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City Council Special Session Recap – March 29th


City of ClarksvilleClarksville, TN – The city council met this afternoon in a special session to consider the latest information provided by the state attorney general concerning issues with Clarksville Department of Electricity.  All the information we have received on this issue is listed at the bottom of this article including the Attorney General’s opinion.

After reading all of this the picture is more blurred than ever. The CDE board has been operating in its current setup since 1939. Recent references by both CDE and the city have stated or assumed CDE was built under the guidance of the 1935 state law. However, as you will note in the 1939 city ordinance, there is no mention of forming CDE under the guidelines of the 1935 state law. The language that formed the board in 1939 can be found in city code in the 1960s and in today’s code. It would make a considerable difference if it were or were not in how the city can interact with the board.  It is from that 1939 city ordinance that the board has always had seven members. «Read the rest of this article»

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