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 "mcpeters@usit.net" to suggest topics or make private comments.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Why Are Some Still Given Special Privileges?

If seems Commissioner Campbell, awaiting trial on more than one felony, continues to receive or take special privileges at different offices in the Courthouse and Annex. 

It was reported that Commissioner Campbell made a little trip to the Election Office during early voting, not to vote but for other business that was so important to him that he just walked behind the counter and into the Supervisor's Office all in violation of rules prohibiting anyone other than the office staff and the poll workers from being in contact with voting information. 

Did Commissioner Campbell come in direct contact with voter information, I'm sure the public will never know for certain. Certainly he should not be allowed unfettered access to any County Office, especially the Election Office during voting periods.  
Appearance alone are enough to create questions and outrage in these times of questionable voting irregularities.
  

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

New Request For Action From Ethics Committee

News has come to me that a new letter to the County Ethics Committee has been sent requesting they take action against Commissioner Campbell. 

The letter, I am told, asks that the Ethics Committee meet, discuss and vote to sent a request to the full County Legislative Body to issue a public censure of Commissioner Campbell.

The County Ethics Code adopted in 2007 states, "The Committee may, in the case of an official, refer the matter to the County Legislative Body for possible public censure if the County Legislative Body finds such action warranted."

Commissioner Campbell is scheduled to appear in court on 17 October 2017. I understand that this will be merely a preliminary appearance to set a date for an actual trial sometime in January or February 2017. 

I have been told that discussions have been held to form a deal that would drop some charges and allow Commissioner Campbell to plead to lesser crimes.  

Friday, October 07, 2016

School, Property and Budget Committees Met 6 Oct 2016

Three different governmental committees, School, Property and Budget, met this morning primarily to approve the expenditure of $1,550,000.00 by the school system on various repairs, upgrades and architect drawings for a new school. The money was approved to be taken out of the School surplus funds. 

Some discussion was held about various issues that had resulted in less than adequate contractor work in the past. This was addressed by both School Director Wright and Asst. Director Gonzales who described new oversight procedures that will avoid most poor quality work in the future. I congratulated Mr. Gonzales on his efforts and more strict oversight of projects. 

Also approved were repairs and upgrades at a cost of $67,951.00 at the Agri-Park. Those expenses would be taken out of the Hotel/Motel tax revenues which has over $300,000.00.

Also during the Budget Committee Mrs Vanzant announced that the amount of money to be given to the E-911 Board would be $112,000.00 instead of the $132,000.00 requested and first approved by the county Legislative Body. I complemented Mrs Vanzant on this decision as she had led the way in the reduction and getting clarity on the county's responsibility to E-911.

A very interesting thing happened at the School Committee meeting. It was called to order at 8:30 AM and adjourned at 8:47 AM. Commissioner Campbell came into the room at 8:50 and signed both the sign in sheet for the School Committee and the Property Committee meeting that was preparing to meet. Getting paid for meetings not attended seems to continue being a problem, except for those very few unscrupulous commissioners who just can't seem to resist free money. 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

ETHICS????? ETHICS IN GILES COUNTY?????

The County Ethics Committee was finally formed this morning (28 Sept. 2016) and convened to discuss and act on an official complaint against Commissioner Campbell, who has been charged, but not tried yet, with a number of very serious crimes and behaviors.

To define the Ethics Committee Meeting this morning as surprising would be surprising. It went exactly as I had predicted, with absolutely nothing being done other than to show the utter contempt some have for taking a stand against wrong behavior. It always amazes me how good, honest, moral people seem to buckle under the responsibility of making public moral decisions.

Most of the Commissioners have expressed their disgust with the Tommy Campbell situation privately but taking a public stand seems to be more than they are capable of. 

Instead of doing the research for themselves and reaching out beyond the very limited confines of the courthouse to find the truth, committee members instead relied on an attorney that seems willing to say whatever the ventriloquist says.  So, instead of depending on the written word of the law they took the unrelated comments of a shyster who tried to make everything about an “ouster suit” instead of a simple “suspension” that was requested.

I clearly stated that the issue before the committee had nothing to do with the guilt or innocence of Commissioner Campbell, that was to be settled in a court of law but that it was about suspending him until his legal problems have been resolved. One reason supporting suspension is the fact that one of the charges against Commissioner Campbell is “coercion of a witness”. By remaining  a County Commissioner he continues to be in a greater position to “coerce” especially with the perception that many hold of officials being above the law.   

The County Attorney, Mr. Chris Williams, stated that the Ethics Committee “could do nothing” in relation to the complaint that was filed. Even when I was allowed to read T.C.A. 8-47-116 titled “Suspension Pending Hearing”, that defines the means of suspension, Mr. Williams continued to refer to the section as about “OUSTER” thus confusing the issue even more. 


Even when I read article two of the county ethics policy that states, “The committee may, In the case of an official, refer the matter to the county legislative body for possible public censure if the county legislative body finds such action warranted”. Mr. Williams interpreted the term “may” as meaning “may not” and stated such to the committee. So the committee, based on Mr. Williams faulty advice chose to do nothing. Essentially giving a stamp of approval to Commissioner Campbell and his behavior. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Why So Much Foot Dragging By The County Ethics Committee

Why does it take action from a private citizen to get the Giles County Ethics Committee to organize and act on one of the most severe and notorious ethics violations in recent times?

These are some important requirements of the Ethics Legislation adopted by the state in 2006

1 Local ethics policies must be adopted by the county legislative body in each county by June 30, 2007. 
2 The policies are required to cover two things: (1) disclosure and/or limits on gifts and (2) disclosure of conflict of interests. 
3 The policies cannot include personnel, employment, or operational regulations of local government offices. 
4 The policies apply broadly to all officials and employees in all offices, agencies, and departments of the county and to the members, officers, and employees of all boards, commissions, authorities, corporations, or other instrumentalities of a county. 
5 CTAS is required to draft and distribute a model policy to counties to provide guidance and direction. The county may choose to adopt the model or draft standards of its own. 
6 The policies are led with the State Ethics Commission. If the county adopts the CTAS model policy, then, instead of ling the policy, the county simply notifies the State Ethics Commission in writing that the county adopted the CTAS model policy. 
7 Enforcement remains as provided under current law. 
8 A failure or refusal to adopt standards by a local governing body by the deadline subjects its members to ouster.

This section is what governs the events needed to be addressed.  

Section 5. Ethics Complaints. A County Ethics Committee (the “Ethics Committee”) consisting of various members shall be appointed to one-year terms by the County Mayor with confirmation by the county legislative body, to be appointed each year at the same time as internal committees of the county legislative body. At least three members of the committee shall be members of the county legislative body; one member shall be a constitutional county officer or, should no constitutional county officer be willing to accept appointment, an additional member of the county legislative body; and the remaining member may be either a member of a board, committee, commission, authority, corporation, or other instrumentality governed by this policy, or an additional member of the county legislative body. The Ethics Committee shall convene as soon as practicable after their appointment and elect a chair and a secretary. The records of the Ethics Committee shall be maintained by the secretary and shall be filed in the office of the county clerk, where they shall be open to public inspection.
Questions and complaints regarding violations of this Code of Ethics or of any violation of state law governing ethical conduct should be directed to the chair of the Ethics Committee. Complaints shall be in writing and signed by the person making the complaint, and shall set forth in reasonable detail the facts upon which the complaint is based.
The County Ethics Committee shall investigate any credible complaint against an official or employee charging any violation of this Code of Ethics, or may undertake an investigation on its own initiative when it acquires information indicating a possible violation, and make recommendations for action to end or seek retribution for any activity that, in the Committee’s judgment, constitutes a violation of this Code of Ethics. If a member of the Committee is the subject of a complaint, such member shall recuse himself or herself from all proceedings involving such complaint.

The Committee may:
(1) refer the matter to the County Attorney for a legal opinion and/or recommendations for action;
(2) in the case of an official, refer the matter to the county legislative body for possible public censure if the county legislative body finds such action warranted;
(3) in the case of an employee, refer the matter to the official responsible for supervision of the employee for possible disciplinary action if the official finds discipline warranted;
(4) in a case involving possible violation of state statutes, refer the matter to the district attorney for possible ouster or criminal prosecution;
The interpretation that a reasonable person in the circumstances would apply shall be used in interpreting and enforcing this Code of Ethics. When a violation of this Code of Ethics also constitutes a violation of a personnel policy or a civil service policy, the violation shall be dealt with as a violation of the personnel or civil service provisions rather than as a violation of this Code of Ethics.

Now, this is the main element of the Ethics Resolution adopted by Giles County that pertains to this situation. If you would like to read the entire document it is posted, as outlined in this document, on each county bulletin board in the courthouse.

Ouster law—T.C.A. § 8-47-101 sets out conduct that is punishable by ouster from office, including misconduct in office and neglect of duty.

8-47-101.  Officers subject to removal -- Grounds. 

  Every person holding any office of trust or profit, under and by virtue of any of the laws of the state, either state, county, or municipal, except such officers as are by the constitution removable only and exclusively by methods other than those provided in this chapter, who shall knowingly or willfully commit misconduct in office, or who shall knowingly or willfully neglect to perform any duty enjoined upon such officer by any of the laws of the state, or who shall in any public place be in a state of intoxication produced by strong drink voluntarily taken, or who shall engage in any form of illegal gambling, or who shall commit any act constituting a violation of any penal statute involving moral turpitude, shall forfeit such office and shall be ousted from such office in the manner hereinafter provided.

8-47-103.  Investigation and institution of proceedings. 

  It is the duty of the attorney general and reporter, the district attorneys general, county attorneys, and city attorneys, within their respective jurisdictions, upon notice being received by them in writing that any officer herein mentioned has been guilty of any of the acts, omissions, or offenses set out in § 8-47-101, forthwith to investigate such complaint; and, if upon investigation such person finds that there is reasonable cause for such complaint, such person shall forthwith institute proceedings in the circuit, chancery, or criminal court of the proper county, to oust such officer from office.

8-47-116.  Suspension pending hearing -- Filling of vacancy. 

  Upon petition or complaint being filed, praying for a writ of ouster against any of the officers herein named, and whether such action is brought by the attorney general and reporter, district attorney general, county attorney, city attorney, or by relator citizens and freeholders, the court, judge, or chancellor may, on application of the attorney general and reporter, the district attorney general for the state, the county attorney, city attorney, or relator citizens and freeholders bringing such action, suspend such officer or officers so accused from performing any of the duties of their office, pending a final hearing and determination of the matter; and, thereupon, the vacancy shall be filled as the law provides for the filling of vacancies in such office, and such person or persons so filling such vacancy shall carry on the duties of the office until such hearing shall be finally determined or until the successor of the officer so suspended shall be elected or appointed as provided by law, and shall have qualified.

8-47-117.  Hearing on suspension. 

  No person shall be suspended under this chapter until at least five (5) days' notice of the application for the order of suspension shall be served upon such person, which notice shall set forth the time and place of the hearing of the application, and the officer shall have the right to appear and make any defense that the officer may have, and shall be entitled to a full hearing upon the charges contained in the complaint and upon the application for the order of suspension; and no order of suspension shall be made, except upon finding of good cause therefor.

8-47-101.  Officers subject to removal -- Grounds. 

  Every person holding any office of trust or profit, under and by virtue of any of the laws of the state, either state, county, or municipal, except such officers as are by the constitution removable only and exclusively by methods other than those provided in this chapter, who shall knowingly or willfully commit misconduct in office, or who shall knowingly or willfully neglect to perform any duty enjoined upon such officer by any of the laws of the state, or who shall in any public place be in a state of intoxication produced by strong drink voluntarily taken, or who shall engage in any form of illegal gambling, or who shall commit any act constituting a violation of any penal statute involving moral turpitude, shall forfeit such office and shall be ousted from such office in the manner hereinafter provided

This is the letter of complaint sent to the Ethics Committee Members, the County Executive and the Pulaski Citizen newspaper. The name and address of the writer has been withheld.

8 September 2016


County Executive Giles County
Members of Giles County Ethics Committee

Dear Mrs. Vanzant:

Please accept this letter as a formal complaint against Commissioner Tommy A. Campbell based on the charges recently brought against him by the TBI and District Attorney's office and which are currently pending in court.

Since a Motion was filed to continue the original arraignment date from yesterday until October 17th, this matter could continue for several months. Therefore, respectfully request the Ethics Committee of Giles County meet to possibly discuss suspending Mr. Campbell from all official duties as a County Commissioner until a decision is handed down through the courts, and that an interim Commissioner be appointed by the Legislative Body.

District 7 and the citizens of Giles County do not need to be under- represented until the charges against Mr. Campbell are resolved.  Until some action by the Legislative Body is taken a continued pall hangs over our County Government and it is time to move on. 
Since Mr. Campbell is a member of the Ethics Committee and by law is recused from discussion, I am not including him in distribution of this letter.

Thank you.


Sincerely,

Monday, August 22, 2016

Unusual Behavior At Highland Baptist Church?

The question has arisen as to just who were the mysterious visitors at Highland Baptist Church Sunday?

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

Giles County commissioner accused of aggravated statutory rape, sexual exploitation

Courtesy: Giles County Sheriff's Department
Courtesy: Giles County Sheriff's Department 
GILES COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 71-year-old Giles County commissioner was arrested by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Wednesday following an almost three-month investigation.
Tommy Campbell’s arrest comes after he was indicted on two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, coercion of a witness, aggravated statutory rape, aggravated assault, misdemeanor theft, and carrying a firearm in a government building.
According to the indictment, Campbell attempted to influence a witness by allegedly firing a weapon in an effort to intimidate her.
The arrest followed a joint investigation that began in May when the TBI and the Pulaski Police Department began looking into allegations that Campbell was having sex with a minor.
According to the TBI, authorities found evidence that Campbell had sexual relations with a minor “on or around April 9.”
Campbell is being held at the Giles County jail. His bond is set at $75,000.
He also serves on the Giles County law enforcement committee, according to the district attorney.
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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


If you thought that Obama’s 2008 election just didn’t seem right, it turns out you were on to something. At the end of last month, two Democratic officials from Indiana were arrested and convicted of ballot fraud. It appears that Obama truly wasn’t eligible to be on the ballot.
Chairman Butch Morgan Jr. from St. Joseph County was convicted of felony conspiracy to commit petition fraud and forgery. Dustin Blyth, who served on the Board of Elections, was charged with felony forgery and several counts of making a false petition. Both men were charged and convicted for submitting fake names and signatures on petitions that were designed to get Obama and Hillary Clinton onto the 2008 primary ballots. Morgan seems to have been the driver of the actions.
County Sheriffs have uncovered that many locals of St. Joseph county appeared on the petitions, although they have sworn they never signed them.  
Unfortunately, the case wasn’t brought to the court until 2011, when Lucas Burkett of the Board of Registration decided that he felt too guilty to continue carrying the secret. Authorities determined that had the criminal action not taken place, Obama probably wouldn’t have appeared on the ballot in St. Joseph County.
What do you think should be done about such fraud?


Officials found guilty in Obama, Clinton ballot petition fraud

A jury in South Bend, Indiana has found that fraud put President Obama and Hillary Clinton on the presidential primary ballot in Indiana in the 2008 election. Two Democratic political operatives were convicted Thursday night in the illegal scheme after only three hours of deliberations. They were found guilty on all counts.
Former longtime St. Joseph County Democratic party Chairman Butch Morgan Jr.  was found guilty of felony conspiracy counts to commit petition fraud and forgery, and former county Board of Elections worker Dustin Blythe was found guilty of felony forgery counts and falsely making a petition, after being accused of faking petitions that enabled Obama, then an Illinois Senator, to get on the presidential primary ballot for his first run for the White House.
Morgan was accused of being the mastermind behind the plot.
According to testimony from two former Board of Election officials who pled guilty, Morgan ordered Democratic officials and workers to fake the names and signatures that Obama and Clinton needed to qualify for the presidential race. Blythe, then a Board of Elections employee and Democratic Party volunteer, was accused of forging multiple pages of the Obama petitions.
"I think this helped uphold the integrity of the electoral system," the prosecutor, Stan Levco told reporters.
“Their verdict of guilt is not a verdict against Democrats, but for honest and fair elections,” he said.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Do We Really Need A New High School?

With a continuing decline in population does Giles County 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

It's very clear that the County Legislative Body held secret/private meetings to decide who would be serving on the various committees of that body.

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

It was revealed in the County Legislative Meeting that the new cost to renovate and move the Emergency Services Department from the Courthouse Annex to the Old Alternative School Building on Cedar Lane will be approximately $128,000.00.

County Legislative Body Appoints School Board Member

During the County Legislative Meeting on 21 Sept. 2015 the following appointments were made.

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

Until County Attorney Richard Dunnavant, who was badly injured in a horse accident, returns to his duties Attorney Chris Williams has been appointed by the County Executive as the interim County Attorney.

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

Yesterday the County Legislative Body met and elected new members to Committees. It was a very smooth process clearly aided by the private meetings that were held before the official meeting, to pick the nominees for those committees. What is even more disturbing in that not one single official raised any objections to this clear violation of state open meetings law. When I approached the acting County Attorney to congratulate him on his appointment as a temporary replacement for Mr. Dunnivant and to lodge a complaint he very respectful and wrote down the complaint but when Mrs Vanzant asked him what I wanted that was the end of that.

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?

According to WKSR’s website a lawsuit filed over the vote in November 2014 has resulted in Representatives from Micro Vote (the voting machine company) pulling the totals for possible use in that lawsuit. 

There has been a great deal of suspicion of the voting machines and those who have access for some time now. While many larger districts and states have  convicted hundreds of people of voter fraud and found the machines had been tampered with, we in Giles County are simply told that, “there's no possible way the machines can be tampered with". Here voter fraud is laughed at and people are put in office in spite of their illegal activities as long as you are a democrat that is. 

Now we are told, that regardless of the requirement that a representative of the company, supplying the machines, provide a technician to work on them, we have a regular citizen volunteering to work as a technician on the machines. We just went through that with Mr. Rackley “volunteering” to serve as the technician for these machines. While I doubt that Mr. Wong would bring the same highly questionable prejudices to the job, I believe having a local person leaves far too much room for possible tampering with the vote. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

How Much Representation Should We Expect From Our Elected Commissioners?

If you paid someone to cut your grass and they cut only half of it would you pay them the full amount?  If you agreed to pay someone to guard your house for a week end and they showed up then left after an hour would you pay them the full amount agreed to?

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

Currently there are plans being made by a group from Fisk University to march from Minor Hill School to Pulaski in what they refer to A MARCH AGAINST FEAR. According to the E-Mail I have this is more a march against southern heritage than against fear. The justifications for this march are mostly based to pure fabrications.  

The E-mail is dated 6/29/2015 is from an Edward Trimmer (trimmer@martinmethodist.edc). 

The e-mail states that they "seek local churches or groups who have vans that they are willing to share in transporting marchers". 

This is from the body of the email: "On July 18,2015, students from the historic Fisk University in Nashville invite all who seek racial equality, social justice and peace to march 14 miles from Minor Hill, Tn to Pulaski,Tn. in an effort to grow a moral movement for positive social change. This march will be in solemn commemoration of the victims of the Emanual AME massacre in Charleston, SC. and embarked upon because we believe it’s time to move forward together in the spirit of unwavering hope and love that will dispel the hatred that’s forever changed those families and many throughout the country”.

So far this sounds like a legitimate movement in support of the family struck down in the senseless murders by a depraved man in South Carolina but then this next paragraph appears and a more sinister activity is unveiled.  

“We have chosen the route from Minor Hill to Pulaski based on data from the Southern Poverty Law Center that indicates that Tennessee has 29 active hate groups- more than any of our surrounding states. In February a Tennessee man and member of a Klan -affiliated church was fined and sentenced to jail for burning a cross in an interracial couple’s yarding Minor Hill. Just 12 miles away, the small town of Pulaski is known as the 1865 founding sight of the KKK and the modern-day epicenter of that supremacy. Every October the town plays host to the Ku Klux Klan’s “Heritage Festival” where racist skinheads, neo-nazis and klansmen have flocked for decades. The knights and their families march up and down the street with KKK flags, selling racist tracts, pins and Klan robe patches.”

It is not by chance that the route from Minor Hill to Pulaski has been chosen by this badly misinformed group. Sam Davis, the boy hero was captured in Minor Hill and wrongly hanged in Pulaski where a monument now stands.  The Southern Poverty Law Center has lost so much credibility due to their own racially biased views that the FBI recently dropped them as a source for information on hate crimes and activities. 

“We recognize this as proof that our racist history isn’t just back to haunt us. It never left. We know we live in a country where racist violence exist — unabated and unreconstructed — both in symbol and in policy”. 

Clearly this is at least in part an effort to continue the current attack on all signs real and imagined of southern heritage. 

I understand that this group currently does not have a parade permit, will they be allowed to march without a permit. In consideration of the extremely dangerous for any group to be walking, even single file is dangerous, this thing should be stopped before it accomplishes the mission of hysterical separation.

Want to check this out call the mayors office. I have the email

     

County Executive Plain Out Lies During Legislative Meeting

Today when the question was asked by Commissioner Amyett to have the E-911 budget taken out of Resolution 2015-34 "Appropriations to nonprofit charitable organizations" and voted on separately, the County Executive made one of her patented snarls then told a complete outright lie. 

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.

Page 14, Line Item 55733-105 Line item The pay for supervisor of the Transfer Station is listed at $50,000 where last year it was $34,113.00 an increase of $15,887.  How can this be justified? Do we even have a transfer station?

Page 14 line item 55710-312, contract with private agency $70,006.00. Is this the dead animal pick up? How do you justify using taxpayer money to subsidize the income of certain private individuals and especially when some commissioners may benefit from this subsidy? 


On Page 15, Line Item 56900-101 shows a new employee listed at a salary of $34,113.00.   Does this position have a job description? Was the position advertised?  Was the position approved by the Commissioners? 

Under this same 5699 line Item the part-time employee position has been eliminated and the same amount is listed for other salaries and wages. Who will be the recipient of that $12,485.00? 


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?  
How many of the “charities” have actually been checked as to what they actually do and if they are actually qualified 501c charities? 

These questions could have been responded to this morning during the six minute Public Hearing but no one on the Budget Committee made and effort to give any answers and those other commissioners  in the room had no opportunity to answer anything. 

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

I could find nowhere that identifies the Ambulance Service as giving any money back to the county.                                                                                                       What page and line item is that money listed under?                                                 

Is page 2 line item 43100 “General Service Charges” $1,610,000 what the ambulance services gave to the county, if so that means the Ambulance Service had another loss of over a million dollars.

In addition to pay increases at the Ambulance Service  there are $3000.00 listed as a new item for medical and dental services this is separate from the $19,450 for Medical Insurance. To whom does this apply?

Where is the line item that shows how much was collected and paid to the collection agency for the Ambulance Service. Is that page 13 line item 55130-317 Data Processing Services  $110,000.00. 


More Questions But Few Answers

These are more of the questions I tried to ask at the Public Hearing on the Budget.


There are a number of new positions listed in this budget that I have been told are being filled by the Emergency Management Director and his assistant. 

Page 6, Line Item  51750 - Codes Compliant;
Page 10, Line Item 54150 - Drug Enforcement; 
Page 11, Line Item 54310 - Fire Prevention & Control; 
Page 12, Line Item 54900 - Other Public Safety; 
Page 16, Line Item 57700 - Flood Control. 

In addition to this also listed on Page 11, Line Item 54490 - Other Emergency Management

I understand all these are positions to be held by The Emergency Management Director and his Assistant. I understand these are part time positions.  

How much time each week will be spent on each job and if the position of Emergency Management is a Full Time salaried position  how much time is spent each week on this specific job.

Since the positions of Emergency Management Director and Asst. Director are salaried positions how can there be $6,000.00 for overtime. How can this be justified for a salaried position when those personnel have so many other new duties. How are they distinguished for pay purposes. Will time cards be maintained for each separate position and if not are these new positions salaried? 

The total  increase in salary for these two personnel is, Director’s new salary $58,197.00 an increase of $4,637: while the Assistant Director’s  new salary is $55,427.00 an increase of $10,005.00.


More Questions Offered At Hearing On Budget

 Page 17, Line Item 58600 Employee Benefits - Who is benefiting from these expenses such as life insurance at $4,000.00? This is in addition to the other Insurances listed.


 Page 6, Line Item 51600-101 Registar of Deeds: Page 7; Line Item 52400 County Trustee’ s Office  and Line Item 52500 County Clerk’s Office - Each of these show that last year there was no money budgeted for the supervisor or deputy salaries but benefits are shown how is that possible? 


There are a number of places for various insurances that total well over a $100,000.00. How many of those policies were bid out, advertised and had competing bids? When will those policies be up for renewal?



This Is One Of The Questions I Tried To Ask At The Public Hearing On The Budget

QUESTIONS FOR 2015/16 BUDGET HEARING           29 JUNE 2015

1) The amount contributed to the Industrial/Economic  Development Board was increased by $10,000.00.   I understand this was to pay a new employee. Are you aware that employee also serves as a City Alderman in direct conflict with state law against conflicts of interest and Ethical Behavior, the same conflict that prevent Mr Speer from serving as Mayor and Director of Industrial/Economic Development Board?  

Tenn. Code Ann. § 8-17-102  (2014)

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.