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  • Tuesday, April 17, 6:30pm at the Blount County Library

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  • Thursday, April 19, 7:00pm, County Courthouse

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Blount Republican Party Excludes Grassroots, Conservative Republicans

On Tuesday, Feb 5th, 2013, the Blount County Republican Party seemed to declare war on grassroots and conservative Republicans by barring a large number of registered Republicans from a meeting to elect new leaders for the Party. Among those banned were State Senator Raymond Finney and current Republican County Commissioner Jim Folts. Even members of the press were refused admittance. (Click here to read all about it)

These smiling Blount County politicians did not have the courage to cut the Sheriff's budget
So they imposed a tax increase on YOU

tburchTonya Burchfield
District #1

1201 Morningside Avenue

Maryville, TN 37804


burk Tab Burkhalter, Jr.
District #1
1121 W. Broadway
Maryville, TN 37801

carvRichard Carver
District #5
1216 Redwood Ave
Maryville, TN 37803

caylor Mike Caylor
District #3
1200 Karina Circle
Maryville, TN 37804

farmerGary Farmer
District #4
111 Firefly Lane
Maryville, TN 37803

greeneTom Greene
District #7
966 Disco Loop Road
Friendsville, TN 37737

harriBrad Harrison
District #2
1541 Aberdeen Drive
Alcoa, TN 37701

heltScott Helton
District #6
816 Wells Road
Maryville, TN 37801

lailHolden Lail
District #6
308 Alnwick Drive
Friendsville, TN 37737
lewisMike Lewis
District #2
1627 St. Ives Blvd.
Alcoa, TN 37701
meltonKenneth Melton
District #10
3428 Old Lowes Ferry Rd
Louisville, TN 37777
moonJerome Moon
District #4
1804 Murphy Myers Rd
Maryville, TN 37803
kirbyGerald Kirby
District #10
956 Scarlett Oaks Rd
Maryville, TN 37801
GambleRoy Gamble
District #8
4012 Davis Ford Rd
Maryville, TN 37804

Slides showing Comparison of County Spending
For the last several months we have been giving a presentation showing a comparison of Blount County spending with the spending of the three counties closest to us in population - Washington, Sullivan and Sumner. The comparison is based on the FY-09 audit reports for the counties. The spending numbers were carefully reviewed and adjusted to assure a true apples and apples comparison. The totals for each major portion of the General Fund Budget were then adjusted for differences in population. The results show that Blount County spending is badly out of control. The County is spending $9 million (23%) more than the AVERAGE of the other counties. More than $5 million of this problem is due to wasteful spending in the Sheriff's department. If the county would just bring its spending into line with the AVERAGE of the other Counties, there would be no need for a tax increase and we could begin to pay off some of our crushing $230 million in debt. Click on slide below to see all slides.


High profile people do not bother to pay their taxes
Nearly $3,000,000 in Blount County taxes delinquent and overdue by as much as three years. While most citizens struggle to pay their taxes in these tough times, some high profile members of the community, and businesses they control, don't bother to pay. Two are even County Commissioners. Thruth Radio 1470, has put a compete list of the non-payers on their website. This list covers the tax years 2006 through 2009 and is dated 9/30/2010. Take a look. You may be surprised at some of the people who are on it. The Search command on the Edit menu makes it easy to search for your favorite non-payer, by name, address, shell corporation, etc.
Commissioner Jim Folts starts a website to report to the citizens
Commissioner Folts has started a new website to report what happened at each Commission meeting. Folts explained the website,, is part of a commitment he made to the citizens during his campaign, to listen carefully and tell everybody exactly what their government is doing (or not doing). Take a look and tell Folts what you think.

No idea of the person's qualifications - Vote anyway

A Blount County Commission meeting was held on September 7 to nominate or confirm more than 40 candidates for the Commissions and Committees needed to make the government function. Unfortunately, aside from four appointments to the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Commissioners were not given any information about experience and qualifications of the nominees or appointees. No business would hire a person for a job, without such information.

Commissioner Jim Folts offered an amendment requesting a resume or similar document on each candidate.

Incredibly, the amendment was voted down. Burchfield, Carver, Caylor, Farmer, French, Greene, Harrison, Hasty, Helton, Kirby, Lail, Lambert, Melton, Moon, Samples and Wright voted NO. Only Commissioner Murrell and Commissioner Folts voted for it. Commissioners voting on important issues without any information, other than directions from the political machine, are the reason this County is in a mess. Hopefully, our Commissioners will begin to think for themselves, before it is too late.

Another zoning fiasco
At the Blount County Commission Agenda meeting, citizen Judy Dixon made an impassioned plea for some justice in her zoning dispute with the Sheriff. Dixon's home once backed on a pleasant open field, zoned "Surburbanizing", a residential zoning designation. Then, out of nowhere, without obtaining the required building, zoning, grading or environmental approvals, the Blount County Sheriff build a "driving track" on the land. Before they knew what happened, the Dixons were being treated to flashing lights, squealing tires, sirens and grenades, sometimes late at night. Then to maximize the disruption to the Dixons quiet retirement, the Sheriff invited 30 other agencies, from as far away as Kingston, to use the facility. Now the Sheriff has applied for a rezoning of the land to "Regional", which apparently will enable the Sheriff to invite his friends from all over the state and region to come use the Blount County taxpayer-funded facility. Meanwhile, the Dixons and their neighbors suffer. This is one of many cases where persons connected to the political machine have made a mockery of the county permitting and zoning regulations. If the 'connected few' can ignore our zoning and permit regualtions, what good are they?