Mayor: Possible Sunshine Law Violation in Sweetwater

SWEETWATER, Tenn. (AP) -- Four Sweetwater commissioners signed a letter agreeing not to support utility financing for a development but the mayor wants to know how they never publicly discussed the issue without violating Tennessee's open meetings law.

Mayor Jim Stutts said he can't figure out "how four people can get together without having (discussed) it at some point."

The law bars two or more members of a public body from meeting privately to discuss public business.

About 50 residents packed the Sweetwater commission room Monday night. Jeff Darragh is developing a multimillion-dollar commercial and residential project on 466 acres at an intersection of Interstate 75.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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