Thursday, June 28, 2007

More info on Sevierille investigation

Reporter Greg Johnson is doing a great job investigating the City of Sevierville and the lobbyist hired with taxpayer money. It is clear from Johnson's investigation that the lobbyist, in effect, became another branch of government, unaccountable to the citizens.


Though Sevierville city officials deny any knowledge of or involvement in a bill that would have allowed liquor by the drink in Sevierville's Tourism Development Zone, at least some city officials knew about it as early as January. Though city officials expressed surprise that a last-days amendment on behalf of Sevierville was presented by Rep. Ulysses Jones, D-Memphis, to allow liquor in the city without a referendum, Sevierville's city administrator knew that was the plan before the Legislature convened.