Quote of the Week: 'We think this is an attempt to conceal...'

"We think this is an attempt to conceal how desperate the situation is."

—Zimbabwe U. Matavou, head of the Black Business/Contractors Association, commenting in the News Sentinel on the fact that neither Knoxville or Knox County governments keeps statistics on black businesses. The association recently lodged a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice, claiming that too few contracts have been awarded to black-owned businesses by both the city and county.

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