Hamilton officials hold secret meeting on Occupy
CHATTANOOGA (AP) - Hamilton County commissioners held a secret meeting with their attorney to discuss Occupy Chattanooga protesters, possibly signaling a determination to make some move against them.
The state's Open Meetings Act requires most meetings of local officials to be open to the public, but the Tennessee Supreme Court has said public bodies can meet privately with an attorney about pending or contemplated litigation.
County Attorney Rheubin Taylor told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the topic discussed Friday did not involve a suit now in litigation.
Commissioner Fred Skillern, who did not attend the meeting, said later he was "almost certain" the topic was what to do about protesters on the courthouse lawn.
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