TN: House caucus chairman defends closed-door meetings, discusses future

House Republican Caucus Chairman Ryan Williams defended a recent decision to hold a closed-door caucus meeting while outlining the procedure that could be used in the future, in a Wednesday meeting with members of the Capitol Hill press corps.

Defending last week's decision, Williams, R-Cookeville, said he has every intention of giving the press every opportunity to be in the meetings but added, "I do believe there is a time and a place where we have to have the ability to communicate personally with one another."


TN legislature destroyed documents from Jeremy Durham investigation

Tennessee legislative staff have destroyed "files, documents, photographs, emails and other information" relevant to Jeremy Durham and his historic ouster from the House of Representatives.

Director of Legislative Administration Connie Ridley said Monday she could not provide public documents and information asked for by The Tennessean because Durham's computers, iPad and other materials given to him have been "returned to factory default settings."