Linda King of Citizens Concerned for Blount County's Future had a nice letter to the editor today. It rehashed what the Mayor likes to call "old news". (link...)
For those who haven't heard any of this "old news", following are DT and BT links to the issues referred to in her letter;
Fake degrees; (link...)
Officer graduation; (link...) It's a shame these cadets would be trained to see themselves as "elite" in a community that has had just about enough of the "elites" or "A-list" or "Who's who". From the Declaration of Independence;
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness."
How are we to achieve these truths when those who are tasked with duty of upholding these rights see themselves as "elite"? I agree with Linda, I would prefer to hear the cadets extolling the virtues of the community that supports and pays them rather than "their" force.
Sorry I don't have a link about Mr. Hatcher's county owned vehicle, I've not seen that reported. But here is an example of why we need better policy; (link...)
This is a (link...) to Commissioner Reeves blog. In the "Still not Satisfied" content June 22nd, you will see what was thought to be the order of the raises: 15 - 20% for the deputies and jailers and 3 - 4% for the higher ranks. That's not how it worked out.
Did anyone watch the Republican YouTube debate? Mitt Romney basically buried himself. He might be a nice guy, but he can't answer a question for squat. I almost felt sorry for him he sputtered around so poorly. Rudy G. handled it fairly well as did Huckabee who probably had the best one-liner of the night. Other observations from the peanut gallery?
This year's party is just for fun. Larry Burns will be our DJ so come and dance or just visit with friends. Our Democrat Commissioners (Wendy Pitts-Reeves, David Ballard, Jr., and Dr. Bob Proffit) should be there as well as Judge Mike Meares and our local party officials.
This will be a casual affair, not a sit down dinner. Please bring a finger food to share. Also feel free to bring a new unwrapped toy as we will once again be collecting for Toys for Tots.
This is not a fundraiser but we do need to pay for the facility and DJ. The Cost is $15/person or $25/couple at the door. A cash bar is available.
The party begins at 6 PM at the American Legion Post 13 at 244 Waters Road. If you need directions please call Marge Fugate at 983-2486.
As it stands right now at 11:55, the Daily Times online poll asking "Has Lamar Alexander done a good job as a U.S. Senator?" is running 38.5% Yes and 61.5% No with 213 votes.
I think Mike McWherter gave up to early. Is anyone else running?
From the front page of yesterday's Maryville Daily Times:
From The Daily Times Our Voice;
Until the pay for county deputies is brought up to a level comparable to that of officers in the Alcoa and Maryville police departments, such qualified deputies would be hired away as fast as they were trained.
Should Blount County teachers, employees, and those contracted with the county be paid the same as Maryville City? Isn't teaching and police work in the city considered an upward move for county workers - not a lateral one?
If they are not, should we not go ahead and consolidate our government?
Maryville City is lighting their Christmas tree tonight. It will be located at the Greenbelt right behind The Daily Times offices, next to the pedestrain bridge that goes to the library.
Today on Gene Patterson's Tennessee This Week, guest Bill Lyons announced Mayor Haslam's Deputy Mayor, Larry Martin, would no longer have his dual role of Finance Director. I wonder what Mayor Haslam knows that Mayor Cunningham doesn't?
Does anyone know the reason for this change?
What Tennessee's best and brightest bloggers are writing about this week.
1792 - Democratic Republican Party formed by Jefferson and Madison.
1854 - Republican Party formed by former Whigs, Northern Democrats, and Free-Soilers.
1890 - Democratic Party becomes Socially Liberal.
1890-1910 - 14th Amendment (of 1868) designed to give citizenship to former slaves, used by Corporations in over 288 cases and only 14 black American cases.
1898 - In addition to Smythe v. Ames, and several other Supreme Court Rulings; Corporations achieve the Legal Fiction of Constitutionally-protected Corporate Personhood.
2006 - Nancy Pelosi states that interfering with the freshly paved Yellow-Brick-Road from K-Street to DC, is "off the Table."Continued...
The defending state 4A champion Maryville High Rebels face off against Sullivan-South and the defending 2A champion Alcoa High Tornadoes face off against Donelson Christian at 7PM tonight in state semi-finals matchups.
It's a pretty huge night for football in Blount County. Best of luck to both teams!
UPDATE: Congratulations to Maryville and Alcoa on the big wins. Now it's on to the state championships.
Many of us questioned the timing on this weeks Pro-us rally and I believe we have found the source of the actual timing.
“This school is a fraud,” Hatcher said. “They sell themselves as an accredited school and they’re deceiving people.
“I think it would be worthwhile for others to pursue refunds.”
Berrong said there “was no discussion” on whether the deputies should pay back the money or ask Columbus University for a refund. He said he “would like for them to try to obtain a lawyer to ask Columbus to do the same that they did with Tom (Hatcher).”
“I think that’s something that we can pursue,” Berrong said. “I think a letter would be relatively inexpensive to have an attorney, if we could find one,
Caption this Daily Times photo.
I'll get the ball rolling:
Mayor Cunningham asks "Who among you accepts the Republican Party as your personal savior?"
Mayor Cunningham asks "How many of y'all think the Daily Times is a tool of liberal left real estate developers and that all these bloggers or whatever the devil you call them are a bunch of terrorist sympathizers?"
Mayor Cunningham asks "Who wants pie?"
Keep it clean.
(Disclaimer: Our crack team of litigious pit bull trial attorneys has counseled that this is not a competition and only an exhibition so there is no wagering allowed, and that entries not straying out of bounds are parody and/or satire protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which they believe to still be in effect in Blount County.)
Blount County Animal Rescue Effort (Blount CARE) is proud to annouce the 4th Annual Santa Paws/Winter Wonder Paws Event. Blount CARE's vice president, professional photographer Shannon Parker, will again be taking pictures of people and their pets with Santa at Smoky Mountain Feeds, 317 Gill Street, Alcoa, TN. (link...)
There is a $5.00 per animal/person sitting fee, which will go to the nonproffit organization, Blount CARE, to help with their work to educate people to the proper care of all animals and to the importance of spaying and neutering their pets. Photo Sheets will be avaiable for order from Shannon's website: White Dog Studio (link...)Continued...
The Blount County Civil War Roundtable (BCCWRT) is proud to welcome author Ron Jones, at their November 29th meeting, 7 pm. at the Saint Paul Lutheran Church. He will be speaking about his historical novels, "War Comes to Broad River", based on a diary kept by his Great Great Grand Uncle during the War Between the States and "The Road to Rock Island", based on the service of his Great Great Grandfather and his imprisonment at Rock Island for the last year of the war. Both books are stories of real people caught up in one of the most tragic periods of our history. Each follows a small band of men from northeast Georgia, one serving in the Army of Tennessee and the other in Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.
Mr. Jones is a Knoxville native and graduate of the University of Tennessee. After retiring, he has renewed his love of history thru genealogy work and writing and speaking on both the War Between the States and the American Revolution. He is also a member of many heritage and historical groups in East Tennessee.
Blount County Civil War Round Table meetings are heldon the last Thursday of each month, at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 429 Sandy Springs Road, Maryville, Tennessee (very near Foothills Elementary School and Maryville Fire Station on Sandy Springs Road).
Link to map:
For more information call Teresa: (865) 556-0315
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