LaPorte takes over as Clerk and Master for Chancery Court

Published 4:22 pm Thursday, July 9, 2020

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Meet Andrew “Drew” LaPorte, the new Clerk and Master of Carter County Chancery Court.
LaPorte was sworn in by Chancellor John Rambo and was attended by his wife and infant son on June 29.
“It went well,” he said. “I think it went very well. I think there were a lot of good people and it was a very good send-off for Melissa [Moreland] too.”
The Clerk and Master is responsible for all Chancery Court records.
These are listed on the Carter County website as follows: divorces, receipting child support and alimony payments, delinquent property taxes, trust account for minors, adoptions, conservatorships, guardianships, land disputes, and workers’ compensation and lawsuits – non-jury and jury trials.
“The Clerk and Master also serves as Clerk of the Probate Court and for the administration of Wills and Estates,” the website details. “The Clerk and Master handles the paperwork and collection of fees associated with Chancery and Probate Courts.”
The Elizabethton High School and University of Tennessee alumni explained that working in law runs in the family.
“My dad was a lawyer,” he explained. “He and his law partner, especially his partner, talked to me and kind of got me interested in it.”
LaPorte said his favorite part of the job is the people he works with.
“There are a lot of good people working here, and I’m just glad to serve the county,” he said.
He went on to elaborate about what people can expect from him in his new position.
“I’m a hard worker, I feel like I’m honest and I feel like I’ll do the best job I can as long as I’m here,” he said. “I’m honored to be here and be able to serve the community.”
In addition to his work and family, LaPorte described what he enjoys doing in his free time.
He said he enjoys playing soccer and golf and going to the lake.
LaPorte gave a special thank you to Moreland for helping him the last few months in preparing him for the job.
“I hope I can keep up the excellent standard she has set,” he said.

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