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Councilman Pete Souza brought it before the City Council that the Roberts Rules of Order is what the council should be abiding by. Souza went on to state that Mayor J.H. Graham III has an anger problem and asked him to work on that. He also asked the Mayor to be neutral in the City Council meetings and to conduct them without partiality. Mayor Graham stated that he would have an opinion because he has a vote on each item the council makes a decision on. Souza stated that since the Mayor is the one running the meetings, that he not let anyone bully someone else or take over the meetings. The Mayor felt that this was a fair request. City Attorney Kenneth Chadwell stated that the City Charter would supersede the Roberts Rules of Order, but Souza stated he didn't want to move on his suggestions. He just wanted these opinions to be heard.
After the employment freeze was approved at Tuesday evening's Crossville City Council meeting, it was brought up again at Friday's special called meeting. Councilman Jesse Kerley asked City Attorney Kenneth Chadwell about the legality of the suggestions, to which Chadwell said it was lawful. Councilman Pete Souza stated that since Tuesday, he contacted 2 other forms of legal counsel about the restrictions placed on Interim City Manager Dr. Jack Miler, and was told that the restrictions were unlawful. Chadwell came before the city council on Friday and stated that he stands by his decision. Dr. Jack Miller stated on Tuesday evening that he was fine with the suggestion from Mayor Pro-Tem Danny Wyatt, but on Friday stated that in retrospect he was offended by the suggestion and it "reflects on his professional integrity." He stated that he wished that Mayor Pro-Tem Danny Wyatt would look at his record and reputation as a professional. Councilman Souza suggested that the freeze be rescinded, and it passed on a 3-2 vote.
A coalition of environmental groups is suing the federal government, claiming officials violated the Endangered Species Act when they granted mining permits at two East Tennessee mines. WVLT says the suit filed in federal court in Nashville on Thursday claims wastewater from surface mines at Zeb Mountain and David Creek threatens the endangered blackside dace and Cumberland darter. The Sierra Club and other environmental groups claim the Office of Surface Mining and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not use the most up-to-date science in considering the effect of the mines on the fish. They claim that dissolved minerals are increasing the saltiness to intolerable levels in streams where the fish live.
Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law a measure to tighten enrollment requirements at privately run online schools. According to WVLT, the administration legislation allows beginning online schools to start with an enrollment of 1,500 and continue to expand as long as they meet performance requirements. If they fail to do so for three consecutive years, then the state education commissioner can cap enrollment, or direct the local school board to close it. The measure passed the Senate 27-2 and the House approved it 66-29. Haslam's initial proposal sought to cap online school enrollment at 5,000. Critics have pushed for capping enrollment following the low performance of Tennessee Virtual Academy, the state's only privately operated virtual school. Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman called its first-year test results "unacceptable."
The Stone Memorial High School graduation ceremony for this evening (Friday, May 17) will be held in the gymnasium. Overflow crowd will view the event in the auditorium via live video feed. The gymnasium will be opened starting at 4:30 for seating. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 pm.