Sunday, November 18, 2012

We Have Moved!

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Shock And Awe Has Moved!

Shock And Awe has moved out of the apartment complex and into it's own house in the urban sprawl suburban community of cyberspace. Here is our new permanent home. We now have room and capabilities for you to advertise your business.

Like the characters George and Weezie Jefferson of the 1980's television sitcom The Jefferson's "well, we are moving on up!"

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sheriff Jones Influence Goes Worldwide

This news item I have borrowed and republished from the Knox County Sheriffs Department website.

Knox County Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones returned from a 7 day trip to Taiwan on Monday. He and Assistant Chief Lee Tramel visited the country at the request of Fang-Chin-Chiu, the Acting Speaker of Chia-Yi City Council. They toured police agencies and the court systems in Chia-Yi and Taipei. Chiai-Yi is a city of 270,000 people and Taipei has just over 2 million.

Sheriff Jones said drugs are becoming a problem in Taiwan as they are in the United States. He said a drug called “ice” is becoming very prevalent. “It’s similar to our meth problem. One of the components of ice is pseudoephedrine which is found in cold medicines and also used to make meth. The police officials were very interested in how we control the cold medicines, the data bases, and cracking down on how much medicine can be sold to one person,” said Sheriff Jones.

The media found the visitors very newsworthy. The Sheriff topped their newscasts and made the front page of their newspapers. Sheriff Jones said he found the trip to be highly educational and a good informational exchange. “I found the police agencies to be very community oriented and progressive,” said the Sheriff. Sheriff Jones added that there are over one hundred Taiwanese families living in Knox County and several students who attend the University of Tennessee and Knox County Schools.

Several police agencies in Taiwan are planning to visit Knox County next August to take a look at law enforcement agencies and correctional system.

Sheriff Jones said thanks to the generosity of Acting Speaking Fang-Chin-Chiu and the other law enforcements agencies in Taiwan, the trip was not at the expense of Knox County taxpayer.



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Is South Knoxville Getting Screwed Again?

South Knoxville got screwed when the Henley Street Bridge had to close, get torn down and is bring rebuilt. Many businesses have not survived while the remaining ones are barely hanging on until the bridge is completed and the world can once again visit South Knoxville.

Sources now indicate that the State of Tennessee is saying that they plan to complete the James White parkway. The next phase will take it from where it ends at Moody Avenue to then connect at the John Sevier Highway and Chapman Highway area. It would create a complete South Knoxville bypass.

I hope Governor Haslam will stop this in the tracks. South Knoxville does not need a bypass to make Chapman Highway a ghost town drive.

Post Removed

The HPUD and Mayor's Boy post was removed early this morning for the reason that a lot of comments had criticized or asked the question about Cook being at a board meeting on Monday during normal business hours. A comment was posted that pointed out that Monday was Veterans Day and a holiday for Knox County. While that issue wasn't raised in the blog post itself, I made the decision to remove the entire post.

RIP Mayor Leonard

Farragut Mayor Robert "Bob" Leonard has passed away, Mayor Leonard was the first Mayor of Farragut when it was incorporated in 1980. He served for many years before stepping down and the town selected Mayor Eddie Ford. A few years ago, Mayor Ralph McGill was elected and is in his first four year term.

While I have never owned property or resided in the Town of Farragut. I still consider it home because I live so close and have participated in so many things within the Town.

RIP, Mayor Leonard!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A Post Election Analysis

My friend Sean over at Meat and Potatoes Blog has a post election analysis that he posted a couple of days ago.

While I probably don't agree with everything he posted. Especially with his analysis that everyone on food stamps or welfare automatically voted for President Obama. He makes some commentary that is worthy of our consideration. Read it here.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Dr. Bill Warner to Speak at West Knox Republican Club Tonight

Dr. Bill Warner an expert in Islamic Doctrine and Sharia Law will be the Speaker tonight at the West Knoxville Republican Club.

The club meets at the Red Lobster located at 8040 Kingston Pike. If you plan to eat dinner there (dutch treat) is from 6-7 pm with the program beginning at 7 pm.

Dr.Warner can be located on the web at billwarner.com and politicalislam.com

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thank A Veteran for Their Service!

Hubert Smith Radio Show Today

Today from 10-Noon on FM 90.3 the Hubert Smith Radio Show had one term Former State Representative Julia Hurley. A couple of things that caused a couple of chuckles.

First, Hubert asked her about any political experience. She began to list out campaigns that she had "worked" in and she said that she worked in George Bush, Jr's campaign. Had she actually worked in his campaign, she would know that George W is not a Jr. His father is George Herbert Walker Bush and his son is George Walker Bush.

Second, she said the Great Depression ended 70 years ago. As the show went to a song her microphone was still open and she said, well my math is obviously not very good. Then her microphone went silent. When they came back she did not correct her obviously not very good math.

Lastly, as they were wrapping up the show. Hubert asked what she would be doing now. She said that she was working for TN Strategies a consulting firm of Mike Ragsdale and Mike Arms, Hubert asked you mean the former Knox County Mayor and former Chief of Staff. She said yes. A caller called in and asked what Mike Ragsdale was up to. She said it is a consulting firm and that they have 12 firms between each other and she is happy to have added a 13th client. HR Comp a female run company. She directed the caller to the TN Strategies website.

Shock And Awe had previously reported that she was with TN Strategies. I was unable to confirm it and removed it promptly from the blog. Obviously she went on record and disclosed it.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Hurley Has Hatred In Her Heart and Posted It Online

Today one term former State Rep Julia Hurley posted a hate filled spew about the nearly 70% win by State Representative Kent Calfee.

While she can spew her verbal vomit about Rep. Calfee, it is offensive that she would post totally erroneous information about Marilyn Calfee, Rep. Calfee's wife. I know Marilyn Calfee and do not believe that she has ever voted for Obama.

Leave Mrs. Calfee alone!

What Is Next for the GOP?

I have waited a couple of days post 11/6/2012 election to offer my own thoughts about the 2012 Presidential election.

First, the Republican National Committee put Mitt Romney out there and did not insist that he campaign with talk radio. He did not participate in interviews with talk radio hosts.

Second, the RNC did not focus enough on the Senate seats in Indiana, Massachusetts and Missouri. First, allowing Romney to publicly call for Missouri's Aiken to pull his candidacy.

Third, Romney did not have adequate handlers that shoulda, woulda told him to never speak of his 47% belief in America and her people.

Clearly, the Republican Party nationally is broken. (I will have a separate post on the TN GOP later) It must be taken down and built back with tea party, minorities and all of America. Time is critical, the Time Is Now.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Here Is A Good News Item

Why Were The Demos Cheering in the Square Room?

So, why were Gloria Johnson and her cronies cheering and carrying on like Gloria won? You see she left the Square Room and went to the Knox Co Election Commission and stayed there till about 4 am. If she knew she won, why was she at the old courthouse harassing the election commissioners?

Status Quo Will Have To Do

President Obama won. The US Senate stayed in control of Harry Reid and Crazy Uncle Joe Biden. The US House stayed in control of the Party of Red. So, status quo of gridlock will have to do for 2 years. Republicans have to pick up seats in the Senate in the off election year of 2014 and make Obama a lame duck near do well for the last two years. Our Representative Republic is strong enough to survive another four years of Obama and Crazy Uncle Joe.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

How did Rep. Hurley Spend Her Last Day as a Representative?

Campaigning for Harry Wampler!

Vote or Don't Complain

Today is the day! If you haven't early voted. Vote today before the polls close. If you do not vote, don't complain for four years.

Monday, November 05, 2012

Judge Blackwood Orders Vanessa Coleman a New Doo

On Saturday, a friend sent me a link to a story that Vanessa Coleman's (the female in the Christian Newsom prosecution) Attorney asked Judge Jon Kerrey Blackwood to order Sheriff Jimmy J.J. Jones to allow a private hair stylist to give Coleman a new Doo for her upcoming retrial.

Blackwood ordered it, so when the jury thinks that Coleman is a normal everyday female. Is the Judge to blame? Just asking!

Thanks to Sheriff Jones for making the defendant go through the proper channels, no matter how ridiculous it is.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Mayor Appoints County Employee to HPUD Board

Sources indicate that Mayor Tim Burchett has appointed Knox County Sheriffs Department Employee Todd Cook to the Hallsdale Powell Utility District Board.

Cook is a participant in the Knox County Sheriffs Department pension plan. Now, he will collect an additional $300 per month to serve on the HPUD Board.

Sources in the Halls community indicate that Cook grew up with HPUD President Darren Cardwell through his early school days in Halls. In addition, sources indicate that Cook has NO experience with the operation of a utility district.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ellis Clears The Confusion Created by Hurley

The Roane County News recently published a couple of stories on one term State Representative Julia Hurley as she leaves her position.

Hurley made some interesting comments about Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis. Ellis clears the air here at Shock And Awe (aka Brian's Blog).

The Roane County News published this comment attributed to Hurley. "There was no relationship with the Roane County Commission. They chose not to have one with me. Randy Ellis, who was in charge of the Legislative Liaison Committee, he never liaised anything with me, and I was there for two years." Hurley said

Commissioner Ellis said that apparently Rep. Hurley is not familiar with Roane County. He was not and is not the chairman of the Legislative Liaison Committee. He is simply a member of the committee.

Rep. Hurley also stated "There was no relationship with the Roane County Commission. They chose not to have one with me."

In fact according to Ellis there were several issues that the Commission brought to Rep. Hurley's attention. And after several attempts to communicate with her. The following motion was adopted by the Roane County Commission on March 14, 2011. " Motion made by Commissioner Ellis with second by Commissioner Cantrell for the County Executive to write a letter to Representative Hurley and request she attend the first available meeting (when she is not in session )of the Roane County Commission to discuss legislation requested by the Commission"

Commissioner Ellis said it’s worth noting after that motion was made there was still no response from Rep. Hurley.

Ellis states that Another example of Rep. Hurley not helping with important issues that face Roane County is when the Commission asked Rep. Hurley and Sen. Yager to carry legislation that would extend the property tax sharing for Roane County from 30 years to 50 years pertaining to the Plateau Partnership Industrial Park. This was vital to the economic and industrial growth of Roane County. Sen. Yager carried the bill all the way thru the Senate and Rep. Hurley never even got the bill to a vote in a committee. And never communicated to the County Executive or Commission her thoughts or reservations on the bill.

Ellis concluded his comments by saying, As far as Julia Hurley is concerned, come Nov. 6, she will no longer be the state representative, and I’m moving on. I hope for the sake of the 32nd district and Roane County we can all move on and stop dwelling in the past. I have lost a election before and know how it feels. But there comes a time when you truly care for the people you represent that you still try to make a difference in your community regardless of being an elected official or not. I believe the true test of a leader is when you leave office you care as much for your community as you did when you are in office.

Monday, October 29, 2012

"Casual Chris" Caldwell named LMU's 2012 R. Martin Peters Young Alumnus of the Year

KNOXVILLE (Oct. 29, 2012) -- The Lincoln Memorial University Alumni Association recently selected Knox County Finance Director Chris Caldwell as the 2012 R. Martin Peters Young Alumnus of the Year.

"Chris is great to work with, and is very deserving of this recognition," Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said. "He does an outstanding job as finance director, and is committed to being a good steward of taxpayer money."

"Your recent appointment as Finance Director of Knox County shows the confidence the Knox County government has in you with their most important information. You play an important role that touches the lives of so many people," LMU Director of Alumni Services Donnie Lipscomb wrote in a letter to Caldwell. "Also, you are a positive role model not only in your community but throughout East Tennessee. Because of your dedication to making the lives of those around you better, the Lincoln Memorial University Alumni Association feels you are truly deserving of this great award."

The R. Martin Peters Young Alumnus of the year award is given to an individual who embodies the character and spirit of its namesake and exhibits qualities including patriotism, leadership ability, volunteerism, a strong work ethic, and ambassadorship on behalf of the University.

The award has been presented to one young alumnus each year since 1997, and recipients include Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Gloria Johnson Door Knockers are NOT necessarily committed

Sources close to the Gloria Johnson campaign forwarded me a portion of an email sent by the candidate. I have removed the cell number & email address for the contact persons.

"My campaign has the opportunity to pay canvassers for knocking doors in my district thanks to the AFL-CIO. Canvassers will make $10 an hour and may work weeknights 3:30-8, Saturdays 10-6, and Sunday 1-6. If you know anyone interested, please contact Tyler () for Ryan at"

"Gloria"

So when they knock on your door, they are being paid by AFL-CIO and not much different than the union that pays the people to stand with "Shame On" signs.

Maybe a Republican or two should stake out Gloria's headquarters with a "Shame On Gloria" sign!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Power of Putnam Town Hall on Prescription Drug Abuse

The Power of Putnam Town Hall Meeting this coming Monday will address the problem of prescription drug abuse problem. The story in the Putnam paper states that over 6,000,000 pills have been prescribed in TN. Putnam County is home of Cookeville, TN. Read the story in the Herald Citizen Times here

Monday, October 22, 2012

"You Just Can't Fix Stupid" - Ron White

Enough said about this

Ken Gross Appointed to Knox County Ethics Committee

According to Hubert Smith of One on One with Hubert Smith and the Hubert Smith Radio Show. Knox County Commission today appointed Farragut Resident Ken Gross to the Knox County Ethics Committee. In a vote of 8-1-1-1 Gross was selected. Commissioner McKenzie voted for another candidate. Commission Vice Chairman Larry Smith voted for a candidate named Daniels. Commissioner Amy Broyles was absent.

The Commission postponed any other discussion on the future of the Ethics Committee. In related news, Gross currently serves as the Republican State Executive Committeeman for State Senate District Six.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Romney and the Media's "Binders of Women" Issue

As I watched David Gregory interview Senator Marco Rubio on Meet The Press this morning. It occurred to me the motive of the MSM (Main Stream Media) using this issue of Romney's comment about "binders of women". Isn't about Romney receiving binders of resumes of prospective female applicants for jobs in the Romney Massachusetts administration. It is about them (the media) attempting to hurt Romney through his membership in the Mormon Religion. A religious organization with a history of polygamy.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Third Strong Day of Early Voting

Here they are lined up Municipal Center Drive to cast votes at the Farragut Early Voting Site at 11:15 in the morning. They are parking across the street at the US Post Office and walking over.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Early Voting Heavy in Knox County.

First two days of early voting has 13,370 folks casting their votes. More than half from the Downtown West & Farragut vote centers. That seems good for Romney/Ryan in my opinion. Gotta keep it up!

The Local Liberal Blog Makes a Weird Argument

The local liberal blog posted an article about the Tennessean (Nashville based state wide newspaper) endorsing Romney. The leader of the local liberal blog says it is similar to the "incoherent endorsement" of Bush in 2004 by Jack McElroy at the Big Metal Shed on the Hill. Wait! Bush won in 2004. Good news for the Romney campaign it seems to me.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Briggs Speaks Up Against Broyles Knee Jerk Reaction



Commissioner Dr. Richard Briggs speaks up against the knee jerk reaction to Commissioner Amy Broyles proposal to disband the Ethics Committee after former failed County Commissioner candidate and 4 time applicant for the Ethics Committee Steve Drevik along with former failed State Representative candidate and former School Board Member Diane Jablonski were upset that two current members were reappointed by the Ethics Committee after interviewing all the applicants that appeared at the interview sessions.

I Voted!

Late this afternoon after arriving from Western North Carolina I stopped in at Downtown West Early Voting Center and cast my vote.

There was some national race that hasn't gotten much media attention.

The U.S. Senate seat for TN with Republican U.S. Senator Bob Corker faced by several Independent challengers. Even one from South Knox County, I predict a 75-80% vote for Corker. That may be aggressive. Occasionally, I step out of the box that kind a way.

Then Congressman Duncan being opposed by a couple of familiar names. Familiar in that they always run against Duncan. As always, Duncan will capture a HUGE majority vote unless of course that Robert Lawrence Smith write-in campaign kicks up. But we all know that this blog will not be involved in that write-in campaign.

The State Senate District 6 race where Senator Becky Massey is facing a challenge. Senator Massey is running again this October/November like last October/November. Massey has been a good Senator the past year and deserves a full four year term.

My State Representative Ryan Haynes is being challenged. Haynes is an exceptional young leader and one that I have supported from day one and will continue to do so.

Then all them pesky Charter Amendments all proposed by the pesky Chatter Review Committee. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If it keeps career politicians confused and clamoring about how they and others interpret the charter keeps gridlock. I am for gridlock and confusion. It keeps us bloggers in business. Just Vote NO!

By the way, there were campaign workers for them national candidates that haven't gotten much media attention. None of them asked for my vote. I always remember what Speaker Tip Oneill detailed in his book. He thanked his neighbor for her vote after an election. She told him, I didn't vote for you. He was shocked. She said you never asked for my vote. If you are working for someone don't assume that you do not or that you do have someones vote. Just ask!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

TN Right To Life Passes on Preacher

TN Right to Life has endorsed Democrat State Representative John Mark Windle. They passed on Baptist Preacher Bobby Stewart.

TCU Did What Against Congressman DesJarlais?

TCU President Lloyd Daughtery is probably boasting about getting his name in a story on "The Hill" website here or in a UPI (United Press International) story here. It seems that Daugherty is boasting that he is having discussions with "other groups" about calling for Congressman DesJarlais to resign because of a Huffington Post story about a decade old incident.

DesJarlais is taking the high road and simply states that Daugherty and TCU supported DesJarlais's opponent, Liberal Democrat from Pall Mall, TN Lincoln Davis. Actually, it was TCU that acted as Davis campaign team. Daugherty used his voice in radio commercials. The TCU raised money for Davis. Davis was always a contributor to the TCU's yearly fundraiser a "Reagan Day Dinner" held every year in Knoxville, TN.

Why did Daugherty et al. use this information against DesJarlais two years ago when the story was only 8 years old? It is my opinion because they did not think they needed it. We should all remember the temper tantrum that Liberal Davis had on election night and the day after he was rejected by the 4th Congressional District on TN.

It appears that now the TCU hopes to grandstand on an issue to bring it some attention and potentially contributions.

Tony Norman To Speak at Young Republicans Tonight

If you have questions about Knox County. If you have questions about the election of Chairman Norman or anything else like that tonight is your night.

Commission Chairman Tony Norman is scheduled to speak to the Knox County Young Republicans. The meeting is at Chick-fil-a Kingston Pike at Homberg. It is located at 4944 Kingston Pike. The meeting is from 6:30 - 8:00 pm then you can slide down Kingston Pike to the Romney office and watch the debate with some local or not so local Republicans.

Knox County Commission is Led By Less Than Sophomoric Leadership

The Knox County Commission on Monday were required to cure some errors and omissions made when they reorganized in September. A majority of Commissioners selected former Knox County teacher Tony Norman as Chairman and Robert Lawrence Smith as it's Vice Chairman. Norman had created a list of committee members before the Chairman vote and gave the list to Amy Broyles. However, in their not yet ready for primetime anxiousness they did not legally organize the Committee on Committees and the Rules Committee.

Apparently after about six weeks new law director Bud Armstrong informed Norman that he needed to cure the error / omission on creating the Committee on Committee and Rules Committee. Meaning that until a legitimate Committee on Committees legally formed the Commissions Committees no committee or board was legit.

A few days ago,I received a notice about a Knox County Insolvency Board Meeting. I was perplexed how the insolvency board could meet having not been properly seated. Apparently, when the insolvency board attempted to meet they recessed until after the commission work session. They must have assumed their not yet legit board could meet after it is legitimatized.

After the work session adjourned. Norman proceeded to call the Commission together on the Insolvency Board issue. Commissioner Brad Anders pointed out the Commission had adjourned it's work session. Commissioner Sam Mckenzie made a motion to reconvene the work session. Anders rightfully abstained from voting.

Here in lies the problem. If the Committee on Committees and the Rules Committee had not properly created the boards and committees until today, then the Insolvency Board did NOT properly notice it's meeting.

When the insolvency board was legitimately formed today. They would have to notice a meeting in the future say in 48-72 hours.

Why Law Director Bud Armstrong did not stop Norman before he created another error/omission is in itself bizarre. Did Armstrong realize at the time that Norman was messing up? Will it take 6 weeks or more to cure another oversight/error/omission by Norman?

On a side note, it is difficult to comprehend that Norman was a classroom teacher in Knox County for many years and had a part in educating and preparing thousands of teenagers that are now "functioning" adults amongst our society.

Norman is Chairman in part because he received the vote of a Commissioner that is seeking judicial diversion (an acknowledgement of guilt) for an act that violated moral turpitude laws. That Commissioner voted for Norman and nominated Smith as Vice Chairman after both (Norman and Smith) wrote letters supporting judicial diversion for the Commissioner.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Is Jablonski Mad That She Can't Bully Her Way Into An Appointment?

The screamer from da porch aka Mike 'da career killa' Donilla posted about a meltdown former School Board Member and former failed Republican State Representative candidate Diane Jablonski had today at the Knox County Commission Work Session.

Interesting that the perception is that when she realized that she would have to compete with several people for one seat to be appointed by the County Commission that she didn't want to risk humiliation of being rejected. She instead advocated that the Commission abolish the ethics committee. So, it seems that if she can't be on the committee she wants to rid the county of a requirement by state law to have an ethics committee.

Interesting that when Jablonski was on the school board. Superintendent Lindsey was required to discontinue his diary entries that he sent to the board in his first several months on the job in 1999 because they violated State Law in violating the Sunshine Law and the open records law. Jablonski did not cry foul on the diary entries at the time, so would she or could actually identify ethics violation?

The author of this blog served on the School Board from September 1, 2000 until August 31, 2004. The issue of the Superintendent's diary entries were ruled to be in violation prior to the blog authors service.
Read the report from the screamer from the porch (aka Mike 'da career killa' Donilla here

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Shoreline Church

There is an article in the Shopper News Now about Shoreline Church. The article is very well written. However, the headline "Fledgling Church finds home at "Shoreline" caused me to get defensive. 

The term fledg-ling /'flejliNG/ is a Noun with two meaning. 1. A young bird that has just fledged. 2. A person or organization that is immature, inexperienced or underdeveloped: "the fledgling democracies of eastern Europe."


Both definitions really do not fit Jason and Carrie Hayes. Jason served as youth pastor to my almost 22 year old son back about in his early teen years. They moved to Nashville area where they served at Long Hollow Church and then Jason went to work with Lifeway, he has authoring several books. 

While this church may be relatively new, Jason and Carrie have been on the ground here a while. They have met at homes and then at the Baptist offices. 

Bottom line, the Shopper did a great job except for the headline. Visit the Shoreline website here and on Sunday, go check them out at the facility at Westland Drive and Pellissippi Parkway at 10 a.m. on Sundays. 


Victor Ashe is Making Predictions 92 years in Advance


This weeks column (here) by the former Ambassador to Poland is rather interesting. It seems that Senator Stacey Campfield has a long successful career ahead of him. Ashe wrote about Republican candidate Roger Kane's recent fundraiser "he succeeded in getting state Sen. Stacey Campfield and his probable 2104 GOP opponent, Commissioner Richard Briggs, to join his host committee." 

First of all Ashe missed the election by two years. You see in 23 elections it will be 2102 or the 24th election  will be in 2106. There could be a special election in 2104, maybe Ashe knows more than any of us can give him credit.
Let's do the math. Senator Campfield's birthday is June 8, 1968. He is 44 today, in 2104 he will be a young 136 years old. As for Commissioner Dr. Briggs, I was unable to secure his birthday. He graduated from a French high school in 1971, making the assumption that he was 18 in 1971, he is in the range of 59 today. When he challenges Campfield he will be a spry 151 years old.

On a side note, Ashe birthday is January 1, 1945 he is 67 years old. In 2104 he will be 159 years old. 

Progress on the NEW SouthWest Knox County Elementary School

Lenoir City's Harry Wampler Violates Sign Law

City Councilman Harry Wampler failed to abide by a sign ordinance concerning the placement of political signs placed on public property or right aways.
Read the September 20 article in the product of the Big Metal Shed on the Hill
Wampler places Experience, Integrity, Loyalty on his campaign signs. Granted Wampler has some experience as he has been involved in local politics a long time. As for Integrity, he violates a sign ordinance and I have several voice mail messages saved from when he was upset with my coverage of the Kent Calfee campaign. I made it clear to him that I have been threatened by lesser and greater men than him.

As for loyalty, he is loyal to soon to be former ONE TERM State Representative Julia Hurley.

A Rare Endorsement From Me, Read KNS About the Tax Assessors

This morning, I see where the Big Metal Shed on the Hill launches a five day series on "the Greenbelt Tax Breaks" that Property Assessors (aka tax assessors) across the state administer the 1976 loophole.

My endorsement to you, buy the paper this week and read how we (regular tax payers) are being taxed more to take care of the cronies of the tax assessors.

Knox Counties tax assessor in today's installment says he will begin looking at it on 11/5/2012. He was in office the last four years. Was that not a priority for him?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Speaker Harwell Visits the 32nd District to Support Kent Calfee

TN Speaker of the House Beth Harwell visited House District 32 today. She was there to support Kent Calfee, Republican Candidate for State House in District 32.

The Speaker traveled throughout the district first in Lenoir City & Loudon and then visited the Roane County Courthouse with Calfee.

The Speaker then concluded her visit with a Friday lunch at Gibson Girls in Kingston. A large crowd gathered and as a lunchtime fundraiser. It was very successful in gathering support for Calfee.

Thursday Concluded the Parent Input Meetings on Elementary School Rezoning

Thursday night at Shoreline Church Dr. Jim McIntyre held the fourth of four parent input meetings on elementary school rezoning's due to the construction of a new school in the Soutwest quadrant of Knox County.

More than 200 people attended the meeting. I counted.

Dr. McIntyre announced that he and Rick Grubb of Schools Transportation Dept. would meet at 8 am on Friday (today) to begin working on a Rezoning plan to present to the School Board in late October or early November.

This is What Drives Me Crazy About Romney

You remember when Missouri Senate Candidate Aiken made a comment about rape. Romney abandoned him but has now come back.

A 10 year allegation is leveled against Congressman Scott DesJarlais and Romney hits delete button.
Read the AP & Big Metal Shed on the Hill's Report here.
Romney ain't a loyal team player. He is 550% better than BHO and Crazy Uncle Joe. So Vote Romney.

Local Man Instrumental in VP Debate last night

Donovan Whiteside, Junior at Centre College and member of the Centre College basketball team was a volunteer CNN runner for the VP debate last night.

Whiteside a 2010 Webb School of Knoxville graduate and son of Troy and Jacqueline Whiteside was responsible for escorting Jill Biden into and out of the venue for the debate.

Read the report from the Webb School of Knoxville website herehere.

Good job, Donovan! You have made us proud.

Tonights VP Debate

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Congressman Chuck USED Roane County

During the summer, Congressman Chuck Fleischmann went to Roane County and made everybody think he was going to deliver a VA Hospital at the soon to be closed Roane Co Medical Center in Harriman.

Even Chris Mason, Mayor of Harriman was a champion of Congressman Chuck. Now that the election is over. The VA Administration says , "No Thank YOU"

Nice political work there! NOT!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Support MY Friend Kent Calfee Friday

Friday Speaker Beth Harwell will be in East TN to support my friend Kent Calfee.

The room is filling up quickly. If you want in. You better act NOW.

The Real Democrats of the Democrat Party

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Parents Do NOT Care! Why Should I?

I attended the third elementary school rezoning community meeting tonight at Cedar Bluff Elementary School. There are currently 1,494 students at Cedar Bluff Elementary School. With each child averaging one mom and one dad, not considering step moms and dads that equals 2,988 "responsible adults".

How many people were at tonights meeting? 85! Of the 85, one was Dr. McIntyre, 2 members of the Schools PR Dept. 1 member of the schools transportation, 2 employees of the schools community access tv broadcasting team and three school board members and myself. That is 10.

So, 75 community members? Well, as one audience member identified himself as a teacher. He said that 1/3 - 1/4 of the crowd were staff members of Cedar Bluff Elementary. So eliminate 20-25 people. That leaves 50 community members.

When will parents care enough about their child's education to show up for 1.5 hours? Since the parents don't care, why should I spoon feed the information to them?

394 kids will not be at Cedar Bluff next year that are there today. Don't be COMPLAINING to me when the rezoning happens.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Columbus Thought of the Day

Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.

- Henry David Thoreau, "Walden, Ch. 18 Conclusion"

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Senator Alexander to Speak at West Knox Republican Club

Tomorrow, Monday night October 8, 2012 United States Senator Lamar Alexander will speak to the West Knox Republican Club. The club meets at Red Lobster located at 8040 Kingston Pike. If you intend to eat, arrive at 6 p.m. The program begins at 7 p.m.

Ballard Testing the Waters for County Mayor

Phillip Ballard, Knox County Property Assessor went to the School Board back when the Carter Middle School Gym was on life support. He begged board members just before the meeting. Never mind that the Carter community had been talking to the School Board members and had the votes before the meeting.

After the board voted to proceed with the Carter Middle Gym, Ballard was taking credit for delivering it.

Now, he has begun talks of running for County Mayor in 2014. Yes, he is beginning to boast that he can beat Mayor Tim Burchett.

Poor Pam Strickland!

In her Friday column she wrote that she did not know of Attorney Dan Mcgehee. The lawyer representing his fraternity and in particular one member who made the news when he was dropped at UTMC with a .448 alcohol level.

It is obvious Strickland ain't from around here. As a community columnist she should perform due diligence on her topic.

Attorney McGehee was a Republican candidate for Chancellor. He was defeated in the Primary by Wayne Houser. Had McGehee won the primary, he would have then challenged Democrat Darryl Fansler.

Fansler went out to win a tight race with the assistance of Bill Stokes, Former Knox Co Republican Chairman & Adviser to Income Tax Proposing Governor Don Sundquist.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

UT just can't stay out of the news

First yesterday the fraternity that no longer resides at UT had an odd, interesting press conference. Not sure why. That was the hilarious story coming out of UT yesterday. A tactic or two of the Attorney Dan McGehee had some people laughing off their butt. But I digress.

Then UT last week sent Margie Nichols out into the media to say Debbie Jennings lawsuit against UT Athletic Department and the Athletic Director Dave Hart was lies. Well actually Nichols (former Straight From The Heart TV Station) said it was not true.

Today, Jennings lawsuit was amended with an affidavit from Coach Pat Summitt saying that Jennings account is accurate.

Next thing you know, UT will send Nichols out to bash Pat Summitt and question Summitt's recollection. That there is fighting words.

UT is in a corner. It appears they just need to set the AD in the corner and find out what Jennings wants and make it work for the good of the UT family.

Lunch with Mayor Burchett in "the boonies"

Yep, Mayor Burchett being all fair and considerate is having another Lunch with the Mayor. This Friday October 5, 2012, he is going to "the boonies". Ok, for you sophisticated readers of Shock And Awe boonies is short for "the boondocks" which is slang for a remote, usually brushy rural area. Also known as the sticks, in the middle of nowhere.

The Mayor will be at Henry's Bakery and Deli at 7231 Tazewell Pike in Corryton, TN on Friday from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

You may need to leave before breakfast or pack your supper in order to make the lunch.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

October 1 Came & Left

and no change at the City County Building. Another rumor dies a slow and lingering death.

Ruh Roh! Steve Hunley Won't Be Happy

An article in today's publication produced by the Big Metal Shed on the Hill details that Knox Co Law Director Bud Armstrong directing the Knox Co elected officials to direct all public records request to his office.

Steve Hunley, publisher of a weekly newspaper supported Armstrong in addition he is a supporter of County Clerk Foster Arnett and friend of Property Assessor Phil Ballard.

From the comments in the article attributed to Arnett & Ballard. It seems Arnett & Ballard are opposed and are refusing to change their method of operation.

This will not make Hunley happy!

Monday, October 01, 2012

Well, Well KNS Comes Clean

The Mayor and his estranged wife have agreed to a settlement of their martial assets. Most interesting is at the end of the Big Metal Shed on the Hill's story.

"Allison Burchett allowed the News Sentinel to review the couple's bank records. Deposits corresponding to the amounts of those checks were made to the Burchetts' joint account.

She also later provided the News Sentinel with documents showing $2,000 in electronic donations that were not recorded on his campaign finance disclosure reports. In four other instances, a total of $1,600 was shifted from an "Elect Burchett" PayPal account, an online system that allows people and businesses to transfer money via email."

Jack McElroy continually claimed that they received the information from anonymous sources. Is the truth in Jack?

Elvis Apparently Still Lives

Back a few months ago Screams From The Porch blog wrote that Elvis had left the (blogging) building. Well on Friday, Elvis has apparently reentered the building. All I can say is

Welcome Home Mike Donila! Welcome Home!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ray Viles, Sr is a Good Man

There was a story in the product produced by the Big Metal Shed on the Hill that reported about a lawsuit by a certain Ford dealership in Anderson County that purchased Ray Viles Ford and as part of the agreement had a 10 year non compete for Viles at a Ford dealership.

When I bought the second vehicle that I ever purchased. Which was probably 1989. Ray Viles, Sr. was the General Sales Manager at Ted Russell Ford. I have not talked to Viles since that day 23 or so years ago. I have not and will never forget the man.

It seems from the article in the paper that Ray probably thought his working days were over when he sold his name and signed the non compete. However, he is now raising his two granddaughters and providing for their education.

First of all non competes are rarely enforceable. But a 10 year non compete? Come on that is ridiculous and it says he can only not sell Fords. Really?

Until the case is heard in court, Viles has apparently left his job as a salesman back at Ted Russell Ford. That is ridiculous.

If I had ever thought of buying a car from the certain Ford dealership in Anderson County, TN you can bet your whole farm, I won't now.

SRW - Susan Richardson Williams Article in the Product Produced at The Big Metal Shed on the Hill

Surprisingly The Big Metal Shed on the Hill has an interesting article on SRW. I bet Cynthia Moxley one of SRW's competitors is shaking her head trying to figure out how that got in the paper. You see Moxley represents the Big Metal Shed or maybe she did represent the Big Metal Shed?

Anyway, good story, SRW and I have disagreed on issues before but we have always remained with a dose of civility and always find something to laugh about when we are together. Can't say that for all the folks that don't like when I opine.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

SOS Met Today

This evening the group SOS Support Our Schools conducted their second organizational meeting of the day. Earlier today the group reports they had 27-30 people at their lunch meeting. Tonight, 15 people attended.

The group desires to become a grassroots information sharing entity for the community to schools and schools to community.

One participant asked about the perception that the group is a increase tax supporters. The group said that they need to emphasis the neutrality toward issues and demonstrate that they give both views of each issue,

As the session ended Ginna Mashburn approached me and told me how she was amused when I blogged about them reusing T-shirts. I said that's great normally when I post something like that, people are not amused.

Support Our Schools Meets Today

Today from Noon-1:30 pm at the ET History Center and tonight at West High School from 6-7:30 pm the group known as Support Our Schools will meet to discuss a Mission Statement & an implementation strategy.

The proposed Mission Statement is "To mobilize a community voice to support quality education in the Knox County public schools.
Mobilize--build energy through small task groups
Community--comprehensive and representative
Voice--be the "critical friend" that communicates between the community and the Knox County public schools
Quality Education--yes, dollars and so much more: transparency, involved families, motivated teachers, a community that understands the link between good schools and quality of life."

The Proposed Strategy for Fall 2012 is
"to locate and map the formal and informal leader networks within the community surrounding each of the 88 Knox County schools;
to establish channels of communication with these leadership networks
to establish with them a regular exchange of school-related information."

The meeting is open to the public and everyone is invited to participate.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

How is Broyles Different from "Lumpy"?

On March 28, 2009 Commissioner Amy Broyles posted on the Commission Forum Page in response to Commissioner Lumpy Lambert leaving his seat and going to someone in the audience ..."I do support either censure or a statement regarding appropriate behavior during commission meetings. I think a commissioner going out into the audience and confronting citizens has a chilling effect on citizen participation, in addition to simply being rude and inappropriate on the part of an elected official. I say all this with a heavy heart; I do not like the idea of censuring a colleague and someone I like very much. However, I think this is a necessary action the commission must unanimously take"

What Lambert did NOT do was touch or strike the person he was talking to.

What Commissioner Broyles did to Dean Rice, Chief of Staff to County Mayor Tim Burchett was battery (the harmful or offensive touching of another). She took an ink pen and struck Rice twice in the side of the face. In addition, she grabbed his neck tie and pulled him to herself in a manner to emphasis her anger and make her point.

Witnesses say that Broyles had an awkward smile on her face and appeared haggard.

Interesting to note that witnesses say that Broyles was upset that the Burchett administration asked for $350,000 for some items but didn't support the senior transportation. Oddly enough at the time Rice was explaining to the CAC ladies how to bid on the services.

In 2009, the Commission passed a resolution offered by Commissioner Briggs that read "The county commission will not condone any action or behavior that intimidates, insults, or threatens a citizen while exercising his right to appear before the county commission."

What Broyles did to the Chief of Staff is in violation of the rule she voted for. How Chairman Norman handles this violation by Broyles will foretell the next year for the commission.

A couple of notes from yesterday's bologna cutting

I was humbled and honored by the many people who came up to me and asked if everything was alright because I had not blogged consistently for the past couple of weeks. I explained that work has been hectic and I was getting ready to jump right back in. They all said good because we rely on you to tell us what no one else tells us. Even a dear sweet friend said "I rely on you to tell things before they happen" Again, I can never repay you readers for your loyalty.

When I got home. I checked my voicemail and Republican Party Chairman Ray Jenkins left a robo call message about the bologna cutting. Interesting to note, I did not see Ray or the party's First Vice Chair Phyllis Severance there.

Ruth Kulhman, the only announced candidate for Republican Party Chair was working the crowd. Several other individuals were testing the waters for Chair amongst the crowd. The other candidates said the November election is more important. They will wait and announce after Nov. 6 because the convention for Chairman will not occur until March 2013.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Jamie Satterfield Stand Up! Oh Wait! Jack is Blocking YOU

Jamie Satterfield a long time seasoned reporter for the Big Metal Shed on the Hill received an award for her reports and use of FOI for the Judge Richard Baumgartner stories.

But after reading tthis storyhis story, you would think that Jamie Satterfield just went and picked up the hardware. Instead of being the one that actually earned the award.

Way to step up in fronthist of Jamie, Jack! Congratulations to Jamie Satterfield from Shock And Awe. This is not much but more than McElroy has done.

Commissioner Broyles Assaults County Official

Sources at yesterday's County Commission meeting have informed me that a very upset and angry Commissioner Amy Broyles confronted Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett's Chief of Staff Dean Rice. As she was making a point, she took the ink pen in her hand and hit him in the side of his face.

Additionally, she grabbed his tie and moved his head closer to her to ensure that he was hearing her.

If anyone did these things to Broyles, what would happen? Chairman Norman needs to censure her for these actions at the next meeting.

Powell Auction Political Bologna Cutting a BIG Success

Today, Howard, Kenny & Brian Phillips owners of Powell Realty & Auction threw the doors open for another successful political bologna cutting.

They have hosted these for over 20 years. A lot of politicians attended Anf Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey was the Master of Ceremonies.

Another great Phillips Powell Realty & Auction event!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Come On, Main Stream Media

There is a story out of Chattanooga that Jack McElroy over at the "Big Metal Shed on the Hill" has decided to place on their website.

It is a story about a recently elected Hamilton County General Sessions Judge's son being arrested on drug charges over the weekend.

Come on main stream media, if it were the Judge. Ok! But it is his son and good families kids make mistakes. Are you now going to report every 19 year old with an arrest? Doubt it!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Only in Asheville!

This past Monday September 17 as I was in Asheville, NC I had to say only in Asheville does a headless man ride his bicycle!

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here ya go!

UT Baseball Attends Farragut Admiral Homecoming

Many (if not all) the UT baseball team came to the Farragut Admiral Homecoming a week ago this past Friday.

Ethan Bennett (former Farragut Admiral and current UT baseball player) little sister Emma was a homecoming queen candidate. They came to support Emma!

Go Big Orange Baseball!

Admiral Football Taking the Field at Knox Catholic

Shock And Awe (aka Brian's Blog) Will Be Back

Last week or two has been hectic for me personally and professionally.

I began investigating, exploring and planning possible book venture(s). I have talked with a few individuals about length, topic and other issues about authoring and publishing books in the day of print and ebook.

Shock And Awe (aka Brian's Blog) is coming back.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Knoxville Fire Department Responds to Fire in Farragut

Yesterday afternoon school bus 110 caught on fire sitting at Farragut Middle School. The News Sentinel (the product created at the Big Metal Shed on the Hill) reports that the Knoxville Fire Department responded and put out the fire.

Rural Metro has a station that borders the Farragut school property. They are a private company that are contracted to put out fires and be the first responders in the county. Farragut Middle is in the county.

We know the News Sentinel wouldn't get it wrong! So why is Rural Metro not fulfilling their contractual obligation.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I Got a Question about Norman's Assault on the Chamber

I have a question regarding the Commission's war on the Chamber Partnership.

At yesterday's Commission Workshop Tom McAdams, representing the Chamber and Deputy Law Director David Buuck kinda went toe to toe, eyeball to eyeball on the request of Commission Chairman Norman.

Is Buuck conflicted out of this exchange? He represented a few citizens in the area of the Midway Business Park and sued the Chamber Partnership and Mike Edwards, CEO of the Chamber Partnership.

Can he now ethically and morally be in the position he finds himself? This may be the first incident where Law Director Bud Armstrong must outsource the legal expertise.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Property Assessor Ballard and Trustee Duncan Dismiss on Friday's

Sources in the City County Building indicate that Property Assessor Phillip Ballard had one of the employees terminated on Friday. Not involving himself in the dismissal.

In that same manner, sources indicate that Trustee Duncan had a dismissal unitizing the talents of his Chief of Staff Josh Burnett.

Evidently, with Ballard and Duncan, the concept of the buck stopping with them means the buck stops with my hired help. That gentlemen is NOT leadership.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Why Did The News Sentinel Headlines Change?

Jack McElroy first ran a story with the headline "Haslam out as Pilot's CEO" and during the day the headline changed to "Pilot CEO Haslam Cedes Role"

Why the change? If McElroy had not bothered to craft a headline that was more forthcoming and complimentary to a man and his organization that purchases 50,000 plus newspapers every Friday. Maybe a refusal to sell the newspapers in their establishment and postponing Free Friday's until Cincinnati sends a new kinder, gentler, friendly Editor would be in order.

Just Saying!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Does McElroy Think Before Publishing an Editorial?

The Big Metal Shed on the Hill's Jack McElroy wasted a lot of space on the editorial page of the News Sentinel today.

McElroy is complaining about the county's surplus and that everyone was surprised at the surplus. I remember while McElroy was ranting and raving about wanting an additional $35 million for schools (even if it meant new revenue) that Mayor Burchett and the county's finance department (even schools central office folk) saying there could be more dollars from surplus.

McElroy says that the monthly revenue should be available to everyone. Well duh, Jack! It has been transparent not only for the County Commission, it has also been available to anyone that has internet. Did the Big Metal Shed on the Hill cut internet?

Many people have been telling me they are beginning to think McElroy is moving into the role as chief spokesperson for Mayor Burchett's estranged wife. McElroy's use of an editorial that has misleading non factual information is taking that role too far.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

What Am I Missing?

So, Jimmy Haslam steps down as CEO to become Chairman of the Board of the national but locally owned truck refueling centers. The company hires a former PepsiCo Executive as it's CEO. Why is it such BIG local news?

It was expected that as Jimmy Haslam becomes an NFL owner that he would not be able to keep up with all the slushy machine breakdowns.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Did Knox Focus Forget About Last Years City Election?

A year ago this month, the City of Knoxville had a primary election. In that primary election, Madeline Rogero and Mark Padgett advanced to the November runoff.

The three (3) at large City Council races were set up for a November runoff. Mark Campen was unopposed for his district race.

So imagine looking at the Knox Focus online tonight or a print copy beginning tomorrow and see where Former City Councilman and Former Vice Mayor Joe Bailey is identified as City Councilman and Vice Mayor of the City of Knoxville.

Surely, Vice Mayor Nick Pavlis will be surprised he is not Vice Mayor anymore according to the Focus.

It seems the Focus was not very focused on the facts. The celebrating of their Norman and Smith appointments as Commission Chair and Vice Chair must have been intense.

As Knox Focus Publisher Steve Hunley use to say about his papers role with the role of his competitor the Shopper News. "They say tomato, I say tomato" Well, if Hunley says Vice Mayor Bailey one year later and it is actually Vice Mayor Pavlis. Is that tomato or tomato?

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Is The Truth in Tony?

Tony Norman is quoted in Georgiana Vines column today saying he did not do any lobbying or canvassing for votes for County Commission Chairman.

I believe an open records request for all 11 Commissioners phone records (home, office and mobile) would reveal if the truth is in Tony.

Friday, September 07, 2012

Ownby Addresses The Public....Sorta

During the 11 p.m. newscast WATE aired a story about Commissioner Jeff Ownby's first public meeting at the Bearden Bee Deselm Knox County Public Library.

It was his first public meeting since the indecent exposure charge he received in May. He would not address Mona Nair's question about the incident.

The crowd was fairly sparse. With Commissioner David Wright, Weekly newspaper Publisher Steve Hunley, frequent political candidate Ruthie Kulhman and Ownby's family.

Go to WATE website and you can watch the story. His case is presently in the hands of a Grand Jury.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Chairman Norman Uses Chair to Punish Anders

After electing Chairman and Vice Chairman today the Commission Committees were reconstituted. Commissioner Amy Broyles along with Chairman Norman worked to staff the committees.

I requested and received the new committee membership list this afternoon. Commissioner Anders was only placed on the Cable TV committee which is the committee that former Chairman Mike Hammond asked new Law Director Bud Armstrong to research the expressed purpose of the County's Cable TV Committee.

The regulation of cable television is now a state issue.

So, the two Commissioners (Norman and Smith) that were active in Black Wednesday shenanigans are now running the commission and using their new authority to punish Anders for daring to challenge them.

Tony Norman & Robert Lawrence Smith Elected Chair & Vice Chair of Knox County Commission

This morning in a 6-5 vote County Commissioners chose renegade Commissioner Tony Norman as their Chairman. The 6 Commissioners favoring Norman were David Wright, Robert Lawrence Smith, Jeff Ownby, Norman, Amy Broyles & Sam McKenzie. Five Commissioners favored Brad Anders, the former Vice Chairman, those Commissioners were Mike Hammond, Ed Shouse, Mike Brown, Dr. Richard Briggs and Anders.

The Commission then selected the Vice Chairman. On motion of Jeff Ownnby the Commission selected Robert Lawrence Smith as Vice Chair.

Both Commissioners Norman and Smith recently wrote letters to the court asking for diversion for Commissioner Ownby. It was reported here a couple weeks ago and addressed in an article by Mike Donila in the News Sentinel. The product produced by the Big Metal Shed on the Hill.

Below Commission Chair Tony Norman answers television news reporters questions.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Pam Strickland - Apparently No Stranger to Court Cases

I received an email with information from the website beenverified that had information on past legal actions concerning Pam Strickland, she is the purveyor of perceived bad things associated to Mayor Tim Burchett.

I cleaned up the information, redacting personal addresses and simply listing the action, any dollar amount, the court and the creditor listed.

A FEDERAL TAX LIEN filed on 2/14/2011 in the amount of $9,049
at the KNOX CO REGISTER OF DEEDS Case Number: 201102140048859 The Creditor listed as INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE

A SMALL CLAIMS JUDGMENT filed 2/15/2011 in the amount of $2,300 in KNOX CO GENERAL SESSION Case Number: 59230DT The Creditor listed as WILLIAM A TERRY

A FORCIBLE ENTRY/DETAINER filed on 2/1/2011 in KNOX CO GENERAL SESSION Case Number: 59230DT The Creditor listed as WILLIAM A TERRY

A SMALL CLAIMS JUDGMENT filed on 12/01/2009 in the amount of $584 by the KNOX CO GENERAL SESSION Case Number: 55350DT the Creditor listed as CHARLES THOMAS

A FORCIBLE ENTRY/DETAINER filed on 11/30/2009 in KNOX CO GENERAL SESSION Case Number: 55350DT The Creditor listed as CHARLES THOMAS

A Civil Judgement filed on 7/6/1995 in the amount of $396 WRIGHTSVILLE MUNICIPAL COURT Case Number: 95682 Creditor listed as PASTOAL CARE AND COUNSELING

A Civil Judgement filed on 7/23/1992 in the amount of $2,438 by the LITTLE ROCK MUNICIPAL COURT
Case Number: 921924
Creditor listed was ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT FED. CREDIT UN

A Civil Judgement filed on 6/4/1992 in the amount of $160 by the LITTLE ROCK MUNICIPAL COURT Case Number: 921342

Chapter 7 Individual Bankruptcy Filed on 7/23/1992 and Discharged on 11/24/1992 in Little Rock, AR

Election Workers Needed and It Pays!

The Knox County Election Commission is recruiting election workers for the November 6, 2012 election. They will host four recruitment meetings to be held this week and next week.

Cedar Bluff Branch Library (9045 Cross Park Drive) on Wednesday, September 5th at 6 p.m

John T. O’Connor Center (611 Winona Street) on Monday, September 10th at 10 a.m.

Howard Pinkston Branch Library (7732 Martin Mill Pike) on Tuesday, September 11th at 6 p.m.

Halls Senior Center (4405 Crippen Road) on Wednesday, September 12th at 6 p.m.

Attendees will learn more about election law, polling place procedures, and the Hart-Intercivic voting system. Each meeting is expected to last for one hour. The public is invited to attend.

“It takes more than 600 election officials to run a Presidential election in Knox County,” according to Clifford A. Rodgers, Administrator of Elections.

Election officials must meet the following requirements:

Registered to vote in Knox County
Able to lift 50 lbs
Understand and follow written instructions
Willing to work 14 hours on Election Day and attend training classes before the election.

Governmental employees (federal, state, city, or county) cannot serve as election officials nor may employees of KUB or ORNL; however, school teachers and employees of higher education may serve. High school students who are 17-years or older are permitted to serve.

If you have any questions, please contact the Knox County Election Commission at (865) 215-2480.

East TN's Newest and Best Republican

Did you see Governor Romney walk into the Convention last Thursday? Did you see him shake all the hands? Did you see him shake the hand of a young man? That was none other than Zach Buttry.

Zach is a student at Karns Elementary in Knox County. His mom Cindy just completed an eight year term on the Knox County School Board and his dad Steve who can be seen in photograph is a former State Representative from Knox County.

Good job, Zach Buttry!

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Occasionally I Make The Same Slight That The Full Time Media Does.

I posted the video yesterday of Pam Strickland answering a question at the Boyd Cloud Democrat Breakfast. I failed to credit that the video came from a youtube account of Dan Andrews.

While it is rare that I slip and do not properly credit other media for items. It is common for me to get slighted.

Just like in today's Big Metal Shed on the Hill publication where Tom Humphrey makes it seem as if the $10,000 civil penalty assessed to to Trustee John Duncan was a common knowledge item. It was common knowledge after I reported here about the reconsideration that was voted on 11 months ago.

Nice Napoleon Jack and Nashville Tom!

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Smith and Tindell Meet While Duncan is Out of Town

Trustee Duncan went to Tampa, Fl for the RNC on Tuesday. Rumors were circulating about his demise. On Wednesday while the boss was out of town, his delinquent tax attorney Chadwick B. Tindell was eating lunch with Commissioner Robert Lawrence Smith at Wright's Cafeteria.

Smith has been making sounds and moves that he wants to replace Duncan. One can only assume that Tinfell and Smith were working on transition plans.

Where Does Pam Strickland Get Her Beliefs?

Pam Strickland, weekly columnist for Napoleon Jack the Editor of the News Sentinel produced at the Big Metal Shed on the Hill spoke to the Boyd Cloud Democrat Club today. She spoke about "her feelings" about Mayor Tim Burchett. She revealed putting her own emotions into the story. 

Friday, August 31, 2012

KnoxViews Gets It Wrong

Yesterday KnoxViews the local liberal playground predicted and reported on "Little Jimmy Duncan's Deal" referring to Trustee Duncan.

Today, has passed and guess what the local liberals got it wrong again! No surprise there.

Funny When Two Scripps Weakly Writers Fight

Yesterday at 1:27 pm over at the liberal local playground aka knoxviews posted a story entitled "Little Jimmy Duncan's Deal". The best laugh comes from reading the comments. Especially when two weekly published E.W. Scrips writers get into a she (Pam Strickland said she (Sandra Clark) said.

Strickland is published with a column on Friday's in the product Knoxville News Sentinel. Sandra Clark is published weekly in the E.W. Scripps publication Shopper News every Monday.

Bad Night at Big Metal Shed on the Hill

At 7:30 am this morning the twitter account of the Big Metal Shed on the Hill posted "Delivery of printed News Sentinel's is running late until 8:30 this morning due to mechanical problems overnight."

Sadly for the shed no one noticed!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Buuck Sends Email to "McElroy List" of Enemies

The individual email addresses that were included on the first and resubmitted "McElroy List" of enemies were sent an email from Knox County Law Department's Chief Deputy David Buuck.

In the email, he stated what the process that Knox County would go through in removing information not to be included in the Open Records Request.

Early in the email Buuck identified the requesting parties as Jack McElroy and Tom Chester. At the end of Buuck's email, Buuck said if we have any questions please contact the requesting parties.

I tried that before I blogged the first blog post. The day after the Open Records Request was sent. Napoleon Jack said "Brian, you are one of several and I don't want to discuss it with you." Maybe I will try again, but then again, he may be busy answering the other 60 or so phone calls.

Monday, August 27, 2012

As Knox County Commission Chair Tony Norman Will Use It as a Bully Pulpit for His Personal Agenda

Knox County Vice Chairman Brad Anders and Commissioner Tony Norman were on Gene Patterson's Tennessee This Week yesterday.

Norman was asked about his controversial position on personal property rights that was the Hillside and Ridgetop Plan along with his bitter angst toward the Knox County School System during the recent budget process.

Norman said that he would like to be Chairman to help advance the discussions on those issues. When Patterson asked a question to understand what Norman said, he would use the Chairmanship as a bully pulpit for his pet positions.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

WBIR Loses Another to be a Knox Schools Media Support Person

According to one of my sources, Sean Dreher of WBIR Weekend News Staff announced that he is leaving WBIR to take a PR position with Knox County Schools.

I contacted Melissa Copelan, the head media go to person for Schools. She informed me that Erik Hudson had left earlier this summer to accept another job out of state. Dreher will be a multi media specialist.

No new job created and I am sure there is no increase of dollars in the Schools PR Department. Let's certainly hope not, cause Property Assessor Phil Ballard will try and match any increase the schools would have.

Admiral Dave Beats Chickfla Cow in Paper, Rock, Scissors

from the Farragut/Oak Ridge game in Beautiful Downtown Farragut on Friday night.

Knox County Prepares to Release the Ambulance Contract

Those of us at the Farragut / Oak Ridge football game in Beautiful Downtown Farragut on Friday night were reminded that the ambulance contract for Knox County IS about to be put out to bid. Rural Metro the current holder of the contract and prime example of a sucky provider along with AMR and a third company Lifeguard have indicated that they plan to bid.

How do we know the time is drawing near? Because Rural Metro had an ambulance at the game. Because you see on October 9, 2010 Farragut student athlete Robby Leonard suffered an injury. The medical trainers immediately started an IV on the field, No ambulance. A spectator was on call with the Knox County Rescue Squad and had one of their trucks with a body board, they had to load Leonard on a golf cart and go over and wait an incredibly long time for transportation to the hospital.

Search this blog for October 9, 2010 and you can read and see the whole story. The headline of that story almost two years is the same as today Rural/Metro SUCKS!

Two pics from Friday night

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tim Newlon Makes Public his 2013 Candidacy

Last night, I posted about Ruthie Kuhlman announcing her candidacy for Knox County GOP Chair. She announced that Tim Newlon will be her running mate. That would be First Vice Chair.

I sent Newlon a message wanting to meet to get his bio and his core philosophies. We call that background on people & stories.

Within about an hour he posted the following statement on his Facebook page.

"Well I guess I should make this official, now. I was asked by the former Knox County GOP Chairman and now I am running for Vice Chairman of the GOP. I would appreciate everyone's support in this endeavor."

Interesting, he says he was asked by the former Knox County GOP Chairman. The immediate past chair is Irene McCrary, then yours truly (I didn't ask him to run) then the others are Chadwick B Tindell, Sue Methvin, Mike Prince, Robert Lawrence Smith, Lynn Tarpy, Billy Stokes, Mike McClamyoch, Gerald Turner.

But Newlon said he is running for Vice Chairman. There are like 30 Vice Chairs. If he wants to be the second to the Chair, he should be announcing for Knox County GOP First Vice Chairman of the county party, not what he actually announced for.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

CPI (Construction Plus Inc) 49 Days From Design to Move In

Kuhlman & Newlon Out Early!

Hubert Smith of the Hubert Smith Radio Show and One on One with Hubert Smith called me following his attendance at a Phil Ballard money gathering reception and then Smith immediately posted on his Hubert Smith Radio Show Facebook page that Ruthie Kuhlman will be a candidate for Knox County Republican Party Chairman.

The Knox County Republican Party will reorganize in March 2013. Apparently. Ray Jenkins and Phyllis Severance are folding up their tent and going away.

Kuhlman is no stranger to the selection process. After an unsuccessful campaign for County Commission in the Fourth District. She immediately challenged Phyllis Severance three and a half years ago to be the Party's First Vice Chair. Kuhlman was rejected for Severance.

As a former Knox County Republican Party Chairman elected in March of 2005, I announced in January of 2005 and was elected unanimously in March!

Kuhlman's early entrance can only be an effort to scare competition or intimidate others from considering it.

I called Kuhlman tonight. She confirmed that she announced at Ballard's reception that she is a candidate. She confirmed that she intends to partner with former Phil Ballard and Roger Kane campaign consultant, Tim Newland.

I asked how her service would be different than Jenkins and Severance. She said, "I am not ready to talk to you about this." I asked why, she said "because you are going to put this on the blog." I said well yes, I have to beat Georgiana Vines and Sandra Clark.

She went on to say "Tim and I are going to work this out on Saturday." "After Saturday I will be happy to discuss this." She went on to say "that she was urged to run, get out early and is getting tremendous support."

I asked about Tim Newland and would she work with whoever the party selected. In the same way, that she challenged Severance and was unsuccessful would she work with someone else selected by the party?

She said, "I would." She went on to say about Newland, "he ran Phil Ballard & Roger kane's campaigns. He wants to eventually run for office himself."

Kuhlman indicated that there is talk that Former West Knox Republican Club President John Gabriel is considering running for Chairman. Gabriel who is currently the finance chairman for Republican State Representative Candidate Gary Loe's campaign is all Republican, all the time. He has organized county wide fundraisers (golf tournament), several West Knox Republican Club fundraisers that have assisted many Republican candidates. He is not a faction player meaning that he is not part of any faction or group of the Republican party.

In an effort to be open and transparent as I am sure Kuhlman will be in her candidacy. Her daughter is an employee of Property Assessor Phil Ballard's office.

As we were hanging up, she said I know you dislike the Ballard's. I corrected Kuhlman on the falsehood. Saying I am sure Phil has lied to you about me, he does that often. I love my fifth cousin Cindy Ballard. I am not a fan of Phil because I know his past.

Pictured below is a photograph of Kuhlman when she ran in the 2010 Republican Primary for County Commission before losing in the General Election to Democrat Finbarr Saunders. Also pictured is Tim Newland during an event with Roger Kane.

Wednesday Willy

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

JohnnyT

If you are in Nashville on Wednesday or Thursday almost any week. You need to find yourself at "The Stage" on lower Broadway. JohnnyT and the JohnnyT Band are on stage beginning about 10:30-10:45 pm and deliver Country Rock until about 2:00 a.m.

I have been following JohnnyT for about 4 years. He and his band make appearances periodically in Knoxville. As a matter of fact, September 15 with the venue yet to be annouced and my wife and I will be there.

I downloaded his first couple of downloads andEP's (Extended Plays) off itunes. I have the latest CD that was recorded under the Average Joe Ent label. So, I have the entire JohnnyT library.

Here is an official video of his song "Everything About You"


You can check out JohnnyT website here, his twitter here, his facebook here or his youtube page here.

Here is JohnnyT and the band performing the original "Country Girl"


Below are pics of JohnnyT & the band performing back in June of this year. My wife and I attended two concerts back to back. On my desk is a cracked drum stick from the Thursday night show. Enjoy the sights of their high energy concert. They perform all types of music and is a high energy show.

Go download off itunes or go purchase music off the website. It will keep you moving.