Court of Appeals reins in state’s expansive use of investigative exemption

The Tennessee Court of Appeals in a ruling on Friday put much-needed limits around the so-called investigative exemption that has been used by the state to cloak otherwise public records. Continue Reading

Appellate court upholds ruling: Sumner County Schools violated public records law

The Court of Appeals has affirmed a Sumner County trial court’s ruling that the denial of a public records request because it was sent by email violated the Tennessee Public Continue Reading

TSSAA seeks carve-out from Tennessee Public Records Act

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association is asking the Legislature on Tuesday to close records that in the past were used to expose possible cheating in recruiting high school athletes. Continue Reading

Court of Appeals considers access to crime records in Tennessee

By Deborah Fisher, TCOG Executive Director Spectators packed the courtroom June 9 for oral arguments in the appeal of the public records case, The Tennessean et al v. Metro Government of Continue Reading

Behind the TSSAA ruling: Preserving public oversight over government functions

An Appeals Court finds that regulating high school sports is a government function, so the regulator should be subject to open records law.  Should the agency that regulates high school Continue Reading