TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Dec 3, 2015

Sumner County School board members voted unanimously on Tuesday to appeal a November ruling that said the schools violated the Tennessee Public Records Act, the Gallatin News Examiner reports. Ken Jakes filed a lawsuit against the schools after his records request was denied because he made the request by email and telephone. Sumner County Judge Dee David Gay ruled the district must change its records request policy. "No one has articulated to me a legitimate reason why (Sumner County Schools) can't accept an email," Jakes' attorney Kirk Clements said. "Whatever downside there is to accepting emails it's not worth spending (thousands of dollars) to fight it."