Friday, August 21, 2009

Selective Sunshine

In my Examiner column for today, I examine the cloud of secrecy surrounding the proposed inter-modal project in Jefferson County, and that secrecy's likely violation of Tennessee law:

Opponents' biggest concern is the fact that Jefferson County Mayor Alan Palmieri has admitted that he signed a confidentiality agreement with Norfolk Southern so that he could learn more about the railroad's plans for the inter-modal project.

Despite the fact that the Knoxville News-Sentinel admits that the secret dealings surrounding this project are disturbing, note that there is no move on the part of the newspaper to sue to force the government of Jefferson County to comply with the law.

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At Saturday, August 22, 2009 5:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree! Keep hammerin' away at this! Government officials should never be allowed to act without being accountable to their constituents. Secrecy is a blight on government.


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