SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. -

Interim Highway Commissioner Bobbie Manning tells us the heavy snow caused him to push controversy aside to help clear the county roads.

Manning tells us he was told, according to a statute, if he does any part of his job, he's breaking the law. As we reported earlier this month, Manning did receive a bond, but because it has not been approved yet by the county commission, it's not on record.

Manning says that isn't going to stop him from clearing the roads and making sure people in the county are safe. "I'm making sure the roads are clean and safe, and the [highway department employees] are taken care of. I'm not letting it bother me. I've got a job to do and I'm going to go forward and do it," he said.

Manning came under fire after laying off several employees without warning. The former workers hired an attorney who threatened legal action because he had not met the bonding requirements. Click here to read more.