Friday, December 31, 2010
It was anticipated that they would criticize Mayor Burchett's RFP development committee. You see they believe that a resident of the Midway Road / Thorngrove Pike ares be placed on the committee. However, Mayor Burchett went in a professional direction, selecting individuals that bring experience and expertise to the committee that will develop the RFP for the build/lease/purchase of a new Carter Elementary School.
So, while Hunley and Clark are predictable, it appears they are not as predictable as some thought.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
How about these employees just doing the job that Knox County taxpayers are paying them to do and not being rumor mongers. Just let Knox County Human Resources do their job.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
That is twice the cost of the Board approved renovation cost and at least 25% greater than Sandy Loy of Construction Plus indicates that he can build a new school for. What Sandra Clark may or may not have forgotten is that the school board in 2003 purchased property on Strawplains Pike for a new school. So, she is advocating a $14-$16 million land cost. That is before $8-$10 million is spent on actually constructing the building. That is so absurd, that the good people of Carter would reject this type of wasteful spending that Sandra Clark proposes.
Monday, December 27, 2010
But what our community is really losing is the link to the community. Ministries like Water Angels and Lost Sheep will not have a venue to promote it's events and it's needs. For me on Sunday nights listening to Kris Love introduce local musicians and bands will be lost. How will we ever know about local groups and musicians? How about all the concerts? Without a local presence will we ever host another Winter Jam after this year? This decision is hurtful to those of us that consider Love 89 as a member of our family, however, the loss of a bully pulpit for the Christian community is a greater loss.
Let us also not forget that Marshall and Marisa are the reigning East TN's BEST Morning Drive Team as awarded by the voters in the Knoxville News Sentinel East TN Best Poll.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
To all the readers of Brian's Blog, Have a Very Merry and Blessed Christmas. Remembering that God became flesh in the form of a baby born in a manager. His purpose in coming to earth was to do something for us that we can not do for ourselves. Providing a Savior to save us from our sins.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Monday, December 06, 2010
Saturday, December 04, 2010
I initially supported the concept of closing the primaries. However, after discussing the matter in an open dialogue with Moderately Marvelous on twitter. I am OPPOSED to closing the Republican primaries.
The reason is that when the primaries are closed, you could be excluded by voting if the Republican party determines that you are not a bona fide Republican. For someone like myself where 5 former of the 10 former living Knox County GOP Chairman publicly opposed my election as an SEC member, they could determine that I am not a bona fide Republican. The five are jealous of the success that the party achieved during my term. So, they're opposition was clearly a self serving. This type of activity should not remove my ability to cast a vote.
For the record in my SEC race, my opponent spent in excess of $15,000 while I spent ZERO dollars. I garnered 37.3% of the vote, very good results for the investment.
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Your Knox County SEC members are June and Bill Landrum, email them here, Sally Absher, send her an email here. Ted Hatfield, call him at 865-925-9606 or 865-922-1123 or email here. Karen Brown, email her here and Ken Gross, email him here.
Hat tip to Blue Collar Muse for breaking this news story here.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
The wrench in the swap is that their is a disparity in salary, which sources indicate that Property Assessor Phil Ballard will have a reduction in force (lay off or termination) in order to accommodate the switch. Leuthold who has Trustee experience, has NO Property Assessor experience.
Links to our previous posts August 28, 2010; October 28, 2010; November 6, 2010; November 8, 2010; November 11, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
The distance between this proposed red light and the red light at Kingston Pike and Campbell Station and the red light at Campbell Station and the park/Knox County library are greater than the traffic light at Farragut High School entrance on Kingston Pike and the Campbell Station Rd/Kingston Pike and Concord Rd/Kingston Pike red lights.
The delay by the Town of Farragut is a gamble that jeopardizes the lives of teenage drivers. Farragut Principal Mike Reynolds is correct. Install the red light now!
The town is probably waiting so they can install the red light camera at the same time so as to increase the towns revenue. It seems that the Mayor and some aldermen are taking the attitude, student safety be damned.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Unfortunately for Casada his supporters have attempted to demonize Harwell. I received a phone call yesterday from an activist tea party member, he asked is Harwell a RINO? I said absolutely NOT, I know RINO's Harwell ain't one. We discussed some of her votes and positions. While I may not agree with every position an elected official takes. If I can see how they arrived at their position, then I can respect that person. Harwell is the kind of leader that Governor Haslam and TN need for 2011 and beyond.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Also, it is rumored that Ballard has instructed his Supervisors to inform employees of the Assessors office to voluntarily reduce their hours to 30 hours per week.
Monday, November 08, 2010
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Thursday, November 04, 2010
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Congratulations especially to MY friend Julia Hurley who is the Republican State Representative representing Roane County and Lenoir City.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Monday, November 01, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Brian's Blog asked what the future of Austin East High School is. Dr. McInytyre cited the increase of the Reading, Math and Graduation rates at the inner city school and feels that the turn around of the school is on track.
Dr. Jim McIntyre announced the proposal for a STEM high school to be housed at the historic L&N station.
Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam discusses the City of Knoxville's commitment to the STEM high school proposed in downtown Knoxville.
School Board Chair Indya Kincannon discusses the proposal that the School Board will consider next week.
Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam answering questions from reporter Lola Alapo.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
In 2010, Trustee Sisk filed a salary suit for 39 employees for a salary requirement of $1,749,285.80 Again 9 auto allowance with an annual expense to the Knox County taxpayers to $48,600.00 In 2010 the average salary in the Sisk administration was $44,853.48
So, what about the recent salary suit of 2010 by new Trustee John Duncan it reveals 40 positions with a salary requirement of $1,855,904.80 with 9 employees receiving an auto allowance of $4,050 a year to an annual commitment by the taxpayers for $48,600.00 The average salary in the Duncan adminstration is $46,397.62
There is a possible ethical violation with the latest Trustee salary suit. You see the Trustee employee Chadwick B. Tindell signed the salary suit as the Attorney for the Trustee. So, he was petitioning for his own salary of $106,905.00 and his $4,050.00 auto allowance per year. In the past the contracted Attorney for the Trustee petitioned the court, but he did not have his entire salary, auto allowance and benefits on the line. So, to a citizen that is not a licensed Attorney it appears as a conflict and most of the time perception is reality.
Our review has been just a quick cursory review. We will dig into further details and may update this post.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Wojnar announced today that in solving the immigration problem of illegals crossing the border from Mexico to the United States that on Wednesday November 3, 2010 all the green posts holding the Bill Haslam for Governor signs should be collected and transported to the Mexican/USA border and build the fence with all the green fence posts. There are enough to build the fence.
With such thinking outside the box, we can expect that Wojnar will be in Washington advising the new Republican majority.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
*This photo was taken while I was traveling with the Zach Wamp campaign during the summer.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Coach Shoup, We Loved You! Rest In Peace My Friend. We Will NEVER Forget the legacy that you built into the young men that are Admirals yesterday, today and forever. *The photo was taken from the Farragut High School academics page.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Also, while you are at it look at the announcement next to the Harmon announcement. Scripps employee Sandra Clark is telling you to tune into WNOX-FM 103 in order to hear the Seventh District State Senate candidates debate from 9-10 a.m. Well, tell me what you hear when you do what the Shopper tells you to do. For Brian's Blog readers, if you wanna hear Representative Campfield tune to WNOX FM 100.3, evidently an extra 0 and . was to difficult for Scripps employee Sandra Clark. The real facts have always escaped Clark, at some point Scripps management should cut the embarrassment that is Sandra Clark and just let her go.
For those of you that are shocked by this post, you can file this as my "Lee Atwater" moment.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
For those of us that are not looking forward to January 2011, when Zach Wamp the only enthusiastic member of the TN delegation of the U.S. House of Representatives departs office. The good news is that if Stephen Fincher is elected, then he will become the enthusiastic Conservative member of the delegation.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
What better candidate to support the pro-life movement but Conservative Julia Hurley. Hurley as a young women faced an unplanned pregnancy and she chose life. Today she is a single mother to her 13 year old daughter.
It appears that the TN Right to Life is picking candidates they think may win so that their record is better in the win column than in the loss column. So, the choice is easy, NOT Liberal Ferguson but instead VOTE Conservative Julia Hurley. Vote Early, Vote Hurley!
Monday, October 11, 2010
Saturday, October 09, 2010
The Knox County Commission awards the ambulance contract every few years for Knox County. As Knox County homeowners that are not served by a Volunteer fire department, we are obligated to contract with Rural Metro for fire protection. In the Knox County contract there are mandatory response times, which Rural Metro clearly violated last night. Sources close to Knox County's EMS department have informed me that it is understood that Rural Metro has been in non compliance with response times for some time.
Rural Metro hires a local (popular to government bureaucrats) PR firm and also has a former Knox County Commissioner on their payroll as a Government Relations employee, code word for Lobbyist and deal maker. This is an unacceptable practice.
This is a photo taken from the stands as the VOLUNTEER Rescue squad performs the duties that the Knox County contracted Rural Metro were unable to perform last night.
I would encourage anyone that can to make financial contributions to the Knoxville/Knox County Volunteer Rescue Squad by visiting their website, here.
Thursday, October 07, 2010
However, all media that requested media credentials for tonights Gubernatorial debate in Knoxville received a similar "Lane Kiffin" type instructions. So just call Bill Shory, "Bill Lane Kiffin" Shory now.
Here is the email that was received yesterday from Amy Blakely, the Assitant Director, Media and Internal Relations at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
You or one of your staff members are on our list for media credentials for tomorrow night's gubernatorial debate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
As you know, the debate begins at 8 p.m. in the Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Memorial Building. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free parking is available across Phillip Fulmer Way in Staff Lot 9.
Please sign in and pick up your media lanyard at the media table in the foyer of the Alumni Memorial Building.
Only WBIR and the News Sentinel, two of the debate sponsors, will be allowed to shoot videos and still photos in the auditorium. Photos will be available from the News Sentinel by calling Jigsha Desai on the photo desk at 865-342-6358. There will be standard audio and video feed provided on site (BNC for video, XLR for audio). For more information about video, call Randy Stephens at WBIR, 865-
After the debate, both candidates will be available for interviews in the media room, Room 158.
There will be reserved seating for media in the front, center section of the auditorium.
Other than the designated pool photographers and videographers, all other media representatives will be asked to leave their photo and video equipment outside the auditorium, either in their vehicles or in the media room.
Call or email me if you have questions.
On debate, you can reach me via my cell phone, 865-
*Note: where it appears to be a cellphone, we have taken the liberty to not publish that number here.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
This coming Thursday there is a debate scheduled between Mike McWherter and Bill Haslam, here. Two of the panelists are Tom Humphreys, representing the News-Sentinel, and radio personality Hallerin Hill. Who is Hill representing? This morning I listened to Hill's radio program, "Inside Politics" with Dennis Francis and George Korda.
They were discussing the Tennessee gubernatorial race and Hill mentioned the Thursday event and that he would be a panelist. At 09:38, he said this about the race. "This race is all done but the shouting."
There's nothing wrong with that UNLESS you're going to be a panelist featuring the gubernatorial candidates. There's nothing wrong with that UNLESS Pilot Corp. is a primary sponsor of your television broadcast on WBIR-TV 10.
This is the problem with politics in Knox County and East Tennessee. It's inbred to the CORE and this is a prime example.
Is there any living, breathing, clear thinkingperson (regardless of Party affiliation) who believes that after making such a statement and being sponsored by Pilot Corp., that Hallerin Hill will be an objective panelist?
Hubert Smith can be found on Facebook, here.
Monday, October 04, 2010
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Griscom formerly with a Chattanooga newspaper, Varlan wife of federal judge and former Victor Ashe Law Director Tom Varlan. Danni Varlan has not spent anytime within the Knox County Republican Party's grassroots network, so the "Republican" status could be questioned. As for Griscom, in 2006 immediately following a Chattanooga debate between US Senate candidates Harold Ford, Jr and Bob Corker. Griscom appeared on WBIR's talking head post wrap up supposedly as the Republican, but as cameras rolled live, he declared himself to be politically independent. The more time rolls on, nothing ever changes just the faces. Good ole boy/girl/ cronies appointment processes for political purposes, all in an effort to save an unqualified John Morgan as TBR Chancellor. Here's a letter to the editor concerning the Board's "arrogant" actions. Here is another letter to the editor concerning his appointment.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Commissioners Brad Anders and Sam McKenzie publicly stated that a fourth incident will result in revocation or longtime suspension. It is good that two commissioners have a backbone, too bad David Wright can not make a decision separate his personal connections and loyalty.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
By the way, is this accident (that Armstrong discusses) just like the accident that Bruce Pearl made in intentionally lying to the NCAA to attempt for a cover up.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Here David Collins of McCarty Holsaple McCarty (the architect) is showing where the new office space is planned to be located. Yes, it appears I am standing in the office, probably sent there for something I did.
Here is a better shot of the group of County Commissioners and School Board Members that attended.
Mr. Conley Underwood, the PTO leader at Carter has been a magnificent leader in making the communities views known. Mr. Underwood should be named "Mr. Carter"
Monday, September 13, 2010
Host for the event include TN Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, TN Republican nominee for Governor Bill Haslam, Knox County Trustee John Duncan III, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, Knox County Sheriff Jimmy J.J. Jones and more.
But here on August 19 and here on August 20 was the announcement that Knox County Trustee John Duncan III would be appointing Tindell as the in house tax attorney. Is it a coincidence that Tindell's guest editorial was concerning the DUNCAN law school in June and is then selected as the in house delinquent tax attorney within 6 weeks? or was it an orchestrated ploy by Tindell and his public relations friends to bolster a lack luster record of accomplishments? Either way it is interesting. Sources close to Duncan indicate that Tindell and Tindell cronies began contacting Duncan III shortly after the May primary election asking for the appointment.
Of course, Tindell has a history of speaking ill (publicly and privately) of fellow Republicans. Time will tell if Tindell can be muzzled as Duncan has promised he will be.