published Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Cleveland City Council deadlocked

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The dispute over sharing sales tax revenue heads to Chancery Court Thursday.

The Cleveland City Council deadlocked this morning on a compromise proposal to postpone the hearing before Chancellor Jerri Bryant.

After a two and a half hour informal session between the majority of the Bradley County Commission and City Council Tuesday evening, Councilman Richard Banks proposed a resolution this morning. He said both sides should ask Bryant for a 90-day "continuance'' while negotiations continued.

Three council members, Banks, George Poe and Charlie McKenzie, voted in favor of continuance.

Councilmen Avery Johnson, David May and Bill Estes voted against.

City Attorney Douglas Johnston, Jr. advised that negotiations can still continue even with a Chancery Court hearing taking place.

"So we still have some grace period to come up with a solution,'' May said.

But with appeals, Banks said, the case could continue for two more years.

County Commissioners Jeff Morelock and Terry Caywood watched the Council proceedings today.

"The county doesn't have much choice now,'' Caywood said.

"We can always come back and talk some more,'' Morelock said.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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