Black Wednesday: The Compass Primer

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Black Wednesday: The Compass Primer

The 2007 scandal still reverberates through Knox County political culture. Here's what you need to know.

by scott barker • september 4, 2018

This story is a part of a Special Report. Read the rest here.

Eleven years ago, members of the Knox County Commission brazenly violated the state’s Open Meetings Act by making secret agreements before and during a meeting that lives in local political infamy as Black Wednesday.
County officials thought term limits didn't apply to them. The state Supreme Court said otherwise.
The scandal still reverberates through the local political culture, even though most of those involved are no longer in office. Any analysis of Knox County government must take into account the events before, during and after that fateful meeting.
The seeds of the debacle were planted in ...

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