The only lie is by news channel 5 who took a gratuity charge authorized by law and by custom charge by clerks, ministers, and county mayors for this service. The next great "story" will be that ministers are paid cash to perform wedding ceremonies outside church coffers in the form of gratuities which they are. This story reeks of political bs. I have seen enough of this type of reporting and Phil Williams. If this was truly a news story focus on what you want changed in the law in Tennessee not John arriola. All clerks before him in this county and every other county of this state have made the the same gratuity charge. I support John arriola over Phil Williams and his sleaze.
Judge Eisenstein and John arriola are ethical good men. Phil Williams is dishonest. I hope that news channel 5 is sued out of printing this trash.
Facts omitted by this story. It is customary and specifically provided by statute for clerks to solicit and request a gratuity. Every clerk and county mayor in Tennessee is legally allowed to make this gratuity charge and does so. Mr arriolas predecessors charged gratuitys in the same manner. No couple is turned away for failure to pay this gratuity. My minister was paid 200.00 over ten years ago to perform this service. My parents were married in the 50s and paid the justice of the peace in another state a gratuity or charge. This story is political scum and bs. I do not work for metro or channel 5. John arriola has done a great job working as our clerk.
Phil Williams is unethical, sleazy, and a disgrace to journalist in Nashville. Any story he is involved in is always one sided and usually dishonest. I hope that his station is sued for enough money to rid him of the airwaves for good.
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