This morning Republican County Commissioners Richard Cate of the Fourth District and Phil Ballard of the Eighth District along with Knox County’s Republican Law Director John Owings were in studio and on the air. One of the four Democrats on the County Commission also appeared on the show.
This morning the biggest mis-informed statement ever made by an on air host occurred. It was Michael Grider. One of the Commissioners was saying that it is necessary to speak with his district commission counterpart as well as other commissioners to make them aware of concerns in their individual districts.
Michael Grider interrupted and said “NO, you represent your district and the at large Commissioners represent the whole county.” An awkward silence fell and one of the commissioners informed Grider that there are no at large Commissioners. He said “Oh, I thought there was”
Citadel should pull Michael Grider from ever covering County Commission until he can learn the fundamentals of the County governance model of representation. Especially since his boss Mike Hammond is a County Commissioner.
It was such a bad mistake that a fifth grader would automatically know that Grider was wrong, the moment he uttered his knowledge or lack thereof.