TN AG Opinion OP163 is just out regarding the use of SRO money.



* Vote For the Property Tax Freeze
* Vote Against the Property Tax Freeze
* Vote to amend the current program by adding $50 to the break received
* Vote to amend the current program by adding $100 to the break received
* Follow the budget committees recommendation to postpone, table, or differ until 2008
* I don't know
* I don't care
* Form the committee mentioned by the County Technical Advisory service to gather more facts


Dec 14 2007

The Maryville Daily Times responds to Blount Mayors:

We merely seek to cover the news and information relating to Blount County so that readers can draw their own conclusions and make intelligent decisions about the issues facing them. Doing these things makes us a positive force in the community to which we aspire every day.

There's lots more.

Dec 13 2007

So says the Tennessee Attorney General:

An opinion by Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper Jr. says that making developers pay for new schools would be a development tax and is not allowed under existing law.

"(S)uch a provision would conflict with both the spirit and the express language of the County Powers Relief Act," the opinion states.

That act prohibits Tennessee counties from enacting new infrastructure taxes or fees, other than an adequate facilities tax in which the county can charge developers up to $1 per square foot for new construction. If a county enacts that tax, it has to eliminate all of its other infrastructure taxes.


Rutherford County has tried multiple times to get around the County Powers Relief Act, first by asking the attorney general if the county could increase its existing $1,500 per home development tax, then by asking Hood to send a request to Cooper's office to consider whether developers could be required to pay for new schools.

UPDATE: More from the Tennessean.

UPDATE: TN AG Nov. 21st opinion here.

Dec 13 2007
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

First Amendment of the United States Constitution

Dec 13 2007

Mayor Cunningham has gone completely off the rails and is dragging Mayor Mull and Mayor Swann into the trainwreck.

Can't recall ever seeing anything like this before. It doesn't appear Cunningham actually wrote it, though. It has correct spelling and grammar and stuff.

Dec 12 2007

It's gone from their website, but the big, bold, top of the front page headline in today's Maryville Daily Times says "ALCOA makes hostile bid for Alcan".

The problem is, the article is a slice and dice of a May, 2007 Alcoa press release.

According to an Alcoa spokesperson today, "This is old news from back in May. Alcan was already bought by Rio Tinto, and that happened months ago."

Memo to the MDT: If you aren't going to check your facts, at least check the dates on press releases you transcribe onto the front page.

UPDATE: Looks like this is an exact reprint of a May 2007 AP report.

UPDATE: The correction in Thursday's paper: "Correction: The Daily Times inadvertently published a dated Associated Press story in Wednesday's newspaper about ALCOA. While the information was correct at the time the story was originally issued, Rio Tinto has since purchased Alcan. We apologize for the error."

Dec 11 2007
By: R. Neal  shortURL

From the "unintended benefits of global warming" department, was it a glorious day in Blount Co. or what? It was 80 degrees at our house earlier today. On December 11th. At 5PM, it was still 72 degrees at Springbrook Park. A few more photos after the jump...


Dec 11 2007

Looks like the DT is back in the “fold”; (link...)

“During comments at the end of the meeting, County Mayor Jerry Cunningham told committee members that a formal policy addressing tuition reimbursements for county employees would be included in the upcoming policy manual for county employees that will distributed in January 2008.

In the interim, Cunningham said that he implemented a policy prohibiting any reimbursement for tuition paid to unaccredited schools in January after it was discovered that the Blount County Circuit Court Clerk received $3,910 from the county for bachelor’s and master’s degrees from an online diploma mill.

Following an article in The Daily Times, regarding the degrees that Circuit Court Clerk Tom Hatcher had received from the unaccredited Columbus University, Hatcher repaid the county and successfully sought a refund from that institution.”

Was this brought up at the meeting because Hatcher’s dead horse (and political career) wasn’t dead enough? Or maybe, just maybe, the Mayor brought it up because of this more recent story: (link...)

I hope in the next Our Voice, The Daily Times management can ask for our money back from these deputies in between asking for more money for their boss – again. (link...)

Funny how today’s Our Voice (link...) about local hero Lamar also fails to mention The Daily Times own poll that asked; “Has Lamar Alexander done a good job as a U.S. Senator?" The total 38.5% Yes and 61.5% No with 213 votes.

Looks like “Our Voice” applies mostly to the minority of Blount Citizens. Maybe the “who’s who” crowd?

Sen. Alexander says; “I think we need to do an even better job of expressing our beliefs in a way that it rallies voters and attracts independents. I think (the conference election) suggests our conference is looking for a little bit of a new direction, a new face.”

I think he’s right, just not sure why he thinks a “new” face would be his. I’m not sure if he is/isn’t a Bushy, but I do know he hasn’t done a thing to get in his way. Thusly, he has enabled war profiteers to cripple our country; (link...)

Dec 10 2007
By: ABlevins  shortURL

This e-mail was sent to me today by a friend who lives off Louisville Road in Alcoa.

Hi everyone,
My daughter in law Amber went to Walmart tonight to get some bread and some milk when she came out to get in her car a man grabbed her by her arm . This was about 10:30 she screamed real loud for him to let go and he did and ran, I told her he was probably looking for a purse with money but she rarely carries one and didn't tonight, but that is a good time to grab a woman's purse when we are getting in our cars. If he had wanted her he would have just pushed her on in the car. Please be extra careful out there there are alot of scum-buckets out there and then alot of people hurting for money just watch your step.

Everyone is shopping this time of year so be alert!

When: Thu. January 1, 1970 12:00 AM

December’s meeting will be our Christmas Party for the Blount County Civil War Roundtable (BCCWRT). It will start at 6:00 pm on Thursday 12/13 at The Blount County Historical Museum. This is located at the former Blount County Health Department building, near the Blount County Justice Center on E. Lamar Alexander Parkway. We can study the museum’s exhibits, which includes, “The Civil War Comes to Blount County”. The meeting will have members in period dress, exhibits, discussions & period themed snacks.


That's the front page, top of the fold headline in today's Maryville Daily Times. Which is unfortunate, because there are a lot more important things going on than this manufactured wedge issue made up by GOP strategists to further divide our nation and further confuse an already misinformed electorate.


Dec 9 2007

A weekly sampling from some of Tennessee's best and brightest bloggers:

Congratulations to the Maryville High Rebels for an unprecedented fourth consecutive 4A State Championship.

According to the MDT, The Rebels have won 60 consecutive games, 99 of 100 and 113 of their last 115; they last lost during the regular season in September 2001.

Dec 8 2007

Congratulations to the Alcoa High Tornadoes for an unprecedented fourth consecutive 2A State Championship.

Up next: Maryville's chance to do the same in 4A...

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