Report: Legal saga continues in Clinton Council race

According to the Courier News, the legal battle over last year’s Clinton City Council election is continuing.

In it’s Wednesday (June 5th, 2019) edition, the paper reports that in May, Chancellor Nichole Cantrell dismissed Ron Young’s lawsuit against the Anderson County Election Commission over last November’s Clinton City Council election, in which Young was defeated by incumbent ET Stamey. As we have previously reported, Young contended that Stamey is ineligible to serve as a Councilman because he is employed by the city school system as its Athletic Director. In April, Chancellor Cantrell dismissed Young’s lawsuit against Stamey after hearing oral arguments from both sides and reviewing the material submitted by the attorneys in the case, deciding that, based upon statutes and case law that while the city’s legislative body may have established the school system, it is run autonomously and separately from the rest of the city government–complete with its own legislative body (the Board of Education) and director.

Young’s suit against the Election Commission sought an injunction to prevent city employees from being included on future ballots.

The Courier News reports that last week, Young filed appeals of both dismissals.

According to the paper, Stamey last week indicated he was on track to rack up legal bills of almost $10,000 as he fights the lawsuit, and city leaders expressed some concern that because of a state statute, the city has to pay the $17,000 legal bill for the Election Commission in this matter. An opinion from the University of Tennessee’s County Technical Advisory Service (CTAS) states: “Basically, the funding of each county election commission is the responsibility of that county which, if not provided for, will be compelled by the chancery court. However, each municipality is responsible for expenses the county election commission incurs in holding municipal elections, and for the additional expenses attributable to the municipal election when it is held on the same day as a countywide election.” [emphasis added] In this case, additional legal fees are being considered an additional expense.

You can read more about the legal dispute, and the discussion from last week’s City Council meeting, in today’s edition of the Courier News and online at www.mycouriernews.com.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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