DCS to appeal ruling on records, wants more money

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The state Department of Children's Services will appeal a Nashville judge's ruling ordering the agency to release records at 50-cents per page.

A group of media organizations including The Tennessean and The Associated Press is suing the agency for the records of children DCS was supposed to be helping who later died or nearly died.

DCS originally said it would cost the media more than $55,000 for about 200 records.

Last month, Chancellor Carol McCoy ordered the expedited release of 50 records. She said the agency cannot charge for redacting personal information from the records.

The Tennessean reports DCS on Friday said it will appeal. The agency wants to charge almost $9,000 for 42 records. DCS says it is unable to provide records for the other eight children.


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