Knox County mayor wants News Sentinel’s visitor records

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett‘s subpoena demands “the sign-in sheets for every visitor visiting the Knoxville News Sentinel between May 15, 2012, and June 24, 2012,” and “all video-tapes or other video recorded medium containing surveillance of the front entrance, visitor parking area, and other parking areas adjacent to the visitor parking, and/or lobby between May 15, 2012, and June 24, 2012.”

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett

News Sentinel editor Jack McElroy explains what that’s about:

Obviously the mayor wants to know who provided the newspaper with records from the Elect Burchett checking account, which revealed more than $15,000 in checks written to the mayor’s wife that were not listed on the mayor’s campaign disclosure report, plus a check for more than $4,000 written to the mayor’s wife that was listed as a reimbursement for paying a company that says it did not do any work for the Burchett campaign.

The editor calls the subpoena — prepared by the mayor’s divorce lawyer — “a novel attempt” to get around Tennessee’s reporter shield law.

* Knox County mayor subpoenas newspaper’s records (
* June 24: Mayor’s campaign fund reports misstated (