DA’s shutdown of public records on Gatlinburg fire goes too far

On Dec. 15, the district attorney for Sevier County issued a remarkable letter. In the most horrific disaster to ever afflict Gatlinburg, a firestorm on Nov. 28 swept into the Continue Reading

Poll: Tennesseans universally support access to police body camera footage in cases of death and injury

NASHVILLE — About 9 in 10 Tennesseans (89%) support public access to police body camera video when it records use of force that results in a citizen’s serious injury or death, Continue Reading

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

News-Sentinel Editor Jack McElroy on police records and the Supreme Court decision

From Jack McElroy, editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel, in a column published Sunday: Boy, did Gary Wade touch a nerve. The former Supreme Court justice dissented in the media’s Continue Reading

Tennessee Supreme Court says police records in active cases may be withheld from the public

The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled today that any record that is part of an active police department’s criminal investigation may be withheld under the state’s public records laws. The opinion written Continue Reading