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Names of Applicants for Director Job Posting Released Only After Newspaper Sues County

It would seem sort of strange that a high-profile news outlet — or,  for that matter, any ordinary citizen — would have to call in the hired legal guns to convince government officials to release something as basic as the names of people applying for a department-level director’s job.

But that’s just what’s happened in Sullivan County, where the Kingsport Publishing Corp., which owns the Kingsport Times-News, asked a court to force Sullivan County Mayor Steve Godsey to release the names of applicants for county EMS director.

Godsey, who had previously refused to release the names, has relented, the newspaper reports today.

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