published Friday, June 29th, 2012

Prayer lawsuit amended to include Thursday events

Two residents suing Hamilton County commissioners in federal court over prayers held during meetings amended their complaint today to include events from Thursday’s meeting.

Brandon Jones’ and Tommy Coleman’s new filing names Hamilton County, rather than the nine commissioners and County Attorney Rheubin Taylor in their official capacities. The amendment includes content from Thursday’s invocation and the proposed policy on invocation speakers that commissioners introduced and plan to vote on Tuesday.

“The policy is a sham to cover the true intent [of] the defendant through its commission: Advance Christianity over all other religions or nonreligions,” the amended complaint states.

See complete story in Saturday’s Times Free Press.

about Ansley Haman...

Ansley Haman covers Hamilton County government. A native of Spring City, Tenn., she grew up reading the Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga Free Press, which sparked her passion for journalism. Ansley's happy to be home after a decade of adventures in more than 20 countries and 40 states. She gathered stories while living, working and studying in Swansea, Wales, Cape Town, South Africa, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Knoxville, Tenn. Along the way, she interned for ...

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