Monday, November 23, 2015
Bible Disappointed With Grand Jury Session
By Walter F. Roche Jr.
The Greene County resident who brought his concerns about the US Nitrogen project to a grand jury expressed disappointment following his appearance today.
"Secrecy laws prevent me from saying anything more than that I was disappointed to not be able to get any documentation past the three member panel of grand jury foreman and two jurors," Donahue Bible said in a brief statement following his meeting with the three grand jury members.
"I have never been more ashamed of Greene County in my 79 years," he added.
Bible has questioned three land transactions between US Nitrogen and J.W. Douthat, a local resident who serves on the Industrial Development Board of Greeneville and Greene County.
Douthat also served on the board of the Old Knox Utility District until April of 2014.
Douthat and US Nitrogen have insisted there was nothing improper about the land option and two subsequent property purchases from Douthat.
Bible asked for the opportunity to appear before the panel after District Attorney General Dan Armstrong told Bible and his attorney that he saw no violations of state law in the transactions.
Bible has pointed out that Douthat voted once on a measure involving US Nitrogen's pipeline proposal.
The pipeline allowed US Nitrogen to bypass the utility district in obtaining and disposing of millions of gallons of water for its ammonium nitrate manufacturing facility.