In August, a Cookeville city official said that government computers contained cookie files but that the newspaper would have to pay to get copies of the data.
Pit, said." To me, cookie files are like phone logs.
Court papers indicate Davidian asked Cookeville city manager Jim Shipley for cookie files in mid-August.
27 letter to Davidian from Shipley said "Our research has revealed that cookie files are not really the property of the City of Cookeville and are not created by the city.
But, she explained, "A logical analogy to access to cookie files is access to government employees cell phone records -- which are available in most jurisdictions."
Davidian's rationale is that journalists routinely ask for phone records, and so cookie files and other history files should be no different.
City attorney Michael O'Mara says cookie files are not public records.