Wednesday, December 30, 2009

God Bless Ted Lowe, R.I.P

Ted Lowe, local Attorney and Owner of RA-Tel Broadcasting the company that owned WKXV-AM 900. Ted Lowe was a Great man that has received his eternal reward earlier than expected. But you never know when our time is up. Ted Lowe fit a lot into his life. When he passed into the Gates of Heaven thousands of people were there because of Knoxville's AM 900. Here is the link to his Obituary

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mackay and Frith allow Felons to Vote

Sources from inside the City County Building informed Brian's Blog that news will be Breaking this evening that the Knox County Election Commission has allowed more than 100 citizens that are convicted Felons to vote for the past several years.

It is time for the Knox County Election Commission to turn Mackay and Frith and this investigation over to the FBI, TBI and immediately replace the Administrator and Chief Deputy Administrator.

More details as this developing story unfolds.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

News Sentinel Editor Exhibits Traits of Being Human

Today's column (link) by NS Editor Jack McElroy is the first glimpse that he may be human. No matter what the motive for his apology is, we should accept it at face value and encourage him to continue this move to correct the errors of their ways.

Friday, December 25, 2009

The Tennessean Gives Haslam a Christmas Eve Reality Punch to the Gut

The Tennessean on Christmas Eve did (link) what Jack McElroy and Crew do not have the intestinal fortitude to do and that is to highlight Bill Haslam's inability to be open and transparent with the Republican voters of the State of Tennessee. Here are some highlights of their editorial.

"Relatives who join in business should expect some level of scrutiny when one of their own announces for public office, especially if the candidate is building his or her reputation on business success."

"Political campaigns, especially at the state and national level have become incredibly expensive. The candidates who can afford to lend money to their own campaigns have an edge that voters should know about."

"Voters deserve to know as much as they can about candidates so they can make informed choices. Clearly the way a candidate runs a business or whether they paid their taxes in full and on time sheds light to their credibility."

"Voters certainly have come to expect candidates to divulge as much as possible about contributions to their campaign. It is equally important to know how the candidates handle their own businesses and careers."

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas from Brian's Blog

Stay focused on our Father in Heaven that sends the Star as our guiding beacon. Please pray for our troops that are attempting to keep peace in hostile parts of the world so that we can be free.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

WATE's Tucker and Patterson Were Irresponsible Last Night

Last night's news story concerning the accidental shooting of William S. "Trent" Lockett III was a tragic story. Brian's Blog the referee of Knoxville's media calls foul on WATE and it's anchors Tucker and Patterson.

First, Tucker begins to throw the story to Patterson by referring to Trent's father Knox County Law Director Bill Lockett as the "embroiled law director". Then Patterson tells the story and states falsely that Lockett has been under fire all year. That is not true, Lockett publicly acknowledged the issue of he and his former employer in May 2009. Additionally, there was no reason to rehash the situation of Mr. Lockett's and his former employer.

The only reason Tucker and Patterson employed this National Enquirer tactic (other than WATE have always employed this tactic) was to try and propel their already third place finish in local viewing to a higher status. It will not work, as they continue utilizing National Enquirer tactics they will continue to be third in a market with three television news teams in our community.

Last night's tactic should shame Tucker, Patterson and WATE for using the untimely death of a young man and the devastation of a family's loss for their own selfish ratings. It will not.

Everyone else in Knoxville, should do what WVLT news anchor Alan Williams said last night. Williams ended their segment by saying "All of us at WVLT extend our thoughts and prayers to the Lockett family." WBIR news anchor John Becker handled the story professionally. That is proof why those two stations are at the top of the Knoxville market.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas from The Wamp's

Wamp Leads In Twitterverse

All four Republican Gubernatorial candidates have twitter accounts. Let's see who is leading.

Zach Wamp is following 2,725 twitters, Wamp has 3,564 twitter followers and Wamp is on 161 lists.

Bill Gibbons is following 1,270. He has 1,260 followers and he is on 44 lists.

Ron Ramsey is following 388. He has 1,136 followers and he is on 44 lists.

Bill Haslam is following 660. He has 1,013 followers and he is on 43 lists.

The Future of Anderson County

According to an email from Aaron Wells of the Anderson County Republican Party. Anderson County Juvenile Court Judge April Meldrum announced today that she will be resigning Tuesday January 19, 2010. This seat was taken by the Democrats in the 2006 County General election. The Judge has significantly increased the case load while not increasing the departments overall budget.

The Anderson County Commission will fill the vacancy until the County General Election in August. On Tuesday January 19, 2010 the Anderson County Republican Party will conduct a County Convention "Caucus" where they will nominate and vote to endorse candidates for the County General Election in August.

If you are a Republican in Anderson County and interested in being a part of leading Anderson County over the next several years, contact Anderson County Republican Party Chairman Aaron Wells by email here or by calling Wells at 865-898-7471

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Mt. LeConte - Living on Top Of The World During the Winter of 2010

I always thought the winter caretaker position at Mt. LeConte would be a cool (ok cold but AWESOME) gig. Thanks to satellite broadband connections powered by solar panels this years caretaker is sharing his view. Doug McFalls has a blog Life on LeConte, here. You can also follow him on twitter, here. I intend to live on LeConte through Doug this winter.

What Were The Motives of WATE?

WATE's Consumer Reporter Don Dare aired two stories on a local transmission repair business. The first story the customer and the owner are at an impasse. The customer and owner both presented their case to WATE. It is clear from Dare's comments and mannerism that he is taking the side of the consumer. The next hour the station felt compelled to run a second negative story. On the second story was because the solenoid had to be replaced after the transmission repair, the customer feels her transmission did not need to be repaired in the first place. The shop replaced her solenoid and now she wants a full refund on her transmission repair. Huh? Dare mentions that there are several lawsuits filed against this business. That doesn't mean there are judgements against this business. Name me a successful business that has been around for any length of time that has never been sued and I will show you a useless entity. How many lawsuits has Young Broadcasting or WATE had filed on them? Do a story on that.

What we find interesting is that WATE's advertising department in the past has gladly accepted thousands of dollars from this transmission shop and this owner to air commercials to pay the salaries of Dare and others at the station. The owner has appeared in his own television commercials so he is a recognizable figure. Brian's Blog just wonders why is WATE singling out this one guy and his business?

Here is the link to the WATE website where both stories video links are located.

Avatar - I Saw It Yesterday, A W E S O M E


Official Avatar Movie

Thursday, December 17, 2009

New Property for a NEW Southwest Knox County Elementary School

If you have an opinion on which of the four sites is BEST for Knox County's New Southwest Elementary School you have through tomorrow, Friday December 18, 2009 to leave your comments, here. Feel free to post your comments at Brian's Blog as well.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Seventh District School Board Replacement

On Saturday Georgiana Vines announced in this article the shock heard in North Knox County. That shock is that first term Seventh District School Board Member Rex Stooksbury would NOT be running for re-election next year. This evening in the Shopper News website here Jake Mabe reports that former ousted Seventh District School Board Member Diane Dozier was strongly considering running in 2010. It should be noted that Dozier is an employee in the County Clerk's Office. The current occupant of the County Clerk position is Foster Arnett. It would be shocking if Arnett would allow an employee in his office to violate the Knox County Ethics Policy by running for elected office and maintain their position in the Clerk's office.

While it would be a long shot for a successful Dozier campaign to be successful. There are two names floating through the seventh district as probable replacements to Stooksbury. Jake Mabe, a News employee of Shopper-News and Former County Commissioner Scott Moore.

Was the News Sentinel Bias Revealed Today?

Was the News Sentinel Bias revealed in today's newspaper, located here.? The photo below was in today's newspaper. The former and current publisher are pictured with Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam. The same Haslam who's company buy thousands of newspapers to give away every Friday.

The former Publisher always sat in on candidate interviews and always voted on the editorial endorsement of candidates and here he is yucking it up with a candidate for office in 2010. Did he tell the new Publisher who to endorse? So that the Haslam's will keep buying up all those newspapers.


Saturday, December 12, 2009

The News Sentinel Bias Continues

Today, this one story of a business closing as a side bar brief without naming the business in the headline.

This story on December 2, 2009 naming the business in the headline. This follow-up story on December 3, 2009 expanding with the business name in the headline. Then this story 5 days later with the company name in the headlines again. Then a different reporter with this follow-up story the next day. Then this blurb again today.

Unfortunately due to this tough economy there will be businesses that will suffer slow downs, financial hardship and ultimate closure. Why would Jack McElroy and his cronies at the Sentinel single out one company and one person for public embarrassment? It is not right.

Where were the 5 stories on the company that went belly up that the former News Sentinel Publisher lost all his stock investments?

Friday, December 11, 2009

News Sentinel's Bias is U G L Y

This story is interesting. The News Sentinel led by Jack McElroy has devoted several stories in prominent positions in the paper to a few car dealerships that have filed bankruptcy and tried to make a BIG deal about how Former Sheriff Tim Hutchison and Cedar Bluff Towing Executive Randy Hinton were stock owners in the Limited Liability Company that owned the dealerships.

But then you get this story in today's paper and an executive with Citadel is current Fifth District Knox County Commissioner Mike Hammond. Hammond runs the Knoxville operation for Citadel Broadcasting and has since Citadel entered the Knoxville market. With the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of Citadel Broadcasting does Jack McElroy display Hammond's name with the story? NO. Why not? Because Hammond takes his marching orders from Jack McElroy and that is why Hammond is intending to run for County Commissioner at Large. So, that he can continue to represent the Big Metal Shed on the Hill's interest.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Why Does Scripps Owned News Sentinel Editors Cover Up For Haslam

The story of a 17 year City of Knoxville employee using youth workers funded by federal government stimulus money for his own personal property has been taken down from the front page of knoxnews quickly. Even with 16 comments posted of line, here. Why Jack McElroy and crew continue to shield negative stories from public scrutiny is amazing. Is it because Pilot Travel Centers, LLC buys thousands of newspapers to give away free every Friday? Is it because Jack McElroy has been promised a position in a prospective cabinet for Bill Haslam?

This 17 year City of Knoxville employee utilized federal dollars for personal gain. The 17 year City of Knoxville employee utilized labor of minors for personal gain. What would have happened had this been a Knox County employee? Sheriff Jimmy J.J. Jones terminated a deputy for a 5 gallon can of gasoline. But, Bill Haslam suspends the employee for 2 weeks. This is not leadership. Haslam is allowing an individual to profit at the expense of youth workers and federal monies.

With regard to Haslam Jack McElroy and the News Sentinel fails to give light so the people can find their way.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Commissioner Briggs Wants to Make it Easy for the Lazy

Commissioner Richard Briggs is proposing a massive redo of the Recall Charter Amendment that Knox County voters approved. in 2008 The voters approve something and then Briggs and his cronies want to tweak it for their benefit.

Briggs stated that he was trying to clean up the number of days between a recall election and the General election. Currently there is a required 90-95 days and then 70 - 75 days till the General election. Brigg stated that each election cost $250,000.00 and what he is really setting out to do is reduce the number of signatures required to have an recall election. For example in August 2008, 34,000 voters elected Knox County Law Director Bill Lockett. 3,800 voters elected Eighth District School Board Member Bill Phillips. Currently in order for a recall of Phillips to appear on the ballot then 15% of the registered voters in district eight must sign the petition within 90 day. The required number is 4,800 registered voter signatures. Briggs said that he has talked to the organizers of the Phillips recall in the 8th district and they have said that it is impossible unless you are wealthy and can spend the money on a recall drive.

Briggs wants to reduce the required number of signatures for a recall election to be 50% of the number of voters in the election that elected the person. Briggs said that in the 2008 election for Sheriff 44,000 votes were cast and with his proposal it would require 22,000 signatures to place a recall on the ballot for Sheriff.

So, Briggs wants to reduce the number of signatures required to place a recall on the ballot. He said that he wants a 1 year waiting period (that provision is already in the Charter) He also wants to set the time to circulate the petition. The Charter Amendment already sets the time period as 90 days.

Commissioner R. Smith said "I like it, but I would like the percentage to be 51% so that it is a majority.

Commissioner Brad Anders said I agree we need to clean up some of the language. However, voter apathy is NO reason to lower threshold. If you are elected in a 51 -48% election. One vote making 4% of the population mad will result in a recall effort. Commissioner Anders said that this change could result in every elected official being on the ballot every two years.

Commissioner Mike Hammond said that any registered voter could sign the petition even if they didn't vote in the election. The people who are registered and never vote and simply just want to keep controversy will sign a petition. Hammond believes an election should be held sooner rather than later. He said that he is struggling with percentages.

Commissioner Ed Shouse says that the Convention Hotel Recall had professional help. The Charter Referendum Recall had professional help. The wheel tax recall petition drive did not have professional help. If we use the General Election numbers, why would we even bother to vote? Shouse asked Commissioner Dave Wright if Phillips ran unopposed . Wright said YES.

Briggs in responding to Anders said if people are going to elect you every two years that happens with Congress and the legislature. Plus the recall people will have to work. In addition, a majority of states require 25% of the people that voted in the election. When California recalled Governor Gray Davis it was 25%.

Anders in responding to Briggs said that the legislature running every 2 years. That is their term. Your term as a Commissioner is four years or the next term 6 years. The excuse of a cooling off period of 1 year is not valid as people get riled up. This lowering of the threshold is a knee jerk reaction. It should be hard to recall someone. A majority of states have an income tax so if you would like to have one go ahead. The voters that elected Commissioner Sam McKenzie in the first district was low. A thousand people could recall the first district commissioner. Only 800 people voted in the election of First District Commissioner Sam McKenzie, so 400 signatures could place a recall election of McKenzie on the ballot.

Hammond said the cost of a countywide election is $25o,000.00. A district election would be cheaper. Cost is a consideration.

Commissioner Mark Harmon said that he believes that Briggs is setting the bar too high. Circulating a petition is an arduous task. 25% of a turnout is the average of other states and communities. Briggs has set the bar at 50% Harmon calls this a reasonable plan.

Commission Chairman Tank Strickland said Briggs is making it too low. It should be high like Anders said. We need to look at it, study it. 15% of the registered voters may be high. But, 500 people could recall the first district Commissioner.

In response Briggs said that Cabinet members serve at the pleasure of the President. We serve at the pleasure of the public. Again, Briggs continuing to compare the Knox County Commission to Congress, the legislature and the President's cabinet continues to fuel the rumors and innuendo that Briggs suffers from Bill Frist syndrome. Meaning that Briggs a heart surgeon has aspirations for higher office like Heart Surgeon Dr. Bill Frist that went from U.S. Senator from Tennessee to become U. S. Senate Majority Leader and is frequently mentioned as a likely candidate for President of the United States.

In the Finance Committee, Anders voted NO. Strickland abstained. The entire Knox County Commission will take up the issue Monday December 14, 2009. The meeting begins at 2:00 p.m.

Register of Deeds Correction

Brian's Blog had contacted Knox County and received the salaries for the positions that are on the ballot in 2010. We received a follow-up voicemail and email yesterday indicating that there was an error in the list provided. The error is the reported salary for the Register of Deeds. The actual salary for the Register of Deeds is $99,736 not the salary we first reported. The Knox County Human Resources official apologized for the error and we understand mistakes sometimes happen.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Need a Job With A Guaranteed Paycheck?

On November 20, 2009 the Knox County Election Commission began handing out qualifying petitions for several county elected offices. You only need 25 registered voters signatures to have your name placed on the ballot. So, if you are elected to one of these jobs, it is a guaranteed paycheck for the term of office that you are elected to. Here are the positions and salaries. Knox County Mayor $154,321.00; Knox County Commissioner $19,835.17; Knox County Trustee $99,748.00; Knox County General Sessions Judge Div. III $154,320.00; Knox County Sheriff $135,236.09; Knox County Circuit, Civil Sessions and Juvenile Court Clerk $117,596.60; Knox County Criminal Court Clerk $109,722.80; Knox County Clerk $99,748.00; Knox County Register of Deeds $122,941.90 and a Knox County School Board Member $19,835.17. In addition the Commissioners and School Board Members receive a travel stipend that pays a combined salary of around $27,000.00 per Commissioner or Board Member. The deadline for filing to be on the ballot for one of these jobs is February 18, 2010.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

A Funny Thing Happened At The Election Commission

The candidates signature was not verified and accepted by the Knox County Election on their nominating petition. She didn't get the BIG check mark of approval for her own petition. Check it out here. Check page 2 signature line 28.

The Bummer of the Christmas 2009 Season

Brian's Blog has just discovered that Community Television of Knoxville will NOT have their Christmas Auction this year. Brian Hornback of Bran's Blog has purchased several Christmas gifts in previous years while also assisting a vital community asset. Bummer indeed.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

NS Reporter Lola Alapo Leaves Out Critical Information in Article

Did you see this News Sentinel article yesterday where the paper through it's reporter Lola Alapo promotes two possible candidates to replace Ninth District School Board Member Robert Bratton. What Alapo left out of this article is that Pam Trainor has previously ran for public office and was soundly rejected in the same Ninth district. Pam Trainor was a Democrat candidate on the 8/6/2004 ballot as Pam Maroney Trainer. She garnered 1,583 votes or 30.02% of the vote. Martin Pleasant an Independent received 435 votes or 8.25%. County Commissioner Paul Pinkston a Republican won the election with 3,255 votes or 61.75% of the vote. In addition to the shoddy journalistic work on Maroney Trainor, Alapo left out that the other possible candidate Tammy Sommers in addition to attending religious observances at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist, a fellow member of the same organization is School Board Chair Indya Kincannon. This would raise questions concerning the open meetings law with Kincannon and Sommers possibly deliberating at observance functions. Why would Alapo not research the background of two likely candidates prior to publishing the article? The article as presented yesterday left out key information that would shed critical light to the issue it supposedly addresses. School Board Member Robert Bratton will seek re-election.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Indya Kincannon Disclosure Raises Inquiry

Indya Kincannon's disclosure covering January - June 2009 is signed by Kincannon as the candidate and treasurer. That is allowed by law. However, the question is concerning the witnesses to the signatures. The witnesses are her minor children. Clearly the legislative intent in requiring a witness would be an individual of an age of accountability and maturity. Definitions of witness are –verb (used with object) 1. to see, hear, or know by personal presence and perception: to witness an accident. 2. to be present at (an occurrence) as a formal witness, spectator, bystander, etc.: She witnessed our wedding. 3. to bear witness to; testify to; give or afford evidence of. 4. to attest by one's signature: He witnessed her will. –verb (used without object) 5. to bear witness; testify; give or afford evidence. –noun 6. an individual who, being present, personally sees or perceives a thing; a beholder, spectator, or eyewitness. 7. a person or thing that affords evidence. 8. a person who gives testimony, as in a court of law. 9. a person who signs a document attesting the genuineness of its execution. 10. testimony or evidence: to bear witness to her suffering. Previous legal definitions of witness concerning children are; though formerly it was held by some judges that it was a presumption of law that the child was incompetent when he was under seven years of age. Gilb. Ev. 144; 1 East, R. 422; 1 East, P. C. 443; 1 Leach, 199. When the child is under fourteen, he is presumed incapable until capacity is shown; 2 Tenn. Rep. 80; 19 Mass. R. 225; and see 18 John. R. 105; when he is over fourteen he may be sworn without a previous examination. 2 South. R. 589 Clearly the signatures are under the age of fourteen. Now, Administrator McKae makes over $100,000. 00 a year and his Deputy Administrator Frith makes over $80,000.00 and they can not ensure these documents comply with the law.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Ray Abbas Disclosure Raises Inquiry

Here is another form with questionable data that was accepted and filed at the Knox County Election Commission. On this form filed by City Council candidate Ray Abbas the treasurer signed on 7-6-09 and the witnesses witnessed the signature on 7-7-09. Now, both witnesses witnessed on the same date as Ray Abbas, candidate signed. So, did Abbas take the document to the witnesses with the treasurer's signature from the day before? How can that happen? Now, Administrator McKae makes over $100,000. 00 a year and his Deputy Administrator Frith makes over $80,000.00 and they can not ensure these documents comply with the law.

Election Commission Responds to Brian's Blog Investigations

In obvious response to the uncovered irregularities exposed by Brian's Blog (here and here are examples) at the Knox County Election Commission. Administrator Greg McKae has announced through today's Knoxnews.com website here that he will post candidates nominating petitions online. We have two additional confirmed irregularities that we will be posting today and tomorrow. We have been told that McKae states that it is not his job to confirm that the candidates comply with the law and ensure that the forms are accurate. So, we are encouraging citizens to file complaints with Mark Goins, Coordinator of Election and with Tre Hargett, Secretary of State. In addition, we encourage citizens to contact the members of the Knox County Election Commission concerning the lax management operation of the Knox County Election Commission. Chairman Chris Heagerty 865-546-1831; Secretary Cassandra McGee Stuart 865-546-5772; Bob Bowman 865-525-5134; Paul Crilly 865-974-5740 and Cameron Brooks 865-974-8691.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Huddleston Violates Finance Disclosure Law

Below is the July 13, 2008 financial disclosure statement of former Black Wednesday appointed Commissioner Jack Huddleston. He raised and spent money but never filed for and never ran for Commissioner. The financial disclosure is signed by Huddleston, his treasurer Tim Brown and each signature is witnessed by two separate individuals. The dates of the signatures are 7-13-08. However, the financial disclosure was not accepted and filed with the Knox County Election Commission until February 32, 2009. Now, we know there were only 28 days in February 2009. So, it is likely that Huddleston turned in his form on February 2, 3, 12 or 22 and a minor glitch in the stamp recorded it as the 32. We are confident that the staff of the Election Commission got the month and year correct. Because after all, Huddleston couldn't have filed a 7-13-2008 filing in February 2008. So, Huddleston is in violation of the financial disclosure law and should be fined appropriately.

Senator Jim DeMint - I Am With Him

South Carolina United States Senator Jim DeMint on May 20, 2009 in a speech to the South Carolina Republican Party explained his response to a reporter that asked if Senator Arlen Specter's departure from the Republican Party devastated the party. "I would rather have 30 Republicans who believe in the principles of limited government and free markets and free people than 60 Republicans who have no belief at all."

In an unrelated but somewhat similar story, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has been censured by a couple of South Carolina county republican parties due to his co mingling with Democrats in Washington. The details of Graham's censure is detailed in today's New York Times, located here.

Put me in the category with Senator DeMint.

We have too many Knox County Republicans that are in office for their own egos that do not have any core beliefs. Seventh District Commissioner R. Smith and Knoxville Mayor Haslam just to name two.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Knox County Election Commission Only Follows the Rules on a Case by Case Bases

Here is an interesting story in today's News-Sentinel. The subject is that Don Daugherty in his compliance with Knox County's Home Rule Charter Form of Government is deciding whether he wants to run as a Second or Third District Commissioner. You see the Home Rule Charter removes the 1 year residency requirement for the first General Election after a reapportionment. Which will be the election of 2010. Scott Frith of the Election Commission told Georgiana Vines of the News-Sentinel the residency issue will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Frith is quoted as saying "Our hope is that candidates follow the spirit of the law and seek office in the community where they live and district they represent." As Knox County taxpayers do you desire that the Election Commission follow the law and enforce it on everybody. Or would you support what Frith is suggesting and allow them to enforce it on a case-by-case basis. Effectively set up a rewards and punishment Election Commission. One that turns their head for a crony and imposes a stricter standard for someone they do not support. This is what Frith is advocating in his statement in today's paper. If Frith and Mackae believe in honoring the spirit of the law, don't you believe that they should enforce the spirit of the law on Mike Hammond with the term limit provision of the Charter? However, because Hammond is a crony of Frith and Mackae they will allow him to file for the at large Commission position.

Brian's Blog reported here where the Election Commission has not enforced the rules on the appointment of Treasurer forms. We will be reporting very soon on other irregularities that we have recently uncovered at the Knox County Election Commission.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

WVLT #1

WVLT Volunteer TV has just been recognized as #1 for news at 11:00 p.m. Great job Volunteer TV news team. They are the the Official station of the TN Vols.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Victoria DeFreese Opts Out of Commission Run. Knox County is the Loser

Victoria DeFreese has decided NOT to seek the position of Knox County Commissioner from the Ninth District. Knox County's lost will be felt for many years to come. Our thoughts and prayers with Don, Victoria and their four GREAT children over the next few years. We hope to see Victoria again in a few years.

County Commission Discretionary Spending Review Ninth District

County Commissioner Victoria DeFreese from July 1, 2008 - August 31, 2008 spent $4,020.00 It is interesting to note that on the ledger obtained by Knox County they show a $100 check to East TN Foundation. This surely belonged to County Commissioner Mike Brown that took office on September 1, 2008.

Montgomery Village Child Development Center, Inc. - $700
South Knoxville Branch Library - $700
Governor John Sevier Home - $500
Howard Pinkston Library - $700
Mabry Hazen Museum - $200
Free Medical Clinic of America - $1,000
Microbac Laborities - $120
East TN Foundation - $100 * 9/8/08 should be under Mike Brown's ledger

County Commissioner Mike Brown from September 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009 spent $1,980
which combined with Commissioner DeFreese completed the $6,000 budget.

South Knoxville Foundation - $300
Bonny Kate Elementary - $200
Serviceflags.com - $40
South Knoxville Beautification Committee - $850
South Doyle Middle School / Joy Hina Science - $590

Brown has spent $2,650 from July 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009

Knoxville/Knox County Youth Action Committee - $200
Harris Chapel Baptist Church - $1,000
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #2 - $250
Hillcrest United Methodist Church - $200
Dogwood Arts Festival - $500
South Doyle High School Baseball - $500

County Commissioner Paul Pinkston spent $6,000 between July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2008.

Keep Knoxville Beautiful for So. Knoxville - $1,000
New Hopewell Elementary School - $200
Powell High School Baseball - $500
South Doyle Middle School - $200
Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad - $500
South Doyle High School - $200
East TN Foundation - $100
New Hopewell Elementary School - $500
Berean Christian Eagles Basketball Team - $100
Serviceflags.com - $40
Stanley's Plant Farm - $1,000 (The Keep Knox Beautiful was voided and this is a re-issued check)
South Doyle Middle School Baseball Team - $150 (Voided May 29, 2009)
South Knox Senior Center - $200
Free Medical Clinic of America - $1,000
Knox County School/South Doyle Middle/Jason Project - $700
Governor John Sevier Memorial Association - $810

Pinkston has spent $1,500 from July 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #2 - $200
Governor John Sevier Memorial Association - $500
South Doyle Area Homeowners - $500
South Doyle High School Baseball - $300

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Questions Arise Concerning Samuel P. McKenzie's Appointment of Treasurer Form

Brian's Blog in reviewing all Appointment of Treasurer forms for all candidates for 2010 Knox County elective office have discovered an irregular one that has raised questions. The irregular one concerns First District County Commissioner Samuel P. McKenzie. On his appointment of Treasurer form which is NOT dated but is time stamped as received and accepted by the Knox County Election Commission on November 10, 2009 at 11:12 a.m. McKenzie appointed someone identified as Samuel McK. The signatures appear to be the same for the candidate and for the treasurer. How can this be? The candidate is Samuel McKenzie and the Treasurer is Sam McK. How can their signatures be the same? In addition, clearly the form lacks substantive information of a date, which is required. By the way, Treasurer Samuel McK is the Treasurer for Committee to Elect Sam McKenzie.

Again, Knox County Administrator of Elections Greg McKae hired Scott Frith as the Chief Deputy Administrator. But with two administrators they accept a form that is clearly not in compliance. Here is the document in question.
*Tennessee State law does allow a candidate to appoint themselves as Treasurer. However, with this form Samuel P. McKenzie was not appointed as Treasurer. A Samuel McK. was appointed.

Be Courageous, Barack Obama from John Piper

Zach Wamp Impresses, Bill Haslam Not So Much

Read here Political Leverage explain his reaction to Zach Wamp and Bill Haslam yesterday. Political Leverage also reports on Tim Burchett and Brad Anders activities held this week.

County Commission Discretionary Spending Review Eighth District

Former County Commissioner and Current Property Assessor Phil Ballard spent ZERO dollars from July 1, 2008 - August 31, 2008 the time he served as a County Commissioner.

County Commissioner Richard "Bud" Armstrong from November 2008 - June 30, 2009 spent $6,750 out of his budgeted $6,000. A $250 check to Carter High School was posted VOID on 6/9/09. Thus bringing his total to $6,500.

Gibbs High School - $250
Carter High School - $250
National Kidney Foundation serving East TN - $250
Roseberry Baptist Church Food Pantry - $500
Carter High School Band - $1,000
Ritta Elementary School - $500
Corryton Hospitality Pantry - $500
Community & Senior Center of Corryton - $500
Central High School Class of '59 50th Reunion - $500
Epilepsy Foundation of East TN - $500
Carter High School Band - $250
Carter Elementary School - $1,000

Armstrong has spent $500 from July 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009

Knox County Carter Senior Center - $500

County Commissioner Dave Wright spent $6,000 from July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009.

Carter High School Football Booster Club - $400
Gibbs High School Football Booster Club - $400
East TN Foundation - $100
Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad - $250
Serviceflags.com - $40
Gibbs High School - $250
Carter High School - $250
National Kidney Foundation serving East TN - $200
Community & Senior Center of Corryton - $500
Riverdale Community Club - $500
Roseberry Food Pantry - $210
Mascot Memorial Park Community & Senior Center - $500
Honor Air Knoxville - $500
Carter Elementary School - $400
Carter High School Band - $1,000
Corryton Hospitality Pantry - $500

Wright has spent ZERO dollars from July 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Next Movie From Sherwood Pictures, Courageous

Where's a Red Light Camera When You Need It?

Here a K-trans trolley on November 11, 2009 not only runs the red light but is sitting in the intersection blocking traffic from going on the green light. As you can see the brake lights are illuminated on the vehicles that have the green light. While the k-trans trolley just sits through it's red light. And of course the trolley was empty. Such a waste of tax dollars and an attitude that the laws do not apply to them. Such an entitlement program.

Hammond Wants To Be Commissioner At Large For Farragut

Here is this weeks story from the Farragut Press. Current Fifth District Commissioner Mike Hammond who intends to be a candidate for County Commissioner At Large is indicating an interest in talks about securing the former Red Food/Bi-Lo/Food City grocery store for a Senior Center. So, the communities of South Knox, Carter and others that have had smaller, reduced services Senior Centers built need to remember Mike Hammond wants a Rush Fitness Center sized senior center for West Knox County and Farragut. Hammond is quoted in the Farragut Press saying "there were a couple of place that could be refurbished and turned into that." "That's what we're going to be looking at..."

County Commission Discretionary Spending Review Seventh District

County Commissioner Scott Moore from July 1, 2008 - October 2008 (when Judge Kerry Blackwood removed Moore from office) spent the budgeted $6,000

Heiskell Volunteer Fire Department - $500
Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad - $500
Powell High School Baseball - $500
Great Smoky Mountain Council - $500
Adrian Burnett Elementary School - $2,000
Helen Ross McNabb - $600
Gibbs Football Boosters - $500
East TN Foundation - $100
Pleasant Ridge Elementary School - $500
Gibbs High School Cheerleaders - $300

A check in amount $675 that was issued in June 2007 was voided. Bringing Moore's total to $5,325.

County Commissioner Michele Carringer spent ZERO dollars from April - June 30, 2009.

Carringer has spent $2,300 from July 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009

Knoxville/Knox County Youth Action Council - $200
YWCA - $500
Heiskell Community Center - $200
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #2 - $100
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research - $250
North Knoxville Professional Association - $300
YMCA & Epilepsy Foundation Golf Tournament - $300
Central High School Mascot Program - $200
Sertoma Center, Inc. - $250

County Commissioner R. Smith spent $6,000 from July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009.

Adrian Burnett Elementary School - $500
East Tn Foundation - $100
Central High School - $500
Fountain City Elementary School - $500
Serviceflags.com - $40
Halls Middle School - $500
Shannondale Elementary School - $500
Halls Welfare Ministry - $500
Sterchi Elementary School - $300
Gresham Middle School - $500
Copper Ridge Elementary School - $500
Halls High School - $500
Bricky McCloud Elementary School - $500
Boy Scouts of America - $60

Smith has spent $750 from July 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009

Halls High School PTSA - $250
Gresham Middle School - $500

Friday, November 20, 2009

County Commission Discretionary Spending Review Sixth District

Appointed Interim County Commissioner Robert Rountree was authorized to spend dollars July 1, 2008 - August 31, 2008. He spent ZERO dollars.

County Commissioner Brad Anders spent $6,000 between September 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009.

East Tennessee Foundation - $100
Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad - $250
Junior Achievement of East TN - $500
Serviceflags.com - $40.00
National Kidney Foundation serving East TN - $250
Karns HS Project Graduation - $500
Powell HS Project Graduation - $500
Powell Library - $1,000
Knox County Schools Teacher Depot - $750
Knox County Library for Imagination Library - $360
Karns Library - $1,000

Anders from July 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009 has spent $1,200 of his budgeted $6,000

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #2 - $200
Karns High School - $1,000

County Commissioner Greg "Lumpy" Lambert spent $6,000 from July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009.

Powell High Baseball - $500
Kerbela Shrine Circus - $200
East TN Foundation - $100
Muscular Dystrophy Association - $800
Junior Achievement of East TN - $500
Crown College - $600
FOP #2 - $100
Servicefalgs.com - $40.00
Karns Elementary School - $500
Powell Elementary School - $500
Hardin Valley Elementary School - $500
Ball Camp Elementary School - $500
Amherst Elementary School - $500
Friends of the Knox County Library - $250
Cover Yall Productions Company - $410 (assistance for Marble Springs Film Festival)

Lambert has spent $1,750 July 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009 of the $6,000 budget

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #2 - $250
Kerbela Shrine Circus - $200
Great Smoky MountainCouncil of the Boy Scouts - $300
Powell High School - $1,000

Thursday, November 19, 2009

County Commission Discretionary Spending Review Fifth District

County Commissioner Mike Hammond from July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009 spent $5,590 of his budgeted $6,000

East TN Foundation - $100
Tennessee Firefighters Museum - $500
Farragut Primary School - $1,000
Knox Co Council PTA Scholarship Fund - $500
Knox County Schools/PTA Teacher Supply Depot - $500
Knox County Schools/PTA Clothing Center - $500
Knox Heritage - $250
Serviceflags.com - $40.00
FHS Project Graduation - $100
National Kidney Foundation - $100
Cedar Bluff PTSA - $1,000
Dogwood Arts Festival - $1,000

Hammond has spent $1,000 between July 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009

Farragut Primary School - $1,000

County Commissioner Craig Leuthold spent $6,000 between July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009.

East TN Foundation - $100
Farragut High School Education Foundation - $1,450
The Free Medical Clinic - $100
Serviceflags.com - $40.00
Farragut High School PTSO Graduation Celebration - $200
National Kidney Foundation - $250
Farragut High School Education Foundation - $1,500
Frank Strang Senior Center - $2,360

Leuthold has spent $2,000 between July 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009

Farragut High School Education Foundation - $2,000

County Commissioner Richard Briggs spent $1,140 between July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009

East TN Foundation - $100
Serviceflags.com - $40
Farragut High School PTSO Graduation Celebration - $500
Friends of the Knox County Public Library - $500

Briggs has spent $700 from July 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009

Bearden High School Foundation - $500
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #2 - $200

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

County Commission Discretionary Spending Review Fourth District

Appointed Interim County Commissioner William Daniels who served from July 1, 2008 - August 31, 2008 spent $5,500 of the budgeted $6,000.

Boys and Girls Club of America - $1,500
Teen Challenge - $1,500
Hope Resource Center - $1,500
Rocky Hill Elementary - $1,500

County Commissioner Ed Shouse spent the remaining $500 between September 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009.

East Tennessee Foundation - $100
The Free Medical Clinic - $100
Pond Gap Neighborhood Association - $300

Commissioner Shouse between July 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009 has spent $500.

Bearden High School Foundation - $250
Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #2 - $250

Appointed Interim County Commissioner Elaine Davis who served from July 1, 2008 - August 31, 2008 spent all of the budgeted $6,000.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program - $1,000
Alzheimer's Association - Howard Circle Friends - $1,000
West End Academy - $1,000
City of Knoxville Parks & Rec. - Cross Knox 15k race -$500
Dogwood Arts Festival - $500
Laurel High School - $1,000
TN Valley Unitarian Universalist Church - $1,000

County Commissioner Finbarr Saunders who took office on September 1, 2008 had no budgeted money to contribute from September 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009.

Commissioner Saunders between July 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009 has spent $100.

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #2 - $100

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

County Commission Discretionary Spending Review Third District

County Commissioner Ivan Harmon

July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009 Spent $6,000.00

Tennessee Firefighters Museum - $500
Mabry Hazen Museum - $500
Knox Volunteer Rescue Squad - $500
Metropolitan Drug Commission - $500
Boy Scouts of America - $250
Powell High School Baseball - $500
Helen Ross McNabb Center - $600
Dogwood Elementary School - $250
KCSO Explorer Post 911 - $500
Moreland Heights Elementary School - $250
East TN Foundation - $100
Pleasant Ridge Elementary School - $1,550
Boy Scouts of America - $250

Spent $2,550.00 from July 26, 2009 - Present

North Knox Business and Professisonal Association - $500
West Hills Community Association - $500
Faternal Order of Police Lodge #2 - $250
South Doyle High School Baseball - $750
YMCA & Epilepsy Foundation Golf Tournament - $300

Tony Norman

Spent $6,121.50 from July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009

Mabry Hazen Museum - $1,000
Northwest Middle School - $350
Tennessee Firefighters Museum - $500
West High School Football - $100
East Tn Foundation - $100
Epilepsy Foundation - $150
ServiceFlags.com - $71.50
Free Medical Clinic of America - $500
Emerald Youth Foundation - $300
Boys and Girls Club - $500
Joy of Music School - $500
Tribe One - $300
Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley - $500
Friends of the Knox County Public Library - $250
Emerald Youth Foundation - $500
Free Medical Clinic of America - $500

Norman also had three checks voided in the 2008-2009 year. A $500.00 check to Boys and Girls Club, A $300.00 check to Emerald Youth Foundation and a $500.00 check to Free Medical Clinic of America.

Norman has spent $250.00 from July 1, 2009 - September 10, 2009

Berean Christian School - $250

Monday, November 16, 2009

Daddy's Boy Avoids TN Conservative Donner for a Democrat

Thanks to Political Leverage for the hook up to David Oatney's report that Daddy's Boy dissed the TN Conservative Union dinner for a fundraiser for and with a Democrat. Daddy's Boy hasn't figured out yet that he is running in the Republican Primary. While the TCU may not be a Republican Party entity. Those attending the event are more likely Republican voters than not.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

What Credibility Will The Shopper News Have?

Sources within the E.W. Scripps network have informed Brian's Blog that a story in this weeks Shopper will say that the Shopper staff have been flooded with calls from Bill Phillips supporters threatening lawsuits concerning the Shopper's biased coverage in support of Greg Lonas and Jackie Huddleston the two individuals of the "Recall Group".

It has been obvious that Shopper writer Larry Van Guilder authored and published articles for 4 continuous weeks in the Shopper. Last week there was NO article about Lonas and Huddleston's activities. In all the previous articles Van Guilder did not quote Phillips or note that Phillips refused or was unavailable for comment. Leading Brian's Blog to believe that Van Guilder in typical non journalist fashion refused to author a balanced story.

Now, what we are told the Shopper will say tomorrow is that lots of calls have been received by the Shopper that threaten lawsuits if they continue their biased coverage. We are told that the Shopper will say that they are covered by the First Amendment.

Here are the questions to be considered. How did the Shopper verify the callers were Phillips supporters and not his enemies or close friends to Huddleston and Lonas? Is this a tactic by the Shopper to advance Lonas and Huddleston's activities? Will the Shopper have comment from Phillips or a representative of Phillips? Let's see Sunday night or Monday morning when the latest bird cage liner is thrown on our lawns. Isn't there a littering law against throwing trash out of your car?

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Thank A Veteran, Everyday

Today, is Veterans Day. We should honor our Veterans everyday. But, today Brian's Blog is requesting that you say a prayer of Thanksgiving for all Veterans. The Veterans that are still with us and the ones that have passed on to their eternal reward. God Bless our United States of America.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

County Commission Discretionary Spending Review Scond District

Mark Campen: was eligible to spend dollars from July 1, 2008 - August 31, 2008. He spent ZERO dollars.

Amy Broyles

Spent $4,999.46 dollars between July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009

East Tn Foundation - $100
Old North Knox, Inc. - $100
Oakwood Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association - $100
North Knoxville Business and Professional Association - $250
North Hills Garden Club - $100
North Hills Area Association - $100
Honor Air Knoxville - $500
Highland Neighbors Association - $100
Guy B. Love Towers - $100
Fourth and Gill Neighborhood Organization - $100
Fountain City Town Hall - $100
Fountain City Skate Plaza - $100
Fountain City Connections - $100
Fairmont Emoriland Neighborhood Association - $100
Edgewood Park Neighborhood Association - $100
Downtown North Association - $100
Beaumont Elecmentary School - $163.46
Alice Bell Spring Hill Neighborhood Association - $100
Serviceflags.com - $40
KPICC** - $1,200
Beaumont Honors Magnet Academy - $150
National Kidney Foundation serving East TN - $250
New Visions Service Unit of Girl Scouts Tanasi - $150
Volunteer Ministry Center - $196.00
Knoxville Presidential Inauguration Celebration* - $600 (Link for questions on this check)

Spent $1,000 from July 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009

North Knox Business & Professional Association - $400
Epilepsy Foundation of East TN - $250
Christenberry PTA - $100
Oakwood Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association - $250

Mark Harmon

Spent $6,500 from July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009 Harmon overspent $500 from his budgeted amount.

East TN Foundation - $100
Spring Hill Elementary School - $500
Serviceflags.com - $40
Friends of the Knox County Public Library - $500
Fountain City Town Hall - $400
Friends of the Knox County Public Library - $500
Highlands Neighbors Association - $1,000***
North Knoxville Business & Professional Association - $2,460***
North Hills Garden Club - $500

Spent $1,050 from July 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009

Christenberry PTA - $100
Christenberry Elementary School - $700
Oakwood Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association - $250

* Payment that has been questioned by Brian's Blog
**Payment that Brian's blog is waiting for an organization description
***High dollar amount

On the Discretionary Ledger that we obtained form Knox County each contribution has the date of the payment, the check number, the dollar amount and a stated purpose. In our review there are some questions on Commissioners Harmon and Broyles use of the taxpayers money.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Knox County Law Director Bill Lockett Emerges

According to Political Leverage, Knox County Bill Lockett had his personal groundhog day. Emerging from his hiding hole by attending the West Knox Republican Club tonight, Read about it here.

Daddy Haslam's Boy Needs a Handler, No He Needs a Muzzle

Thanks to Political Leverage for this post about this Mike Slater radio interview of Daddy's Boy Candidate for Governor. A few quotes are "I don't think I would be for that one, I will let it go" "What's a few million among friends." He speaks in favor of a city or government in purchasing land to have in "inventory" for prospective employers.

"we never got a tax break for anything" Really? A review will determine if Daddy's boy is factual on this one. "As Mayor I see, our engineering department tells one thing and planning review tell one thing" "As a State you have to have capital" Where is he going to get the capital without raising taxes?

"We are in the gas business." Really, he stepped down from Daddy and Big Brother's business to be Mayor. "You want TN homegrown businesses." Daddy and Big Brother's business was formed in Delaware, according to this State of TN filing.

County Commission Discretionary Spending Review First District

County Commissioner Sam McKenzie

Spent all $6,000 from July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009

Dandridge Avenue Neighborhood Group - $250
Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad - $250
East TN Foundation - $100
UUNIK Academy - $250
Serviceflags.com - $40
Green Magnet Academy - $250
Austin East High School - $500
Baby Road Runners - $200
National Kidney Foundation - $250
Knox County Education Association - $300
Friends of the Knox County Library - $250
Iota Alpha Foundation - $500
Knoxville Alumnac Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta - $250
Beck Cultural Exchange Center - $250
S.E.E.E.D - $250
Knoxville Area Urban League - $500
100 Black Men of Greater Knoxville - $500
Crutcher Memorial Youth Enrichment Center - $760
Dandridge Avenue Neighborhood Watch - $350


McKenzie has spent $750.00 from July 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009


Fraternal Order of Police- Lodge 2 - $250
Austin East High School - $500

County Commission Chairman Thomas "Tank" Strickland

Spent all $6,000 from July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009

TN Firefighters Museum - $250
Dandridge Avenue Neighborhood Watch - $100
Mechanicsville Community Association - $200
Holston Chilhowee Swimming Club - $200
Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad - $250
Austin East Band - $200
East TN Foundation - $100
Robert Taylor Scholarship Fund - $100
Junior League of Knoxville - $250
The Free Medical Clinic - $200
Austin East High School Basketball - $250
Knox Area Rescue Ministries - $200
Service Flags.com - $40
Burlington Homeowners Association - $200
Crutcher Youth Enrichment Center - $250
Knoxville College Athletics - $350
University of TN/Green Magnolia Program - $250
Baby Road Runners - $200
National Kidney Foundation - $500
The Wee Course at Williams Creek - $700
Alzheimers Association - $500
Beck Cultural Exchange - $500
UT Medical Center - $210

Strickland has spent $2,000 from July 1, 2009 - September 30, 2009

YWCA - $500
E.T. Community Design Center - $250
Mechanicsville Community Association - $250
FOP Lodge #2 - $250
Dogwood Arts Festival - $250
Austin East Band - $250
The Carpetbag Theater - $250

On the Discretionary Ledger that we obtained from Knox County each contribution has the date of the payment, the check number, the dollar amount and a stated purpose. In our review each purpose appears to be a legitimate expense for Commissioner McKenzie and Strickland.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Amy Broyles Spends Your Tax Dollars on a Political Event

While we have begun our review of the Knox County Commissioners Discretionary Spending we have discovered that Commissioner Amy Broyles spent our tax money on a political event. On 5/26/09 Knox County Check number 282233 for $600 was given to Hubert Smith for the Knoxville Presidential Inauguration Celebration. This was a brunch event held at 9:00 a.m. on January 20, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza on the day of President Obama's inauguration. The event was organized by Hubert Smith. On January 13, 2009, Roy Cruze was introduced by Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam at the Knoxville City Council meeting. In Cruze's announcement of the event, he stated that a portion of the $60 tickets or $600 table sponsorships would benefit Lost Sheep Ministries.

Knox County Auditor Richard Walls should investigate what percentage of the $600 benefited Lost Sheep Ministries. Broyles should be required to refund the $600 and then Knox County can issue a check to Lost Sheep Ministries in the amount that they received from Smith and the other organizers of the brunch. Here is a December 5, 2008 news story about the event. A review of organizations defined as non profit and/or 501-C-3 does not find Knoxville Presidental Inaugurational Committee as a non profit or 501-C-3. The inauguration is political in nature. In January 2001 and January 2005 it was a Republican celebration as President George W. Bush was inaugurated. On January 20, 2009 it was Democrat in nature as Barack Obama is a Democrat. Broyles is also a Democrat.

Was the reason that Broyles waited nearly four months to pay the bill a stall tactic so as to slip a political payment under the radar? Broyles has some explaining to do.

County Commission Discretionary Spending Review

Brian's Blog has requested and received the Knox County Commission Discretionary Ledger for the period of July 1, 2008 - October 31, 2009. We will review each Commission District in separate posts. Each Commissioner is budgeted $6,000.00 per year for their discretionary use per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). So, we are actually reviewing one complete fiscal year and one quarter and one month. The discretionary funds are to be used on legitimate non profit 501-C-3 community organizations. Our next post will inform you of one questionable spending item and then we will go district by district, informing you of where you're money is being spent.

Question Answered about Reagan Dinner in Knoxville

An anonymous commenter attempted to post a question about why did Brian's Blog not have either Brian Hornback or one of our staff at the TCU (Tennessee Conservative Union) Reagan Dinner. The reason that we did not send one of our staff is primarily because the TCU has never advised through press releases or advisories when the yearly election of TCU officers occur. In addition the TCU has never advised through press releases or advisories where quarterly financial audits are filed on behalf of their organization. Brian Hornback of Brian's Blog as Chairman of the Knox County Republican Party filed financial disclosures (while being governed with three treasurers) multiple times during his two years as Chairman of the Knox County Republican party. It was an open and transparent process. It was so open and transparent that Tabloid Bully Girl authored and published mockingly trashy stories about it. Which was normal operating procedure for Tabloid Bully Girl through her E.W. Scripps owned paper prior to Scripps cracking down on her.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

It was a Good Night for the Admirals

Last night the Admirals beat the Ooltewah Owls at Ooletwah. The score was 24 - 7. Christian Ponce had a great night kicking the ball deep into Ooltewah territory. Reese Browning broke the career passing record for Farragut High School.

So, now the Bearden Bull Pups come to Bill Clabo Field in beautiful Farragut on Friday November 13, 2009 for the Second Round. When Bearden comes down and vandalizes the Farragut stadium will the media cover it or do what they always do. Which is ignore it if it is against Farragut and become the major whiners when it is against Bearden. When it's against Bearden, Mayor Haslam sends 50 KPD officers down to investigate. #Just Sayin.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

VA is Red! Not Broyles and M. Harmon Blue

NJ is Red! Not Broyles and M. Harmon Blue

Big Metal Shed on the Hill Re-assigns Personnel

Jack McElroy and Crew are shaking up assignments of reporters at the Big Metal Shed on the Hill. Rebecca Ferrar has covered Knox County government for a number of years has been reassigned to the Knoxville City government beat. JJ Stambaugh has been assigned to replace Ferrar and will now cover Knox County government. Jack, Why was this necessary?

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Knox County School Board Chair Violates Sunshine Law

Knox County School Board Chair Indya Kincannon in the middle of Board discussion on a lease agreement with the Knoxville / Knox County Volunteer Rescue Squad has taken a 2 minute recess to discuss the item prior to a vote on the lease. This is a DIRECT violation of the State of Tennessee Sunshine Law.

She stated that she discussed the item with Superintendent and Rescue Squad Chairman. She stated that she did not violate the Sunshine law. Because it was a item in discussion, a protest will be filed with Knox County Law Director Bill Lockett for review of her violation of the sunshine law. Because the modified language that was crafted in secret is the language that passed unanimously, Kincannon violated the sunshine law.

The Chair made the motion (which is a violation of Roberts Rules of Order) crafted in secret and seconded by Robert Bratton. The amended motion passed unanimously.

*Please note that Superintendent McIntyre was forced by one of his employers to participate in the secretive meeting, for this reason the Board Chair Kincannon is the only participant that a complaint will be filed on.

City of Knoxville Endorsements: Brian's Blog -vs- Amy Broyles

Brian's Blog endorsed Pavlis, Broyles endorsed Marlino.

Brian's Blog endorsed Ken Knight as did Broyles.

Brian's Blog endorsed Palmer, Broyles endorsed Holman.

Brian's Blog endorsed Della Volpe, Broyles endorsed Abbas.

Brian's Blog endorsed Brown as did Broyles.

Brian's Blog 4-1 and Broyles 1-4.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Brian's Blog Readers Elect More Council Members

Brian's Blog -vs- Various other Entities & Persons in City of Knoxville Council Endorsements.

Brian's Blog -vs- Jack McElroy

Brian's Blog endorsed Pavlis. McElroy endorsed Marlino

Brian's Blog endorsed Ken Knight, McElroy endorsed the winner which was Ken Knight's opponent.

Brian's Blog endorsed Brenda Palmer, McElroy endorsed Holman.

Brian's Blog endorsed Della Volpe as did McElroy.

Brian's Blog endorsed Brown as did McElroy.

Brian's Blog 4-1, McElroy 3-2.



Brian's Blog -vs- Metro Pulse

Brian's Blog endorsed Pavlis, MP endorsed Marlino

Brian's Blog endorsed Ken Knight, MP endorsed Ken Knight's opponent.

Brian's Blog endorsed Palmer, MP endorsed Holman.

Brian's Blog endorsed Della Volpe, MP also endorsed Della Volpe.

Brian's Blog endorsed Brown, MP also endorsed Brown

Brian's Blog 4-1, MP 3-2.



Brian's Blog -vs- Hubert Smith

Brian's Blog endorsed Pavlis, Smith endorsed Marlino.

Brian's Blog endorsed Ken Knight as did Smith.

Brian's Blog endorsed Plamer as did Smith.

Brian's Blog endorsed Della Volpe, Smith endorsed Abbas.

Brian's Blog endorsed Brown, Smith did NOT endorse in this race.

Brian's Blog 4-1, Smith 1-3-0-1



Brian's Blog -vs- Joe Hultquist

Hultquist mass emailed out his agreement with the Metro Pulse endorsements with an emphasis on Marlino and Holman.

Brian's Blog endorsed Pavlis, Hultquist endorsed Marlino.

Brian's Blog endorsed Ken Knight, Hultquist endorsed Ken Knight's opponent.

Brian's Blog endorsed Palmer, Hultquist endorsed Holman.

Brian's Blog endorsed Della Volpe, Hultquist also endorsed Della Volpe.

Brian's Blog endorsed Brown, Hultquist also endorsed Brown

Brian's Blog 4-1, Joe Hultquist 3-2

Thank you to the Brian's Blog readers for your votes in today's City of Knoxville City Council Election. Congratulations to our slate of City Council Members-Elect, Nick Pavlis, Brenda Palmer, Nick Della Volpe and Daniel Brown

Live Blogging: COK Election FINAL RESULTS

With 7,986 votes in:

Pavlis beat Marlino 54.72% to 45.28%
Ken Knight's opponent beat Ken Knight 56.24% to 43.76%
Palmer beat Holman 52.71% to 47.29%
Della Volpe beat Abbas 50.50% to 49.50%
Brown beat Frazier 61.33% to 38.67%

Live Blogging: COK Election

With 5,916 votes in:

Pavlis leads Marlino 55.49% to 44.51%
Ken Knight's opponent leads Ken Knight 53.50% to 46.50%
Palmer leads Holman 53.86% to 46.14%
Abbas leads Della Volpe 51/92% to 48.08%
Brown has HUGE lead over Frazier 61.40% to 38.60%

Live Blogging: COK Elections

With 4,272 votes in:

Pavlis leads Marlino 55.4% to 44.5%
Ken Knight's opponent leads Ken Knight 54.33% to 45.67%
Palmer leads Holman 56.12% to 43.88%
Abbas leads Della Volpe 52.6% to 47.39%
Brown has HUGE lead over Frazier 63.3% to 36.7%

Live Blogging: COK Elections

With 3,566 votes in:


Pavlis leads Marlino 55.5% to 44.5%
Ken Knight's opponent leads Ken Knight 55.2% to 44.7%
Palmer leads Holman 56.7% to 43%
Abbas leads Della Volpe 50.2% to 49.7%
Brown has HUGE lead over Frazier 63.9% to 36.1%

Live Blogging: COK Elections

With 2,890 votes in:

Pavlis leads Marlino 56.5% to 43.42%
Ken Knight's opponent leads Ken Knight 56.9% to 43%
Palmer leads Holman 56.7% to 43%
Della Volpe leads Abbas 51.6% to 48.3%
Brown has HUGE lead over Frazier 64.8% to 35%

Knox County Schools Can't Have It Both Ways

Today the TN Department of Education released the state report card, Knox County's is located here. For the past two-three months the Knox County School Board has said that the TN curriculum and test standards have changed so drastically that the results from this years state report card to previous state report cards can NOT be compared to one another. Then we get this story on today's knoxnews website. It seems that Knox County Schools Chief of Staff Russ Oaks is trying to spin it both ways.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Brian's Blog Endorsements for Tomorrow's City of Knoxville Election

District One: Nick Pavlis

District Two: Ken Knight

District Three: Brenda Palmer

District Four: Nick Della Volpe

District Six: Daniel Brown

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Amy Broyles is a Pro-Life Liberal?

Amy Broyles is supporting Brenda Palmer's opponent in a BIG way. She has authored and published this theses on the comment section of the local liberal blog. Broyles said "I believe that Gerry is a “team player,” willing to work with others to accomplish a goal." Last week, Brian's Blog revealed the believed real motive behind Broyles support of Brenda Palmer's opponent. (Link to the Brian's Blog post.)

On Friday and Saturday, Brenda Palmer's opponent mailed out a postcard. It was mailed to City of Knoxville and Knox County voters that are Pro-Life. The card asked Knox County voters to contact 5 City of Knoxville voters and ask them to vote for Brenda Palmer's opponent. The card stipulates that her opponent will if given the chance out law Abortion in Knoxville. We here at Brian's Blog, desire that the U.S. Supreme Court overturn Roe-v-Wade. However, we recognize that there is NOTHING a City Councilman or City Councilwoman can do to outlaw Abortion. While Brian Hornback of Brian's Blog was Chairman of the Knox County Republican Party, Brenda Palmer's opponent was NOT involved in grassroots Republican politics. The one thing that we here at Brian's Blog have trouble tolerating is individuals that profess to be one thing to one group and something else to another group.

We are confident during all of the sessions of talking between Amy Broyles and Brenda Plamer's opponent surely Broyles discovered that Palmer's opponent desires to outlaw Abortion in Knoxville. We welcome Broyles to the March for Life and all other Pro-Life activities.

We believe that this mailing opens questions about the genuine nature of Brenda Palmer's opponent. For that reason, we suggest that you consider voting for the person whose position you know and whose position will not wavier like a Bill Clinton/Barack Obama public opinion poll.



SRW Turns On Her Client?

On today's Inside Tennessee Susan Richardson Williams in her bias support of Ken Knight's opponent took shots at Ken Knight and the Convention Center Hotel Referendum. Sources close to Brian's Blog inform us that SRW was a consultant to the Hampton Inn during the hotel referendum. So, all current and future SRW clients take note that SRW will only represent you until the contract expires. Also, please note that two times the number of people voted not to spend Knoxville tax dollars than voted for Daddy's boy, Bill Haslam for Mayor in 2007.

A Voice of Reason in a World of Instant Conversation

Here is today's News Sentinel we find our State Representative Jimmy Matlock offering a Voice of Reason in our world of instant reaction of careless words. Great Job, Mr. State Representative!

Friday, October 30, 2009

News Sentinel Politicizing for Burchett's Benefit

This story is interesting in that it pops up the day of and will appear in the print edition of the death penalty for Davidson. The News Sentinel places Burchett's name in the headline and Burchett himself takes credit for Cobbins move. If the Sate Corrections officials do not know the nature of what Cobbins was convicted of then they should be replaced for their failure to read the history of it's inmate.

Praise Be to God, Justice Served

The Death Penalty is returned. Channon and Chris can now rest.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ken Knight's Opponent and Taxpayer Dollars

Ken Knight's opponent has served as a member of the Broadway-Fifth Task Force, Mayor's Task Force on Facade Improvement, 5th Ave./Central Avenue Corridor. The minutes from the July 21, 2006 Fifth Broadway Committee state. At the end of the meeting, there was more discussion on feeding the homeless. Duane Greive asked if we could get beyond that, and move on to other things to improve the area's appearance mentioning the city's facade grant program along with TDOT funding that is available. (source: City of Knoxville website)

On May 19, 2007 the Knoxville News Sentinel reported, Duane Greive is one of a handful of property owners near the Broadway - Central Street intersection using facade grants available now because the area is part of a revitalization area. Greive received two grants totaling $55,981 for his building.

In the City of Knoxville's 2008 Annual Report we find Duane Greive received $195,000 cash in Non EZ/EC Grant funds. In addition, a five year forgivable loan (up to $50,000) to business owners for facade improvements in the Broadway/Central area.

Ken Knight's opponent in campaign material and website credits him as an Urban Pioneer. He cites "Architect - Miller's Building Restoration on Gay Street. Cornerstone of downtown revival." What he failed to disclose is that he received $700,000 for this project.

If the last thing you want is someone on City Council that will not be open and transparent about their past financial dealings with the City and KUB (all taxpayer dollars) then do not cast a Vote for Ken Knight's opponent. Vote for Ken Knight.

If you would like a copy of the supporting documents that detail this information, please email us here and we will be happy to furnish you with the supporting documentation.

Justice Reached in Verdict. Let's Pray Jury Sentences Him To Die

This Lemarcius Davidson jury didn't see through the antics of the Defense Attorneys. Defense Attorneys that are activist DEMOCRATS. Let's pray for the jury to finish the job.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Ken Knight's Opponent Lies About The Little Things

A mailer went out recently by Ken Knight's opponent that stipulated that Ken Knight is distorting his opponents voting record. Well, here at Brian's Blog we are about the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Because we believe that the truth will set you free. So, we obtained a copy of Ken Knight's opponents voting record and guess what Ken Knight was not wrong. Ken Knight's opponent did not vote in the City of Knoxville 2007 election. He didn't vote in the primary election in September 2007 of the general election in November 2007. So, Ken Knight's opponent didn't care about the Mayor's Race, the three At Large Council positions or the district race where current Vice Mayor Bob Becker was re-elected. So, the question is if Ken Knight's opponent will lie about the little things then will he surely will lie about the BIG things? Is that what you want? Brian's Blog didn't think so, Vote for Ken Knight.

If you would like a cleaner copy of Greive's voting record email us here and we will forward you a cleaner copy.

Shuttin Detroit Down

With the current leaders at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC there is an arrogance that is squeezing the little guy out. When large fuel retailer conglomerates want to make up more dollars to fed their fat cat pockets they just raise the retail price on a gallon of gasoline or diesel fuel. Here is the John Rich social conscience song/video of Shuttin Detroit Down, starring Kris Kristofferson


Barbara Pelot Seeking a Third Term on Council?

Brian's Blog heard a radio commercial for Duane Greive this afternoon. The commercial featured two term Council member Barbara Pelot endorsing the candidate of her choice to replace her. So, if her candidate wins the election Barbara Pelot will continue a third term as Council member through a rubber stamp advocate?

A vote for Ken Knight will honor the term limit provision that the City of Knoxville voters have approved.

Yep, We Are Still Iritating The Liberal Whackos

This reaction to our post about last night from a member of the granola crowd over at the local liberal blog. While it is fun to see them get so bent out of shape that they post this stuff on their insignificant blog, print it in their Metro Pulse paper. As always, we encourage them to say what they will but as long as they are talking about the Brian's Blog brand and our brands topic of the day. We are doing our job and doing it well. The organization of Brian's Blog has the best ground troops, the greatest foxhole partners that will cover each others back. We are committed to the cause. So, sit back and enjoy this ride.

He's Not Daddy's Boy, He's Tennessee's Son

Last evening a long impressive host list from around the area held a reception at Gettysvue Country Club for the Gubernatorial campaign of Congressman Zach Wamp. Brian Debusk introduced the Congressman. Wamp, his lovely wife Kim, their awesome children Coty and Weston were as always spectacular hosts. Also present for the reception was Country Music Superstar John Rich.

Rich in honor of the Congressman first sang the Johnny Cash song "Walk The Line". He then sang The Good Lord and The Man, Shutting Detroit Down, Son of a Preacher Man, Save a Horse Ride a Cowboy and his final song was of course Rocky Top.

Rich talked about why he is committed to the Congressman over the Mayor. He got a loud response from the large crowd when he talked about how he has traveled all over the country in these buses and they have 18 wheelers traveling behind them. He said they have stopped at a few Pilot's and they have the worst hamburgers. He also said the diesel fuel is always 8 - 9 cents higher per gallon. The crowd loved it.

Rich said he was gonna have to write a song for Wamp. A gentleman in the crowd suggested He's not a daddy's boy, He's Tennessee's Son. Writing and recording campaign songs are not anything new to Rich as he wrote, recorded and offered free downloads of Raising McCain.

Rich said a few of his friends asked him, do you really want to support Wamp? He asked do you really need to ask?

Fellow Knoxvillian Bill Baxter who serves as Finance Chairman of the Wamp campaign spoke at the conclusion of Rich's set. Baxter said, that he along with those of us in Knoxville know both candidates. We know the Congressman and we know the Mayor. We recognize that there is no question who is prepared to lead Tennessee. The decision is not even close.

It was a great event that served as a great benchmark on this the tenth month of a nineteen month campaign.

I hope you recognize where Brian's Blog is on this campaign. We will continue covering this campaign all the way to live blogging the inauguration of our next Governor Zach Wamp.

Monday, October 26, 2009

"The Voters Are Watching"...Amy Broyles

















In a bizarre twist today as County Commissioners and Elected Officials entered the Large Assembly Room for the County Commission. Amy Broyles of the Second District approached each Commissioner and handed a plastic eye ball. On the back of the eyeball, Broyles had written with a magic marker "The Voters are watching...." The magic marker didn't last long as it markings rubbed off quickly.

At least one County Commissioner and one Countywide Elected Official gave me their eyeball. I have photographed one of the eyeballs for you to see.

So, since Amy has reminded us that the voters are watching. Here is what the voters have seen. The voters have discovered that the reason that Amy Broyles is campaigning for Gerry Holman, the Republican for City Council instead of Brenda Palmer, the Democrat for City Council is because Palmer's husband Don Palmer was an active supporter of Broyles 2008 opponent Cortney Piper. Talk about being a sore loser.

The voters also discovered that today while the Commission was conducting it's business. Broyles and her colleague Commissioner Mark Harmon were talking and referring to Harmon's computer. Clearly they were deliberating to a conclusion. Brian's Blog is working on additional information that the voters have discovered on Broyles. So, yes the voters are watching you, Broyles.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Monday Will Bring The Governor's Race to East TN

Tomorrow the Blount Education Initiative will hold a community forum for the gubernatorial candidates to explore and discuss the topic of “Making Education Tennessee’s Top Priority: The Roles of State Government, Local Governments, and all Tennessee Citizens.”

The event begins at 6:50 p.m. in the auditorium of William Blount High School at 219 County Farm Road in Maryville, Tenn. The public is invited to attend the forum and will be encouraged to participate in an open dialogue with the candidates.

The following gubernatorial candidates have committed to participate in the forum:

U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp (Republican)
Mayor Bill Haslam (Republican)
Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (Republican)
Former Tennessee House of Representatives Majority Leader Kim McMillan (Democrat)

The BEI website is located here.

Is Knoxville Still the Scruffy Litte City?

Before Knoxville hosted the 1982 World"s Fair, a National publication referred to Knoxville as the scruffy little city. Obviously, we haven't grown up from that status. WBIR's Inside Tennessee has Susan Richardson Williams of SRW and Associates as a panelist. WATE's Tennessee This Week has Cortney Piper Armstrong of SRW and Associates as a panelist. So, there is only one firm that can provide political analyst? No, there's Moxley Carmichael, Ackermann PR and many individuals that can provide more thought provoking analyst than just one firm saying the same things on both broadcast. You would think that two television stations competing for broadcast points would not use the same firm that their competitor uses.