Kent Flanagan

Gov. Bill Haslam vowed he and his staff would re-evaluate whether they should keep the governor’s meeting schedule secret, but he says he hasn’t gotten that far yet. “We really hadn’t had that discussion again, and we will, in terms of looking at that,” Haslam told reporters Friday before a ribbon cutting at Saks distribution […]


Gov. Bill Haslam’s office denied a public records request to review his official calendar, a decision that in Tennessee can only be challenged via the courts. An open government advocate said the public has an interest in seeing Haslam’s schedule.


State officials will add a provision to deals with companies to recoup taxpayer money if the companies fail to meet stated job creation goals, a spokesman for the Department of Economic and Community Development said.


Commentary by Kent Flanagan, Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, May 3, 2012: Secrecy seemed to be a common thread running through the session of the Tennessee Legislature that ended May 1. The latest “secret” revealed is that key members of the Legislature met on April 23 at a Nashville restaurant of the session to work […]