Ex-speaker Kent Williams pays $100 to replace broken microphone

Ex-speaker Kent Williams pays $100 to replace broken microphone

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Rep. Kent Williams (source: Tennessee General Assembly) Rep. Kent Williams (source: Tennessee General Assembly)

NASHVILLE (AP) - Former House Speaker Kent Williams says he paid $100 to replace a microphone that he tossed aside when his comments were cut off last week.

Williams, an independent from Elizabethton, was angry that he wasn't allowed to explain his reasons for opposing a bill to allow supermarket wine sales in Tennessee after the chamber passed the bill on Thursday.

House Clerk Joe McCord announced at the end of Monday night's floor session that the chamber's policies require members to replace or repair any damaged property.

Williams said Tuesday he was surprised the microphone broke, and that his offer to pay for another one up front was declined.

Williams was House speaker from 2009 to 2011. He is retiring from the Legislature this year and running for Carter County mayor.

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