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Fluoridation suit heads to grand jury on Aug. 4

Source: Maryville Daily Times | July 28th, 2008 | From Staff Reports

Linda King is taking her fight against fluoridation to the Blount County Grand Jury.

King is currently involved in a lawsuit against the South Blount Utility District Board in regard to their decision to begin fluoridation of the utility’s water supply.

On Aug. 4, she will seek to convince a panel, consisting of the jury foreman and two jurors, that there is merit to her allegations of official misconduct against County Mayor Jerry Cunningham. In a document King is presenting to the grand jury, she alleges that Cunningham improperly influenced the utility district board of directors to vote for fluoridation of the utility’s water supply.

“The board members of the SBCUD were bribed by Major Jerry G. Cunningham by the act of offering them a continuing appointment to their board position in exchange for their vote for fluoridation; a vote which caused them to act against their will and conscience,” she wrote.

Cunningham did not have much to say about the allegations.

“Ms. King’s antics have gone from the ridiculous to the sublime and are not worthy of comment,” he said.

King’s lawsuit, filed in Blount County Chancery Court, requests that the utility provide documentation showing fluoride in water is safe to drink.

The utility’s board of directors voted Jan. 2 to begin fluoridation at the request of Cunningham.