State GOP Settles Lawsuit With Mark Winslow

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Tennessee Republican Party said Thursday it has settled a lawsuit filed against the party by former state GOP chief of staff Mark Winslow.

Chairman Chris Devaney said, “The Tennessee Republican Party has reached an agreement with Mark Winslow to resolve the issues raised in his lawsuit against the party. Upon my election as chairman in 2009 I decided to hire a staff of my own choosing. Because Mark had an employment agreement through the end of the year we negotiated a severance agreement that included a confidentiality clause. Documents from his confidential personnel file later became public and were used in political advertising. 

"Mark contends that these documents were misused and neither I nor the Party would have or did authorize their release. Mark has been a loyal Republican and a valued member of the State Executive Committee. I am pleased we have reached an amicable resolution of this unfortunate matter and look forward to Mark’s continuing good work for the party and our principles. I encourage all of my fellow Republicans to join me in putting this episode behind us.”

The lawsuit accused the state GOP of leaking the confidential information in an attempt to hinder the campaign of former chairwoman Robin Smith’s for the 3rd District seat in Congress in 2010.

The complaint also charged that Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and advisor Chip Saltsman defamed Mr. Winslow in a TV ad that accused Ms. Smith of paying out “lavish bonuses” to Mr. Winslow and other staff members.

Mr. Fleischmann gained a narrow victory over Ms. Smith in the election, and he went on to win a second term in 2012.


Zoning Approved For New Collegedale Subdivision; Rains Put Back Imagination Station Opening

At the Collegedale commission meeting Monday night, Commissioner Ethan White questioned a zoning change for the second time. At the commission meeting on April 6, he requested that the project planned for 9700 Bill Reed Road be sent back to the planning commission before the second and final reading. At that time, he was concerned that cars would be backing out of driveways onto ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADBULAZEER, MOHAMMAD YOUSSDUF  1902 COLONIAL WAY CIR CHATTANOOGA, 37343  Age at Arrest: 24 years old Arresting Agency: Chatt. Housing Authority DUI - 1ST OFFENSE DRIVING ON ROADWAYS LANED FOR TRAFFIC, VIOLATION IMPLIED CONSENT LAW - DRIVERS --- AYALA, JOSE  1 ECHOTA RD CALHOUN, 30701  ... (click for more)

Time-Out On Housing PILOTs

Kudos to the? ?City Council? ?and County Commission for? ?beginning thoughtful discussions about housing PILOTs. A growing number of? ?citizens from across the political spectrum hope you? ?continue your ?good work by calling a time-out on? ?housing PILOTs until you? ?adopt policies and procedures about how these tax breaks are evaluated, monitored and enforced.  I suggest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why The British Attacked

This was a pretty big week exactly 240 years ago and what happened then is really important now. The British Army, after arriving in increasing numbers seven years before, decided to launch a sneak attack on Concord, Mass., and several other towns in mid-April of 1775. Their purpose was simple: take away every gun you can find. Confiscate every weapon of any kind. It was believed ... (click for more)

Zach Mercer No-Hits Notre Dame In 1-0 Duel With Alex Darras

Zach Mercer has won some big baseball games during his career as a pitcher for the Chattanooga Christian Chargers, but none have been any bigger than the 1-0 victory over visiting Notre Dame Monday afternoon. And he was almost perfect as only a fourth-inning walk to opposing pitcher Alex Darras and another walk to Quinton Buckman in the seventh kept it from being a perfect game. ... (click for more)

Lookouts Bullpen Fails As M-Braves Rally With 6-5 Wallk-Off Win

PEARL, MS -- Lookouts' Southern League Pitcher of the Month Tyler Duffey understands how it feels to pitch shutout baseball but end up with a no-record game. Duffey has had it happen twice. Monday, in his first start of the season, Alex Wimmers worked five shutout innings allowing just one hit while fanning three. But the Mississippi Braves scored four runs in the eighth and two ... (click for more)