Blog Archives 5/2/07-5/28/07
In response to just wondering,
When I saw the article about Mayor Brookshire’s stance against Illegal Aliens I to was very proud of him until I sat down to read the entire article.
It appears, once again, instead of considering the wishes of those Legal American Citizens who put them in office another politician is pandering to the thousands of trespassing, Illegal aliens in the hope that eventually one of the ridiculous amnesty bills will pass and give these criminals the ability to vote for that particular politician.
Over and over he reiterated how the goal of his idea was not to target the Illegal’s who were living ten and fifteen to a trailer but to target the owners of the property. Although I agree that people who allow this in their rental units are a burden to neighbors, why not do everything we can to enforce existing immigration law instead of creating new laws to target American Citizens ?
The truth is these people choose to live in this communal manner because it enables them to rape more American dollars from our economy to send back to support the economy of Mexico. The second largest gross national product of Mexico is most likely Illegal Aliens who come here and send money back. This is second only to drugs smuggled across the border. It has been estimates that in 2006 Illegal Immigrants sent 46 billion (yes Billion) in United States Currency back to Mexico.
The simple truth is the vast majority of Americans; especially East Tennesseans do not want these people in our communities. By (these people) I mean Illegal Aliens, not those proud people of Hispanic and other origin who have legally came to this country and contribute greatly to the cultural diversity and economy of this country. I understand that we should have compassion for our fellow man and the response from the amnesty nuts is that these people are only trying to make a better life. I’m sure they are looking for a better life but they made a conscious decision to break the laws of The United States of America to do so.
(Think about this). If I live in a one room shack with my wife and three children and have a hard time keeping them fed, but my neighbors are doing well and live in a two story, five bedroom home with plenty to eat. Is it just ok for me to break into there home, take my family and invite ten cousins to take up residence?
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Yes it is a localized problem, yet the only solution at this point is a federal one. There is currently no jurisdiction for local and state law enforcement to address this problem although I know they are as fed up with this ridiculous situation as every one else. If you have had enough of being forced to provide support, services and education to people who have thumbed their noses at our system of laws and have no right to even be in our Wonderful country you should contact your state politicians and encourage them to pass legislation enabling state and local law enforcement to take action since the federal government refuses to act to protect the American Citizens. One such program is the 287g program through Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
I have no doubt that some will label me a racist for my views. To them I can only respond this way. I am in no way anti-Mexican, but I am very much anti-Illegal Alien and the simple truth is that in this area the vast majority of them are from Mexico.
To all the Legal Immigrants who have made an effort to obey the laws of this country and have went through the immigration process I say welcome , God bless and good luck.
For the Illegal Aliens its time we quit being so politically correct and state the fact that you are not welcome here.
My Name is Brian Jenkins and that’s how I see it. 5/28/07
Please remember the Bible when making immigration comments:
"[Lord,] when did we see you a stranger and invite you in? …" The King will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." - Matthew 25: 38, 40
"Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." - Hebrews 13:2
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus." - Galatians 3:28
"...you are no longer strangers and sojourners but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God." - Ephesians 2:11-21
"Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. ...he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves." - Romans 13:1-7
"And Jesus said to him, 'The foxes have holes, and the birds of heaven have a resting place; but the Son of man has nowhere to put his head.'" - Matthew 8:20
"You shall not wrong or oppress a resident alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt." - Exodus 22:21,
Something To Think About 5/28/07
Dear "Just Curious"
You may not presume to know anything about me. Whether I have children, grandchildren or go myself has nothing to do with the price of tea in China. Do not try to cloud the issue.
My point is that the school board loves to get parents riled up that little Jr. may miss out on something he isn't getting. What better than no buses and sports? Whether there truly IS a need has yet to be seen. Had the school board been acting responsibly they would not have spent the 2.2 million, knowing that there WAS such a need.
Commissioners do not dare raise the taxes again without some sort of outcry, so it will appear that they were forced to do so. What better way than Jr. will be deprived? Even if the taxes were raised, who is to say it would go to schools as promised? No one has explained why we needed the last tax increase. To be told we were broke and could not pay the bills, then shortly after raising taxes above the certified rate, they found the county had plenty of money. Honey, my mama didn't raise no fools (and I am aware that is not proper English before you think to correct it).This is all a carefully choreographed song and dance to bleed the citizens of this county dry.
What I just do not get, is why everyone is so apt to believe whatever these officials tell. It is easy enough to find out the truth. The fact teachers are underpaid- go request the salaries and wages and find out for yourself that they are not. Request to see the bids for all the work that is contracted to see how special favors are doled out. It does not take a rocket scientist to do a bit of homework, and you certainly do not have to take my word for it. Find out for yourself.
As to "Just Curious", my guess is that you are one of the officials, one of the school board, a relative of one or the other, or have money to burn. Whichever you are, do not dare to tell me that I am wrong. I did my homework. If you choose to believe otherwise, that is your privilege, but it does not make you right. Maybe you ought to volunteer to buy that land back from the school board. The school would be over halfway to their goal and Jr. could still play sports!
Fed Up With the BULL 5/28/07
In response to "Just Curious"
The reason the Loudon County Sheriff's Department is always on the web site is because they are always making the 6 o'clock news. In the past 3yrs or so the sheriff's department has had 4 officers and 3 officers wives indicted for various charges ranging from extortion to tampering with evidence , to identity theft and aggravated assault on a child. And whether they or you like it or not these are "FACTS" these are not rumors. I am not saying all the officers at Loudon County Sheriffs Department are bad, they have some very good officers but the ones that keep making the news are the ones that give the department a bad reputation. As for Loudon City Police Department, I don't know much about them because I have never seen their department on the news or in the newspaper. But you should stick to the facts and not start rumors about someone's child, it just sounds like you can't find anything else to say so you have to repeat a rumor about a middle school kid?
Just the facts, Lenoir City, TN.2/27/07
To: "Fed up with the bull"
Let me take a guess and presume you don't have children that attend Loudon County schools?
Just curious 5/25/07
Why is it you always have some bad story to post about Loudon County Deputies and their families, but nothing is said about the "good ol' boy" system that exists in the Loudon City Police Department. For instance, I hear a city cops middle school child got caught with drugs at school, but did not get expelled (nor too much other trouble from what I hear).
Just curious 5/25/07
After reading the article 5/24 about the school board, I get the feeling that this all a rehearsed dance between the school board, the mayors office and commission. I could be wrong, but all this commotion smells like blackmail to raise taxes yet again. Some woman was quoted as saying most people would not mind taxes being raised for better schools- WRONG. I mind paying more and I am sure that many others will also. We exceeded the certified rate two years ago. Most of you would mind also if you would get off your butts and do a little investigating on your own. The money is there. All you have to do is convince commission and the mayor to stop wasting it.
The mayor does not need to redo the county building and make it a camera armed security center, the commissioners can buy their own laptops if they want them. The well to do at Tellico Village can build their own library. Then make Fred Chaney start auctioning off the properties of the elite who do not pay property taxes (go to the assessors site http://www.loudon.tennesseetrustee.org/ and check out a few officials -funny that not one Arp shows up). See how many DO NOT pay taxes on a regular basis- if at all.
Everyone is always saying what the poor children are doing without. Did Headlee think of that when he spent 2.2 million for useless land? I doubt seriously that the state will allow the children to do without much. However, most of you have parents on fixed incomes and friends that are not so well off. You all ought to be thinking of those people as well as the children. The tax exemption for elders is not fact yet, and you have to meet guidelines to be exempt. Higher taxes could make a first home out of reach for those precious children and put old folks out of theirs.
Use your brains people and quit believing all the bull that is being fed. If you want to be lazy and accept what crooked officials tell you, then go give them your money but don’t volunteer mine. Get off your behinds and request a few public records – don’t take my word for it. Find out the facts and then come election day put somebody in office that is honest. The quality of life will improve for everyone, believe me.
Fed up with the Bull 5/26/07
I was just wondering how some of the city officials at city hall can get away with not paying their federal tax and now their property tax? Hummmmmm? Maybe more people should run for office and be tax free. I tell you it is a shame that these people get away with all that they do. It seems that nobody cares, and that includes federal, state, and local governments. Just proves that it is not what you are but who you are. Ain’t this a shame?
Not Shocked 5/25/07
While we are playing the guessing game, I've got another one. Which deputies sibling, who works in the jail, recently left their spouse for an inmate after time served and is still working at the jail.
deputy's wife didn't qualify for
diversion over identity theft!!!
Who's identity did she steal
besides all the social security
#'s she used when arrested for
bad checks...What happens now?
Probation, jail time, fines or
good old fashion politics??? I
wonder if her ex-husband could
enlighten on anything ??? I've
heard he could!!!
someone who just knows, trust me!!! 5/25/07
If the facts and figures that Maggie B. reported are true on school teachers, I have been badly misled. From all I had heard, teachers were grossly under paid and over worked. That doesn't seem to be the case. They sure make more than I do and work a whole lot less. No sympathy here.
I would like to interject in the illegal immigrant discussion. Two years ago while I was on the county commission, I had received numerous complaints from my constituents about illegal immigrants and the various associated problems they create. I proposed at a workshop that it was time that the county took some kind of action to address the problem. The first question that was proposed to me by another commissioner was, "how did I know we, Loudon County, had an illegal immigrant problem"? I first thought this was a silly question, but the question was valid. In dealing with any issue in government, you first have to have some facts and data to understand what the problem is then how to address the problem. I assured the commission that by the next workshop I would have some hard facts and numbers.
To gather the facts I first met with school officials, then health department officials, then sheriff dept officials and court officials. Here's what I discovered. No one is checking nor asking for proof of citizenship or whether the Mexicans are here legally.
School systems are heavily funded by state money. The funding from the state is based on ADA, average daily attendance. The more children in the seats, the more money the school systems receive. The schools don't care if the kids are from Mexico or Mars, the money comes from the state just the same. If a child shows up on the school steps with no social security number, the administration simply issues them an identification number and they are in. No incentive to change.
The health department is very similar. The health dept. funding, again from the state, is based on case load. No one is checking nor asking for proof of citizenship or whether they are here legally. Again, no incentive to change.
The sheriff's department, police and judicial system are all kind of one in the same when it comes to handling illegal immigrants. As we all know by reading the local papers there are a lot of Hispanics going through the system none of which are being asked for proof of citizenship or whether thy are here illegally. Mostly, public drunk, no licenses, DUI, domestic, etc. After the initial arrest and posting bond, most times the violators never return to court to face trial and cannot be found. There are a lot of Juans out there. The solution that has been implemented locally, is a hefty cash bond to get out of jail, then if they don't return to court the bond is the county's. It's a money maker for the county. Once again, no incentive to change.
As bad as I hated to admit it, at the next workshop I had to report back to the commission that I couldn't prove that Loudon County had a single illegal immigrant. I don't have solutions to offer, but what I can tell you is that if the federal and state government don't take bold steps or empower local governments with the power and authority to address this problem, it is going to get much worse very quickly.
As to Brookshire's proposal, it's the typical liberal answer. More bureaucracy and more taxes. Don't bother with those who violate the law, after all they are the victims, make new laws and go after the landlords, those with the money. I am one of those who believe we must secure the borders before we could ever start to address those illegals that are already here.
So, that was my experience within government in trying to address the illegal immigrant problem. Hope this helps others to continue to seek solutions.
Van Shaver 5/24/07
To David Divelbiss 2/23/07,
The absentee landlord means Non-occupant owners of Class 1 properties who use them exclusively to generate income. This is people who own rental properties and in most places around the country, there is a surcharge tax that can affectively lower the home owners tax and promote more home ownership in the city, thus aiding the elderly and the first time home owner with a lower tax rate. In other words, people would want to buy in the city and live in the city instead of having a bunch of renters.
I don't always agree with the City Mayor. But, this time I can see his point in holding someone accountable for renting to illegal immigrants. If you would like to see the city run down, then move to Texas or some other boarder town and see the crime and destruction the illegal immigrants communities have done there.
rent to or employee illegal
immigrants, then you promote the
growing drug and crime population.
The judge should just use the letter he got from the I.R.S. as a pattern for his threatening letter.
RESIDENTS! IT'S TIME TO WATCH CITY
I think you missed Maggie Bs point entirely. What she resents is all the whining the school board does when the rest of us have to work for a living. It has more to do with the elite in county government (which includes the school board) feeding off the public and wasting all the tax dollars catering to family and friends.
Your remark about homophones tells me that you think your education makes you superior to Maggie. No offense intended, but why don't you put that education to good use and investigate the matter in order to better understand? Or can't you be bothered, because it is easier to criticize that to do some real work? Go find out how much the county allots the school system, how much they spent on what, and then figure out where the rest of the money went. It is all public record.
Raising taxes is no solution- that is just more money for government to squander- there will never be enough. You have to realize that there IS a problem with government- or maybe the problem is with the school board. Lord knows 2.2 million is nothing to sneeze at, for land the school cannot use. The school board did that. That money could have bought many computers or gone for some of the technology that you think is missing.
Again, I do not mean to be disrespectful saying this, but you really have no clue as to what is going on- with government or the school board. Read the quote on the front page of this site- it sounds like you are one of the ones who refuses to believe.
One who knows 5/23/07
To Maggie B.,
First of all, I did not state that I am a teacher. I do believe that teachers obtain "real" degrees (usually Master's and beyond) and work very hard, as do most people in any profession they choose. Obviously you have negative feelings toward teachers for some reason, because you read more into my post than was there. Maybe you are upset because you are confusing your homophones (break, brake) and you feel that you did not master that skill in the third grade.
You seem to be the one on a soapbox.
Another To Concerned,
Let's see. Teachers in Loudon County are required to be in class with children just 180 days per year. Spring break, Fall brake, Christmas brake and summers off. Every state and federal holiday off. Bad weather days off. Vacation and sick leave. 100% paid employee health insurance and benefits and retirement. More four day weeks than five. Average teacher pay in Loudon County school system, $40,000.00
We peasants on the other hand are required to work 260 days per year except for those of us who work six days per week which is 312 days per year. Two to three weeks vacation per year, 80-20% insurance premium, six holidays per year. And yes, I do have a degree, a real one. Average Loudon peasant pay, $28,000.00. And you want me to pay higher taxes cause you don't make enough money?
Get off your soap box and smell what you're shoveling. If you don't like your job, then go find something else to do. I hear retail and fast food are hiring. Sorry, but my sympathy for the poor pitiful teachers has just about run out.
Maggie B. 5/21/07
To Mike the
To: Just Wondering:
Also To Concerned,
The problem with education in Loudon County is NOT a lack of money, but the poor quality of many of our educators. Teaching is a chosen profession with no mystery to the final objective. Teaching degrees have become the simplest to receive.
There is no lack of money for the Loudon County School system. Loudon County spends as much or more than any other school system in the state , yet the test scores of the children continues to be poor. The problem is the gross waste of money by the school board and central office. Check the link on this site http://www.vanshaver.com/board_of_ed_budget_request.htm and see just how much money is being spent on excessive personal in the central office. And that doesn't tell all of the story. Get a copy of the 1099's from the BOE and see how many millions of dollars are being funneled to other friends and family of school associates. Do your self a genealogy report of relatives working for the BOE. And don't forget about the big land deal where the BOE paid an extra million dollars for a piece of useless land.
While a very few Loudon County teachers may make slightly less than teachers in surrounding counties, don't forget that the cost of living here is far less than in surrounding counties starting with the property tax rate. But by all means, if a teacher feels that they could do better, make more money, somewhere else, they should go there. Loudon County schools would be far better off if we could get rid of a bunch of the Knoxville rejects now working in our school system.
As Rush Limbaugh would say, stop drinking the cool aid. Stop just believing all the drivel coming out of the BOE. Do your own research and you will find the problem with school funding. It's called WASTE.
Mike, An Educator 5/20/07
Link On News Herald's Website
Could someone please identify what crimes are not being enforced by the DAG because of a link that was put on a privately maintained web page (News Herald's website http://www.loudon.xtn.net/ ) that claimed to link to the DAG's site but actually pointed to another site
This means what? A bad webmaster? Does it mean that the DAG does not have a legitimate site? What does a private site's link to "a page advertising everything from Digital Cameras, to Insurance, to DVD Rentals, to IT Training, to Playstation 2 & 3, to Fitness & Weight Loss, to Birthday Gifts and 'Gay Dating'!" have to do with crimes not being enforced by the DAG?
The underage consumption case really amazes me. It seems to me that the accused is trying so hard to disprove his or her guilt that it is bringing out things that make then them look more and more guilty everyday. In my opinion the Butturini's were busted for a crime that they have been guilty of in the past as well. From my understanding the house was swamped with kids...I must ask , how can a person be at home and not know that there are 20+ people at the house partying...and correct me if I am wrong but the lady was supposedly up cooking French toast. If a husband and wife is no more responsible than they then I am not sure I would leave my children in there hands. I have some teenage connections at Farrugut High...It is rumored that this is the house to party at if you are a teen. I am familiar with one of the teens arrested...he stated that the alcohol was provided by the party host or hostess...i.e the teen of the home owners. I think this guy has tried to make the Loudon County Sheriffs dept look bad with his lies and it has back fired on him.
A.A.T.D ( Adult Against Teenage Drinking) 5/17/07
No one wishes to pay higher taxes, but how else can we improve the condition of our schools? We say we want the best education for the students in our county, but our actions do not show it. Our teachers are paid less than those in surrounding counties and work just as diligently, our schools are not supplied with the technology and other resources we need to train our youth to perform in today's world, and the buildings are overcrowded. This is not just about corruption; ask the teachers in our schools and they will explain the conditions in which they are asked to teach effectively.
If you were a member of the school board or county commission, how would you solve this problem? We cannot continue to complain unless we offer solutions to the problems!
to Loudon County. I hope that you
will not be disappointed in moving
here. I applaud you in that it did
not take long to see the corruption
here, and I do hope that you will
join the few who are trying to put a
stop to it all. I want to warn you
though, that it will not be as
simple as you think. The corruption
goes much deeper than merely the
police and a judge or two. In my
opinion, I do not think I would
count too much on the DA, the court
system, or even a few people on the
state level. It seems like it is
hard to know whom to trust, now a
days. My rule of thumb is that if
they ran for office, best to NOT
give them the benefit of doubt until
you know them better.
After reading the
school boards wish list for 100
million dollars, I have a wish list
of my own. My wish is to unseat the
current decision makers of both
commission and on the school board
and replace them with people who are
concerned about the COUNTY instead
of what they can get out of
Dear Van & Ricky,
In response to Ricky Sr.’s comments…
We have no other option but to call the Sheriff’s Department for some matters. Believe me, I wish we did have other options. They were hired to do a job while following certain rules and set standards and they continuously fail to do so. They abuse the system for their own families and to attempt to execute their own type of revenge. I have only lived in Loudon County for approximately 8 months. In that time, I have witnessed corruption at many levels at the Justice Center, beginning with the Sheriff’s Department and extending into the General Sessions Clerk’s office. It is unbelievable what these people who are supposedly there to “serve the public” think they can get away with! It is a shame that we have to take what we can over to Knox County for proper administration of justice.
I, for one, do not love gossip and am becoming more and more tired of the LCSD drama. It is a constant fight, irritating beyond comparison and extremely time consuming. I could not believe most of the things I had heard about regarding the corruption in LCSD until I was dragged into it myself. I will not give up the fight and I am anxiously waiting for the day that TBI conducts an investigation into the LCSD and their good ole boy network and way of doing things. The employees of the Sheriff’s Department should be there to uphold the law, not twist it to fit their newest drama and protect only those in their own network. I have seen evidence of a Deputy’s wife being booked in under multiple social security numbers to avoid a harsher sentence. How many employees did it take to cooperate/conspire to get THAT done? This same person has had over 10 bad check charges “nolle prossed” a/k/a swept under the rug, been convicted on shop lifting, pled guilty to identity theft and still thought she could apply to the diversion program instead of serving jail time. Someone has to stop all this.
There is some hope for Loudon County. There are special prosecutors assigned at the DA’s office now. We have learned to ensure a special Judge is assigned to cases involving family members of the LCSD and we have learned NOT TO SHARE INFORMATION until the legal process is complete so that it cannot be tampered with or misconstrued until just punishment is handed down. It shouldn’t be much longer.
The truly sad part of this whole matter is the fact that there ARE so many good people in Loudon County and it could be such a great place to live and raise a family. I know there are many in the County who are not looking forward to the rapid growth and influx of new people, but it may be just what the County needs….
I agree with Lenoir City Mayor Matt Brookshire and his issue on illegal immigrants. It is not right for tax paying citizens being burdened by the cost of providing goods, support and services to aliens unlawfully present in the United States. As I have stated before, it is a local problem not a Washington problem to do something about illegal immigrants. I think we all should support the Mayor in his efforts on this issue.
As a Contractor I do not hire nor promote the use of illegal immigrants on my work force. As long as we allow employers to hire and landlords rent to illegal immigrants. This problem will remain and become worse. As the Mayor stated "codes are being violated" thus meaning repairs and renovations to these facilities are being performed by un licensed contractors or un qualified persons. The State of Tennessee has in place the means to prevent some of this kind of work being performed by ensuring that major repairs and construction be performed by licensed individual. The Tennessee Contractors License Law (Tennessee TCA 62-6-102) requires that Home Improvement license is required to perform remodeling to existing residential homes where the cost is $3,000 to less than $25,000 ($25,000 and up require a "Contractor" license. It is required to repair, replace, remodel, alter, conversion, modernization, improvement, or addition to any land or building, such as, driveways, swimming pools, porches, garages, landscaping, fences, fall-out shelters, roofing, painting and other improvements adjacent to the dwelling.
Presently, the following nine (9) counties require a home improvement license for projects in excess of $3,000 to less than $25,000: Bradley, Davidson, Haywood, Hamilton, Johnson, Knox, Robertson, Rutherford, and Shelby. With the tremendous growth that we are experiencing in Loudon county we should consider adopting this law as required by the State of Tennessee.
Just Wondering 5/15/07
I'm confused. I
thought the job of the District
Attorney General was to prosecute
violators of the state's criminal
It turns out to be a
page advertising everything from
Digital Cameras, to Insurance, to
DVD Rentals, to IT Training, to
Playstation 2 & 3, to Fitness &
Weight Loss, to Birthday Gifts and
The Ricky will speak to the all might Sheriff's Dept Defender! I know who the deputy's wife is and so does Van. Due to legal issues, it won't be released until Van sees fit. Hate to keep you in suspense!
-- Ricky Bobby 5/13/07
I have a question concerning the parents charged with providing alcohol to minors. The following statements are direct quotes from your story given by the couple and the first statement directly contradicts the second. So which statement is true?
Scarbrough said Katharine Butturini "thought she'd done a good deed by keeping them there and letting them drink."
The Butturinis on Friday denied the allegations. They said they are the victims of an onslaught of party crashers and aggressive sheriff's deputies.
"They could have been drinking somewhere else, but I didn't give them anything to drink," Jack Butturini said.
Also, I would like to say as a parent to 2 teenagers, there is no way a parent couldn't know this kind of thing was going on in their own house. If these people did give alcohol to minors I think they should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
Parent of teens
Lenoir City, TN. 5/13/07
O AND ANOTHER QUESTION?????? WHAT DID SHE DO TO VIOLATE THIS SO CALLED ORDER??? CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR.......
It is a terrible
shame that Loudon County can have
such a nice, new shelter and yet not
have the competency to take care of
the animals that are brought there.
PETA, if not already, is being
notified of the care of the animals
at that "new shelter". The chemicals
used there are poisoning the
animals, enough is enough. They
don't come there by choice, let's
STOP punishing them for being there.
Let's have a tiny showing of a
heart. CLEAN that place up with the
appropriate chemicals. Parvo isn't
deadly providing it is stopped
New proposed ethanol plant
In reading the article about Wayne McCarroll wanting to buy 100 acres in the Sugar Limb Industrial Park to start another ethanol plant in our community smells in more ways then one to me. Could this man just be a front guy for the Staley, Tate and Lyle, Tate and Lyle/DuPont wanting to do an expansion? Think about it and read between the lines folks! I don't think Loudon can survive another ethanol plant here with the serious health problems we already have. It could be our final nail in the coffin!
Sick of Loudon Pollution and Politics 5/9/07
After watching the
video in your IT story, I would like
to add the following comments. What
I saw had little to do with putting
up a website or making public
records available online. First of
all, if the paper copies of records
requested have been tampered with
(missing or changed information),
I notice that in the job description application for the IT person for the county, there seems to be no requirement for the applicant to have any computer or web development abilities. I thought after watching the video the whole reason to hire the IT person was to maintain computers and develop the county's web presence. Odd the person needs no computer skills. I bet there is another big paying job coming for another Arp family or friend. Let's see. His wife works for the county. His wife's daughter works for the county. His daughter-in-law works for the county. His daughter works for the county and he works for the county. A host of other extended family members and friends are drawing county checks and others are getting no bid contracts. What's one more hog to the trough.
Anyone heard about the recent arrest of another Loudon County Sheriff's wife? I heard she was arrested around Wed. for a violation of an order of protection in Knox County. What has become of the Sheriff's Dept? This is becoming an every week news event!
Ricky-Lenoir City 5/7/07
While it looks like
there's going to be a cigarette tax
increase to fund education, there's
also a common sense bill to raise
the cigarette tax enough to cut
Tennessee's high food tax as well.
With the highest food tax in the
nation and one of the lowest
cigarette taxes, this bill is
gaining strong bi-partisan support.
You do not have to put dogs down for PARVO - in the early stages.
See this link:
you for this opportunity to express
my deepest concern about the Loudon
County Animal "Shelter". I
just saw the Channel 8 News
broadcast concerning the puppies
that were adopted out with parvo and
are now dead or dying and the hearts
of children are broken. I have
heard first-hand accounts of horror
stories from the old shelter before
it burned but I never expected the
new "shelter" to continue them.
But they are continuing.
great director we have!
You do know why
there is no news don't you? Kevin
Burcham ( boss ) is a member of the
LCEDA, whose job it is to make us
GROW here in Loudon County. We
cannot have anyone know that we are
less than perfect, lest some retiree
may decide to go elsewhere- which
means less money for them to take!
In my opinion the place is crawling
with corruption and they would do
better to relocate somewhere else.
By the way- the auditors have left-
why have we not heard what they got
caught doing this year?
That's it. I've had it. Never again. I have bought my last News(less) Herald. It was iffy at fifty cents, but seventy cents, that's the final straw. It's a shame that our local paper either does not or will not print any real news. Just a bunch silly social stuff. Well no more for me. Advertisers be warned. You have lost one potential customer. I get more news from this web site and it's free.
I Need News 5/3/07
Loudon Countians who
are "stubborn, obstinate or can't
read" can get their records requests
filled out by County employees,
according to Attorney Bowman. That
should be convenient for Mayor Arp
when he needs records (not that he's
illiterate, but the other two
adjectives sure describe him).
I would like to comment on the decision by Lenoir City Police Chief to formally withdraw it's officers from the Regional SWAT Team, posted on 04-18-07. From it's pilot-program conception a couple of years ago, it is my understanding the Regional SWAT Team has had pretty smooth and unprecedented sailing with exception in one area, that area being the Loudon County Sheriff's Department and now the Lenoir City Police Department. The Sheriff's Department is pretty self-explanatory, they were not totally in charge of the multi-jurisdictional (Roane, Loudon, & Morgan) team, so they withdrew. The current Lenoir City Police Chief is a good-ole-boy "puppet" and answers to the jerking of strings by certain powers to be. Lets not forget, he did miraculously get appointed to his current position over other outside much-more qualified candidates because of his political connections- no secret. Lets see- he was a stunning security guard at Oak Ridge, had a short stint as a night-shift patrol officer at LC, then his political connections allowed him to be "on loan" to the DEA disappearing for years to come, and .....then he became your Police Chief. Amazing.
It is my understanding the Chief has said many negative things about the SWAT team in his justification to formally withdraw, but the truth is HE never attended a single practice nor did he attend a single executive board meeting. However, he does want to create his own swat team. Hey "puppet" Chief, you HAD a SWAT Team with the appropriate number of personnel in which equipment and formal training was paid for, and if you had a concern or really cared, you would have attended the practices and meetings- I know that is hard work, but that is what a Police Chief is supposed to do.
Citizens of Loudon County.... its OK, you can still call the Blount County or even the Knox County SWAT teams with a delayed response to handle your situations in your backyards or at your schools, instead of using officers who work these areas everyday. All he is going to do is get someone hurt, or possibly worse. Dose anybody remember Jason Scott? Doesn't make sense to me, but not my problem, it's yours. Congratulations.