGOMERY CO., Tenn. (WTVF) — Montgomery County Judge Ray Grimes has passed away, after battling the coronavirus.

According to a state courts release, Judge Grimes had been hospitalized for COVID-19 for several days.

He practiced law in Clarksville and served as a Montgomery County Commissioner before his election to the bench in 1998. He also served on the Montgomery County Drug Court since its inception in 2005.

Grimes received the McCain-Abernathy Memorial Award from the Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in 2011, designated for outstanding service to improving juvenile justice.

He was 73 years old.

Multiple officials have expressed condolences, including Congressman Mark Green, who represents Grimes' district, and Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sharon Lee.