Knox Commissioners React To Open Records Lawsuit Ruling

By: Mike McCarthy
By: Mike McCarthy

Knoxville (WVLT) The verdict has some Knox County Commissioners accepting it, others still denying they did anything wrong.

Volunteer TV's Mike McCarthy spoke with them just after the verdict was read.

Some commissioners says the verdict came as no surprise.

And today was the time to say two words: I'm sorry.

But the commissioner that's not saying much at all is the man that was at the center of much of the testimony.

Chairman Scott Moore 's not issuing any comment.

And he hung up the phone on us during an interview.

Commissioner Greg "Lumpy" Lambert took the stand during the trial about his phone conversations with other commissioners.

He says the commission could re-gain the public's trust by holding more public meetings.

He suggests holding a meeting every week.

He says that would make the commission more transparent and give you more time to join conservations.

"There was never anything inappropriate about my conversations on the telephone or otherwise, but the public wants to be more involved in that. I think to accommodate that we need to add some more meetings."

Commissioner R. Larry Smith says the verdict's divided the commission.

"I just rode down the elevator with a commissioner that was telling me, he was denying stuff. And I was like, you must be on mars. A lot of them are in denial."

Commissioners now say the focus should move to proving the public can trust the commission again.


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  • by ann dingus Location: knoxville on Oct 2, 2007 at 11:22 PM
    IT IS A VICTORY FOR KNOX COUNTY IT IS ALSO A SAD DAY THEY TALKED ABOUT BLACK TUESDAY ETC. I AM TALKING ABOUT BLACK TUESDAY WITH A RAY OF SUNSHINE HELP IS ON THE WAY, WE WERE BLESSED TO HAVE LEADERS AND LAWYERS WITH COURAGE, I ASKED THIS QUESTION 4 YEARS AGO WHY THEY WERE NOT TERM LIMIT I WAS TOLD BECAUSE THEY WERE UNDER ANOTHER GOVERNMENT. I COULD NOT SEE THAT IF RICHARD BEELER WAS TERM LIMITED AND THE MAYOR WAS TERM LIMITED WHAT IN THE WORLD EXCLUSED KNOX COUNTY. ANOTHER ? IF THEY WERE UNDER THE TERM LIMITED THEN THE PEOPLE WHO RAN FOR THEIR SEATS RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED BECAUSE THEY KNEW THAT THEY WERE TERM LIMIT AND RAN ANY WAY.

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