Chattanooga citizen files second open government lawsuit over economic development

Chattanooga citizen Helen Burns Sharp has filed a second lawsuit against Chattanooga’s industrial development board, alleging more violations of the Tennessee Open Meetings Act and the Tennessee Public Records Act, Continue Reading

Read judge’s order in Open Meetings case against Chattanooga Industrial Development Board

Helen Burns Sharp, whose career included working as a community planner for state and municipal government, spent $50,000 of her retirement savings to bring a lawsuit against the Chattanooga Industrial Continue Reading

Chattanooga judge voids $9 million deal on Open Meetings violation

A citizen spent $50,000 of her own money to bring a lawsuit against Chattanooga’s industrial development board, and won. Hamilton County Chancellor Frank Brown says the board violated the Tennessee Continue Reading

Newspapers delve into alleged Sunshine Law violations in zoning vote

The Knoxville News Sentinel in its Sunday edition digs into a lawsuit alleging violations of the Open Meetings Act in Greene County when approval was given to rezone land for a Continue Reading

Lawsuit probes secrecy in economic development

By Deborah Fisher Executive Director of Tennessee Coalition for Open Government When government officials get into the business of economic development, they usually face the choice between transparency and secrecy. Continue Reading