Tag Archives: East Tennessee

Sullivan Co. mayor releases applicants’ names, pays paper’s legal bills; paper drops open records lawsuit

The Kingsport Times-News has dropped its lawsuit against Sullivan County Mayor Steve Godsey after Godsey released the names of the applicants for head of the county’s EMS service and paid the newspaper’s legal fees, the newspaper reports.


DA says he won’t release autopsy report on slain Monroe Co. election commissioner

From the AP, via MyFoxHouston:

On Friday, District Attorney General Steve Bebb sent a press release saying he had obtained a copy of the full autopsy that afternoon. But he declined to release it right away.

“Due to the nature of the investigation there are facts that cannot and should not be released at this time,” he wrote. “It would be unfortunate if an investigation into the death of a citizen was compromised by the untimely release of information.”

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TCOG weighs in on Monroe Co. autopsy report left in limbo

TCOG Executive Director Frank Gibson was quoted by the Knoxville News-Sentinel on the repeated delays in granting access to the autopsy report in a high-profile homicide investigation — that of Monroe County Election Commission Chairman Jim Miller:

“And there is a deadline of seven days to respond,” said Frank Gibson, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government. “That deadline was put in there to stop such shenanigans as (simply ignoring a request).”