Chattanooga police agree to release crime, other police data

Something good on the police data front. From the Chattanooga Times Free Press today: Police are considering posting information online about officer-involved shootings, assaults on officers, use-of-force incidents and complaints Continue Reading

Why can’t I access public records in Tennessee? A particular problem for “border” journalists

A freelance journalist who lives near Chattanooga “literally two blocks” from the state line gives her perspective on the city’s policy to deny her access to public records because she Continue Reading

Chattanooga lawmaker scolds Hamilton County commissioners for secret attempt to change law

State Sen. Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, pulled his bill, S.B. 1911, from consideration in a Senate committee Tuesday, saying the Hamilton County Commission had asked him and others in the Hamilton Continue Reading Police body cameras test privacy, transparency’s reporter David Morton called me recently about the Chattanooga police chief’s concerns about body cameras in Tennessee. His department plans to use them but he’s concerned that the video Continue Reading

New accounting standard to require governments to disclose cost of tax breaks

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board approved a new rule on Monday that requires governments to include in financial statements the value of tax abatements given to companies to spur economic development starting next Continue Reading