Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
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.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
A vote for Ken Knight will honor the term limit provision that the City of Knoxville voters have approved.
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
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
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.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
On August 6, 2009 the Election Commission posted Baumgartner's July 15, 2009 financial disclosure, his political organization has $11,956.99 on hand. Should Baumgartner accept the challenge of running for re-election, it will occur in 2014.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Now, as they are leaving for lunch. He has noticed that there are more buttons than usual in the courtroom. The buttons are the ones with Channon or Chris picture on them. He reminded the court that the "agreement" is that only immediate family are allowed to wear the buttons. Give em a break! If I obtain a button with Channon or Chris picture on them. You Judge Baumgartner can NOT take my First Amendment Right to Free Speech away from me. So, here's to you, Judge. Lighten Up!
So, now it is established Brian's Blog is more reliable and 100% more accurate than the E. W. Scripps owned News Sentinel. How long will E.W. Scripps allow Jack McElroy to ruin a good entity that will adversely affect good people and good people's livelihood?
Will Jack McElroy and crew recognize the entity that pointed out their careless error. Just a little research back 6 years would have proven the information was wrong. What did the writer do, take the opponents word for it? Or better yet, did the writer just take the former Mayor's word for it? The writer should realize that people with ulterior motives will falsify information. It is almost like the former New York Times writer Jayson Blair all over. It's just this time it is right here in our own river city.
Is it just a coincidence that the former Mayor is back from Poland, he has Pavlis opponents sign in his yard and then a negative, false article appears in the product produced by McElroy and Crew?
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Shouse was warmly received at the Powell Club meeting and if the reaction to Shouse tonight is any indication. Shouse has a comfortable lead. He recognizes the challenge for the next county commission is getting out the hole of debt that the county has dug itself into. It was pointed out that this year Knox County borrowed $20 million to balance this years budget.
Shouse is the solid, consistent proven leader that Knox County needs.
Also, announced at the meeting is Glitz & Glam for the Holidays a fashion show fundraiser that will be held on Thursday November 19, 2009 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. to support Lillian Williams candidacy. The fashion show will be held at the Jubilee Banquet Center off of Callahan Dr. For more information, contact Kim Sepesi at 865-389-1504.
After the item concluded Mackay turned and looked at Scott Frith, the Chief Deputy Election Administrator. Frith said to Mackay "let's go back to running an election." At which point they walked back to the Election Commission office. So, Frith's job is to keep Mackay focused and leading him back to the Election Commission office?
Mike Reeves indicated that the initial equipment cost would be $75,000.00, the monthly rate of monitoring would be $6,500.00 - $8,500.00. The annual monitoring would cost $78,000.00 - $102,000.00. Combined with the initial equipment expenditure the taxpayers are being asked to spend, $153,000.00 - $177,000.00 when you divide that cost over 151 cars, it will result in an expenditure of $1,172. 19 per vehicle.
These two Commissioners are about spending our money like a couple of drunks on someone else's tab. Thankfully, the Intergovernmental Committee voted NO on this resolution. Commissioner Bud Armstrong said, "this will buy a lot of gasoline for the county cars." Commissioner Michelle Carringer said, "the cost of these systems in today's economic condition are not justified" Commissioner Mike Brown said "spending this kind of money, they could drive the cars home"
Monday, October 19, 2009
Then Commissioner R. Larry Smith was up making his Commission Report. He was discussing information about the KnoxAchieves program. He stated that any Knox County student could get a scholarship to Pellissippi State, Walters State and he looked to his wife, Sharon and she reminded him of Roane State. He then said the scholarship was $2,000.00 His wife in not wanting her husband to be factually wrong and after he looked to her for assistance on the schools stated that it was a $3,000.00 scholarship. Smith leaned down into his wife's face and said in an angry, demeaning tone, "Let me talk" Everyone looked at each other with shock and awe. Mrs. Smith never raised her head or spoke and when the meeting ended, she immediately left the Mandarin House. Commissioner Smith left after he attempted to work the room and after he was met with cold responses.
The speakers at this evenings meeting were State Representative Harry Brooks (pictured to the left) and State Representative Bill Dunn. (pictured above and to the right) Their talk was informative, however most everyone was concerned and worried for Sharon Smith.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 16, 2009
So, now it is official Robinella is East Tennessee's Best Local Singer!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Committee member Julia Tucker made a motion that both Elaine Davis and Mae Killebrew-Mosley be elected. Committee Member Carson Daley seconded it and the committee unanimously elected both Elaine Davis and Mae Killebrew-Mosley to Ron Stewart's seat. The Chair never entertained a motion to fill the seat previously held by Elaine Davis.
Joe Jarrett, Attorney and employee of Knox County Law Director Bill Lockett mingled and socialized with members of the audience during the applicants interview process. At the time of the vote Jarrett never attempted to direct the committee with a proper use of the Roberts Rules of Order procedure.
The correct process that should have been followed would have been to continue taking votes until one candidate received 5 votes. Then a motion for Elaine Davis position would be entertained and a candidate would be elected. Because in the way it was handled, the Committee members were not allowed to nominate their second choice.
In addition to the muddled process, there were notes flying between at least one spectator and a committee member during the interview process, which should not have been allowed. The citizens that were not considered for the second seat were treated to a hap hazard way of running an appointment process.
The only person that was not guilty of the hap hazard appointment process of the committee was Elaine Davis the committee member that abstained from the discussion and voting process.
Well, what about Richard Briggs and Lewis Cosby? They are both members of the Knox County Ethics Committee. Briggs intends to run for re-election to the Knox County Commission next year. Also, Cosby has been rumored to be a candidate for Knox County Mayor. So, if both of these gentlemen believed in the standard imposed on all the citizens seeking appointment today. Then they should resign from the ethics committee, immediately. Or do they both subscribe to the Do as I say, Not as I do? Knox County is waiting gentlemen, what will it be?
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Also, Nick Della Volpe, Nick Pavlis and Gerry Holman all deserve your votes.
Early Voting is held at Knox County Courthouse located at 300 Main Street on the 1st Floor also at Five Points Village Plaza Shopping Center located at 2364 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue also at New Harvest Park located at 4775 New Harvest Lane, near Knoxville Center Mall also at 235 W. Young High Pike next to Wood Realtors and the most popular location Downtown West Shopping Center located at 1645 Downtown West Boulevard, Suite 29.
The hours of operations between October 14-22 are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and between October 23-29 are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. The early voting centers are closed on Sundays.
Marsh defeated Democrat candidate Ty Cobb, brother to the former Democrat 62nd District House Representative Curt Cobb. Curt Cobb resigned to take a different government job. Thus the reason for the special election.
Check out the preliminary news report from the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, here.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I have been impressed with Armstrong but I believe he is making a mistake in not seeking his 8th district Commission seat. He has been a very good Commissioner for the 8th and is not known in the west, deep west and the northwest districts where he must do well in order to win countywide.
Ed Shouse is known in west, deep west and northwest. He is a proven advocate for his constituents. He has a good record as an at large City Councilman within the City of Knoxville. So, at this point with Armstrong and Shouse. Shouse is the best and only choice.
The best thing the 7th Commission district can do is elect someone other than one of these two. But, if these two are the only choices than it would be better to take Carringer
The second issue. Prior to the start of the game they announce that in the event of bad weather. The Farragut fans are to go to the Cafeteria. The other schools fans are to go to the gymnasium. Now, it was announced that Knox County was under a tornado watch and then a another announcement was made that Knox County was under a tornado warning. Here's the interesting side note. The Cafeteria has exterior windows the gymnasium does not. What are you to stay away from in the event of a tornado? Windows. Interesting.
At 9:40 p.m. nearly two hours after they delayed the game for flashes of lighting. They announce that due to bad weather the game has been canceled and will be played tomorrow Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Now, Gibbs 20 and Carter 7 finished after a weather delay. Halls 34 and Hardin Valley 13 completed. West High School only three miles to the east of the Farragut game completed with a final score of West 28 and Lenior City 0. Clinton 29 and Powell 12 completed it's game. So, what kind of Refs did the TSSAA send to the Farragut game? If they didn't want to do their job Friday night then they should have called it at 8:00 p.m. instead of waiting till 9:40 p.m. If the games could continue to the east and north of the stadium where Farragut was located then our game could have continued. Here's hoping that the TSSAA will examine the Ref crew that was assigned to the Farragut game Friday night and watch them very closely this evening.
Thursday, October 08, 2009
However, Carson said that she wasn't sure that maybe the long running "Road Kill" shirts that have been sold may have been the fuel that has ignited this fire or maybe the Second Harvest Canned Food Drive. It has been noted that many of the feeder schools this year are collecting canned food that are being used in the high school canned food drive.
As the meeting began Judith Pelot the PTSA President in introducing Carson stated that she had wanted to locate some background information on her, Carson interrupted by saying "Just read Brian's Blog". Brian Hornback of Brian's Blog also in attendance recited "Fair and Balanced" using the motto that Fox News uses. So, we appreciate the endorsement for using Brian's Blog as the ultimate search engine and source of news.
At the conclusion of the meeting as Brian Hornback of Brian's Blog was leaving he stopped, introduced and briefly talked with Wendy Smith of the West Side Shopper News. Smith said "so you're The Blogger" Smith emphasised the The. We appreciate the recognition by one of the staff members of one of our weekly news publications.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
So, our speculation was accurate. Earlier today a commenter on our earlier post shared with us a comment that Tamara Shepherd, an organizer and Core member of The Lockett Recall Initiative had posted at knoxnews. She said "Meanwhile, we've committed to a reorder on those yard signs." So, the group is now on record as intending to violate state election finance laws?
As for the Recall Bill Phillips Group, they too according to the longtime Election Commission employee have not filed an appointment of Treasurer form. They have a website, at least one large sign that has been seen mounted in the back of a pick up truck in the Gibbs community. They have also mailed out some letters. All items that will need to be recorded as bought or given as an in kind contribution. Keep in mind that state election law forbids solicitation and acceptance of any monetary value until an appointment of Treasurer is filed.
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
So, Brian's Blog contacted the Knox County Election Commission to confirm that The Lockett Recall Group has filed a Treasurer notice. You see State Election Law forbids you to raise or spend money until you file an appointment of treasurer form. Now, we do not know if the group has raised any money but we can be confident that they have either spent money or committed to spend money because they have a website, here. No where on the website as of this morning does it indicate who maintains the the position of Treasurer within the Organization. Even under the website tab LRI Core team members it does not mention a Treasurer.
This weekend yard signs like the one below started popping up and no mention of the Treasurer anywhere on the sign. Brian's Blog is awaiting the phone call from the Election Commission to inform us who the Treasurer is and when the appointment was made. So, stay tuned...
Monday, October 05, 2009
Approve line-item budgetary request (FY 2008-2009) to transfer $643,617.00 into the employee benefits account from unspent personal services in order to be in budgetary compliance at the major category level (the total amount charged to employee benefits accounts throughout the year was slightly higher than originally budgeted, and this entry represents less than 0.2% of the total approved budget) - RECOMMENDED
The Resolution authored by School Board Chair Indya Kincannon and under consideration on Wednesday October 7, 2009 says:
WHEREAS, Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1309 prohibits weapons of any kind, including firearms, on school property; and
WHEREAS, Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1309 makes it unlawful to carry a weapon on an "athletic field or any other property owned, used or operated by any board of education"; and
WHEREAS, on July 24, 2009, in Opinion No. 09-129 the Tennessee Attorney General opined that Chapter 428 of the 2009 Public Acts does not allow a person with a handgun carry permit to possess a firearm in a public park while the athletic fields or other recreational facilities are being used by schools; and
WHEREAS, the Knox County Board of Education uses facilities located within Knox County parks; and
WHEREAS, the Knox County Board of Education has allowed Knox County greenway trails to cross Knox County School property;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION OF KNOX COUNTY AS FOLLOWS:
When Knox County Board of Education uses facilities located within Knox County parks for any school-sponsored activity, the Knox County park is subject to all applicable laws, rules and policies, including Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1309; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT where Knox County greenway trails pass through property that is owned by Knox County Board of Education, the greenway trail is subject to all applicable laws, rules and policies, including Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1309.
In addition, to Anderson and Kincannon's lack of support for Second Amendment. Board Members Bratton and Carson voiced opposition to our Second Amendment rights. Board Members Murphy, Deakins, Stooksbury and Phillips did not speak for or against the Second Amendment rights of legal gun carry permit holders. Board Member Cindy Buttry was the lone voice of reason on the School Board being very cautious of overstepping their authority.
While Kincannon pointed out that Central High School plays baseball at Tommy Schumpert Park and is the reason for this resolution. While that is an example, the School Board should also understand that a club sport, especially at the middle school and some club sports at high school do not fall under a school sponsored sport.
Also, there is a flaw in Kincannon's Resolution, when you are on a green way that passes through a school property as long as you do not step off the green way you are on the County green way property not school property. Step off the green way and onto school property with your concealed handgun then you are in violation.
A County Commissioner was called about this resolution and the comment was made well maybe it is time for County Commission to pass a resolution against Sexual Harassment.
Friday, October 02, 2009
Thursday, October 01, 2009
The organization is headquartered in Jackson, MS. It began in 1989. They currently have chapters in Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, Waco, TX, Columbia, MO and many others cities, towns and communities. Mrs. Foster became the Executive Director in January of this year. She began her passion for public education in Richardson, TX where she was a Realtor and the became a School Board Member and now leading a National Advocacy Organization.
There are differences in a PTA and the PPS.
PTA's connect parents to individual schools, they perform site based projects and provide luncheons for teachers.
PPS in connected to whole communities and brings parents and stakeholders to the table where decisions are made. Parents should have the right to be engaged, because it is our school system. The PPS primary role is public advocacy. They encourage chapters to reflect the diversity of the communities it represents.
The PPS also brings parents together and train them how to deal with the school district. This training is conducted at the PLI, Parent Leadership Institute it is a 3 weekends over several months. The training consist of teaching how to work with the states Accountability data, tests, curriculum, scores, ratings, where students fit into the their scores. They also teach as parents and stakeholders how request the test data that we are entitled to see. They also demonstrate how not to be intimidated by teachers and administrators and how to work successfully with the school board. Following the training, those that have been trained are committed to a 2 year project that must involve other parents/community members, must impact student achievement and be sustainable.
Commissioner Amy Broyles was in attendance at the meeting. Brian Hornback of Brian's Blog recommended to Commissioner Broyles that she and the other 18 County Commissioners should contribute $250 from their discretionary funds as start up money for a Knox County Chapter of Parents for Public Schools. That would give the local start up $4,750. Commissioner Broyles was supportive to the idea.
Thanks to School Matters Moderators Jamey Dobbs, Cathy McCaughan, Pamela Treacy and Lisa Starbucks for taking the intiative to bring this organization to Knox County. News Sentinel Reporters Lola Alapo and John were in attendance. School Board Member Karen Carson attended for the first 30 minutes.
In 2009, a second edition of "The Tennessee Football Vault: The Story of the Tennessee Volunteers, 1891-2006" that was first published in 2006 will be released. With the change in the Coaching staff at the University of Tennessee this would be a great opportunity to purchase the book and go back and relive the history of our beloved football team.
Mattingly also authored and published "Tennessee Football: The Peyton Manning Years" back in 1998. I got that book when it was first available and it was a great book. Now, I just need to locate it again from all the books that I have.
Tom also has The Vol Historian blog that is worth checking daily. To contact Mr. Mattingly about when the second edition will be available and where, contact him by email here.