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

TCOG elects Chattanooga citizen Helen Burns Sharp to its Board of Directors

The Tennessee Coalition for Open Government recently elected to its Board of Directors Helen Burns Sharp, a public interest advocate in Chattanooga who has advanced awareness of the Tennessee Open Continue Reading

Chattanooga contests paying $74,427 in legal fees after losing Sunshine Law case

The city of Chattanooga is contesting legal fees awarded to a citizen who sued and won over a violation of the Tennessee Open Meetings Act, Chattanoogan.com reported Sunday. Helen Burns Sharp brought Continue Reading

Citizen wins attorneys fees in Chattanooga Open Meetings case

Chancellor Pamela Fleenor on Friday issued an order awarding attorney fees, expenses and other costs to citizen Helen Burns Sharp who sued the city of Chattanooga’s industrial development board over Continue Reading

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