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KNS: More rancor, discord in Courthouse

According to the News-Sentinel, all is not peaceful in the Anderson County Courthouse during this Christmas season. During Thursday’s meeting of the County Commission, Commissioner Steve Mead of Oak Ridge presented County Mayor Terry Frank with a list of questions he wants answered, and the mayor rejected that request. This resulted in what has been described as a”brief but heated exchange” between the two. The questions reportedly include topics like the mayor’s refusal to sign contracts that have been approved by the Commission and whether or not she was involved in the failed ouster suit against County law Director Jay Yeager, an accusation the mayor has repeatedly denied. Mead says the written request for answers to these questions should be answered and that he believes that issues raised need to be addressed by the Commission in 2016. The questions, he says, include several from his constituents. The matter was passed along to the County Operations Committee, which will next meet on January 11th at 6: pm in room 312 of the Courthouse, and according to the News-Sentinel, Commission Vice Chair Tim Isbel, who is the chairman of the Operations Committee, urged all parties who will speak on this topic during that meeting to exercise restraint and civility when they do. Mayor Frank, who characterized Mead’s request as an “absurd” publicity ploy, told the News-Sentinel that she will answer the commissioner’s questions if he “passes a blood and urine drug test and “produces documents of why he was fired from Y-12 following his trips to the Soviet Union” as a treaty compliance inspector. Mead says he was laid off from the plant several years after his last trip to Russia as a part of cost-cutting moves and that he would be more than happy to take a drug test.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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