Stephen Bates is used to working while working out.
For the last 29 years, he spent hours on his exercise bike with a circuit court case from Grant, Owen or Carroll counties in his hand.
Bates, of Dry Ridge, was the longest sitting circuit judge in Kentucky. Last year, he opted not to seek another term.
As of Jan. 5, he found himself with a lot more time on his hands. But the law and seeing justice served is close to his heart, so he plans to work as a consultant in his son, Stephen Bates II’s law firm and to work as a mediator.