Tennessee DCS Charges News Agency $35,000 For Public Records

Jun 7, 2013

Credit WKRN

The Tennessee Department of Children's Services said it will charge close to $35,000 to produce public records of children who died, or nearly died, in the past 11 months after having some contact with DCS.  The agency announced the fee Wednesday after the Tennessean requested files from July 2012 to May 2013. 

The two sides were scheduled to go back to court over their open records suit today (June 7th).  Earlier this year, a judge struck down DCS' intent to charge more than $55,000 for records and ordered the department to produce them for no more than 50 cents per page.  

Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper’s legal team is defending DCS in the public records lawsuit.  His office, and Governor Bill Haslam, have declined comment.