"The Mega Bullhorn of Truth" Wed, 28 Jul 2021 01:29:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Is This a Piece of the Puzzle on Larsen Jay and Bexhill? Wed, 28 Jul 2021 01:29:29 +0000 at last night’s (July 26, 2021)  Knox County Commission meeting on a Sector Plan and Rezoning for Commercial Property in front of Bexhill Subdivision. The community members revealed that there was a meeting of County Commission Chairman Larsen Jay and Commissioner Kyle Ward presenting a proposal from Holrob the holder of the option on Home Federal Bank‘s Commercial Property to the Bexhill community.

A look back to the May 24, 2021 meeting Commission Vice Chair John Schoonmaker asked about the 30 day delay. Jay explains he met with Holrob/Home Federal the week before May 17, 2021. Was the reason it was delayed 60 days to “correct” a Sunshine Law Violation? Why was it left out of Jay’s statement on May 24 that Ward was present?

watch the May 24, 2021 meeting here or below.

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about that Civility Code….. Tue, 27 Jul 2021 14:26:55 +0000 Last month, the Knox County Commission passed a civility code for itself and presumably the individuals that attend all meetings of the Commission.

A reasonable man could conclude that it was in response to the disruption of Commission meeting immediately following the death of Anthony Thompson, Jr. in combination with the many speakers during the mask mandate.

However, Constance Every and Calvin Taylor Skinner and others were promptly arrested after yelling at Commissioners during a meeting.

Now, last night as the Commission was prepared to vote on the sector plan and rezoning of the field on Ebenezer Road in the front of Bexhill Subdivision. A lady began shouting, Commissioner Larsen Jay asked her several times to have order, she didn’t. He then said I don’t want to call PBA on you to be removed.

Now, this is partial a rhetorical question(s), but the difference in Constance and Calvin and the lady from West Knoxville is what?

**the picture on the cover of this story is NOT the lady that shouted at Commissioners. Just a screenshot of the actual rezoning actions during the meeting.

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Commissioner Jay and Ward had a Meeting with Bexhill Community Without Notice Tue, 27 Jul 2021 01:25:21 +0000 Tonight during a zoning with Bexhill Community for the Commercial Property on the 2 acres of property on Ebenezer Road, that has been zoned that way for years. The community announced in the open Commission meeting that Meghan Potts, Knox Sheriff HR Director Lysette Aviles, another lady Annette Ward, Commissioner’s Larsen Jay and Kyle Ward met with them to be an intermediary between Holrob/Home Federal and Bexhill Community in a $1.9 million land deal.

Ward was elected in 2020, Jay in 2018, Jay is Commission Chairman (until August 31, 2021) and is being challenged in the May 3, 2022 Republican Primary by Christine Cruz.

Knox County Commission is still under a Chancery Court Order NOT TO VIOLATE THE TN SUNSHINE LAW


Jay talking


Fourth District Knox County Commissioner Kyle Ward with Herrera right after the results were announced

Fourth District Knox County Commissioner Kyle Ward with Herrera right after the results were announced

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Knox County Merit System Changes NOT So Fast… Tue, 27 Jul 2021 00:00:05 +0000 Knox County Sheriff, Knox County Law Director and Knox County Commissioner Larsen Jay‘s work for nearly a year came to a vote of four Ordinances changes. Two items were voted down, two passed.

This one changing the make-up of the Knox County Merit System Council for Sheriff’s Employees was voted down.

This one redefining the Grievance Hearings was voted down with only Jay and Schoonmaker the two that motioned and seconded it, the other 9 members voted NO.

Two items were voted to proceed to a second and final vote on August 23, 2021 Commission meeting at 5 p.m.. On August 16, 2021 Worksession discussion will be held. Both meetings in the Main Assembly Room of the City County Building.

This one setting forth how the Merit Council meetings will be conducted, Commissioner Courtney Durrett who spent time on the special committee for four meetings (October 2020-January 2021), was the sole NO vote, that sent a message.

This one is allowing the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to due the cadet recruiting.

Merit System, Knox Sheriffs Office "kumbaya" Meeting on 12/1/2020

Merit System, Knox Sheriffs Office “kumbaya” Meeting on 12/1/2020



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Jay is Out, But Why? Mon, 26 Jul 2021 17:51:29 +0000 So back on April 19, 2021 Civil Right Violator Victor Ashe reported that it was unlikely County Commissioner Larsen Jay would seek another term as Commission Chair.

Jay at a community campaign event

Jay at a community campaign event

Today Jesse and Scott at Compass Knox reported definitively that he is not seeking a second term as Chair.

The real reason may never be known. However as an observer, I will give you my opinion. It would be difficult for him to run for re-election in the May 3, 2022 Republican Primary against Christine Cruz when he fails to be Chairman on a 2 Commissioners in favor and 9 Commissioners in opposition vote.

Jay ran an ad in a weekly publication today and the only Commissioner named to support his re-election is Terry Hill. That is more telling than anything.

Nearly every Commission Chair has gotten two terms. But NOT Jay. Of course as Chair, he had a temper tantrum when he tried to adjourn the meeting on his own, when no Commissioner would join him in adjourning the meeting, he had the live feed cut. As I texted multiple Commissioners they informed me they were still meeting, hearing from citizens.

Beeler with the franchising agreement

Beeler with the cable television franchising agreement

Also, in my observation a more consensus building Chair  would be Richie Beeler. While I may not agree with everything Beeler does or this positions on matters. He would not rule the Commission meeting, he would allow Commissioners to speak and not attempt to drive his own self serving agenda.

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One Last Thing on “the daily paper” and the Civil Right Violator Victor Ashe Sun, 25 Jul 2021 15:15:09 +0000 On Friday, I posted this story about “the daily paper” and the parent company wanting to sell the property and building they own and then have a decade long leaseback arrangement. In that story I also wrote about the deal that former Mayor Civil Right Violator Victor Ashe along with Knoxville City Council gave “the daily paper” in a PILOT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) deal to locate out of downtown to the current location of Western Avenue and Middlebrook Pike area.

The one other little thing (that several people have asked about) is about how the former Mayor use to write for a weekly publication called the Halls Shopper, it got bought by “the daily paper” and they had the former owner and all the writers continue writing for the paper. Then multiple “the daily paper” reductions in force had the former owner and several of the writers all laid off. However, “the daily paper” have kept the former Mayor, through multiple Publishers and Editors authoring and publishing a weekly column.


Of course the material in the weekly columns have been a constant criticism of former Mayor Madeline Rogero, Mayor Indya Kincannon and now the focus appears to be Knox County Republican Party Chairman Daniel Herrera.

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Knox News Selling the Taxpayer (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) Assisted Property Fri, 23 Jul 2021 20:21:09 +0000 Thanks to Jesse and Scott at Compass Knox for alerting us all to thisIt seems ole Gannett wants to shed ownership of “the Big Metal Shed on the Hill” also known as the Knox News aka “the daily paper” building. When ole Civil Right Violator Victor Ashe was Mayor he cut a deal to move “the daily paper” from downtown to the hill out of Western Avenue. It was the last major employer to leave downtown and took a few hundred lunchtime consumers from downtown. Downtown would be a ghost town of such until Mayor Bill Haslam, Mayor Dan Brown and Mayor Madeline Rogero would begin the Downtown resurgence.

Moving “the daily paper” out to Western and Middlebrook was the last of the big urban sprawl moves. But, let us all remember that Ashe annexed from the the West Knox County line to the East Knox County line, scarfing up all the sales tax revenue he could, take for example the Northshore Town Center that sits near the Knox/Blount County line but it is in the City of Knoxville.


So, the City taxpayers provided a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) for this building, BUT now Gannett wants to sell it and do a 10 year lease back. So, could a reasonable man conclude that in ten years aka decade, there will be no “the daily paper” news operation. Anyway, if you have $7.5 million and want  to be the landlord of the “the daily paper” for ten years. This deal may be for you.


But to all you city taxpayers, I guess that PILOT you gave them for all those jobs and additional revenue just never materialized, so on behalf of me, myself and I, I am sorry y’all got screwed.


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Scruffy City PAC Ain’t Going Away Thu, 22 Jul 2021 17:03:01 +0000 Word is spreading that Scruffy City PAC is going away of gone away. NOT SO FAST!

Scruffy is still around, moving forward they are no longer filing state campaign financial reports since they have no plans to support state candidates at this time.


So before ole Civil Right Violator Victor Ashe or Georgiana Vines pound out some weird ideas that will get printed on former trees. You know the deal.

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Knox Sheriff’s Officers……I Think I Know Where The Other 3% or So Went Wed, 21 Jul 2021 23:58:44 +0000 When Knox County Sheriff‘s Officers got the pay statements last week and the pay raise was 4% to just shy of 4.5%, they were not happy. The Sheriff said they were getting a 5% after he asked for an 8% raise. Most of them are working the shifts they are assigned and picking up side jobs too.

Now today (July 21, 2021) Lisette Aviles sends out an email offering $600 for recruiting new employees. But you have to wait. You get $300 after the new hire $300 after the employee completes COTA (Corrections), the FTO Program (Patrol) of 6 weeks of employment (Civilians). The other $300 comes after 6 months of employment.

Last Thursday Knox County Commissioner Randy Smith asked Chief Deputy Bernie Lyon if the KCSO had a recruitment plan, he said YES. HR Director Aviles was asked how KCSO would recruit better than the Knox County Merit System has done. She talked here or below, she uses words but there is no real plan mapped out.

Aviles and Lyons did not discuss this plan less than a week ago. It is as if Aviles got in trouble with the Sheriff for not having a plan and they found some cash to create a plan quickly. Like a plan before Monday June 26, 2021 Commission meeting. It is almost like a quick knee jerk reaction to the Hutchison letter read by Commissioner Cortney Durrett two days ago at the Commission work session.



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Knox Schools…… Ah Hell Nah….. Wed, 21 Jul 2021 22:06:21 +0000 So the Knox County Schools tried to pull a fast one, a new policy to “prohibit” parents or guardians from recording IEP meetings about their Special Needs children. When the parents figured out what was happening, the Knox County School Board kicked it back to the Policy Review Committee.

Those gathered around the tables for Policy Review

Those gathered around the tables for Policy Review

That committee met at 1:30 pm today, watch it here or below. I held the camera wrong, I wasn’t expecting this so quickly. Knox County Law Department Attorney Gary Dupler gave it the ole college try. He added a new first paragraph and Board Members Jennifer Owen, Daniel Watson and Kristi Kristy spoke up and said it’s not enough.

Gary Dupler

Gary Dupler

Why the word prohibit wasn’t prohibited was confusing. So, it was suggested he tweak again before the August meeting. Kristy said why don’t you bring it back to the next Policy Review Committee. That is September 22, 2021. See y’all then.

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