Gov. Bill Haslam/ GEORGE WALKER IV / FILE / THE TENNESSEAN
By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam denies the state lost a case in which the Tennessee Department of Children's Services must provide the public records of children who died or nearly died after the agency investigated reports they had been abused or neglected.
The Republican governor told reporters after an annual meeting of The Associated Press and Tennessee Press Association on Thursday that the state is simply adhering to a Nashville judge's ruling that it provide the records.
Chancellor Carol McCoy ruled last month the agency had to redact and release the documents, calling the state's argument that it needed more time "unpersuasive."
The Tennessean, The Associated Press, WBIR, and 0 other news organizations sued DCS in state court in December to obtain case records.
The state has said the cost to provide the records is about $56,000.