Judges for the Tennessee Court of Appeals have ordered Chattanooga to pay $70,000 in attorney's fees and expenses over a 2011 open records lawsuit.
Rebecca Little, a local businesswoman affiliated with Tennessee Riverplace, an events facilities company, brought her open records requests to Hamilton County Chancery Court in July 2011, nearly a month after she'd asked for city documents.
Little first requested materials related to city annexation of the Tiftonia area in 1972 on June 7, 2011. Those requests were responded to and filled. But a June 30, 2011, request went unfilled over the course of weeks, prompting the lawsuit.
She lived in the area, according to court documents. Further explanations for requesting the records were listed in court documents.
For complete details, see tomorrow's Chattanooga Times Free Press.