The Tennessee Title VI Compliance Commission was scheduled to meet in Nashville at the Legislative Plaza on August 7, 2006. No official business could be conducted because the Commission did not have a quorum of members in attendance. The Commission was scheduled to meet in Clarksville in September of 2005. That meeting failed also due to the lack of a quorum.
There were a number of individuals from Clarksville that attended the meeting with high hopes of being able to present issues related to Title VI and hear some possible solutions. Sadly their hopes were dashed because the official meeting had to be canceled.
Pastor Jerry Jerkins of Clarksville, one of the Commissioners that does attend the meetings regularly, voiced his concern with the possibility of submitting his resignation. The Commission Director, Dr. John Birdsong, could not explain why the absent commissioners chose not to attend the meeting. Some of the members present questioned whether or not the Governor was aware of the failure of the Commission. A suggestion was made to have the Commissioners request an audience with the Governor. However, since there was no quorum a motion could not be submitted for a vote.