Giles Free Speech Zone
The purpose of the "Giles Free Speech Zone" is to identify problems of concern to the people of Giles County, to discuss them in a gentlemanly and civil manner, while referring to the facts and giving evidence to back up whatever claims are made, making logical arguments that avoid any use of fallacy, and, hopefully, to come together in agreement, and find a positive solution to the problem at hand. Help make a difference! Email "email@example.com" to suggest topics or make private comments.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Monday, August 22, 2016
Unusual Behavior At Highland Baptist Church?
They are described as three middle eastern looking men who backed their car up to the door of the church during services then opened the trunk and got backpacks which they carried into the church building.
It seems that their story was they had never been to a church in the USA and wanted to take some pictures of what it was like. They left without incident.
Our prayer is that they were indeed as they claimed and this was nothing more than the curiosity of someone unfamiliar with our customs.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Voter Fraud Through False Petitions Is A Crime Unless It Happens In Giles County
Obama Admin. Officials Convicted Of Voter Fraud In Obama Election
Monday, October 12, 2015
Do We Really Need A New High School?
A new high school was discussed at the last School Board meeting alone with a proposed adoption to board policy. Both issues are addressed in this thread.
A new school really? Redistribute the students and you have plenty room, do some creative scheduling and have school year rounded you have no problem with room, Oh, it's no longer about room is it? Now, the problem is with the physical building and the location. The problem at GCHS as stated in a comment on another thread, is a lack of appropriate maintenance. Build a new school and use the same maintenance program and in five years you have GCHS all over again. How many times has money been set aside for a new roof or repairs that was never used on the roof? How many times has money been provided for restrooms, plumbing, painting etc that was used for some other thing lower on the priority list. What am I saying there has never been a real priority list that was actually intended to be followed except when Director Webb created one. When will people wake up and acknowledge that there are two high schools in Giles County one for whites and one for blacks, until this situation is fixed, nothing will really be fixed.
Does anyone bother to read the law anymore, certain;y not the school board or they would know that they are already required to disclose conflicts of interest to include "familial relationships in advance of related board decisions".
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Are Open Meetings A Thing of The Past In Giles County
Now we find that the Director of Schools, apparently with the full blessings of the School Board, does not believe in open meetings. Having fired the football coach at GCHS he presided over a closed meeting that excluded the local newspaper.
Later he apologized for this oversight but an apology is not sufficient to cover such a major violation of state law, established protocol and just good policy.
I am very disappointed and concerned that this is just another example of the county slipping back into the closed meetings and denial of public involvement in the activities we the public are paying for.
Secrecy may protect the government employees but it's a heck of a way to run a railroad.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
New Cost Revealed For Renovation and Move by Emergency Service Department
County Legislative Body Appoints School Board Member
County Executive Janet Vanzant was re-elected Chairman of the Legislative Body of Giles County.
Commissioner Melissa Greene was elected Chairman Pro Tem
Commissioner Tommy Pope was re-elected Chaplain
Mr. Paul Allen was elected by the Commissioners to complete the unexpired term of the 1st District School Board Position. Mr Allen was elected from three nominees that included Mr. Bobby Hastings and Ms. Bridget Hargrove. Congratulations Mr. Allen!
New Interim Attorney Appointed To Fill Position Until Mr. Dunnavant Returns
I congratulate Mr. Williams, whom I opposed earlier in favor of Mr. Dunnavant, and believe he will be a good attorney for representing Giles County.
One of the problems with this position has been the confusion that seems to have existed with the responsibilities of this position. I remind everyone that the County Attorney represents and works for the County not just the County Executive.
New Committee Members For County Legislative Body
The committee Members with a (C) are the chair and those with (VC) are the vice chair. No Secretaries were named since all meetings held in the Annex Conference Room are video recorded.
Ambulance/Rescue Squad: Woodard; Pope; Adams; Pollard (C); Brown (VC); Turner; Campbell
Audit: Caldwell; Jackson (C); Rose; Reedy (VC); Greene; Cobb; Campbell
Budget: Cary; Jackson (C); Adams; Turner; Pollard (VC); Faulkner; Campbell
Buildings: Cary; Wilburn (C); Risner; Journey; Aymett (VC); Faulkner; Goolsby
Environmental: Caldwell; Jackson (C); Rose; Turner; Amyett; Faulkner; Goolsby
Highway: Woodard; Pope (C); Risner (VC); Journey; Pollard; Cobb; Campbell
Insurance: Caldwell; Wilburn; Adams; Reedy; Greene (C); Cobb; Coleman
Law Enforcement/Safety: Cary; Pope (C); Risner; Journey (VC); Greene; Brown; Coleman
Legislative: Caldwell; Wilburn (C); Rose; Journey (VC); Greene; Faulkner; Goolsby
Public Service: Woodard (C); Pope; Rose; Turner (VC); Aymett; Brown; Coleman
School: Woodard; Pope; Adams; Reedy; Aymett; Cobb (C); Coleman (VC)
Following Committees are appointed by the County Executive
Beer Board: Cary; Adams; Aymett; Campbell
Ethics: Adams; Pollard; Brown; Campbell, Janice Curtis
Flood Zone/Appeals: Jackson; Greene; Mike Goode; John Wright
Veterans Service Officer: Dwight Tucker
Financial Management: These are appointed by state statute Janet Vanzant County Executive; Phillip Wright School Director; Barry Hyatt Highway Director; Appointed by rule of Commissioners Stoney Jackson Budget Committee Chairman; According to Mrs Vanzant three commissioners are appointed but this is incorrect as the statute does not require three commissioners only three people, Mrs Vanzant has convinced and bullied commissioners into believing that these appointment must be commissioners in order to prevent the nomination and appointment of private citizens. The three appointments are Commissioners Cary, Faulkner, Reedy
There were also two Ad Hoc Committees named the committee to continue exploring development of I 65 and Hwy. 64 Commissioners Faulkner (C); Cobb; Reedy; Journey; Turner. The other Ad Hoc Committee is the Convenience Center which consist of Barry Hyatt; Tommy Hyatt; Commissioners Cobb and Caldwell.
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Are Voting Machines Reliable For Providing Honest and Accurate Election Outcomes?
Thursday, August 13, 2015
How Much Representation Should We Expect From Our Elected Commissioners?
Let me make it very clear about a year ago I went to the Grand Jury about a fraud and theft that had taken place involving the County Executive and a 7th District Commissioner. The matter was that the Commissioner Mrs. Vicki Coleman committed a fraud by declaring she had attended a committee meeting and being paid for it while she clearly did not attend that meeting. This was done with the full knowledge and approval of the County Executive Mrs. Janet Vanzant. Video evidence shows the fact that Mrs Coleman did not attend the meeting, in fact she was not even in the room until after the meeting had been adjured and committee members were leaving.
Today at the Environmental Committee Meeting, where the very important and expensive matters of setting up convenience centers for waste disposal and establishment of recycle centers. Mrs. Coleman signed in as attending this meeting. The committee meeting started at 9AM. This meeting lasted until 10:37 AM but Mrs Coleman could not be bothered to stay that long or even half the meeting. In fact Mrs Coleman left the meeting at 9:20 but no doubt she will collect the full dollar amount for having attended the full meeting. I also noticed that another commissioner apparently is learning from Mrs Coleman because Mrs Goolsby another 7th district commissioner also left shortly after signing in as attending, she lasted until 9:25AM.
This seems to have become a pattern for Mrs Coleman having taken place several times in the past. It would seem to me that a Commissioner has an obligation to be involved with the operations of the county and the well being of it's citizens rather than ripping us off at every opportunity. Even more I would expect a higher ethical behavior from someone who is an ordained minister pledged to serving God and following His instructions instead of stealing from the citizens and lying for financial gains.
It's an amazing testimony of filing bankruptcy which left others to pay her debts, voter fraud and thief of taxpayer money and an attitude that she does not have to answer to anyone for her dishonorable behaviors.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Will There Be A March From Minor Hill To Pulaski O 18 July 2015
County Executive Plain Out Lies During Legislative Meeting
She stated, "Whatever E-911 ask the county for we have to give it to them".
The county is obligated to give the same amount as last year. There is no question about that but as far as increasing the contribution it is ENTIRELY VOLUNTARY, plain and simple. The County then when off on some wild story about if they are not given what they ask for they will close up and it will cost the county a lot more. Well, first of all there is no danger in them closing and if they were by some slim chance to close we have the option of joining with Lawrence County to provide the E-911 service. All this was smoke and mirrors to get what she wanted but the fact she straight faced lied is the most egregious thing that happened in the meeting and the saddest part is that most of the commissioners there knew she had lied but refused to challenge her.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Last Of The Questions I Tried To Ask At The Public Hearing On The Budget.
You gave extra many to the Senior Citizens to help with meals for shut ins then gave money to the Human Resources Agency which listed meals to shut-in as one of their expenses. Is this an overlap of efforts?
Tomorrow The Commissioners vote on this budget, I urge you to call your Commissioners and ask these questions before they vote.
Yet More Questions Asked At The Public Hearing On The Budget
More Questions But Few Answers
More Questions Offered At Hearing On Budget
This Is One Of The Questions I Tried To Ask At The Public Hearing On The Budget
8-17-102. Chapter definitions -- Application to jointly created instrumentalities, utility districts and school districts.
(a) As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:
(1) "Commission" means the Tennessee ethics commission;
(2) "County" means a county, metropolitan or consolidated government, inclusive of any boards, commissions, authorities, corporations or other instrumentalities appointed or created by the county or an official of the county. Furthermore, for the purpose of this chapter, the county election commission shall be considered an instrumentality of county government; and the administrator of elections and other employees of the election commission shall be considered county employees. Likewise, for the purpose of this chapter, the county health department shall be considered a county department and its employees shall be considered county employees;
(3) "Ethical standards" includes rules and regulations regarding limits on, and/or reasonable and systematic disclosure of, gifts or other things of value received by officials and employees that impact or appear to impact their discretion, and shall include rules and regulations regarding reasonable and systematic disclosure by officials and employees of their personal interests that impact or appear to impact their discretion. The term "ethical standards" does not include personnel or employment policies or policies or procedures related to operational aspects of governmental entities;
(4) "Municipality" means an incorporated city or town, inclusive of any boards, commissions, authorities, corporations or other instrumentalities appointed or created by the municipality; and
(5) "Officials and employees" means and includes any official, whether elected or appointed, officer, employee or servant, or any member of any board, agency, commission, authority or corporation, whether compensated or not, or any officer, employee or servant thereof, of a county or municipality.
(b) If a board, commission, authority, corporation or other instrumentality is created by two (2) or more local government entities, such creating entities shall, by amendment to the interlocal agreement or other agreement creating such joint instrumentality, designate the ethical standards that govern the jointly created instrumentality.
(c) Utility districts shall be considered separate governmental entities and shall be governed by ethical standards established by the board of commissioners of the utility district in conformity with § 8-17-105(b). Water, wastewater and gas authorities created by a private act or under the general law shall be considered separate governmental entities and shall be governed by ethical standards established by the governing board of the water, wastewater or gas authority in conformity with § 8-17-105(b).
(d) County, municipal and special school districts shall be considered separate governmental entities and shall be governed by ethical standards established by the board of education of the school district.
Financial Committee Public Hearing On The Budget
I was given three minutes to ask my questions and even though I was the only person who was allowed to speak, my request for additional time was denied, thus I had to say everything within that three minutes, I had to skip part of the prepared questions, then the meeting which started at 9am was adjured at 9:06 and commissioners were paid for a full meeting.
Now for the possibly of a miss stated question. On 23 June WKSR reported under the title "E-911 Recesses Budget Meeting".The problem was reported as "the 911 Board Meeting was adjured because of budget problems" ."Members voted to contract with Putman and Hancock for an audit".
24 June under the title Pulaski Board Approves Budget this statement was made "A yearly resolution for the city to enter into an interlocal agreement with Giles County E-911 was tabled until board members are able to read the agreement".
I wonder why there was nothing reported about the hearing being a totally non responsive hearing or the denial by the chairman that he had the authority to adjust the time allotted to speak.
Tennessee Code Annotated 5-21-111. Budget -- Hearings -- Supporting documents -- County action. states "(2) Such publication shall also contain a notice of a public hearing to be conducted by the budget committee at which any citizen of the county upon five (5) days' written request shall have the right to appear and state such citizen's views on the budget.". The statue says nothing about a three minute time limit that the committee has chosen to impose nor does it state anything about answering questions or altering the time allowed for speakers. What the law does not define the committee has the authority to define, in other words the whole thing of limiting one person to three minutes and not answering questions is completely decisions made by the Committee, which like many other things refuses to take responsibility for.