Blog Archives 7/1/08-8/31/08
|Three peas in a pod. Or should I
say three T's in a pod. Terry, Tony
and Tooter. The voters have to know
if Tooter Robinett is elected, Terry
Vann and Tony Aikens will be running
the city. Robinett is just Aikens
and Vann's gopher. Voters of Lenoir
city better smell the roses. As
awful as Brookshire is he doesn't
hold a candle to the three T's. The
REQUEST TO VOTING CITIZENS OF LENOIR CITY
As any government entity should, Lenoir City government need to be looking toward the future with the betterment of it's citizens in mind. We presently have enough dark clouds hanging over us, thanks to some local government blunders, apparent lack of concern for what the voters who elected the officials want and also enough "in your face or because I can" politics to last a lifetime. I am genuinely concerned about the upcoming local election to feel compelled to ask the voters to search their hearts, minds and certainly consciences before they cast a very, very important vote for Mayor of Lenoir City.
I am not requesting votes for nor endorsing anyone- I am asking that the voting public NEVER TO VOTE FOR JOE SIMS, BUDDY HINES AND DON PACE. Joe has been around a long time & has numerous supporters. I, nor my family, can support him or his cronies Don Pace and Buddy Hines. When those three began -as city council members, along with others-to try to commandeer all offices of Lenoir City government-it cost me dearly. I lost my best friend and husband, Jake Chapman. Doctors confirmed to me that the enormous amount of stress that the situation Joe Sims, Don Pace, Buddy Hines & others placed on Jake were undoubtedly contributing factors to his death, he died from stroke & massive heart attack at age 46 in 1996.
I am not seeking sympathy-never have, never will. I just get heartsick thinking that voters are putting someone else in position to go through what I and 2 other families have. Because of personal vendetta against Jake and "because they could" attitudes toward the firings of Jake as police chief, John R. Johnson as street superintendent and David Denton as fire chief-they , in my opinion, literally got away with murder. I hate to think what these 3 can do if again put in positions of control. Yes, I know Tennessee is an "At will" state where employees can be fired just because an employer wants to, but there are some morally bound employers who do give reasons than - because I can. Buddy Hines & Don Pace will do/vote whatever/ however Joe Sims says. Both of them lied to Jake and me when they both said, "No, Jake, this won't happen. You don't have a thing to worry about. Nobody will be fired,
you all are doing good jobs".
Joe Sims has a proven record-he was convicted of felony charges of illegal gambling and admitted to taking payoffs while he was Sheriff, but only admitted to the payoffs because the statute of limitations had run. All this is filed at the Federal Courthouse. Check it out for yourself-it's public record
Why would anyone want a man like that in office? In control of budgets and again in a position to fire anyone "because he/they can"???
You can sure bet that these 3 have met already to plan their strategies and agendas. I feel several members of the Police and Fire Departments can start looking for other jobs because they already know their days are numbered. Lenoir City has had enough black marks and poor judgment calls already dragged through the press. Please think about it -pray about it-before you cast your vote for the people who will be running your local government. The cliché' is that elected officials answer to the public who elected them- essentially that is true, but the only time they answer is when YOU VOTE them in or out of office.
Sissy Chapman 8/31/08
SO answer this question, if and I did say IF enough people "write -in" Joe Sims for mayor on the offical ballot would that be legal??? I mean supposedly write-ins are people who cannot, for whatever reason, make the offical ballot, right??? and if Mr. Sims went today(or tuesday) and got the court order and got himself legally restored then could he not run a write-in campaign??
Let me be the first to say that if I was Joe Sims, I would sue the crap out of the election commission, all those involved and yes i am sure Aikens is involved, why would mrs zehner say he was in the first place, and then lastly i would sue the State election commission. I think a jury would find it interesting.
Doesn't the county have to give receipts for purchases? Either way you look at it this was some dirty crap and just remember karma hits this county all the time so know what goes around comes around and the train can be heard in the distance and I hear CHANGE on the tracks. Maybe mr sims should get his court ordered restoration and run for County Mayor in 2010, to heck with lenoir city their going to hell in a hand basket anyway.
I wanna see Joe Sims for County Mayor 2010
-Ben Dover 8/31/08
AWE, AIKENS, YOU POOR THING, WERE YOU AFRAID OF BEING EXPOSED AND MANY OTHER OF YOUR CROOKED FRIENDS ALONG WITH YOU. HOW DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT KNOWING THE LIVES YOU PLAY WITH. YOU ACT LIKE YOU OWN THIS TOWN, WAIT! MAYBE YOU DO IN A WAY. I STILL WISH THE FBI WOULD CHECK OUT THE SYSTEM AND LCSD.
AND TO JOE SIMS, THEY ALL KNEW YOU WOULD BEAT OUT THE REST.
THIS TOWN MAKES ME SICK, AND TO THINK THAT MATT BROOKSHIRE, WHO USED TO BE SUCH A GREAT MAN HAS GONE SO POLITICAL AND CROOKED REALLY THROWS ME BACK. I PRAY SOMEONE BEATS HIM OUT OF HIS RACE FOR MAYOR, BUT THEN AGAIN THIS TOWN IS SO CROOKED, SOME HOW SOME WAY, THEY WILL TAMPER WITH THE VOTING SYSTEM JUST LIKE LAST TIME.
STILL CAN'T WAIT UNTIL THE COUNTY MAYOR ELECTION, THE FEMALE I KNOW THAT IS RUNNING HAS SO MUCH TO EXPOSE AND SO MANY IDEAS AND WAYS TO TURN THIS COUNTY AROUND, ON TOP OF HAVING 100'S OF CITIZENS OF THE COUNTY SUPPORTING HER AND THE IDEAS SHE IS BRINGING INTO THE COUNTY, WAYS TO BRING BACK FUNDS TO OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM, AND SHE WON'T HAVE TO HAVE A PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE/SUITE AND HER WHOLE FAMILY WORKING FOR HER. AND THE PEOPLE HEADING HER CAMPAIGN WILL SPEAK FOR WHAT THIS WOMAN REALLY STANDS FOR. GOOD BYE TO THE HIGH UPS AT THE LCSD IF SHE IS VOTED IN. AND GOODBYE TO ROBBING OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM. OR SHOULD I SAY, GOODBYE TO ROBBING OUR COUNTY TAX PAYERS BLIND.
To someone who knows the truth, 8/29/08
IT'S CALLED GREED.
Sad in LC 8/31/08
well, well, i guess his old nick name KING TUT is really coming out this time. he cant stand it if he ( tony aikens) is not screwing with someone all the time. he is the one that is behind trying to get rid of joe sims on the ballet. well you know it will come back and get him in the end. it might take a little longer than expected but youll see. ill be so glad when the KING TUT nad GUIDER are both out on there butts. IT WILL HAPPEN SOON FOLKS. BUT NOT SOON ENOUGH. you know when joe sims was sheriff and he hired giuder to work in the jail part time, he (guider) was brought into the jail for public intoxication, bet nobody knew about that one huh. well got to git fur now. more later.
lost and found 8/31/08
Well, well, well, it begins....looks like Aikens and his cronies, (tooter, terry vann), are scared to death by the whole joe sims for mayor idea. what do you do? If you can't beat them, disqualify them. Why is Aikens so power hungry? he tries to get his friends and family in political positions all over the county. why does someone need so much power? I don't know joe sims personally, so I can't comment on his previous discretions, but i know aikens personally and this city/county needs rid of him and his cronies. I say, if it is against aikens, then I'm for it....and before anybody gets on here and blasts me, don't think that aikens isn't behind this attempt to disqualify sims. just think, if sims had gotten the same judge that aikens had, he would never have been convicted. as for the attempts by terry vann to change the pay of the recorders job, could they be more blatant? Mark my words, this will come back to haunt these two crooks....maybe they can eventually share a cell.....Scott Mccluen, where are you when we need you?
someone who knows the truth 8/29/08
I hope all Loudon County employees have read Commissioner Nancy Marcus latest editorial again trying to take more of our money. Notice it wasn't in the paper till after her husband's election. We may not have gotten rid of him this time but she will be voted out in 2010.
Who in the world is tooter? I have asked this question all over town and all I hear is: I don't have clue or Oh he is some good old friend of Tony Aikens and sometimes I hear he is that guy that use to sit up at that golf country club drink BOOZE and play POKER. We really need a guy running Lenoir City That is A BEST FRIEND OF AIKENS And goes by the name of TOOTER, Seems like we already have A Whole lot of TOOTERS in city hall and we sure don't need any more!
People be sure and Think before you vote this election or Lenoir City might just end up being run by the same people that run LCSD. What a wonderful thought, they will control the COUNTY and the CITY.............Aikens City...... A VOTE FOR TOOTER= A VOTE FOR Aikens
Sad in Lenoir City 8/26/08
We all know that the mayors race in Lenoir City is gonna be good this year. Already the dirty politics have begun. I know Mr. Sims is qualified to run and those other guys are scared to death, even the current mayor. All I can says is we know what happened when he was convicted of gambling but it isn't anywhere close to the gambling that takes place in Loudon that the current sheriff does or Lenoir City and the County gambling our money away or should I say giving it away.
-Voting for him 8/26/08
So if the employees of the Loudon County Schools work for the school board, would that mean that Van Shaver is now Matt Brookshire's boss? I think it does. Ouch, that's gotta hurt.
A Happy Voter 8/24/08
OK...Let me get this straight some of our children,were left out in 90 degree plus heat,with no water just the fountain in the field house. Multiply 1260 students with that and we can all see the germs and contamination. Come on Miller...How would you like to sit out in the heat with little water and food??
I think that we all the know the answer to that question!!!!!!
I also ask the question......Why do we NOT have a bomb dog??? I would think with all the K-9 cars I see for the LCSD, that we could find or train a bomb dog. I believe that I heard that the bomb dog came from Knox County.....at around 3:00 pm on the day of the bomb threat.
Plus why were many students told not to call any relatives????????? I think if my child wanted to call me they should be able to!!!!
I understand about the lockdown status.....but our Children Deserve Better!!!!
To the Angry Voter 8/11 and Disgruntled Parents,
I saw the comments made about Eaton Elementary on the blog and wish to address them. Let me first say that the parent said she was angry because she didn't get a detailed list for school supplies. What you don't know is that teachers here are NOT ALLOWED to ask for school supplies. They can only ask for donations. They cannot do this because there are many students in this and other Loudon County schools where the students and families simply cannot afford to buy very specific supplies. You would also be astounded at the amount of parents that send their child to school with nothing, I MEAN NOTHING, each day. The teacher must pick up these expenses which would be why she most likely asked for a Wal-Mart gift card. This is not for her or her own personal benefit. Did you actually think that she would spend it on herself? It is for kids who don't have anything, or for those times when you need to pick up celery and food coloring for an experiment the next day. It is to benefit your child, if you can't afford it don't do it but it doesn't hurt to ask because if you come inside the school there are volunteers everywhere asking how they can help or if you need them to get you anything. How wonderful it is to be surrounded by selfless parents that want the best for their kids.
The next area I would like is the fundraisers for each school. Each school gets funding from the BEP (basic education program) set up by the state. This is the bare bones needed to run a school. Each child in Loudon County receives money from the state that is given to their school. The amount per child is equal for all of the schools in the county. Larger schools get more money because they have more kids. It is based on the amount of children you have in the building. This is the state's money given to the county and divided throughout the schools. The fundraisers are a totally different thing. Fundraisers are done on a per school basis. If your child's school doesn't choose to do one, you may contact the principal and speak with them about it. However, at Eaton they do ONE fundraiser for the school a year. (Individual clubs may do other things but the school does only one.) This is the money that parents send in for their child for that school. Asking to take the money from these schools that was from the parents and families at Eaton is like asking a stranger to share his bank account with you. It is money raised for that school. It is not state money that has been divided up.
Please, don't down schools and teachers without asking the facts. If you don't know them, EDUCATE YOURSELF. That is the best way for Loudon County to dig it's way out of the mess it is in now. If you want change, be the first to make it. If you think it is too hard, no one will listen, then they won't. You have to keep fighting and trying. You have to keep standing up for what you believe in. You have to fight for the truth.
When is it going to be your time? The true character of a person is determined by what you do when you think no one else is looking.
Do we all in Loudon co. want to be the new Farragut ? How long are these land destructors going to chew at us the tax payers and this one time beautiful land GOD given? I guess it will be either when their pockets are full or they get to the Monroe co line! Good bye Loudon Co . SAY NO TO 208 APTS. ON 321 or any place in this CO. This is not up to a handful of back door dealers.
Welcome to Cement Co 8/20/08
Newsless Herald announces the launching of their new web site. They now have a new more modern way to bring us old outdated news. Sign me up.
High Speed 8/19/08
If there was no other reason to excuse himself from the Arp Ross investigation, Russ Johnson and his wife gave Arp $350 in campaign contributions in his last election. Shouldn't that be enough in it's self to have him removed from the case?
To: Rake 8/14/08
You're right. Our newspaper is indeed the Loudon County Late News-Herald.
It happened again today, August 17th.
A full four weeks after Van ran this story on Mayor Arp's discount appraisals:
...and a full week after the newspaper in a neighboring county gave it full coverage:
...the Late News-Herald finally decided this matter, which cost Loudon County over $132,000 in tax revenue, was indeed newsworthy.
Today's paper displays the bold-type, news breaking headline:
"Assessment problem alleged"
But you'll notice they're still a little bit slow. About the time they noticed something was "alleged", it was pretty well proven.
Lenoir City 8/18/08
Reply to TIRED OF THE GOSSIP! 7/22/08
Boy!! Doesn't take much to get a little bite!!! You can defend the LCSD all you want but it still smells like a cesspool.
Like other bloggers have said on here.....2010 is coming is the LCSD looking forward to this I think not. What will they all do when Guider is gone?!! I am sure some will be looking to call in favors to get other jobs!! Guider is a good man than has lost control of his Indians....Oh wait I meant chiefs!!!
Looking forward to 2010!!!
Legal to Judge 8/18/08
It sounds to me like
Johnson is already making excuses to
let Arp off the hook with the tax
assessments. Ignorance of the law is
no excuse for the regular taxpayer.
The same standard should apply to
mayors, judges, and Das. Johnson
should recuse himself.
Well, well...it didn't take long. The Good Ol' Boy (or should it be renamed to the Bad Ol' Boy system seems more appropriate to me) kick into gear. First Russ Johnson recuesed himself from the Arp case, then all of a sudden he takes it back on. Reading the article, Johnson sounds like Arp's defense attorney instead of the D.A. The G.O.B. is so thick in Loudon County ... it is sickening. Who pays for all of this corruption...you and me...the Loudon County tax payer. Aren't you glad your taxes go to protect these folks? Plus you got the added bonus when the commissioners just raised your property taxes another 8 cents! What was the justification...there was none. When you hear it is for education...that is bologna! It's going to the tax and spend mayor! I guess he will use this 8 cents to defend his actions...once AGAIN! Except with Johnson at the helm, it won't drag on too long...it will be killed before it gets started! Faith in the system...the system is laughable!
Here's a scenario, If I was a board member would it be a conflict of interest if my wife, who works for the county, become a liaison or work with the board to find grants or whatever and get a percentage of that money? I think it would and this is exactly the case with Loudon County School Board. Can someone do a family tree of the school board and see where wives, cousins, husbands, etc get a cut of the school budget? I think you would see that violated policy 1.107.
Do you agree, maybe not if it's you getting a cut of the money.
look for yourself.
-I'm on the case 8/15/08
All you people who have been so critical of the Newsless Herald will have to apologize now. Just a month after the story was first reported on this website, the Newsless Herald has broke the story of the Wes Cooper/Doyle Arp conspiracy to defraud the county out of tax money. The Newsless Herald is on the case. Maybe it shouldn't be the Newsless Herald but the Late News Herald. What a joke for a paper. I blew seventy-five cents on old news. No more.
How can you tell an election is coming in Lenoir City? Matt Brookshire shows up at a crime scene to give a press conference. When was the last time anybody in Hamilton Subdivision ever saw Matt Brookshire in their neighborhood. Come on Matt. How obvious can you be? Luckily, it's too late. Your gone in November. Thank God.
John Edd Wampler:
To: Dominick 8/11/08
You wrote the following:
<<At the bottom of delinquent tax notice it is signed by Terry Vann, Loudon County Delinquent Tax Attorney. This can't be right. How would it be possible for a man that owes $170,000.00 in delinquent taxes to the IRS possibility be collecting delinquent taxes on county residents. This kind of thing only happens in Lenoir City, right? Tell me I'm wrong. Tell me it aint so.>>
I'm afraid it is true.
To determine how that can happen, you would need to ask the person who chose him for the job. Inquire with your elected county trustee, Estelle Herron: email@example.com
Lenoir City 8/12/08
I was looking at the policy manual for the school board and noticed something that may have not been posted. Bobby Johnson Jr. dissolved all committees when he became Chairman of the board. Well, according to their policy, HE CAN'T.
So how you doin?
Such committees shall be discharged when the work
is finished or earlier by a majority vote of the entire Boad
I just read something in the very back of the Newsless Herald in small print that has to be a typo. At the bottom of delinquent tax notice it is signed by Terry Vann, Loudon County Delinquent Tax Attorney. This can't be right. How would it be possible for a man that owes $170,000.00 in delinquent taxes to the IRS possibility be collecting delinquent taxes on county residents. This kind of thing only happens in Lenoir City, right? Tell me I'm wrong. Tell me it aint so.
Well, another of the Loudon County sheriff department's finest goes down in an election. Arden goes down in February, Clabough goes down in August, Aikens will go down in November and Guider is gone in 2010. Some call it a wind of change. I would call it a hurricane.
It's now been three weeks since Van reported this story on Doyle Arp's developer-discount appraisals..........
....and the Loudon County Newsless-Herald still hasn't deemed the story newsworthy.
But a newspaper in a neighboring county apparently saw it differently, and their reporter did a very time-consuming and exhaustive job of investigating & reporting it (thank you, Hugh Willett!).
If that annoys you at all, here again is the e-mail address of the News-Herald's owner:
Don't bother complaining to the News-Herald's office. They've shown they don't care what you think - unless you are an elected official!
Lenoir City 8/11/08
For the disgruntled Parents,
You should look at the schools audit sometime. I am sure Van will look into it but the last time I looked, both Eatons and North Middle had over $100,000 in the bank from fund raisers. This money was in CDs that paid interest. An example would be if they have a fund raiser and brought in $20,000 the school would spend $10,000 and put the rest in the bank!! Here is hoping Van will look into this right away. I also hope the first motion he makes is the put the Hwy. 321 land up for sale. Maybe the BOE isn’t the only sucker out there.
Angry Voter 8/11/08
Chris Ingram is related to Jason
Vineyard ( the dispatcher for LCUB),,,,,,,,the
lineMEN and groundsMEN recently went
to a funeral on company time!!! No
WOMEN were allowed to do that!!!(or
if they did , they would have had to
take vacation time) Fred Nelson
recently renewed his marriage vows,
sounds to me like he needs to renew
N eed a really good
E mployee at LCUB?
P osting the job
O pening would
T ell all those
I nterested in making a better
S alary. Or you could simply
M anage to hire family instead.
V ery close study
O ften reveals
T he root of
E very problem.
M att Brookshire, LCUB Chairman
A nd his best advisors raised
Y our utility rates because
Of a contract with
R oane County to treat 750,000 gallons of
I ndustrial waste water each
D ay. So the state did in fact
I nclude that volume for sizing
O ur new “state mandated”
T reatment plant we have to pay for.
O nly the voters can
U nseat the Mayor
uesday, November 4, 2008.
To John Doe 7/29/08
You wrote, “Mr. McCluen, It seems that a lot of your issues of Loudon and surrounding counties are indeed spot on. My question for you is if your thinking of running for DA again? I think you'd have much more Loudon County Support this time.”
I appreciate your comment and your question.
I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to serve your county. I believe a lot of good was accomplished. I also believe I had a lot of unfinished business when I was defeated in my re-election bid.
Since I left office, some of the gains I made have been lost. Some important projects that I had started have, as far as I can tell, been discarded. However, it is my successor’s prerogative to run the office as he sees fit. I had the same prerogative.
Given my record in office, I think people know what I would do in office a second time. I put into action principles that are important to me. It was, for me, my calling in life. I was not willing to sacrifice my principles in order to get along or stay in office. I wouldn’t sacrifice them to get elected again either.
My work created a lot of powerful opposition groups that came together to get me defeated in 2006. I underestimated them. The thing is, they didn’t defeat me. They won an election. I still believe what I believed then, I am still willing to do what I did then.
The relevant question isn’t “if I’m thinking of running again”. I believe a candidate is just the point-man for a lot like-minded people who want to see their principles implemented in government and are willing to work for it.
The relevant questions are, “What does Loudon County want?” and “If I was led to run again, who is willing to cover my back?”
Notice I wrote “led”. I believe God has a plan for each of us. I’m not prepared to tell you I wouldn’t run again nor that I would. Think about what you are willing to do.
The world needs warriors to step up. I don’t want to sugar-coat it, you could face retribution. You would loose your anonymity.
Believe me I make mistakes and I am not perfect, but, if you or anyone else is interested in seeing me run again, pray about it. I will too.
I’d like to recommend that you read a novel entitled This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti which deals with the power of prayer to change a community.
If you want to speak to me about this (or anything else), telephone directory assistance has my number in Harriman. I would enjoy speaking with you.
Thanks again for your comment and question.
Scott McCluen 08/09/08
For years, not afraid to sign my name
Well, thank god this election is over. I am sad to see that some incumbents lost and glad to see some were beaten. I know that in one school board election that the party had some other school board members there whistlin Dixie. But when you have money it seems you can buy anyone. I hope to see a major change and remember don't you dare think about wasting our money because we will be there to call you on it. Oh ya and if you go to good ole Gatlinburg again be sure to get me a room so I can attend and save me a seat on the front for you next meeting
Praise to the voters for making a change, to the new ones in there, Don't make us regret it!
-Calvin Klein 8-7-09
Remember to make another important decision November and go VOTE!
I can not say how
happy I am to once again see Van in
an elected position. It also tickles
me pink that is Austin also.
Congrats to both of you!
I told you the creator has his broom out and he is slowly going to sweep away the dirt in this county ! WAY TO GO VAN AND AUSTIN. What will the contractors do without Reno? To the rest of you so called leaders the next elections are not far away and if Austin and Van start checking into the records your fate may be worse. Find a good hiding spot, you too Headlee can you say 2.1 million on 321? I love it.
GREAT DAY FOR LOUDON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 8/9/08
To Lulu 7/30/08
Lulu you wrote:
Mr. McCluen, I've been writing the comptroller and the governor for 2 years, and although the comptroller did find irregularities, as you can guess, nothing is ever done. Is there any way to get the state involved, and if so who do we contact? I suspect that some officials on the state level are riding interference for locals. Do we have ANY options when even the judges seem to be in on the corruption?
Thanks for your question. Let me give you a general summary as to how the process should work.
Once the Comptroller finishes its audit, conducts an exit conference with the office holder and reports its findings, it is basically out of the picture except for serving as an expert witness in any litigation, either civil or criminal, that is warranted by the audit.
In previous cases that I handled as DA, I asked for assistance from TBI to conduct witness interviews of people who were not at the dead center of the audit but had relevant and admissible information concerning the audit findings.
The DA is authorized to ask for assistance from TBI. The Comptroller's Office is really not set up to conduct extensive, numerous witness interviews. The TBI is not set up to do financial audits. It is usually helpful to have them working in tandem in criminal investigations of this type.
The Comptroller and TBI are usually the only state agencies involved in the process. The Governor’s office is most always never involved except as a recipient of the audit report. So, the Comptroller (if the audit is finished) and the Governor’s office aren’t really the ones to do anything further.
The decision to anything further is made by the local governing body, (county commission or city council or board). For example, assume the county clerk gets a bad audit, then the county commission, usually with advice of the county attorney, would determine if further action is warranted. The further action might be a civil suit by the county attorney (to recover funds or for ouster) or a request for the attorney general to review and take action (potential criminal prosecution or ouster).
The comptroller provides audit reports to the DA. The DA, of course, can take action without a request from any governmental entity. He has the sole discretion to determine whether to initiate a criminal prosecution or ouster proceeding.
The Comptroller may make findings or find irregularities that don’t rise to the level of seriousness that require further action whether civil or criminal.
I have always found the Comptroller office to be very professional and not susceptible to undue influence.
A group of individuals can file an ouster proceeding. The DA is required to decide whether to intervene or not intervene as a party. That decision is subject to review as to whether the DA abused his discretion in not joining the proceeding. Such a suit is now being litigated in Knox County.
Also, private individuals can petition the grand jury to present a matter and the grand jury can investigate on its own initiative. As you know, the DA has the authority to seek the dismissal of a case after a Grand Jury indictment.
I hope this helps.
Scott McCluen 08/09/08
For years, never afraid to sign my name
My oldest child is starting Kindergarten this year at Eatons Elementary. When I went to registration, I expected to pick up a supply list instead I got the teachers "wish list". Most things we normal things, but I was disgusted to find at the bottom of this teachers "wish list" was a Wal-Mart gift card! You know what, I would love for someone to give me a Wal-Mart gift card too but its not going to happen!! I have been warned by many people to expect lots of begging from the school but when they get to the point they want parents to start bringing in Wal-Mart gift cards they have gone to far!! What do our tax dollars go for? Not to mention the new $1200 "school tax" they are charging people when someone builds a new home in Loudon County! These I hope this is the last absurd request that I will see but I have a feeling it won't be.
A Disappointed Parent 8/9/08
Add this one to the mix. His honor, Judge Vann, just married the executive secretary to LCUB general manager Fred Nelson. What was she thinking. Oh and she got a big diamond. Not too bad for a judge that owes the IRS $170,000.00 and owns nothing. Boy, it just never ends.
I am somewhat surprised that people are just now seeing how everyone is related to one another in some form or fashion in the public services arena. What I would like someone to see is a family tree of those people with respect to where they work. It would be easy to start. Begin with Lenoir City and then the County. I think you would see the tree doesn't fork. Isn't that how others see us southerners, Inbred? metaphorically speaking.
I can speak on their defense though, when you have no education and your parents have been in the community political arena it is only the easiest thing to do. You know, ask daddy, momma, uncle or cousin for a job or to help them out in a job. There are a few that are rightfully in their job because they went out and got their education but what is a person to do when their parents have power enough, or owes someone a favor, to get a job?
Nepotism is the other "N" word that is a big no no for this county.
Wamplers need to move out and show the city a lesson, or heck if they stay and put in the water conditioners then I would suggest Solar panels and make so much energy that the good ole LCUB must pay them.
Things won't change till the mayor and council people do. I beg someone anyone to go and get a petition to run for every office in there, Your more qualified than anyone else already there or running for that matter.
And lastly, what's with all the yellow signs at north middle? I think I might have run out of the road from being blinded. I think one or two signs would be ok, but who cares, I don't like yellow anyway.
-signed THE JUDGE 8-7-08
I do not know who Chris Ingram is related to but I do know that Gretta Johnson is City Councilman Bobby Johnson Sr.'s daughter and Loudon County Board of Education Chairman Bobby Johnson Jr.'s sister. Can you say the word "conflict". Let's look at it this way: Will City Councilman Johnson Sr. go against anything that "Matt the Brat" wants considering Matt's daddy dearest is the boss of LCUB and his best friend Shannon is second in command. Which just so happens to be where his daughter just so happened to get a job. Way too much back scratching going on for us regular people to feel comfortable about.
I have read with much interest the articles concerning the problems Wampler's and Elm Hill are having because of the LCUB rate increases on water and sewer. LCUB is a classic example of what is known as "The Peters Principle" which occurs when unqualified employees are over promoted. The current management at LCUB have constantly lied to employees, but now it has become evident that they are lying to their largest customers and to their own Board. First they told the Board they were implementing a 30 to 40 percent rate increase. The increase turns out to be 82 and 88 per cent. Either one of two things happened. They either intentionally misinformed the Board (if this is the case they should be terminated) or they grossly miscalculated the amount of the increase (if this is the case it just further shows how incompetent they are, and they should be terminated).
When the rate
increase was questioned, they said
it was required by a TDEC rate study
which they could not produce when it
was requested under the opens
records law. It is also very
troubling to me when a General
Manager and LCUB Board Member would
show their complete lacking of
business knowledge by telling their
customers "you just need to go up
on what you charge for sausage".
All customers of LCUB are paying the
same increases in rates and are
suffering just as much, but if
changes are not made soon, the 82
and 88 percent increases are just
I am down right
angry that they have seen fit to
make times even harder than what
they are now. I am angry that they
evidently do not give a darn as to
what the public consensus is on the
property tax raise. I am angry
because they do not seem to have any
idea as to what it is like to have
to live pay check to pay check!
you know what is funny all you people gripe about everything in this county if you have a problem with it then come down i am sure that sheriff and chief will see that it is taking care of you all don't know anything all you can do is gripe but i bet one thing that if you are about to get shot you sure would call the police wouldn't you if you don't like us call a crack head the next time you need us and on top of and also most of these comments that have seen are written by x wives of deputies x employees and all they want to do is to take revenge against anyone they don't like if it was your family how would you like for some one to sit here and bad mouth you and your wife when you don't even have facts about anything o and by the way asst chief Davis is a well respected person so if you don't know any of them by heart or by person don't talk about them that is what a 3RD GRADER does and one last thing if you think that being a sheriffs deputy is so easy go and apply and put your life on the line everyday and lets see who talks then
MR GRUBB 08-05-08
Amazing, isn't it, that after almost two weeks the Loudon County News-Herald still hasn't picked up this story about mayor Doyle Arp's developer-discount appraisals?:
It seems the newspaper is primarily interested in keeping what "public notice" advertising business it still has, and cares little about being a relevant news source.
Some people have written the paper and complained, and the paper will even print your letter - but nothing ever changes. Complaining to the News-Herald itself does no good.
A new approach is needed. I suggest all future complaints be sent to the newspaper's owner: firstname.lastname@example.org
If this person owned only one newspaper, you could assume he knew what was going on. But he owns the following:
1. The Greeneville Sun
2. The Rogersville Review
3. The Daily Post Athenian
4. The Monroe County Advocate & Democrat
5. The Dayton Herald News
......so he might actually not know how irrelevant his Loudon County newspaper has become.
If you were this owner, wouldn't you want people to tell you?
Lenoir City 8/4/08
you know what? that office is do for a change in command. guider does not run his office. KING TUT aka: tony aikens is the one that runs it. we need a change in this county bad. this has been going on for tooooooo long. we need to make a change and real soon. oh well if the right man runs this next time then it just might happen.
i bet oh king tut thought he out grew that one didn't he. oh king tut couldn't even finish the academy with out someone putting his nose in it to keep him in there when he left mid stream. i know a lot on these good ole boys.......
more next time,
lost and found 8/4/08
To if I where sheriff
Also the 11 cursers I see that they take home when off duty I'm sure there are more than that. Tax money down the drain. Also who pays for all there personal cars and trucks with blue lights in the grills and sirens. One cut me off at 321 to get to dairy queen drive up window. Do not stop if they try to pull you over I was told by DMV has to be only if blue lights on top of police car!!!
This has to stop!!!! 8/1/08
Here is an idea- why
don't we prosecute Doyle Arp and
make him pay back all the money he
has stolen from the county. There
will then be no need for ANY KIND of
IF I were Sheriff:
I would run the department instead of the department running me.
IF I WERE SHERIFF 7/31/08
Mr. McCluen, I've
been writing the comptroller and the
governor for 2 years, and although
the comptroller did find
irregularities, as you can guess,
nothing is ever done. Is there any
way to get the state involved, and
if so who do we contact? I suspect
that some officials on the state
level are riding interference for
locals. Do we have ANY options when
even the judges seem to be in on the
More favoritism shown at the Sheriff's office! Where are the so called "occasional increases" the Sheriff implements to his employees or at least some of them? I do not care what any employee does, it is ludicrous for a person to receive over a $5.00 per hour raise. Is she certified? Has she passed all the training? Did she pass a physical fitness test ??? Hey Sheriff, did you give other qualified employees or persons the opportunity to apply for the job? She must know something big on Sheriff Tim Guider and Tony Aikens? It makes me very angry that being a non-certified(?) jail director is considered more important than being a certified road deputy who puts his/her life on the line each and every time they go answer a call. I understand Bill Shirk (former jail director) was a certified officer who could also serve as a road deputy if needed. He had dual capabilities and training. I think most employees are too afraid to ask questions about their co-workers pay rates.
Mr. McCluen, It seems that a lot of your issues of Loudon and surrounding counties are indeed spot on. My question for you is if your thinking of running for DA again? I think you'd have much more Loudon County Support this time.
John doe 7/29/08
To Follow the dots!! 7/22/08
You wrote, "All this corruption. the state needs to come in and investigate..." Before the August 2006 election, that was exactly what was happening. I suppose you realize what happened then. I'm glad to see some in the public are seeing it wasn't just a political vendetta by the DAG. The defendants were entitled to their day in Court and so was the State (and the people of Loudon County).
For years, never afraid to sign my name 7/28/08
Ahhhhhhhh yes Melvin! Isn't it funny that all DA Johnson's protection of the Loudon County Good Ol' Boys started while he was a State Representative in Tennessee. It was startling the control he had over the State Fire Marshal, Comptroller of the Treasury, and the TBI. With the flick of a phone call, he could stop investigations while these state offices were in hot pursuit and nothing was ever said about it. He was owed big time and when the attorney general office election came about, it was time to pay the fiddler. I just hope people will remember this when his election comes about again. Isn't there something that can be done with crooked DA's? Oh well, it only happens in Loudon County, it seems. All the other judges, sheriffs, and law enforcement officers who are investigated for the same things are punished, but not here.
Henry the 8th-July 28, 2008
DA Johnson Tackles Real Crime
With an almost an endless line of deals being cut by DA Russ Johnson on behalf of the good old boy system in Loudon County, it's good to see he is really fighting crime in Roane County. Johnson is investigating whether or not one of the candidates in the Roane County election for property assessor went to the bathroom in an early voting location too often. I'm not kidding. Go to the link below to read the story. If she is guilty Johnson can just give her judicial diversion. That seems to be the popular plan for Loudon County's crooks.
Arp must go to jail.
I see where a Lafollette officer is under investigation for sexual misconduct. Did the news just pass Loudon county over, there's been plenty of that crap going on here and no one never knew. Between Lenoir city and the sheriff dept they would have enough news for a month and somehow the news never caught on to it.
I am p***ed. The last time I called the assessor's office, 2005, to complain about my appraisal, I was told by that smart-aleck low life Arp that he couldn't help me, his hands were tied. What a liar. He sure could help his developer buddies. Doyle Arp should be in jail along with all the other low life scum.
A mad property owner 7/23/08
Kudos to Assessor Jenkins and Inspector Cox. Both have stood up to the playground bully and he can't stand it. He is use to getting his way if he cries loud and long enough.
All this corruption. the state needs to come in and investigate ALL of these city and county servants. ALL of the tax payers meet with them and pass on where to start digging. Then you will see the changes we all want , It works.
Follow the dots!! 7/22/08
I guess Mr. Cooper does think we are stupid, I have been in a few houses in Tellico Village and seen the basements, I know for sure that after they pay their taxes on an unfinished basement, that isn't included in the AFT, that they then hire someone to come finish the basement, I know I have put carpet in a whole bunch of them and the basements are bigger than the living space. So does that mean that they can dodge this tax? Seems so to me, isn't that a type of diversion or tax evasion, we should hire someone to help Mr Cox readjust the taxes on homes that had unfinished basements and go back and see which ones now have carpet and tile in them. Then charge interest like the IRS for unpaid taxes. Mr. Arp, you are just plain stupid. I hope Van runs again so I can campaign against you.
The AFT has too many loop holes, let get together and get these holes plugged.
If we had honest
judges, Cooper suing for the
adequate facility tax WOULD be a no
brainier. The problem is that you
have Fred Chaney ( Arps best friend)
running interference before it ever
gets to court. He calls and informs
Arp of every paper files and every
word said. He can loose a paper here
or forget something there. That
wears a person out and can raise the
price of attorney hours. Some of the
judges go along with whatever Arp
wants as well. I think to have true
justice we will have to get a
special judge or a change of venue
for ANY case Arp is involved in.
Well it just shows that all someone has to do is get on here and type false information to slam someone in the sheriff's department. The traffic stop legal2judge is referring to was not a traffic stop at all. and there was no Hispanics there either. It was a call about someone having a stolen gun. hey and guess what? Paul and Jimmy were not there. So the next time you want to put something on Van Shaver's web site you might want to research it first. I guess the saying is right Justice is Blind, isn't it legal2judge?
tired of the gossip / Lenoir City 7/22/08
Well......Where to start with this??? $1Million dollar lawsuit against sheriff and bank!!
Another nice headline that comes to us courtesy of LCSD!! We seem to be the right up there with Knox county at this time.....Don't we??
I believe that Tim Guider needs to leave this sinking ship behind....and that is what it is a sinking ship...I know the old saying is the captain goes down with his ship. Tim please make an exception to this old saying!! JUMP!!!
Will Deputy Chad Estes get any time off for his actions?? IF it is found that excessive force was used??? OR will this be another Jimmy Davis episode on the on going soap opera that we call our Sheriff's Department. I guess that we are about to see which side Chad is buttered on.....I bet that he will have T.Scott Jones for an attorney....We will have to wait on that one.
I loved the fact that the sheriff and Chad had yet to be served.....but the sheriff WAS SURE that Chad would have NO COMMENT!!! WELL OF COURSE....not until he is TOLD and prepped on WHAT TO SAY!!!!!!!
WATCHING.........Let's see if this goes away as easy as everything else in this county!!!!
WE ALL NEED TO COME TOGETHER IN THIS COUNTY AND GET ARP OUT.
I HAVE HEARD AND HAVE SEEN TO MUCH.
THIS COUNTY CAN'T WAIT UNTIL 2010 FOR A NEW MAYOR.
I KNOW WHO IS GOING TO RUN AGAINST HIM IF HE IS NOT SENT ON HIS WAY BEFORE THEN AND THIS PERSON WILL MAKE SURE THIS COUNTY IS TURNED AROUND.
FROM WAITING FOR THE BLESSING OF CHANGE FOR OUR COUNTY 7/21/08
WELL...WELL...Looks like the blogger that was talking about the Black Crown Vic waiting on it's old owner to return was right on target!!!!! Glad to have you back Jimmy...Hasn't been the same without you.....Are you going to supervise your wife's community service or will you get one of your deputies to do that for you??????????
I witnessed something tonight 7/18/08.....You know how everyone has been wondering where o where is Paul Curtis and his K 9....Guess what making a traffic stop with the owner of the Black Crown Vic... in the parking lot of the Tractor Supply, right on Hwy 321 so that everyone that passed could see. Jimmy must be working hard to make that Assistant Deputy Chief stick this time and what better way than a good ole drug dog workout. I say BRAVO....since I am sure that the passengers of the SUV were likely Latino........but I bet if we watch for the scandal sheet to come out on Monday......They will be on it!!!
(Smile Jimmy and Paul)
Ohhh...the greatness that bubbles up from the LCSD......Will it EVER END????????
I know that it will never be perfect......but could we strive for just above average?????
I know the legal system well enough to smell something REALLY BAD here.........and the stench starts at the Justice Center....it really doesn't matter which door you go in....it all smells!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What's with the water?
First it smells like fluoride that is poison. Next a few years later it smells like Clorox, a few years later, know it smells like sewage. Anyone else notice this? Is it safe to shower or drink?
Any answers? 7/21/08
Furious about the free ride given to
Cooper and the adequate facilities
tax. I am so sick of funding things
for Arp's friends via my taxes.
If I'm not mistaken, former Lenoir City mayor Charlie Eblen was once indicted and arrested for "Official Oppression" for trying to stop a police officer from investigating a crime. The Loudon County Grand Jury meets in August. We can only hope Arp gets the same.
How much longer must we tolerate Doyle Arp? Who does this man think he is? He has been nothing but an embarrassment to Loudon County since he got in office. It's time for him to go. County commission and citizens alike should demand his resignation. Doyle Arp must go.
Brian Rollin 7/17/08
BOOM TO BUST
I believe the creator has begun to use his broom in Loudon Co, prayers are stronger than evil!! PICK your side of the fence all of you servants of WE THE PEOPLE!!!!!! He is angry. You can run but you can not hide. The dirt will be swept away.
Live by TRUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!! 7/17/08
I have read other opinions about
Jimmy Davis. I now wish to have my
opinions read. I have had the
opportunity to be around Jimmy on
many occasions in his profession. I
believe he is one of the most
genuine and caring officers that I
have ever met. I have only heard
good things associated with his
name until his wife messed up the
first time then the second time.
Jimmy did nothing wrong!!!! Did you
get that? Jimmy did nothing
wrong!!!! Callie made the mistakes
and broke the law. Yes, her actions
did cast a shadow on Jimmy. However,
anyone who knows Jimmy also knows
that anything of the nature that his
wife was involved in or did is
totally out of the spectrum of what
Jimmy Davis would even let cross his
mind. I think he got 'messed over'
by Sheriff Guider and by Aikens who
is allowed to play Sheriff until
there is a photo opportunity then
the 'real' or elected Sheriff always
shows up. I am proud of Jimmy for
the way he took the STUPID demotion
and made himself even a bigger
person than he already was. I admire
him. I hope that any new officers
and even some of the ones that have
been around a while will strive to
be more like Jimmy Davis. As the
saying goes, crap happens to good
people and this is one of those
events. Keep up the good work Jimmy
Davis! There are others up at that
Justice Center that are guilty of
inappropriate actions but they know
what to do or who to do it to get
the PASS GO card. I am glad
Jimmy chose not to lower his morals
and become like the men who
currently are his superiors. I had
not heard that he was reinstated to
Assistant Chief. If this is true,
then this is the first appropriate
thing that I can recall that has
been done up at that Justice Center.
Well, that didn't take very long.
Former assistant chief Davis has
been reinstated to his former lofty
position. Anybody surprised?
I would like to
express a concern that I have in
regard to the Loudon County Board of
Education. As a county taxpayer. I
would like to see other county
taxpayer's in the positions that
decide how the appropriated school
funds are spent. Currently, we have
out-of-towners and non-taxpayer's
that do this. Why should they
care how the money is spent? It is
obvious that they don't. The
spending is outrageous! They are not
contributing to the county nor are
they affected in any way by how they
choose to spend the Loudon County
taxpayer's dollars. Something about
that fact just doesn't set well with
me. I know it has been this way for
a while. I honestly didn't realize
just how many of the 'higher' ups in
the Loudon County Schools lived out
of the county. I'm sure there are
qualified county residents that are
also employees that could do a
better job because they will
eventually suffer the consequences
if they allow frivolous spending .
Mr. Nelson, Mr .Littleton, Mr. Brookshire,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,HOW DO U SLEEP??????????????? Everyone down there at LCUB are on egg shells,,,,,,,,,,,,,????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! do you mind someone losing their home??????
6 Million dollar road
How about this deal! I took the drive a few days ago myself and was shocked about how narrow the road was in comparison to modern developments in the Eastern United States. Just imagine the economy will recover in a few years. There will be development. Then you will have a shorter trip just avoiding the inevitable traffic in this development.
Nice Job all the
Politicians who were able to make
this dream a reality for someone.
Good Job LCUB and Pat Phillips.
Thank you tax payers in Lenoir City
and Loudon County. How about the
Tennessee Taxpayers kicking in
another 2 Million. How can something
REGARDING YOUR LATEST COMMENTS; i DON'T RECALL QUESTIONING OR UNDERESTIMATING YOUR VAST KNOWLEDGE OF THE INNER-WORKINGS OF LCSD. HOWEVER; I AM GREATLY DISAPPOINTED CONCERNING YOUR APPARENT LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF OPEN PUBLIC RECORDS. OPEN RECORDS DOES INCLUDE DIVORCE FILINGS. i AM REALLY CONFUSED THAT THE EX- MRS. DOESN'T KNOW SHE/THEY ARE DIVORCED. THE FINAL DECREE WAS SIGNED BY THE COURT 12/06. DON'T KNOW HOW ONE'S MARITAL STATE WOULD BE UNKNOWN AFTER RECEIVING THAT COPY! -ESPECIALLY SINCE IT'S SIGNED BY BOTH PARTIES.
IT'S SAD TO ME TO SEE ANY FAMILY FALL APART FOR WHATEVER REASON. BUT I ALSO FEEL THAT UNLESS IT'S MY MARRIAGE, I CANNOT CRITIQUE SOMEONE ELSE'S, BECAUSE I DIDN'T LIVE WITH THE PARTIES INVOLVED-HOW CAN AN OUTSIDER HONESTLY SAY WHAT HAPPENS? AND YOU'LL HAVE TO AGREE WE CANNOT LEGISLATE MORALITY. THAT ISSUE IS SOMETHING WE WILL ALL ANSWER TO GOD FOR AS INDIVIDUALS. i MIGHT NOT LIKE OR APPROVE OF ONE'S LIFE/BEHAVIOR BUT IT'S NOT FOR ME TO JUDGE. i DO HAVE TO SAY THAT I BELIEVE GOD WANTS ALL HIS CHILDREN TO BE HAPPY, NOT MISERABLE IN MARRIAGE; MY OWN FEELING IS DIVORCE SHOULD BE A LAST RESORT.
I REALLY HATE TO SEE SOMEONE ACT AS IF HE'S STOCK-PILING STONES, WHEN HE'S ACTUALLY BUSY PEEPING INTO SOME OTHER PERSON'S WINDOW........
You are 100% correct. A law enforcement...no a Public employee, of the citizens of the state and county, are held to a much higher standard than the cook at wendy's. And what is so funny is that these "good ole boys and bad girls" get to keep their job. The county doesn't have a nepotism policy because if they did half of them would lose their job.
I am sure you can come up with your own version but here is a motto our politicians go by and those in charge of departments can use it as well.
P- prey on the weak, they won't fight too much
O- own lots of property it makes you more powerful
L- Lust, but make sure not to get caught
I- Insinuate you are innocent and blame it on someone else
T- Tax the crap out of the public and make sure it looks like it's going to the school
I- I am rich, wonder if I can give myself a raise or convince someone else I need it.
C- Crap flows downhill, boy am I glad I am on top.
S- Sacrifice, it's what those below me have to do to work and live here
What does politics mean to you, I'd like to see other versions.
In reply to ME,
You greatly underestimate my knowledge of the inner actions of the LCSO. You can not defend adultery by claiming one was divorced and therefore eligible to date when the divorce came as a result of the affair with the girlfriend in the DA's office. And the other one is not divorced or at least his wife doesn't know it if he is.
People who work at Yale or Walmart have a somewhat different charge at their jobs. A compromise of their morality does not necessarily affect many other residents of this county. When a police officer or sheriff's deputy compromises his or her morality, it can have a negative effect on many others.
Many times a piece of fruit will rot from the inside.
Justice Knight 7/7/08
To Concerned for our county, yes it is the same Chris Clabough that is Tony Aikens' nephew, the same Chris Clabough that had numerous run ins with police as a youth ( but of course I am sure all of that "went" away), the same Chris Clabough that works for LCUB, the same Chris Clabough that the LCSD thinks is sooo special. Yep, you are right IT IS THE SAME ONE!!!!
TO PROTECT AND TO SERVE- ARE YOU KIDDING?
I have only lived in Loudon County for a short time and I just recently discovered this website but, I must say I don't understand how the Loudon County Sheriff Department gets away with so much corruption? I heard that recently a city officer arrested a friend of Tim Guiders for DUI, POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND POSSESSION OF A FIREARM, and before the officer even had the warrants written that the sheriff called the jail and told the officer on duty to let the guy go! Granted, I was told he did pay a bond but he was in the jail less than an hour and I was told that normal policy is, for someone arrested for DUI to stay at least 4 hours before he/she can even make bond? I guess I am a little confused about this, since I was told the guy was very intoxicated and had a gun and was released after less than an hour? Let's see, drunk, in possession of a firearm and in possession of drugs, I don't know about you but I sure as heck wouldn't want to meet him on the road!!! And I am kind of curious as to how this plays out in court? All charges dropped? That would be my bet. And I thought the motto on police cars say "To protect and to serve"?
I guess that only applies if you are a friend and/or family member of the sheriff or one of his officers? I am also curious as to what it is going to take for the people of Loudon County to wake up and realize how corrupt this department is??? I was taught to respect police officers, but this is a little hard to do when you read about the antics of the sheriff dept. on almost a daily basis........
Something's gotta give 7/4/08
FACTS ABOUT DA'S EMPLOYEE & LOUDON CO. DEPUTY
TO: RON, JUSTICE KNIGHT & OTHERS
REGARDING THE GOSSIP, INNUENDO & JUST PLAIN MEAN COMMENTS MADE HERE ABOUT PERSONS YOU DON'T KNOW (I DO)
ONLY FOR THE ATTENTION & BERATING OF THE DA & SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT--THE FACTS ARE THAT BOTH THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE DIVORCED, BOTH FOR QUITE SOME TIME. THAT FACT ALONE DOES NOT MAKE THEIR RELATIONSHIP ILLICIT OR AN "AFFAIR" OUT OF "WEDLOCK". IT'S CALLED DATING. BUT IT SHOULD MAKE IT NO ONE'S BUSINESS BUT THEIR OWN. NO LAWS ARE BROKEN-THEY ARE SINGLE, OVER 21 AND YOU CAN SURE BET THAT IF THEY WORKED AT YALE AND WALMART NO ONE WOULD CARE!! APPARENTLY SOME PEOPLE HAVE TO JUMP ON ANY OPPORTUNITY TO DOWN PEOPLE THEY DON'T KNOW JUST BECAUSE THEY HAVE A BEEF WITH THE SHERIFF OR DA. CAN'T YOU FIND SOMETHING BETTER TO DO???? AT LEAST CHECK YOUR "FACTS" FIRST. THESE 2 ARE NICE PEOPLE & DON'T DESERVE THIS.
If Russ Johnson knows his secretary is having an affair with a Loudon county Deputy, does that make Johnson her pimp? I think it does.
Hello All ;
I was reading over the sample ballot for Loudon County. In District 5- seat A, I see the name Chris Clabough. Is this the same Chris Clabough that was a deputy for the Loudon County Sheriffs Dept? Is this the same Chris Clabough that is the nephew to Chief Tony Aikens? Is this the same Chris Clabough that is currently an employee of LCUB and a part time LCSO deputy that is so special it is he and Leon Shields who are the only ones that is allowed to take the LCSO boat on the water during events and holidays like Rocking on the Docks. Just wondering and wanted to make all aware of who this Chris Clabough is.
Concerned for our County. 7/3/08
Concerning the LCSD,,,I can't wait unit the SD finds out who is running for Mayor in 2010 and this person is on top of it all,,,,,This person has grown up in Loudon County all their life and knows what needs to be done,,,,Not just with the crazy money throwing Arp has done,,etc,,,shall I go on,,,but this person is going to bust the LCSD wide open,,,and all of our great officers who deserve to work under some one other than Guider and Aikens will not hate going to work. To the person who would like to get several people together maybe even hundreds to get the FBI to come in and to a full investigation. GREAT IDEA
I also know about the affairs going on, the money borrowed all the time, and he gives it so he is not exposed.
God will not allow this to go on in this town much longer, we need a good moral, good hearted person. Who knows this town, the people, the needs, and will fight to do what is right among all of our citizens in the county.
2010 will be a change for the
While I'll agree with every point you make about the LCSD being a moral cesspool. Sergeant Davis was demoted because he had been warned many times prior to his marriage bout the blonde by his superior officers. Yes, Russ Johnson did take on somebody who was involved with an LCSD staffer out of wedlock and all the other examples are exactly why the crap flows downhill. Good honest ethical people could never rise thru the sheriffs department of Loudon County. SGT. Davis was no. 3 in charge so that in itself shows he's been pretty good at it for a few years. I agree that they all should have lost their jobs or working graveyard shifts. It's just a matter of time before that cesspool blows up down at the LCSO. Lastly, Loudon Countians indicted our No. 2 man at the LCSO twice but the unhonorable DA Johnson turned a blind eye. Elections are the only way to change the odor, so I urge everyone to vote as often as you can to get those crooks out.
I can assure you that GI Jane is correct Jimmy Davis has yet to have worked a 40 hour week since he was "Demoted" and still resides in his office. They pay is also probably the same. Why are these questions not ask to the sheriff in front of a news camera and exploited?
927 has had the past two weeks off with no notice and his shift has been short officers, so where is the protect and serve there for us in the county? And to answer the question as to why Leon Shields has better equipment, well hello, in my opinion he is the surrogate son of Aikens do you need more than that as an answer?
Maybe we can start a fund to hire a PI to investigate all that goes on down there. But I guess time will do that when we do get a new Sheriff and a whole new rank of higher up. But I will say to those that are there just doing there jobs and really putting the heart it takes into it Thank you we know that you never get the recognition that you deserve, but one day it will be all over and you can have a morally upstanding sheriff to follow and keep your head high.