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New controversy arises amid municipal school mediation talks

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(WMC-TV) - No settlement was reached in the Shelby County municipal schools mediation Wednesday.

Still, the case is at the center of new controversy.

Shelby County Commissioner Terry Roland wrote a letter to the commission chairman accusing two of his peers of violating the rules of order. Now, he is demanding a special called meeting.

Roland says fellow commissioners Walter Bailey and Steve Mulroy have no right representing the commission in municipal schools mediation talks.

"I don't think they represent the interest of anybody in my district. I can promise you that," said Roland.

He says the commission never met to designate anyone in the case that will decide if the suburbs can start their own schools next year.

"Our rules say the chairman goes. If he can't go, one of his designees. Well there's two in there," said Roland.

"I don't have any comments on Roland's reaction," said Shelby County Commissioner Walter Bailey, Junior.

But Mulroy says the commission amended the Rules of Permanent Order.

"In response to this very litigation, to allow the commission chairman to appoint representatives for mediation purposes," said Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy.

When court ends, the information will come out.

"It's going to have to be publicly discussed and debated and voted on in public in front of the County Commission," explained Mulroy.

Roland says judges may be powerful, but they do not create laws in Nashville.

"We've got a super majority up there now. If they want to keep on, it's tit for tat," said Roland.

Roland says the suburbs will get their way.

"At the end of the day, we're going to get our municipal schools in some shape or form," he said.

Commissioner Ritz has not yet responded to the demand for a special called meeting.

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