Sunday, January 27, 2008

Open Meetings Law violation avoided..this time

The word seems to be spreading in Rutherford County and elsewhere in TN. Public business should be conducted in PUBLIC, a novel concept but one that seems to be catching on, thank you to these Rutherford County Commissioners.


Commissioners Will Jordan, Joe Frank Jernigan, Jack Black and Bob Bullen had been invited. Jernigan and Bullen both said in advance that they wouldn't attend because of schedule conflicts. After learning that other commissioners might be there, Black had said he probably wouldn't attend.

Tennessee's open meetings law requires public notice and access to any meetings where two or more elected government officials deliberate on issues that will come before them in their official capacity.

Jordan said he didn't want the perception that behind-the-scenes deals were happening on such a controversial issue. "I just decided the best thing for me to do was leave that alone," Jordan said.