Oct 30 2007

"Two of these things belong together, one of these things does not belong..."


DT A previous opinion by Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper Jr. indicated that Lewis could face possible ouster because of holding shares in GreenBank, which provides financial services to the county.


WBIR Tennessee's attorney general disagrees. In his opinion, he said Lewis made his connections clear from the beginning and does not own stock in the bank.


DT Shareholder clause
While this would seem to allow Lewis to hold a seat on the Purchasing Commission, Cooper’s opinion didn’t stop there:

“Tenn. Code Ann. § 5-14-114 of the County Purchasing Law of 1957 prohibits a shareholder of a bank that conducts business with the county from serving as a county commissioner, or as a member of the county budget committee or the county purchasing commission,” he wrote. “While the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has concluded that this statute is unconstitutional to the extent it imposes criminal penalties, we think it may still constitutionally serve as the basis for an ouster action under Tenn. Code Ann. § 8-47-101, et seq.”

Point goes to Joel Davis!

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