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Litigation vs. the City of East Mountain

2016-2017

East Mountain resident sues city over police chief

November 11, 2016

Appearing on the Front Page (above the Fold) of the November 12, 2016 paper edition with the headline:

Town sued over Staffer.​

East Mountain sued over public information request

December 2, 2016

Appearing on the Front Page (above the Fold) of the December 3, 2016 paper edition with the headline:

EAST MOUNTAIN LAWSUIT

Resident sues over records request

Details City accused of public information violation

Lawsuit says AG directive ignored in East Mountain

December 21, 2016

Appearing on the Front Page (above the Fold) of the December 22, 2016 paper edition with the headline:

Lawsuit says AG directive ignored.

Judge: One E. Mountain suit set March 13

January 20, 2017

Appearing on page 5A of the January 21, 2017 paper edition (Front Page of the East Texas/State Section) with the headline:

Judge sets one E. Mountain suit March 13.

Lawsuit: East Mountain continues to ignore open records requests

January 31, 2017

Appearing on page 5A of the February 1, 2017 paper edition (Front Page of the East Texas/State Section) with the headline:

Lawsuit: Open records requests still ignored.

Attorney files fourth lawsuit against East Mountain

February 2, 2017

Appearing on page 5A of the February 3, 2017 paper edition (Front Page, above the Fold, of the East Texas/State Section) with the headline:

Town Struck with 4th Lawsuit

Gushers & Dusters: A weekly look at what we liked - and didn't

February 3, 2017

DUSTER: For a virus that apparently is causing some East Texas municipal governments to forget state law that says they must be open and transparent about the public's business. Most recently, a taxpayer has had to file suit to get records from East Mountain that are clearly public documents. They are being withheld despite a ruling from the Texas attorney general saying they must be released. It certainly makes one wonder what there is to hide in those cellphone records for Police Chief/City Administrator Betty Davis.

Latham: Life way, way, way east of Eden

February 8, 2017

East Mountain without police force; Upshur County to provide service

March 3, 2017

Appearing on the Front Page (above the Fold) of the March 4, 2017 paper edition with the headline:

East Mountain without police

Upshur to provide service; town’s mayor might have resigned

East Mountain resignations: Letters by chief, mayor surface

March 6, 2017

Appearing on the Front Page (above the Fold) of the March 7, 2017 paper edition with the headline:

EAST MOUNTAIN RESIGNATIONS

Letters by chief, mayor surface

Details still unclear about rest of town’s police force

East Mountain Police Department suspended

March 6, 2017

East Mountain mayor and police resign

March 6, 2017

(Also available at https://youtu.be/qGTfSe6pHF8)

Sheriff’s Office responding to calls in city of East Mountain

March 9, 2017

Appearing on the Front Page (below the Fold) of the March 9, 2017 paper edition of the Gilmer Mirror.

Gushers & Dusters: A weekly look at what we liked - and didn't

March 10, 2017

DUSTER: For the mystery still surrounding resignations of elected and law enforcement officials in East Mountain. If you were looking for proof that transparency is necessary in local government, look no further than this mess. We look forward to being able to inform taxpayers and others about what has been happening in East Mountain.

Lawsuits against city of East Mountain dismissed

March 13, 2017

Appearing on the Front Page (above the Fold) of the March 14, 2017 paper edition with the headline:

East Mountain sets path for new future.

City settles lawsuits, judge dismisses cases

East Mountain Going Forward With No Mayor, No Police

March 13, 2017

(Also available at https://youtu.be/OmiicK3fkfE )

East Mountain interim police chief named

March 14, 2017

Appearing on the Front Page (below the Fold) of the March 14, 2017 paper edition with the headline:

Interim police chief named

Gushers & Dusters: A weekly look at what we liked - and didn't

March 17, 2017

GUSHER: For elected and appointed officials in East Mountain finally stepping aside to allow the community just north of Longview to move ahead from a period of tainted and troubled government. There are still many questions to be answered, but the city appears to be headed back toward the right track.

East Mountain given options for police

March 28, 2017

Appearing on page 5A of the February 3, 2017 paper edition (Front Page, above the Fold, of the East Texas/State Section) with the headline:

Town Struck with 4th Lawsuit

East Mountain Council to consider PD options tonight

April 10, 2017

East Mountain's finances become sore spot

April 10, 2017

Appearing on the Front Page (above the Fold) of the April 11, 2017 paper edition with the headline:

EAST MOUNTAIN TROUBLES

Town’s finances become sore spot

Council makes no decision about police force after discussion of budget issues

Editorial: Mess in East Mountain reminds us of importance of open government

April 11, 2017

Appearing on page 4A, of the Opinion Section (above the Fold) of the April 12, 2017 paper edition with the headline:

Our System

Mess in East Mountain reminds us of importance of open government

Gregg County pulled into East Mountain fray

April 15, 2017

Appearing on the Front Page (above the Fold) of the April 26, 2017 paper edition with the headline:

Gregg pulled into E. Mountain fray

Lawsuit says county withheld cellphone records

Latham: Open government key to a democracy

April 19, 2017

East Mountain City Council sets special meeting Monday)

April 22, 2017

East Mountain cancels planned council meeting

April 24, 2017

State agency refused to represent East Mountain in lawsuits, letter shows

April 25, 2017

Appearing on page 5A the Front Page of the East Texas/State Section (above the Fold) of the April 26, 2017 paper edition with the headline:

Agency wouldn’t represent town

State group refused to get behind East Mountain in lawsuits, letter shows

East Mountain left with one employee; city secretaries resign

May 8, 2017

Appearing on page 5A, the Front Page of the East Texas/State Section (above the Fold) of the May 9, 2017 paper edition with the headline:

Town left with one employee

City Secretaries resign from East Mountain

East Mountain shuts down amid passwords change

May 10, 2017

Appearing on page 5A, the Front Page of the East Texas/State Section (above the Fold) of the May 11, 2017 paper edition with the headline:

EAST MOUNTAIN IN LIMBO

Town shuts down

Passwords reportedly changed as ex-employees left office

Gushers & Dusters: A weekly look at what we liked - and didn't

May 11, 2017

GUSHER: For East Mountain residents becoming more focused on activity in their city government, as evidenced by turnout and participation at several recent meetings. Such community focus is always crucial but even more so as East Mountain works to rebuild after the mismanaged and scandal-ridden tenure of the previous mayor, City Council and police department.

Editorial: Do the right thing for East Mountain

May 14, 2017

Appearing on page 4B, the Opinion Page of the East Texas/State Section (above the Fold) of the May 14, 2017 Sunday paper edition with the headline:

EDITORIAL

Responsibilities

It’s time to do the right thing for East Mountain

Upshur DA to refer East Mountain issue to Texas Rangers

May 14, 2017

Appearing on page 5B, the Front Page of the East Texas/State Section (above the Fold) of the May 14, 2017 Sunday paper edition with the headline:

EAST MOUNTAIN

Upshur DA refers issues to Rangers

Gushers & Dusters: A weekly look at what we liked - and didn't

May 19, 2017

GUSHER: For Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd, who said he was asking the Texas Rangers and Upshur County Sheriff Larry Webb to investigate shenanigans that have been taking place at City Hall in East Mountain. We have been pleased by increasing attention to cleaning up that little town, and salute those who have been making it happen.

East Mountain without police force as it seeks access to financial records

June 6, 2017

Appearing on page 5A, the Front Page of the East Texas/State Section (above the Fold) of the May 11, 2017 paper edition with the headline:

East Mountain without police

City seeks access to its financial records; judge to rule on reopening public records lawsuits

Ex-East Mountain officer says council, former mayor to blame for city's financial woes

June 6, 2017

Appearing on the Front Page (below the Fold) of the June 7, 2017 paper edition with the headline:

Ex-officer blames mismanagement for E. Mountain woes

Gushers & Dusters: A weekly look at what we liked - and didn't

June 9, 2017

DUSTER: For the continuing mess at East Mountain City Hall, which now has cost taxpayers a dedicated law officer on top of the financial losses already suffered. Meanwhile, some whose multiple failures of leadership are responsible for this sad state of affairs continue to snipe like petulant children about those who are working to clean up the mess they left behind. Shameful.

Man files federal lawsuit against East Mountain, says he was terrorized

June 15, 2017

Appearing on page A5, the Front Page of the East Texas/State Section (above the Fold) of the June 15, 2017 paper edition with the headline:

Man files federal lawsuit against East Mountain, says he was terrorized

East Mountain and its officials target of claim

Judge denies reopening East Mountain cases in Upshur County

June 17, 2017

Suit against Gregg County is dismissed

September 2, 2017

Christina Lane: Secret government almost destroyed city

December 29, 2017

Updated March 9, 2018

East Mountain on road to recovery after year of turmoil

December 30, 2017

Obituary Kenneth Craig Miller

September 11, 2019