Bristol newspaper gets lottery data in Virginia, but same records are secret in Tennessee

The Bristol Herald Courier reported in a Sunday story a geographical sales analysis of lottery data. But it could only tell half the story. Why? While it could report data Continue Reading

Performance evaluation of UT-M chancellor off limits to public under new law

The Jackson Sun hit a public records roadblock in its ongoing probe into the accreditation problems at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Here’s the short story: Tom Rakes resigned Continue Reading

15 decisions on public records by the Tennessee Legislature in 2016

This year, Tennessee lawmakers punted on public records bills that could have created new access rights to see police body camera video and files of finished investigations into officer-involved shootings. Continue Reading

Bill clarifies Comptroller exemption for confidential audit work

An existing exemption that makes confidential audit work in the Comptroller’s Office is being expanded to also include records from surveys, but won’t include surveys done by the Office of Open Continue Reading

Vendor confidentiality bill moves out of key House committee

A Haslam administration bill that would make confidential the names of vendors who provide goods and services “used to protect government property, government employee information, or citizen information” passed out Continue Reading