LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) -- A state lawmaker who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee is embroiled in a lawsuit over $50,000 she and her husband gave to the publisher of a newspaper in her district.
Both the Chattanooga Times Free Press and the Tennessean are reporting that Sen. Mae Beavers, a Republican who represents Mt. Juliet, and her husband have sued the publisher of the Macon County Chronicle demanding $50,000 plus interest on a loan. The publisher, in court documents filed in Wilson County, contends the money was part of an investment and not a loan.
Former state Rep. Susan Lynn, who lost to Beavers in the 2010 Republican primary, is claiming the newspaper began writing stories and editorials critical of her around the time of the $50,000 transaction.