County prosecutor clarifies meeting between council and two commissioners | Local News
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At a rural caucus meeting on September 13, Commissioner Dennis Hunt shared details of an executive meeting involving himself, Commissioner Jim Fielding and County District Attorney Robert Huskey.
Huskey responded to the Manchester time‘questions of clarification by saying that he absolutely did not question the validity of the case;
Huskey said that “… there were expressions during my meeting with Commissioner Hunt and Commissioner Fielding about a lawsuit that I never filed and which was desired by some of the Commissioners.”
Huskey said: “Following the annexation vote by the City of Manchester, I had a meeting with the Mayor and the Commissioners. At this meeting, many commissioners were unhappy that I had not already filed a complaint and obtained a restraining order, prohibiting the city from annexing the Bonnaroo property.
“First of all, as a county attorney, I have no authority to unilaterally file a lawsuit on behalf of the county without being authorized by the mayor or the commission to do so; and I had not yet been ordered to do so. Then, in discussing the matter with the Commissioners, I expressed that I felt that we had a valid case that should be pursued against the city on the issue of the fiscal dollar, which in the circumstances and at the time of the annexation as well as the Covid prevention of the festival in 2020 fully warranted litigation and that I would reconsider the annexation issue, ”said Huskey.
In discussing the meeting “with Commissioners Hunt and Fielding, I confirmed after considering the matter in more detail my initial opinion that the county, in my opinion, did not have a valid basis for trying to ban the annexation itself, but rather the county’s right of action was in with regard to the distribution of public funds to be received by the county over the next 15-year period, in accordance with the law and the growth plan; and it was on this basis that I then prepared the lawsuit asking for a court ruling to enforce the county’s right to taxes to which the county is entitled under the law and the growth plan, but I didn’t did not seek to cancel the annexation.
Huskey noted that “he was trying to block the annexation which in my opinion was not valid and I did not sue on that basis but rather to deal with the taxpayer money problem. I firmly believe in the lawsuit as we have filed it. As with any trial, you don’t know how it’s going to go until it’s over, but it’s a very valid trial; and we would be neglecting our duty to the citizens of the county if we did not file this lawsuit, in my professional opinion. So in essence, the lawsuit that has been filed, I consider not only valid, but almost a necessity; and I did not include the part that some commissioners wanted and that I found to be invalid.
John has been with the Manchester Times since May 2011. John has won the Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photography and has placed in many other categories. John graduated from Tullahoma High School in 1994, graduated from Motlow State Community College, and received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Tullahoma, enjoys painting, dancing and exploring the outdoors.