The jail situation in Claiborne County appears to be similar or the same as Blount County. The rotund mayor appears to be a figurehead who does what the sheriff wants and the media appears to be more interested in he said, she said than reporting the facts and doing investigative journalism.
The paper in Claiborne County referred to the August commission meeting as a dogfight. The local rag had “fur flies” in the headline and said that hackles were raised.
The people working to protect the taxpayers are blamed for the poor financial decisions of others and the truth is their opinion/interpretation until state officials say it isn’t just their opinion/interpretation.
One thing that is different about Claiborne County is that Circuit Court Judge John McAfee, in his private capacity, is looking out of the taxpayers in his county. Blount County’s judges, with the possible exception of Kenlyn Foster, are part of the political machine or court house clique.