Doing no harm to the unknown nominee

Thursday, June 5, 2008

ow the story should be told, although it's still being reported without one of the five W's needed for a traditional lead on a news report.

The five W's are who, what, where, when and why. The "unknown nominee," in our editorial cartoon is real, but remains anonymous here so as to do no harm to someone who merely wants to improve their lot in life.

That individual in question is one of several who applied for the job as executive director of the Joint Economic and Community Development Board in Marshall County. An application form obtained at the Tennessee Career Center on South Ellington Parkway asked if their current employer could be contacted. Some applicants, including the nominee named during a public meeting last week, checked a box on the form to, in effect, say, "Don't tell my boss."

Not telling is one thing. Being able to keep the secret is another, but the executive committee of the JECDB tried to keep the names of the applicants secret and thereby violated the Tennessee Sunshine Law that guarantees public access to state and local government records. Four mayors in this county and one mayor's representative declined to name the semi-finalists they interviewed and insisted that the interviews be held private . . .Pick up a copy of today's edition, Friday, June 6, 2008, for entire story.