The Knox County Board of Health met via zoom today for over four hours. Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs attempted to postpone the meeting for a week. The Board ultimately voted that down. The Mayor then sought to have public forum at all future meetings, more on that later.
The Mayor announced an Executive Meeting of the Board of Health for Monday August 3, 2020 due to a lawsuit the Mayor said had been filed on the board of health. An Executive Meeting is closed to the public and media as it is between the the group and its Attorney for Attorney/Client privilege.
The suit filed Friday July 24, 2020 in Knox County Chancery Court by Plaintiffs Steven J. Smith and Jason J. Hall vs Defendants Knox County, Knox County Health Department, Martha Buchanan, in her official capacity as Director of Knox County Health Department, and Jack Gotcher, in his official capacity as member and Chair of the Knox County Board of Health.
Plaintiffs are represented by Attorney Daniel Herrera. Herrera serves on the Knox County Charter Review Committee as an appointee of Mayor Jacobs for Knox County Commission District Six.
Smith and Hall are plastic surgeons and are suing that the mask mandate was implemented using faulty data.