NASHVILLE — Don’t waste your time and energy fretting over whether to retain three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in an Aug. 7 election, said Tennessee political legend John Jay Hooker.

“All of that is just a political ploy,” Hooker, 84, told Tennessee Watchdog this week.

Hidden beneath the superficial layers of this retention election, Hooker told Tennessee Watchdog, is a much deeper, more troubling concern, one voters are scheduled to have a say on later this year.