County Mayor, Commission Violating Sunshine Law On School Projects Issue

Friday, March 14, 2014
The Hamilton County Commission and the County Mayor should be called to task for the violation of the Sunshine Law and transparency in government. 
 
The debate over where to build new schools is very important to the citizens of this county, and to make the deal behind closed doors is not in the interest of the people that need the schools or the rest of this county.  The discussion of how many schools we need and how many we should build should be done in front of the public and not hidden for political purposes.
 
 
However, one thing I do know about this commission, is that if people react loudly enough to their decision, they are fully able to change their mind and their vote immediately.

John Allen Brooks

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Pass The Tennessee Wilderness Act

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Luthringer, Boyd Win Prep Cross Country Races

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Ooltewah Gets Past Improved McMinn, 3-0, In District 5-3A Volleyball

McMinn County may not be the patsy it once was on the volleyball court. Ooltewah, which have won a combined 26 regular season and District 5-3A tournament titles, 10 region tourney crowns and appeared in earned nine state berths with two second-place finishes, learned the Lady Cherokees have made significant improvement since the 2015 season. The Lady Owls (14-4, 4-0) ... (click for more)