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White Bluff Troop Support Page,
Pic's & Info Of Local Military
Facts & History
Town Pictures
White Bluff Officials
Bluff Lies, Legends and Campfire Tales
You might be from White Bluff if.....
WEBCAM** Nightime in White Bluff
Local Poetry Page
Area Businesses
William James School Pics, single shots
William James School group pics
What Time Is It?
Whats that smell in town or that taste in the water? Not DA WIRE
How many and other CENSUS stuff
More Pics of Local Folks! See who you know or remember!
*NEW*Even More Local Pics!

RECOMMENDED LINKS

LOCAL SITES I ENJOY AND THINK YOU WILL TOO!

Amber's Applejello Page
Lifehouse Fans, Cool Pics & More
Crystal's Niftylicious Niche
Reviews, Polls & Fun
Ghost Trackers
Billy & Friends Search Out The Unknown
White Bluff Bulldogs
Junior Pro Football Fun
Kyla's Dickson County Ghost Hunter's Society
Sign Up To Help Hunt Haunted Places!

Dickson County Republican Party

OTHER SIGHTS I THINK YOU WILL FIND INTERESTING.

INFOWARS
Alex Jones Exposes The New World Order
Bill Of Rights Enforcement!

Save The Bill Of Rights
Joe Sobran Columns
Articles that make you think. Coast to Coast, with George Noory
(former Art Bell Site) The Truth Is Out There
NOSTALGIAVILLE
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50states.com
Look up info on towns across America, including ours!!


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Have a safe and happy July 4th, White Bluff and all the rest of this great country!

No update, on vacation and being lazy!

6/14/03
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

Sonora Smart Dodd first thought of the idea for Father's Day while listening to a Mother's Day sermon in 1909. Sonora's dad, a Civil War Vet, who raised six children after his wife's death giving birth, was born in June, so she chose to hold the first Father's Day celebration in Spokane, Washington on the 19th of June, 1910. President Calvin Coolidge, in 1924, supported the idea of a national Father's Day. Then in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed an official presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day. So a Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. And a special thanks to mine for helping me so much and for putting up with me all these years. The debts that we owe our dads we can never really repay to them. We can just try to pass all they have given us in so many ways, down to our own children. Thanks Dad. Here are few quotes on father's that say it much better
than can I.

"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."
-- Mark Twain

"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters."
-- English Proverb

"I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work fifteen and sixteen hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example."
-- Mario Cuomo former governor of New York

"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a fathers protection."
--Sigmund Freud

"To her the name of father was another name for love."
-- Fanny Fern

"My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising boys."
--Harmon Killebrew

"Dad, a son's first hero, a daughter's first love"
--anonymous

"Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!"
-- Lydia M. Child

Roses are the Father's Day flowers: red to be worn for a living father and white if the father has died. Enjoy the Day with your dad, if you are blessed enough to still have him with you then take time to visit him if you can, and if he has gone on in his life's journey, them take time to visit him in your heart and soul.

5/26/03
REMEMBER ON MEMORIAL DAY

This history is taken from various internet sources, Memorial Day means many things to many people, whatever it means to you, I hope you find the day full of wonderful memories of those that have gone before and who sacrificed for us and our future.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920).

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress in 1968 to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional, separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia is the nation's largest national cemetery. Not only are members of the armed forces buried here; astronauts, explorers and other distinguished Americans have all been honored with a special place here. President John F. Kennedy is buried in a spot overlooking Washington, D.C..
Here in the early hours of the Friday morning before Memorial Day, soldiers of the Third U.S. infantry walk along the rows of headstones. Each soldier stops at a headstone, reaches to a bundle of flags he is carrying, pulls one out and pushes it into the ground. These soldiers are part of a special regiment. the Old Guard. Most consider it a privilege to place flags on the more than two hundred thousand graves of soldiers who served in the wars or who died in them. "They have done their job," said one soldier, "and now it's my turn to do mine."

It is also a day for personal remembrance. Families and individuals honor the memories of their loved ones who have died. Church services, visits to the cemetery, flowers on graves or even silent tribute mark the day with dignity and solemnity. It is a day of reflection. However, to many Americans the day also signals the beginning of summer with a three-day weekend to spend at the beach, in the mountains or at home relaxing.

So, White Bluff, and friends and readers everywhere, on this Memorial Day, and every other day let us always remember, and never forget.....the sacrifices made by the few, so that we the many, might have and enjoy our lives, liberty, happiness and freedoms. And as we should never forget, never should we take for granted or give up our libertys and freedoms. To do so would not only be an injustice to ourselves, but it would be an insult to the memory of those that bought and paid for these things in blood, shattered dreams and loss of life. Be safe and enjoy the unofficial start of summer!
(portions reprinted)

4/5/03
WHITE BLUFF ELECTION, APRIL 26, 2003
AND NEW TROOP SUPPORT PAGE

This link will take you to a new Blufwatch page. White Bluff Troop Support Page, It includes pic's & info on people with local ties serving us in the military. Check it out and send in any additions you might have.

2003 is an election year for the Town of White Bluff, Tennessee. Elections are held every two years. Voting will be on Saturday, April 26. This years election will elect a Mayor and 2 of the 5 seats on the Town Council. The announced candidates for Mayor are current Mayor Danny Williams, former Mayor and current Councilman Vance Smith, current Councilwoman Mary K. Dugan-Bennett, and former Councilman and County Commissioner Maurice "Creeping" Stuart.

Three candidates are vying for the two open seats on the council. Voters will have the option of voting for one OR two of the following, incumbent Linda Hayes, Dale Whitfield and James Foriest. All are four year terms. I believe that early voting started this weekend. You might want to check with the election office in Charlotte for the details. It is my understanding there will be a mayoral debate this Thursday night at the William James Middle School. If you are happy with how things are going support those currently serving, if not, you have some choices for change. But if you want to have a voice in your government, make sure to cast your votes. That way you have every right to complain! SO don't forget to vote early and vote often!

Send A Message To Our Troops
Thanks to Donna for the link!

3/17/03
ST PADDY'S DAY

Not much to say this time folks, just sincere St. Patrick's Day best wishes and a coupla links to some nice Irish blessings. And remember we are ALL a lil bit Irish on this day. Enjoy these and have a very happy and safe day o' the green everybody.
May God Keep You

Ancient Irish Prayer

Top O'the Mornin Smack!

Go n-éirí an bóthar leat
Go raibh an ghaoth go brách ag do chúl
Go lonraí an ghrian go te ar d'aghaidh
Go dtite an bháisteach go mín ar do pháirceanna
Agus go mbuailimid le chéile arís,
Go gcoinní Dia i mbos A láimhe thú.

May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.
Traditional Gaelic Blessing

Thats about it for now, but as this next week comes to us and with the threat of War ever so close do remember Our Armed Forces & their families, pray hard for them & peace for all the world. As always thanks to every one of you for reading and writing in. Blessings be upon you all.


2/5/03
BLUFWATCH PAGE IS FOUR YEARS OLD TODAY

Today, February 5, 2003 marks the 4th anniversary since the start of this web page, Blufwatch. I want to first thank all of you who read the page, write in to the message board, those who have linked their website to Blufwatch, those who have submitted items for the updates, the poetry page, the ghost & legend section, and so much more. Thanks also to the folks who have sent me emails after reading the page. I really enjoy doing the page, it is fun and keeps me off the streets (well some of the time anyway). But having all of you adding to the page and supporting it, just makes it that much more enjoyable. I do hope to even more content to the page in the future and really would love to have more items sent in, poetry, stories, news, humor, etc, are always appreciated. Reflecting over the last four years, and the time seems in many respects to have flown by, but so much has happened, not only on here, but also in all our lives. I have met so many new friends, and renewed old friendships, that alone makes it all worthwhile. I know during that time we have buried loved ones, welcomed newborns, seen new loves bloom, old ones fade, marriages begin, end and endure. The nation has faced many hardships, from a downturn in the economy, to the election controversy in 2000, numerous natural disasters, the terrorist attacks of September 11, our troops going to Afghanistan, the recent Shuttle explosion, the apparent coming war with Iraq, and so many more I can not begin to list them all here. I know all our lives have changed, as they always seem to do, and probably always will. The best perhaps we can do, is to hold tight to the good times, the best memories, and to those we love and to endure and get past the sad times, the bad times, and bad people as quickly as possible. Thank you all again, especially my family and friends, for all the help and support with the page, and just putting up with me in general. Blessings on you all, please pray for our soldiers who are facing war and their families, and pray for peace for all the world.

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR "FIELD OF DREAMS" PLAYGROUND

Do you have a wonderful old family recipe or a new one that you have tried that is just delicious? Or perhaps your young ones have a cute but maybe not so edible recipe she or he would like to share with the town? Also for all you who love the links, now you can get out on the course and at the same time help raise much needed funds for the “Field Of Dreams” playground. Well then, read this message from the good people working so hard to bring the “Field Of Dreams” into reality......READ MORE NOW!

IT'S HOLIDAY TIME IN THE BLUFF


'Tis the season, so the saying goes, and yes it is again indeed that. No matter what your core beliefs this time of year has to warm hearts and make life much easier to bear. To see the children making their lists and checking them twice and more. To the look on their faces when they sit in Santa's lap to the wonderment they exhibit when is heard a radar report of a Christmas Eve flying object approaching their town. All the way to the culmination in early morning bedlam that is Christmas Day. The wild scattering of paper and boxes and yelling and excitement makes all the time shopping and working to finance the sprees worthwhile. That and the hugs, make it all the more special. Yes, the holidays are first and foremost for the children. We in this nation and time of prosperity, should never forget that in this world and indeed in our own area there are those that go without, not only on December 25th, but day in and day out. To this observer that makes the efforts of charity organizations, churches and civic groups all the more special. Like the VFD here in White Bluff that does a great service to children who otherwise might have no gifts to the moms that search their closet for items to give their church or local groups to distribute to the needy. Far too often we have begun to rely on the government to do for us what we as neighbors, friends and fellow human beings should do without a second thought. A sack of groceries or a gift for a child can go along way to make someone's life better and to spread the joy that we should all be able to have at this time of the year. And if you can afford nothing to give, a kind word or a smile cost nothing and does so much. In these thoughts on holiday cheer, we should also note that this time of year can also be very sad to those who are lonely. I think this is the worse time of year for suicides. I suppose the sight of all the happiness around makes it even worse for those that no longer have the loved ones in their life they once did, or for those that have never found fulfillment they have sought in life. If you know someone like this or someone perhaps in a nursing home make a special effort to brighten their day and their outlook if you can. Be glad to live in this tiny little town, of White Bluff that is safe, and full of caring people. Celebrate your customs, hug your kids, thank your parents, keep close your friends, cherish all those you love, and be ever so grateful if you can say you are happy and loved, and try to make someone else feel the same way. Even though there are a multitude of names for the season, from ancient ones like Yuletide to new ones like Kwanzaa. The fact remains that most are celebrating the long ago birth of a little baby in the middle east, who when an adult taught a powerful message of love and forgiveness. The main ideas he put forth, no matter what religion you may have, are worthy ideals and common sense rules for living. And if you pray to him, ask him to remember our town and maybe even the old webmaster. Tell him Happy Birthday too.
Peace on Earth
{the above was reprinted from 1999, I was reading back for ideas and found this one still says what I want to say, especially the Peace On Earth part. Bless us all everyone.}

11/28/02
HAPPY THANKSGIVING
I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you can share it with all of your loved ones, if not in person, at least in your hearts. We should all be able to think of so many things to be thankful for, I know I can. Not the least of which is my family and friends. Thanks so very much to all of you for reading and writing to the page. This update is intentionaly short so I can get a head start on all day munching! Instead of my rambling on here is a nice link that includes a good telling of Thanksgiving History & Traditions.
Blessings on all of you.

11/6/02
ELECTION REVIEW
Dateline White Bluff & Frog Pond: In statewide and local races last night: Democrat Phil Bredesen eased by Van Hilleary in the Governor's race. Republican Lamar Alexander defeats Bob Clement for US Senate. Democrat John Tanner is now our US Congressman. Democrat State Senator Doug Jackson was re-elected over James Brasfield, and Democrat State Rep David Shepard was re-elected over the GOP's Dennis Shane Bryant.

The two constitutional questions on the ballot not only had to get a majority of the votes, but needed to have at least 50% + 1 of the total votes cast in the race for Governor. Using that formula the lottery has passed by a fair margin, while the question that would allow an increase in fines for non jury trials did not get enough votes to become law. Check out the Tennessean online for more details. Hope you all had a chance to vote, and make your voice heard. Take care out there White Bluff and all points beyond.

11/5/02
ELECTION DAY, VETERANS DAY, HOLIDAYS, 100,000 HITS & THISnTHAT
Hi folks, as you all know, today, Tuesday November 5th is election day. I think the readers of this page stay well informed. No not because of what I have to say, but from the messageboard comments, from the people I talk to personally and from emails I receive. So please folks use the privilege you have and vote. We are electing a Governor, US Senator, US Rep, State Senator and State Representative. As well as voting on two state constitution questions, question one will be on the state lottery and question two will be to allow unrestricted fines in court cases that do not allow the defendant a jury. We all love to complain if we don't like how things are going with the government, lord knows I do that everyday. So make sure your complaints have validity, and vote so you can at least say I tried to make a difference. And if you cannot find a candidate on the ballot you can support, ask for a write-in ballot and cast one for someone else. I personally wish the option was available at times to vote for NOTA (none of the above). I think that would win more often that you might expect, and might just send a message to the career politicians. I won't endorse anyone personally on here this time, as that has proved the kiss of death for more than one candidate in the past. I will ask you to try to vote for someone you trust with your money, because as we all know they have plenty of our money already and always seem to come for more. And maybe even more important try to elect someone you trust to guard your freedoms, in everyway. Someone that will not trample the Bill of Rights and Constitution. Because if we don't have our liberty and personal freedoms, our money is not worth very much is it? I feel like 90% of the polititians in the major partys have let us down. Even the well intentioned ones, seem to become overwhelmed when they get in power, or too indebted to big money special interests. So consider well who you decide to vote for. There are some good people out there, who sometimes don't get heard, we just have to seek them out and elect them.


Veterans Day is indeed next Monday the 11th, remember and never forget the sacrifice of those brave people and their families. That right there is reason enough to GO VOTE. These people fought and died for our liberty, and the rights we have, including voting. We should honor them by taking advantage of these freedoms and never relinquishing the hard won liberties we have. Our Veterans are heros and a blessing to all of us.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Halloween. My family really did and I also enjoyed a trip to the video store and firehall, many exceptional looking outfits to be seen all around town, not to mention some EXOTIC WOMEN? The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are now fast approaching, and this is a very special time of the year. It should be filled with sharing, friendship, peace and love. I wish that for each of you.
The local football seasons are winding down, and I have had reports on great success for both the Bulldogs and Bomber teams as well as their cheerleaders. Way to go gang, keep up the great work! The William James Middle School Colonel's had a super season ending victory over cross county and previously undefeated Charlotte, that is always sweet. The new Creekwood HS Red Hawks as well as DCHS Cougars have had good success this season also, congrats go out to them on their hard work. Wow its almost time for Basketball, can ya believe it?

HEY, I was checking the page counter and it looks like sometime this week or next it will go over 100,000 that is in less than 4 years. I think that is great especially for a page dedicated to a town the size of White Bluff. I want to thank you all very much for reading the page and supporting it by posting messages, writing in words of encouragement and sending in content for the various sections. This is truly intended to be a page for all of you. Thanks again everyone, I mean that. Blessings on you all.

10/6/2002
SHORT NOTES ON PLAYGROUNDS, MUFFLERMEN, & VARIOUS OTHER ITEMS
It has been almost a month since the last update, so I thought I would share a few short items. First of all, some good news, the "Field Of Dreams" playground project has been approved by the Town Council to be built at the Community Center lower ballfield. Hopefully to be completed by next fall, when the new ball fields should be ready for use at the Veterans Park. You can read all about the playground at this blufwatch link Field Of Dreams Also since the last update a few pictures from White Bluff's past were added to the page, check them out at White Bluff History & Pictures I hope many of you will send in some of your old area photos, or pictures of townsfolk you would like to see on the webpage. Speaking of photos, a recent topic of conversation on the message board has been the notorious Mufflerman Incident. Apparently he was spirited away from his pedastal in the middle of town and wound up very near the town red light, hanging around if you will. LOL, this story tickled me even before I found out who did the deed. And even moreso afterwards. If you want to see a picture of the subject check out this link MufflerManX Lets see what else? School is out for the next couple of weeks, the new schedule and all, have fun kids, parents get ready! Halloween, one of, if not the best holiday of the year is coming up fast AND the off year national election is about a month away. I don't which scares me the most! This election will have lots of close races with the results having great ramifications for us all. There is so much going on in the world today, everything we do has an effect on our future and that of our children. But I will forego the heavy topics this time around, we all can use a break from the hard news. Ok thats it for this time, thanks again for reading my stuff and writing in to the page.

9/11/02

SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS ONE YEAR AGO, WE WILL NEVER FORGET
The events of last September 11, for most of us were the single biggest national tragedy of our lifetimes. And even for those that survived WW2 and other conflicts, the events of this one day, shown live on TV, have become forever etched in all our minds, hearts and souls. No doubt more prayers were offered, hugs given and hearts searched in the days following September 11, one year ago, than have been in many years. I know we will never forget that day. And even if it fades from being a constant reminder, it will only take one word, one thought, one image to bring it all rushing back. But we owe it to the victims, their families, our future generations and ourselves to never forget what happened that day. I have little else to offer on the subject that has not been said by people much more eloquent than myself. Just remember to hug your loved ones today, remember how lucky we all are to be alive and here in this country. We may not be perfect in America, but we are free and the best thing going, and we will never give up either one! Here are a couple of links I thought you all might enjoy. One is a recitation by John Wayne and the other a slide show tribute to the memory of what happened one year ago today. Both take a minute or two to load, but are worth the wait.
John Wayne's Pledge
God Bless America/A Tribute For September 11
Thank to each of you for reading and writing in, love, peace and blessings on all of you.


WHITE BLUFF'S OWN TENNESSEE ATTACHMENT CO., INC. DISPLAYS
AMERICAN PRIDE!

8/29/02
THIS 'n' THAT
Hi Folks, just few short notes on various items. This Labor Day Weekend up at the Community Center there will be a carnival for kids, also several local bands are performing, including the "Blue Moose", a 5K walk/run on Monday morning, BBQ will also be on sale, and many other events. This is all to raise money for the Veterans Park fund, which has recently received a matching grant for up to 100 thousand dollars. So go out and have some fun for a good cause.

In addition there are lots of activites going on in town to help develop a playground for the children of the area. With local kids helping do the designing, and local folks raising the funds. Sounds like a great idea. I had a post on the messageboard letting us know representatives will be at the September Town Council Meeting with some propsals on this.

If you read the messageboard you will also have seen some discussions on recent breakins in the area, including my parents home. I urge you all to take care to lock your doors, and do anything else you think prudent to protect your property and valubles. Even with homeowners insurance there are many things that just can't be replaced.

White Bluff now has a new member of its Fire Department. As yet not named, but he is a pretty Dalmation that was rescued from the pound by the local firemen to serve at the firehall. Many local businesses and groups have donated money and items to help with the costs. If you would like to read the story and see some pictures that were in the Herald about the firedog you can follow this link. White Bluff's New Fireman

Also schools are now open and going strong, so do be carefull in areas around the schools and bus stops. Local football is getting started. The Colonels, Bulldogs, Bombers and the new high school's Red Hawks are all doing well, so get out and support all the players and the cheerleaders when you can.
As you can tell the summertime is slow for me doing updates and for the internet in general I think. You can always go to the messageboard for the latest goings on Thats it for this time folks, as always thanks for reading and writing in. Be safe and take care out there.

8/2/01
EARLY ELECTION RESULTS
Quick Election Update Dickson County Races. Sorry I did not get these on the page last night, I had several folks write in and ask about the results

County Executive- It was a very tight race that was not decided until the paper ballots were counted, and that was what put the winner over the top.

With around 10,000 votes cast it was so very close with Linda Frazier over Buddy Tidwell by about 50 votes both had just over 3000 votes. Bob Stone third with just over 2000 and J Dan Buckner last, with around 1900 votes.

Local School Board, and I am very proud of how well our local candidates did, especially Linda Russell and Joe Bennett who wrote into the page. We did get one local candidate elected, Traci Hayes Williams, congrats to her, now the folks in the bluff will have someone to talk for them on the board.

On the northside WH Batey of Charlotte edged out Linda Russell 565 to 531, with Creeping Stuart at 448. The White Bluff box went for the local candidates and the Charlotte one for Batey. Good Job Linda.

Traci Williams won her race with 665 to 428 for Coach Joe Bennett, they both did well in White Bluff and better than usual for White Bluff candidates in Dickson. Boyd and Hall had 358 and 285 in that order. Congrats to Traci, good job Joe!

Gale Larkins was reelected in the 5th with 293 to 221 for Buckwheat Corlew, Spook Spann was third with 180, Hank Freeman had 98. Congrats to Gale.

Burns resident Jewell Loggins reelected in the 12th with 408, to 331 for Sanders and 281 for Vance Smith.

County Wide Races, around 10,000 total votes cast in these.
Glynda Pendegrass was elected Trustee in tight 4 way race

Pam Myatt won Circuit Court Clerk by about 300 hundred over Jenny Bledsoe

Jasper McEwen won over McVoy 2-1 in the road superintendant race.

Tom Wall was unopposed for Sheriff as was Jackie Farthing for Registar.

In other county area races, incumbant Commissioners who lost were Judy Wilson, Keith Gilmore, BJ Stokes, Linda Hayes and Todd Peeler.

Newly elected commissoners include, Robert Wetterau, Gary Suggs, Donald Corlew, W.H. England, and Danny Tidwell.

Returning commissioners will be, Virgina Gray, Stacy Batey, Booty Reed, Jewell Loggins, Gale Larkins, and JB Smith.

State wide races Phil Bredesen will face Van Hilleray for Governor. Bob Clement vs. Lamar Alexander for US Senate.

Congratulations to the ones win or lose, who ran so well and so hard. Have a great day everyone, MORE ELECTION STUFF LATER

7/29/02
ELECTION DAY THIS THURSDAY, VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN

Hello sports fans. It election time in Tennessee and in White Bluff. This coming Election Day can serve as a memory test for the voters of Dickson County. As you vote this Thursday I would ask you to recall the feelings of shock, distrust and betrayal you had last fall when the Dickson County Commission once again raised your property taxes. This was on top of a sales tax hike that at the time we were promised would hold property taxes down. (Remember that myth?) If Election Day had followed the tremendous property tax hike of 2001, how many would have been re-elected to the commission or school board? I won’t pretend to tell you for whom you should cast your votes, but I would ask you to scan your memory banks or go to the County Clerks office and check how your commissioners and school board member voted on the tax and budget issues last year and before. I would recommend the voters in Mr. Gilmore, Mr. Reed, Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Hayes, County Executive candidate Tidwell, and any other incumbents districts to check and see if they represented your wishes during tax votes and discussions. If you talk to any incumbents don’t be misled by any claims of “we did not raise taxes this year”. Ask the brave souls how they voted when it was NOT an election year. I don’t know enough about all the new people running to recommend them individually, but I do think the voters should really consider replacing the vast majority of those in office today. This would be a good idea until the elected start to get the idea we don’t want larger government and more spending. There is always a few who stick to their guns and continue to represent the people, not special interests, but they are few and far between. But it seems all too easy for many to be drawn into a fund everything mentality. Apparently as some of the elected start dealing day to day with the people who send in the budgets or whose work depends on the budget, they become more advocates for them than they do the general public. Can everything that is requested budget wise be essential? Is it always a crisis? We are told how everything keeps going up so we must spend more. When in reality the rate of inflation has been at all time lows, check that with the speed of your tax increases. When your fuel expenses increase or your water bill skyrockets does your employer automatically give you a raise to cover those costs, or do you have to cut somewhere else? Did you get a 5% raise this year; did the people at Red Kap? So as you go to the polls, if you are able to afford the gas tax to get there, keep in mind your income, property, sales, cigarette, death, beer, highway, excise, luxury, inheritance, sin taxes, and all the others too numerous to list, then try to imagine how they could ever claim they don’t have enough of your money. How long before Freedom itself becomes taxed? Or, and think about it folks, maybe it already is. Then if that does not make you dizzy or sick to your stomach, remember these words of Thomas Jefferson “We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt.” Then consider that in spite of all the taxes you pay, your local county government is STILL almost 100,000,000.00 in debt. Then vote to take your government and your money back, vote for change, it has to be better than keeping the status quo.

An added note for folks here in White Bluff, you have an opportunity to elect two school board members, quality local candidates are running in each separate district where as now we have no representation. Also the number of County Commissioners has been cut in half, if you feel comfortable in the local candidates there, it would probably be wise to try to elect someone from our hometown as well. The rural areas of the county are already way outnumbered by Dickson politicans. So take the chance you have to put some NEW & LOCAL voices on the both the School Board and County Commission. But most of all folks get out and exercise your right to VOTE! Thanks again for reading the page, for sending in comments and submissions for the website. Stay safe and cool, its hot out there. Also don't forget schools open later this week, allow time for travel through school zones and watch out for the children.

6/27/02
JULY 4TH, HAPPY BIRTHDAY U.S.A


I hope this update finds all of you well and enjoying the summer. I post this a few days early, as I am getting ready for a few days off from work, and maybe even a few days of relaxation. As the 4th of July holiday approaches all of us here in White Bluff and all across this great nation, I wanted to share a few thoughts about the men who gave us that very first 4th of July in 1776. They did not just proclaim their independence, they fought, sacrificed and died for it. Some of the following came in a mailing I received at work, thanks mom, and other parts from internet sources.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Who were these "super-patriots"? Most were well-educated, prosperous businessmen and professionals. Two dozen were lawyers or judges; nine were farmers or plantation owners; eleven were merchants. Among them were also physicians, politicians, educators, and a minister; several were sons of pastors.
On July 4, 1776, delegates to the Continental Congress voted to accept the declaration of Independence in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. On August 2, fifty-six men signed their names to the historic document, giving birth to a new nation as they declared their independence from Great Britain. Here is the documented fate of that gallant fifty-six.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts and died in rags.
Thomas Nelson, Jr., of Virginia, raised $2 million to supply our French allies by offering his property as collateral. Because he was never reimbursed by the struggling new government, he was unable to repay the note when it came due – wiping out his entire estate. In the final battle of Yorktown, Nelson urged George Washington to fire on his own home as it was occupied by British General Cornwallis. Nelson’s home was destroyed, leaving him bankrupt when he died.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Vandals and enemy soldiers looted the properties of Bartlett, Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Gwinnet, Walton, Heward, Rutledge, and Middleton; the latter four captured and imprisoned.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
After signing the Declaration, Richard Stockton, a State Supreme Court Justice, rushed back to his estate near Princeton in an effort to save his wife and children. Although he and his family found refuge with friends, a Tory betrayed him. Judge Stockton was pulled from bed in the night and beaten by British soldiers. Then he was jailed and deliberately starved. After his release, with his home burned and all of his possessions destroyed, he and his family were forced to live on charity.
John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. Their thirteen children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.
Lewis Morris and Philip Livingston suffered fates similar to Hart’s.
John Hancock, one of the wealthiest men in New England, stood outside Boston one terrible evening of the war and said, "Burn, Boston, though it makes John Hancock a beggar, if the public good requires it." He lost most of his fortune during the war, having given over $100,000 to the cause of freedom. Caesar Rodney, Delaware statesman, was gravely ill with facial cancer. Unless he returned to England for treatment, his life would end. Yet Rodney sealed his fate by signing the Declaration of Independence. He was one of several who fulfilled their pledge with their lives.
In all, five of the fifty-six were captured by the British and tortured. Twelve had their homes ransacked, looted, confiscated by the enemy, or burned to the ground. Seventeen lost their fortunes. Two lost their sons in the army; another had two sons captured. Nine of the fifty-six lost their lives in the war, from wounds or hardships inflicted by the enemy. It is important to remember that despite the hardships, not a single one of them defected or failed to honor his pledge. They paid their price and freedom was born.

Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education strengthened by the love and support of equally courageous women. They had security and love, but they valued liberty for their families more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged:
"For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."
They gave each of us a free and independent America.
The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't just fight the British. We were British subjects, or secondary citizens, at that time and we fought our own government! Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't.

Remember: Freedom is never free.
It's hard to fathom what these people did so long ago. Ask yourself: Could you sign your own death warrant in the name of freedom? Could you sign your children's death warrant? Could you stand to loose all that you had worked so hard for in the name of a dream, not even a guarantee, of freedom for your family and your neighbors? In these modern days, I doubt that such bravery, vision and thirst for freedom exists. We have become a society of takers believing that comfort is a given. In fact, our freedoms of today are as a direct result of these men and women, our forefathers, making a collective stand in the face of certain death in order to establish our birthright........freedom.

So friends, try and take a few minutes while enjoying (and I hope you all have a great holiday) your 4th of July and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid. I know a lot of you will be traveling in the next few days and weeks, so please be safe and have a good time. Come back to the bluff rested, tanned or just rejuvinated and ready for the rest of the year. Stay cool out there and blessings on you all, see ya next time!

6/16/02

HAPPY FATHERS DAY

Happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there. And a special thanks to mine for helping me so much and for putting up with me all these years. The debts that we owe our dads we can never really repay to them. We can just try to pass all they have given us in so many ways, down to our own children. Thanks Dad. Instead of all of you having to read my too oft boring words, I thought I would share with you a few quotes concerning fathers.

"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years." -- Mark Twain

"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters." -- English Proverb

"I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work fifteen and sixteen hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example." -- Mario Cuomo former governor of New York

"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a fathers protection." --Sigmund Freud

"To her the name of father was another name for love."-- Fanny Fern

"My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising boys." --Harmon Killebrew

"Dad, a son's first hero, a daughter's first love"--anonymous

"Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!" -- Lydia M. Child

Enjoy the Day with your dad, if you are blessed enough to still have him with you then take time to visit him if you can, and if he has gone on in his life's journey, them take time to visit him in your heart and soul.

5/27/2002

MEMORIAL DAY HISTORY

This history is taken from various internet sources, Memorial Day means many things to many people, whatever it means to you, I hope you find the day full of wonderful memories of those that have gone before and who sacrificed for us and our future.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. There are many stories as to its actual beginnings, with over two dozen cities and towns laying claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day. There is also evidence that organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War: a hymn published in 1867, "Kneel Where Our Loves are Sleeping" by Nella L. Sweet carried the dedication "To The Ladies of the South who are Decorating the Graves of the Confederate Dead" (Source: Duke University's Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920).

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress in 1968 to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional, separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis' birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia is the nation's largest national cemetery. Not only are members of the armed forces buried here; astronauts, explorers and other distinguished Americans have all been honored with a special place here. President John F. Kennedy is buried in a spot overlooking Washington, D.C..
Here in the early hours of the Friday morning before Memorial Day, soldiers of the Third U.S. infantry walk along the rows of headstones. Each soldier stops at a headstone, reaches to a bundle of flags he is carrying, pulls one out and pushes it into the ground. These soldiers are part of a special regiment. the Old Guard. Most consider it a privilege to place flags on the more than two hundred thousand graves of soldiers who served in the wars or who died in them. "They have done their job," said one soldier, "and now it's my turn to do mine."

It is also a day for personal remembrance. Families and individuals honor the memories of their loved ones who have died. Church services, visits to the cemetery, flowers on graves or even silent tribute mark the day with dignity and solemnity. It is a day of reflection. However, to many Americans the day also signals the beginning of summer with a three-day weekend to spend at the beach, in the mountains or at home relaxing.

So, White Bluff, and friends and readers everywhere, be safe on this holiday, enjoy yourselves. But take a moment or two to remember all the ones that are no longer in this life with us, but still influence us and matter so very much to us, for the sacrifice, life and love they gave, and still continue to give.

5/17/2002 "PLUCK"? BUTTERCUP?

For details on the latest regarding the towns trash pickup service and "Buttercup", the popular eyelashed garbage truck, read Sissy's letter of the 17th in the messagebook.
Blufwatch Messageboard
If you are concerned, make your feelings known to White Bluff city government. Also, just a random thought, but according to my sources numerous complaints have been made, so why are they having so much trouble getting a traffic sign on Shady Oak Drive? Maybe the good folks over there should ask for a guardrail, certain sections of town seemingly get those easily enough.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LISA!!!

5/12/2002

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY WHITE BLUFF TN
(and all you other folks too!)

To follow is a history of Mother's Day, all taken from web sources, not my noggin. The earliest Mother's Day celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. During the 1600's, England celebrated a day called "Mothering Sunday". Celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent (the 40 day period leading up to Easter*), "Mothering Sunday" honored the mothers of England.

During this time many of the England's poor worked as servants for the wealthy. As most jobs were located far from their homes, the servants would live at the houses of their employers. On Mothering Sunday the servants would have the day off and were encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers. A special cake, called the mothering cake, was often brought along to provide a festive touch.

As Christianity spread throughout Europe the celebration changed to honor the "Mother Church" - the spiritual power that gave them life and protected them from harm. Over time the church festival blended with the Mothering Sunday celebration . People began honoring their mothers as well as the church.

In the United States Mother's Day was first suggested in 1872 by Julia Ward Howe (who wrote the words to the Battle hymn of the Republic) as a day dedicated to peace. Ms. Howe would hold organized Mother's Day meetings in Boston, Mass ever year.

In 1907 Ana Jarvis, from Philadelphia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother's Day. Ms. Jarvis persuaded her mother's church in Grafton, West Virginia to celebrate Mother's Day on the second anniversary of her mother's death, the 2nd Sunday of May. By the next year Mother's Day was also celebrated in Philadelphia.

Ms. Jarvis and her supporters began to write to ministers, businessman, and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother's Day. It was successful as by 1911 Mother's Day was celebrated in almost every state. President Woodrow Wilson, in 1914, made the official announcement proclaiming Mother's Day as a national holiday that was to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.

While many countries of the world celebrate their own Mother's Day at different times throughout the year, there are some countries such as Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium which also celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May.

To close I just wanted to wish all the moms out there a very special and Happy Mothers Day. Each Mom is a special blessing, not only to her children, but also to those that get to know the children of the moms and see the wonderous job they have done. Here is poem that dates to the turn of the century (the one before last that is) it says it much better than I am able to do.

M - O - T - H - E - R

"M" is for the million things she gave me,
"O" means only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her heart of purest gold;
"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
"R" means right, and right she'll always be,

Put them all together, they spell
"MOTHER,"
A word that means the world to me.

If you are blessed to still have your mom close by, give em a big hug today. And for all you guys that goes for just as much for the mother of your children. Take care out there everyone. See ya next time. 2/5/2002

BLUFWATCH PAGE IS THREE YEARS OLD TODAY

Lisa sent in a message to the guestbook with a reminder on this being the third anniversary of the start of the page. So first let me say, this means I am really getting old! The page has had a quite a few changes over the last three years, but for me the very best part is hearing from everyone that signs in to the guestbook or emails, to give us news, info, humor, or just to drop in to visit and enjoy White Bluff via the web. Lots of people have added ideas and others have submitted items, written poems and sent photos for the page. And of course Lisa and Ryne have been a very big help with the page and helped keep it going. Also at the top of the list of good things concerning the page are new found friends and old ones rediscovered. Those and numerous other things make doing this fun. I don't know how long the page will last but I didn't have any idea it would still be going 3 years later. I just checked the page counter and over 73,000 to date, much more than I ever expected. So a big thanks to everyone else for making the page what it is. You guys are great.

1/25/02
MORE TAXES OR AS GOMER SAYS..SURPRISE SURPRISE SURPRISE

One of the posts on the message board today mentioned a story in todays local paper regarding a NEW increase in Dickson County's property tax. Are we happy with this, nooo are we surprised, NOOO. So the following is part of the post I mentioned and then my response. Do I think my reponse was so impressive that I needed to put it on the front page? Nope, but I did want to get the word out on the latest round of taxes and being rather lazy, even moreso on Fridays, I figured just copying it and putting here would save time, and thusly get me on the couch for a nap that much quicker. So here ya go.

Louie: i have not had much to say lately. but any that read todays dickson county hair oiled will see our county is sticking it to us again. raising the land tax another 9 cents. arent we lucky to have them to spend our money.

BLUFNOTE:Hey there Louie, it has been a while, good to hear from you. Yes I read that today as well. I hesitate to even read the paper anymore as its seems this or that tax is getting raised. This new property tax is of course on top of the 42 cent increase they already stuck us with this fiscal year during last falls during the budget meetings. Not to mention the sales tax hike, that many of us fought, that was voted in. You all remember that one don't you? The sales tax that we were told that if we voted for it was going to keep property taxes down! hahahaha.(a good depressing account of last summers tax attacks is in the past update archives if you wish to read them ) Admittedly I am not an expert in our local government, but I was not aware they could just hike the property tax at any time of the year. It seems they do what they want, when they want. This new tax is for a school in Vanleer and renovation in Charlotte. Are they needed? I don't know, but I do know this country is in a recession, more and more people are getting laid off each day, yet our county government deems it necessary to constantly dig further and deeper in our pockets. Is there a line to be drawn on taxes? When will it end? It won't unless the people that can vote do vote and make the ones that are voting for these tax increases, and the ones spending the money accountable. Thanks for the post Louie and for getting me agitated for the weekend, have a good one yourself.

12/30/01
HAPPY NEW YEAR WHITE BLUFF, TENNESSEE & 'ROUND THE WORLD
A short message this time. Just want to wish you all the very best for the coming New Year. I hope this is the very best year you ever had, up to now that is, and that they only get even better afer that. If you have some resolutions, I hope you can stick to the ones that are good for you, and have fun breaking all the other ones, just kidding. The close of the old year is a good time to reflect on our blessings, shortcomings and look forward to the future, let us all do that in a positive way toward ourselves and others. Have fun on your New Year's Eve, in whatever way you chose to celebrate, just be safe and make sure you are here with us for the New Year. Thanks to all of you for reading and for writing in, blessings to all of you.

11/11/01

VETERANS DAY

Sunday, the 11th of November will mark Veterans Day, here in White Bluff and across our nation. With the terrorist attacks of 9/11/01 and our troops now deployed in harms way it really goes without me saying that we should be reminded more than ever of the sacrifices made by our American Veterans, in ALL the wars, actions, and tours of duty in which they have served us so well. So too all of them I say,
"THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COUNTRY!!!!"

Tomorrow, the annual Veterans Day parade will be held in Nashville, on Broadway. If you have never attended one of these, I encourage you to do so. Even at times when patriotism is not running this high, it is still a very impressive event that evokes pride in this nation and those that serve it so well. I believe the start time is 2:00pm, but do check that in the local paper to make sure I am correct, and for exact locations of the route.
The following is a history Veterans Day, special thanks to information furnished from the VFW, and to Doc's grahics for some of the images used in this update.

In 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This site, on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River and the city of Washington, became the focal point of reverence for America's veterans.

Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in each nation's highest place of honor (in England, Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe). These memorial gestures all took place on November 11, giving universal recognition to the celebrated ending of World War I fighting at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). The day became known as "Armistice Day".

Armistice Day officially received its name in America in 1926 through a Congressional resolution. It became a national holidiay 12 years later by similar Congressional action. If the idealistic hope had been realized that World War I was "the War to end all Wars," November 11 might still be called Armistice Day. But only a few years after the holiday was proclaimed, war broke out in Europe. Sixteen and one-half million Americans took part. Four hundred seven thousand of them died in service, more than 292,000 in battle.

Armistice Day Changed To Honor All Veterans

Realizing that peace was equally preserved by veterans of WW II and Korea, Congress was requested to make this day an occasion to honor those who have served America in all wars. In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day.

On Memorial Day 1958, two more unidentified American war dead were brought from overseas and interred in the plaza beside the unknown soldier of World War I. One was killed in World War II, the other in the Korean War. In 1973, a law passed providing interment of an unknown American from the Vietnam War, but none was found for several years. In 1984, an unknown serviceman from that conflict was placed alongside the others. To honor these men, symbolic of all Americans who gave their lives in all wars, an Army honor guard, The 3d U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), keeps day and night vigil.

A law passed in 1968 changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. It soon became apparent, however, that November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans. Therefore, in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date.

National Ceremonies Held at Arlington

The focal point for official, national ceremonies for Veterans Day continues to be the memorial amphitheater built around the Tomb of the Unknowns. At 11 a.m. on November 11, a combined color guard representing all military services executes "Present Arms" at the tomb. The nation's tribute to its war dead is symbolized by the laying of a presidential wreath. The bugler plays "taps." The rest of the ceremony takes place in the amphitheater.
Every year the President of the United States urges All Americans to honor the commitment of our Veterans through appropriate public ceremonies.

Thanks to all of your for readiung the page. Have a good rest of the weekend White Bluff, and blessings on all of you and our Nation.

10/30/01

HALLOWEEN

Tomorrow brings another Halloween holiday. One of my favorite times of the year. I know many don't feel in the celebration mood they might normally have at this time of the year. All the events of the terrorist attacks, the anthrax scares and other threats, tend to make us feel unsafe and unsure of what the future holds. I am sure there are many that look on Halloween and the upcoming holiday season as a time that we might be attacked or to just stay home and be extra cautious.

But the way I look at it is, that is exactly what the ones who want to terrorize us want to happen. If they get us to change the way we live and stop enjoying the things we enjoyed, then they have really already won. They can't bring an army over here and defeat us, even as evil and wrong minded as they are, they have to know that. But if they can get us to hide in fear of them or what they might do, or to give in just to get them to go away, well that is victory for them. The sort of victory that is like blackmail. Because once they know its effective they will continue it without end.

So I say go out and enjoy Halloween. We can't know if some bad things will happen or not here and there. But even an attack of some sort comes tomorrow or in the coming days, we need to go right on and enjoy Thanksgiving and then Christmas and on and on. Yes we need to be vigilante and yes we should take extra care in how we do things, but we must continue to live our lives. On Halloween there are many things the kids can enjoy safely, take them to places you know, like the Firehall haunted house here in White Bluff, Sissy at White Bluff Video announced they would be expecting the kids to drop by there as well, and I am sure many other businesses here in town will be doing the same. And of course we all have friends and/or family we can take the children to trick or treat. Places we know we can trust. Those are always good and safe ideas, even before the terrorist threats came into our lives. I know the people of America and White Bluff are not going to surrender to the criminals that want us to hide in fear. The ones fighting the war for us over there won't hide, our leaders won't hide and neither will we. Why? Because we are Americans, we know what freedom, liberty and happiness is, and we damn sure ain't gonna give it up because of some maniacs hiding in a hole, or some other fools mailing poison or baby powder in a envelope. No we won't forget what the criminals have done to our country. But we also won't give in or give up what we have because we owe it to the memory of the ones that founded this nation, to the ones that fought for it in so many wars and we owe it to our children, to keep the American ideal of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness going strong. So go out, have fun, watch out for the kids crossing the streets, for rotten pumpkins, for airborn rolls of TP, for belly aches from too much candy, for tipped outhouses and have a great Halloween! and oh yeah

BOO!!!!

10/4/01

THOUGHTS ON THE COMING STUGGLES

It has been over three weeks since the Attack on America. While the stunning images still haunt us, some of the numbness is now wearing off and an even deeper pain is settling in our nation as a whole. No doubt this country has rallied together beyond what anyone would have expected it could just a month ago. The American Spirit has once again proved unwavering in the face of adversity. Our nations leaders have taken on the responsibilty in such a fashion that many perhaps did not think them capable of. Let us hope they continue to follow through and take out the terrorist who attacked us. I think with all the images of terror that will surely stay in our minds eye for the rest of our lives, there is no other way to regain the sense of peace and security we had before 9/11/01 than to eradicate all the terrorist responsible for the attack. Keeping that in mind, lets hope our leaders can accomplish this with as little suffering as possible for innocent lives both here and elsewhere. No the terrorist don't think that way or care who they hurt. And yes we will do what we have to do to prevail but we can and will defeat them, WITHOUT becoming like them. We need not let a few thugs terrorize the entire world, or plunge us into a World War, a "Holy" War, for that is just what they want to happen. So yes we can be efficent and effective, yet humane and not savage, except to the ones that would savage us. Also lets not let our country put aside any liberties on its citizens that we have now, I do say we restrict the illegals and the criminals, but not become prisoners of fear ourselves in our own nation. That too is the terrorist hope, to make us so afraid we will lock ourselves away from our lifestyles and freedoms, as they have already caused the nations they occupy to do. The very reason we will win and prosper as a nation is because of, not in spite of our liberties and freedoms, those are the very reasons our people want to fight for and save our country. So yes the pain of our loss is now throbbing deep in our hearts and souls, we will long for the days of innocence we felt before that terrible day. But the pain and memories will inspire and remind us to go forward, to protect ourselves and our way of life, so that our children and their children can sleep soundly and have the same sense of safety and security, happiness and freedoms we enjoyed and will most certainly enjoy again

9/11/2001

AMERICA UNDER ATTACK
Not since Pearl Harbor has America been attacked in such a way as it was today. In fact the loss of life will be greater, as will the loss of our sense of safety and security. This time we were struck deep in the heart of our nation, with civilian targets. While perhaps no one could stop maniacal fanatics determined to die and take thousands with them, and no matter the reasons they did these things. We have been attacked, and the choice is now clear. We must FULLY punish the leaders of these movements. We owe it to ourselves our children and the future of our civilization to do so in such a way that the next time they think about attacking us, they will know the price will be severe and higher than they are willing to pay and make sure they are more afraid of what we will do, than any pleasure or reward they get from attacking America. If we do not, I fear that the next time the destruction will be worse. Instead of losing our freedom and becoming hostages of terror in our own country, we have to stop them while we are able. These terrorists are following the edicts of a warped version of their religion, truly desire the downfall of any other way of life, especially the western world. We are the great satan, those are their words, not mine. As I say they have warped their own teachings to the point they kill not love, murder not pray, massacre and destroy not build up in praise. No, I don't think all the people in the middle east are evil, in fact most followers of Islam are peaceful and think these terrorist are as evil as we do. I have said before that these extremist no more represent the teachings of Islam as Hitler did the tenets of Christianity. Our free and open society is utter evil to the terrorists and they think our freedom and liberty are are weakness, but on that point they are very WRONG. They have made the same mistake that the Japanese made 60 years ago. The sleeping giant is now awake and they have treaded on the wrong rattlesnake! We will win, AND defend our country there is no other option.

Pray for the people lost September 11, 2001 in the cowardly attacks on our nation. Pray for their families and the rescue workers. Pray for our leaders, our military and for our nation. Pray for justice to be served to the ones responsible. We trust and know our nation will survive as will and because of our freedoms and libertys. 9/10/01

PLANNING COMMISSION VISIT OR DRIVING DEPRESSED AROUND THE CEEBEE AND MCDONALDS

Tonight I attended a meeting of the White Bluff Planning Commission. The reasons I did so were, 1.) Ally McBeal is still in reruns, and 2.) I had heard they might reconsider the recent daycare decision.
I had also heard that the daycare people might be considering other options, and this must be the case as no one was there to represent them at the meeting. I did not realize the meeting would result in me driving around McDonalds and the CeeBee, wondering what the hell is going on and who really cares? The only items I actually heard mentioned were some sort of zoning request by the Spanns for some new development at the "greenfield". And something was presented about a carwash at the "jazz center". All in all a pretty boring meeting even for a local board.

Even though tonights meeting was of seemingly little importance it dawned on me, just how we are all pretty much unaware of who is making and why decisions are made that effect our lives, freedoms and choices everyday. And for the most part we don't even care, of course until it impacts our lives in some way. While nothing outragous happened at tonights meeting, these are some of the same people that recently decided that a daycare could not locate in certain areas of town, that virtually banned the locating of new single wide mobile homes in this rural town, and saved us from the moral downfalls associated with "adult books".
And as I sat and thought and then drove around our town rocking out to Steppenwolf, I pondered how all this happens with little or no notice. It happens a little at a time day by day and year by year. And no, I am not singling out the government here in White Bluff. This happens all over the country, in every little town and big city. Every state capitol and Washington D.C. And most of the people making these laws and rulings mean no harm. They feel it is expected of them, and most of us also think we need to be told what to do and how to do it in every aspect of our lives.
We have forgotten how to take responsibilty for ourselves and so we empower someone else to tell us what to do. We already have laws against just about every crime of violence, injury or theft, and plenty of taxes. How wonderful would it be for legislators, town councils, committees, commissions, congress, etc to meet and NOT pass more and more laws or taxes. But they always do don't they? Why? And most always when they do, you come out with a little less freedom, and a little less money.

I know this article is going on way too long and rambling, but just consider this one example of what I am getting at about how we lose freedoms from taxes and restricting our private property rights: When we have such high taxation of private real property, and the government has the power(I won't use the word "right")to tell you how and what you can do with your land, rezone it or outright seize it when they want for the "public good" do you really own your private property anymore? Doesn't all this actually makes the government the real owner of all lands and actually we just get to rent our homes and places of business from the them? In a really free society like the founders intended shouldn't the owners of property have the full right to control, use, dispose of, or in any manner enjoy, their property without interference, unless they directly infringe the valid rights of someone else? The government should have no power to regulate or ban the use of private property for the sake of personal tastes, riskiness, moral standards, profit loss estimates, or the promotion or restriction of economic growth.

Now this example only dealt with private property, there are numerous other examples( don't faint, I am not listing them) of how more and more laws and taxes are affecting our lives. But as for private property, what do you think is the most important piece of private property you have? It's you of course, your body, your mind, etc. And the rights given you by god, nature, however you term the source, such as freedom of speech, the right not to be a slave, liberty, happiness, etc are the greatest of property rights. There are those that will try to tell you what to do with your body, or what your mind can think. And while some may try to restrict or remove your rights from you, you still are entitled to them. No government nor any person gave them to you, you already had them. I can think of no greater diservice you can do to yourself or your children, than to deny yourself your rights. Ok I will shut up now(applause) leaving you with two quotes to ponder. Thanks for reading all this rant, that I had to write even if its not read by anyone else.

"A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you".-Ramsey Clark
"The people cannot delegate to government the power to do anything which would be unlawful for them to do themselves."- John Locke

9/5/01

DESPITE SALES TAX HIKE, MORE PROPERTY TAX AND TRASH FEES

Taxpayers & soon to be poorer citizens of Dickson County
I went to the Dickson County Commission Budget meeting tonight. I will try to detail why I think you are getting the shaft from some of your county officials.

1.) If you read the Dickson paper recently it was reported that at the last budget meeting, that the committee voted to give the schools .20 more on the property tax dollar. It was said in the meeting and the paper that if the SALES TAX passed then all the revenue from that, which would amount to about .9 on the property tax would go to schools and then to get to the .20 they would only need .11 from the property tax to equal the .20 total. Follow me so far?

2.) With that many people hoping to keep their property taxes lower, went and voted for the Sales tax, and it passed by about 500 votes out of 3500 total.

3.) Tonight, at the budget meeting, guess what happened? The school board came back and said no way could they live with only .20 total increase. Remember no one was trying to cut the schools funds, only to lower the amount of INCREASE. Their theory was they did not gain anything by the sales tax passing, because they got the same either way. But was not the main selling point just that? That if we passed the sales tax it would cut the property tax? So now you have the sales tax and another .20 increase in property tax just for the schools.

4.) But thats not all, while the budget committee did not increase the general county budget (highways, offices, etc) they did tack on another .23 to the property tax to cover debts from past years. The figure I hear is 135 million that we have to cover payments on each year.
So the total increase in property tax for this year alone, after adjustments for the higher tax appraisals is .43 Using the local papers figures each additional cent of property tax on a 100,000 house equals another 2.50 in property tax due, so .43 X 2.50 = $107 more a year. The same house would already have over $600 on property taxes.

5.) But wait, thats not all. If you have an electric meter hooked up to your home more good news. The committee also passed the "trash fee" of $7 a month for the landfill. That equals out to another $84 a year the county gets from you. The landfill was paid for by property tax. So they say we are saving on property tax this way(just like the sale tax huh)?. Notice they did not cut your property tax $84 dollars a year to show you this savings. I guess they would did not raise it as much. How sweet.

So if you total all this up, with the property tax, trash fees and the sales tax as well. You are easily could be out several hundred MORE dollars this year. And all predictions from the School Board and the Commission is that next year it will be worse.

I have been to about 10 meetings at the court house this summer. Usually between 15 and 25 people are in attendance. The last couple of meetings maybe 10 or 15 more showed up to complain about tax hikes. I think that helped, because they commissioners really did seem to be looking for areas to cut. So why did the committee do a back flip and decide to give the schools the .20 hike PLUS all the sales tax increase, plus the trash fee? Tonight there were maybe 200 people there, and 90 percent were school teachers or school employees, all pushing for more tax. This I think influenced the committee, and the decision to give in.

Now this still has to pass the entire Commission of 24 members. But the budget committee makes up 12 of that 24, and most of the votes on higher taxes passed tonight with 10 or 11 of 12 voting yes. So you can see they only need a very few votes from the remaining 12. I do think if enough people showed up and let their voice be heard against taxes, then some might change their vote. It sure worked tonight for the special interests groups. The final vote will be week after next, any of you that can should try to be there, if you can't, encourage others to show up. It might save you some money, I think you need more than they do. But if its 10 to 1 people over there again wanting more taxes, like the teachers were tonight, it will pass and they won't look back.

I know this was a long and probably confusing read, but that is about how those meetings are. I think they hope if we don't understand, then we will not complain. I hope they are wrong.

Thanks for taking the time to read all this.
(shameless plug)=you may have noticed a few new graphics, I also put some new ones on the ghost story and legends page.

9/1/01

SALES TAX PASSES, TURNOUT LOW

Last night the proposed Dickson County sales tax increase passed with 1949 voting for and 1470 against in unofficial returns.

Last November with a total of 13,000 + voters there were over 9,000 voters against and 3,000 voters for. Yes its quite a turnaround. Hard to believe that almost 9000 less people voted this time around, and the majority have now decided to tax themselves further. Or you can look at it this way, 3 times as many voted no last time than voted at all yesterday.

It seems the plan all along was to scare those who did vote into voting yes with threats of property tax, school cuts, more fees and appeals to shift tax to renters. Then counting on apathy they held the election in an otherwise non-election year which all but assured a low turnout, which always helps those with an agenda have a greater voice at a less crowded polling place. Plainly just too few who were opposed to the tax did not vote. The election registrar said as much in the Tennessean today. She said the she thought the teachers and their families probably all got out to vote. There are about 600 teachers in the county, add in their families and its not a stretch to get up to 1900 votes. Its too bad the ones against it did not get as fired up to go vote. Apathy and misinformation are indeed the best friends of those who never will get enough of our money.

I only hope this serves as a wakeup call for people to fight the property tax hike and the trash fees. Perhaps the ones that did not vote because they thought it would lose again, will now get going on these issues. On one good note, the sales tax did apparently NOT carry in White Bluff, in either polling place. I hope that at least sends a message to those in power here that some of us can see through the smoke and mirrors. Thanks to all of you who tried to get the vote out and keep our taxes down.

Anyone who is against more taxes in general should call and thank County Commissioner Maurice Stuart from White Bluff's 5th District, for fighting over spending and voting no on higher taxes whenever he gets a chance. He was also quoted in the Nashville paper on Friday and he said most people he talks to are tired of more taxes. And he thinks since we are 134 million in debt, we should quit spending. I agree. He is not my commissioner, but regardless of that and what some say about his age and attitude, he does represent me! I personally like his attitude and think his age serves him well, coming from a day and time where everything was not charged on credit. He is hinting that this may be his last term, and although he had a bout with his health earlier this year, he is looking good and is feisty as ever and still fighting against more spending. Some of you may not agree with all he says, but have no doubt that as long as he serves you can count on him not to raise spending or come after more of your money. Its too bad we cannot say the same of all our local or national elected officials.

8/17/01

SCHOOL FEES REQUIRED? YOU DECIDE

Tennessee Code 49-2-110: "..no fees or tuitions shall be required of any student as a condition to attending public school..". The TN Attorney General has opinioned that for a public school to withhold grades to collect debts violates "Due Process" of the U.S. 14th Amendment and a TN Constitutional mandate for a free public education.

This will be ran as an ad in the Dickson Shoppers Guide, next Tuesday. Also look for some anti-sales tax ads in there and the Dickson Shopper as well.

If you are concerned about the fee, you might want to save a copy of the law and the AG opinion, also Betty has suggested sending in teabags to the school board as well. Especially a good idea since they don't seem to want to hear from the public. Every person who should know something about this that I have contacted, outside of Dickson County that is, tells me it cannot be required or enforced. That however does not seem to faze anyone at the local school board. For us to have our rights, we must know our rights and demand them.

I attended the County Budget meeting last night. While the county is supposedly having a terrible budget problem ( in my opinion, spending problem). They were presented with a plan to purchase the building now housing the Gas Department, and move the Public Library there. At a cost of around 1.7 million. Also it was approved to designate 25 hours as sufficent for school bus drivers to be considered fulltime employees. This move was made so they can keep them on the countys health insurance. If mentioned, I did not hear what this cost is to the county. There are about 70 drivers. Other employees who are parttime will not be offered the health care plan. This will no doubt cause some problems, perhaps legal ones as well. The county is still considering a 7.00 a month charge on your electric bill to pay for the landfill. Don't hold your breath for them to cut your property tax if this is approved. But they will no doubt announce that they are saving you money by charging you the fee. Makes sense to me.
They did not take any action on the budget, so we are still looking at a hike of .88 in property tax. Once again they are waiting on the sales tax they endorsed. They are really pushing this, this is another tax they say will save you money. Uh-huh, sure. The sales tax will not stop a property tax increase or the school fees. That is the myth they are pushing to get you to agree to give them more money. I urge you all to make plans to go vote NO to the sales tax, August 30. Do you think they are suffering under the Sundquist syndrome, of thinking they know best what most people want, and that the ones who are against more taxes are really in the minority? Don't let them think you want more spending, send them a message that enough is enough.

"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."- Thomas Jefferson

8/8/01

ITS(was)FOR THE KIDS OR DAYCARE CENTERS NO MORE IN WHITE BLUFF

I usually do not update the page daily, however when it was brought to my attention that the White Bluff city government had blocked the location of a daycare center on White Bluff road, I thought it was needed. To follow you will find a post to the message board, from "Concerned Parent" and then my reply, I think this will give you a good idea of the situation and my views concerning the matter. You might be saying I just used the letter format because I am too lazy to write a new update, you would be correct. The daycare story was also featured in a report on Channel 4 News tonight at 6p.m. Also more comments concerning this matter on the messageboard.

CONCERNED PARENT: "It has been a long time since I had a good reason to sign the guestbook. Don't take this wrong, I enjoy the page and thanks for all the reports on our government. But I thought that because you had to attend the School Board last night, you were not able to attend the town council meeting. Our town council has decided we do not need a daycare center in White Bluff, or lets just say we ain't having one right now close to Danny Williams house. The Kiddie College lost its lease because the owners are selling. So the director of the daycare sought another location, and found one in what is termed a residental area, and they said it was ok to put it there. But when she found a better location, on White Bluff Road, and near the mayor and the city recorders house, well they decided she could not have it there. Is this fair? Does anyone really have to guess why they opposed this location? Why was the first location ok but not ok there? If they did not want this to look like a conflict, then maybe the mayor and his mother in law should not be voting when it has to do with stopping something in their neighborhood. There are now no other day care centers in White Bluff. Many familys are scrambling to find someone to do this job. I just wanted to let you know about this and get your thoughts regarding this matter. Thank you again for the webpage."

BLUFNOTE: I did not know about the last nights vote, and yes I was at the school board when White Bluff City Hall was apparently rocking.
I had heard about last months vote, taken while I was on vacation or I would have reported it here on the website. From what I heard last month was a tie vote, broken by Mayor Williams, who otherwise would not cast a vote.
Do I think this is right? NO
Am I surprised? NO
After all they have pulled with banning certain types of housing they don't approve of, and attempting to push in other laws to tell us how to live, or where to shop, this is a natural progression. In my opinion, some forces in town are determined to make White Bluff into Belle Meade West. I would not say that the mayor voting on an issue involving his neighborhood is unethical. I do think if they need to avoid questions as to why the decison was changed when the location was changed. I have noticed we are having a lot of ties broken by the Mayor recently, which should be rare as we have 5 council members just so that should not be the case. Anyone know why?

I know I don't think as everyone else does, but when most were growing up in this area, would anyone have had to ask the Mayor if they could keep some kids in their home? Anyone would have laughed at the suggestion. Or did you have to ask if you could live in a mobile home? Or if you can build a shed?
Before someone asks if I would want this or that in my neighborhood, the answer is, I don't care. If I don't want the government telling me what to do, I intend to give that same courtesy to others.
LEAVE PEOPLE ALONE AND LET THEM LIVE!
Also from what I understand the ones who opposed the daycare are some of the ones who always seem to encourage new business in town, but apparently not in this case. And don't we so often hear, in attempts to foster guilt from those who would impose their will on us

ITS FOR THE KIDS!

Perhaps some need to add, as long as the kids are not in the wrong neighborhood
Oh yeah we are a growing town, but what the hell are we growing into?

8/7/01

RETURN TO THE SCHOOL BOARD OR FREEDOM IS NOT FEE

Tonight I attended the meeting of the Dickson County School Board. Chaired by Don Richardson. No, I have no proof he is related to the Don in the Governors office. The purpose of the meeting was to vote on fees for the public schools. It was approved. The fee they will attempt to collect will be $30 for grades K-8, for 9-12 it will vary, but do not look for it to be less than the $30, one estimate was offered for 9th graders at $50.

They said they had received an opinion from some people at TSBA(Tennessee School Board Association?) that said they can charge fees. If you read about this in a past update you learned where earlier in the month my sister and I attended the school board meeting, and though we were not allowed to speak, they did apparently get the drift there were legal problems and postponed the vote to get an opinion.
Undoubtedly these people do not understand the complaint, it is not if they are allowed to set fees, they are, for things such as elective courses and extra curricular activities, athletics, drama, band, etc. And if they did indeed obtain an opinion that said the fees were allowed, then I have to believe that is to what the opinion referred. However, state law is very clear on this, a fee cannot be charged as tuition or as a condition to attend school or for use of its facilities while receiving educational training.

This was touched on by the boards attorney Mr. Kerns, although I don't think the board understood or perhaps paid no attention. He told them, yes they could set fees, but they could not be arbitrary, that is they could not just say lets charge a certain amount (which they did), but they should have a list of items to which the fees will be applied. And that they should not be listed for required areas. So I think from his statements, Mr. Kerns was aware of the limitations of these fees. Once again that being they cannot be required to be paid, unless if its applied in some class or activity that is chosen to participate in, and not a requisite. But when the board passed the fees, no wording was added to indicate it was not required. And this is the way I am sure they will present it to parents once school starts.
Kerns also recommended the fees not be presented to the county commission as part of the school board budget, but if they are set to just remove that amount from the budget request. I think he meant they should not request money in the budget they are getting from another source. At any rate they left the areas covered by fees in the budget request. In other words if they do get all the tax money they requested, and thus don't need the fees, they will still collect them.

Why did I not bring this up at the meeting tonight? Once again there was refusal to a request to speak. Before a public meeting of elected officials. My wife called and was told I could not speak as they had already set the agenda. ( the fee was the only item on the agenda) When she asked how early one had to call ahead to be allowed to speak, she was told ONE MONTH! Now, keep in mind this meeting was only set 2 weeks ago. In other words no way anyone could have spoken against the fee.
Others who called were told that since it was budget issue then it was not allowed to be spoken on. ? Why is that? If we lose freedom of speech, what chance will the other freedoms have?

My thoughts on opposing this fee are as follows, when the student brings home the notice for collecting the fees, write back and ask for a list of items for which the fee will be used. Then if you get the list, look it over and write back asking if these items or the courses they effect are required to attend or be promoted in school. If they are, then the way the law reads and from the opinion of the school boards own attorney they cannot make you pay the fees. If they question if the attorney said this, tell them to refer to minutes of the school board meeting from August 7, 2001.

Now you may or may not think they need this money. That is not the issue, it is not legal nor is it fair. Of course private schools do properly operate from fees and tuition's. Public schools are intended to be paid for by various taxes on the general population. That insures that the economic status of the parents will effect the quality of public education that children receive.

Keep in mind they want this fee in addition to other money they are seeking, namely a .34 property tax hike just for the schools and they also want you to vote for the sales tax hike of which they anticipate getting all of the proceeds.
If you know of anyone who might be interested in knowing what the school board has done, and their options, please forward this to them.

GOOD NEWS ON CAPITOL HILL

We did get some good news from Nashville today, with the VETO override of Dapper Don. Thanks to the legislators who stood firm. The tax protestors did a great job, despite intimidation tactics and attempts to stifle free speech. It is not the barebones budget they would have you believe. It increases last years budget by several million dollars, and gives out an pay increase of 2 1/2 percent, this when inflation is only about 1 1/4 percent. As with the Dickson County budget, the state has more and more revenue coming in each year, WITHOUT a tax increase, they are all just wanting a higher percentage of your money. Any budget crisis is spending not revenue. Its good to know that some elected officials are finally getting the message that taxpayers want less spending and more accountability in government. Lets hope this message trickles down to our county government. Everybody should keep the pressure on!

8/3/01

HOW TO WASTE A THURSDAY NIGHT OR THE DICKSON CO. BUDGET COMMITTEE

Just wanted to let you all know I took the night off from watching for aliens and considering conspiracy theorys.
I decided instead to go the Dickson County Commission budget committee meeting.
(it is rerun season on TV you know, no Survivor)
Our government in action(or maybe that should be one word..inaction) is about as exciting as watching paint dry on my neighbors horse barn, except it don't cost me any money for Phil's corral! After listening for a few minutes I am not sure why they even had the meeting. Mainly because they cannot decide on a budget until after the dad gum sales tax vote they just had to have. The whole bunch really gets excited just at the thought of squeezing the last of that sales tax money from you. I am not kidding here, most of them light up like kids at Christmas everytime the sales tax gets brought up. So, please everybody, lets play Grinch and not let them have anymore money. And folks this is really not about which is a fairer tax, property or sales, just like the income tax and sales tax fight in state government. The fairest tax is less tax. Not one commissoner tonight mentioned lowering taxes, some mentioned not raising them as high as others wanted, but a taxcut is not even thought of. We need to let them know that we pay enough. The Dickson County government, if it did not raise taxes one bit, would still have hundreds of thousands more dollars than last year, this is from increases in the sales tax they already receive, from the higher wheel tax they gave us last year, and from the higher property tax appraisals I am sure you have all noticed. The economy has slowed in our area, many people are laid off, and even more are not getting raises or having their work hours cut. We all have to tighten our budgets, cut back and do without. The government should do the same, but at a time we have less they are wanting more. Its time we all
Just Say NO.

Here are the ways they discussed on getting more of YOUR money. And in case some people read this and think they really don't already have enough of your money, please just get out your check book and send some in, I am sure it will be used wisely. The Dickson County budget is roughly 17 million, oh forgive me, thats not including the school system, add another 40 million or so.

Property tax rate: From all I can tell you can expect increase anywhere from .50 to close to .80, and don't let anyone kid you, it will go up regardless of the sales tax vote. And they as much as promised it will be raised even higher next year.
Trash Fee: Also expect in the next two months to have to start paying around $7.00($84.00 yr) a month for trash, this will most likely be added to your electric bill to make sure you pay up. It does not matter if you live in Dickson or White Bluff and have trash pickup as part of city service, you will still have to pay this additionally. The landfill is already funded by the property tax you pay now. They will tell you they can do this and not raise your property taxes as much, but they will still have to raise them of course. This will just allow them to take the money you already pay out for the landfill and spend it on something else.
School fees: as already detailed on this page the school system is wanting to charge(illegal) fees of $30 per student, to attend PUBLIC schools. The county budget committee loves this idea too, why? because then they will be able to keep $200,000 more tax dollars for something else.

Don't expect if we get these fees on trash and for schools that it will cause a repeal of any tax you pay, rest assured they will find somewhere else to spend it. Does this sound fair?
So if the county gets all they desire from you this year, your property tax will rise maybe an additional .80, your sales tax will hit the maximum the state allows, you will pay $30 dollars for each child you have in PUBLIC school, and $84 of your money each year will sent to the landfill. If you think all this is ok, you should be happy because if they think no one cares or is paying attention they will surely make it all happen. If you think ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, go to some meetings, be sure to vote down the sales tax Aug. 30. Call your commissioners and tell them you are opposed to higher taxes, and they need to restrain the budget. Call the school board and tell them that the fee they are attempting is unfair and not allowable by state law. Oh, anyone you call will probably say, we have to take care of the needs of the county. And especially the kids. Get ready for an all out blitz of "Its For The Kids" when they start pushing all these higher taxes and new fees. Well, if we don't have enough money left to feed and clothe our kids what good is a new high school or an $100,000 a yr administrator? If you can't afford the wheel tax or don't have enough money left for gas, why will you even need a new road? Anyway hopefully you get my drift, it all has to stop sometime, and now is as good a time as any!

That, friends is the story of and rant on my visit tonight to the Dickson County Budget Committee. Hmmmm at the start of all this I mentioned I took the night off from alien watching and conspiracy theorys, perhaps I just found somewhere else to look.

"Considering the general tendency to multiply offices and dependencies and to increase expense to the ultimate burden which the citizens can bear, it behooves us{government} to avail ourselves of every occasion which presents itself for taking off the surcharge; that it may never be seen here that, after leaving to labor the smallest portion of its earnings on which it can subsist, government shall itself then consume the residue of what it was instituted to guard." --Thomas Jefferson

7/27/01

ROAD TRIP TO THE SCHOOL BOARD

Last night your local webguy took a road trip, it was not for pleasure and did not surprise in that respect.
Many of you have read Bettys post on the message board from earlier in the week or found out via a visit to the local schools that the Dickson County school board is attempting to enact a $30 per child fee this year on students, this is in addition to all the sales and property tax paid in. It is also against state law. My sister and I attended the school board meeting last night. We had earlier requested and gotten an opinion from the TN Dept of Education on if required fees are legal. They are NOT. I will tag on the section that says as much at the bottom of this update. When Melissa requested before the meeting to be allowed to speak before the fee vote, the Chairman, Richardson said NO. It was not allowed.(if you know my sister you know she was not amused, nor was I) Thats correct the taxpayers and parents are not to speak on matters concerning their children or their money. When later in the meeting questions were asked of some in attendence, she asked if the floor was open for disscussion and again we were told no, that they would only hear from staff members( the rest there were mostly school employees of some sort or the other). I think the board members got the drift from us not being allowed to talk that there were legal problems with the fee.
They did put the fee vote off until the next time they meet, which will be soon. We did manage to talk to most members after the meeting and give them a copy of the state law. Most board members and School Director Daniels were courteous after the meeting. I personally would not include Chairman Richardson as one who was receptive to views from anyone else. I do not know why he would not hear from the public nor did he seem to want pertinant information presented to the school board. Information that could save the school system from being in violation of state law. To me, he seemed to resent that anyone else would even try to venture an opinion to the school board. This to me, is one more example of why people have little respect or trust of the government. It is the same sort of attitude that inspired taxpayers to converge on the state capital earlier this month, and stop an income tax. (yep King Don used the veto pen today. is that the first thing he has done this year?)

The lack of a school board vote tonight is not to say they will not vote it in next week, but for now its on hold. I think people need to call the school board office and complain and then call their school board member as well. They may or may not need these extra funds, but they do not need to violate law. Most could afford the $30 I suppose, but that is not the issue. If allowed to charge students individually for PUBLIC schools it could and probably would eventually lead to a public school system that only those with enough money could afford. That is the reason PUBLIC schools are funded through general tax dollars, thus all students can have the same oppurtunity. I also think that is the very reason that state law does not allow required fees be paid to attend PUBLIC schools. If they want this in PUBLIC schools then those calling for vouchers certainly will have a much stronger arugument. There are schools that operate with pay as you go fees, they are correctly termed PRIVATE schools.

Below is the state law covering school fees, note that when it mentions in the first part that any fees have to be approved by the school board it is refering to just what is allowed. The only fees they basically can approve are extra curricular things, athletics, band, fieldtrips etc. The second section makes it clear that in no way shall fees required to attend school. This is not just my opinion, but that offered by the State of Tennessee.

49-2-110. Tennessee Code Annotated states
(c) The school shall not require any student to pay a fee to the school for any purpose, except as authorized by the board of education, and no fees or tuitions shall be required of any student as a condition to attending the public school, or using its equipment while receiving educational training.

LOCAL AND STATE TAX PROTEST

7/13/01

Hi all, just a short vacation break to send you all this link, and an update on the more tax crowd, state and local.

TAX PROTEST PICTURES

You will find some good pictures of last nights protest at the Tennessee State capital. Some media and politicans have said it was mob and out of control. I wonder what the British and their papers had to say about the Boston Tea Party?, which was held over a much smaller tax? The senate tried to sneak in a income tax at the last minute, and the people found out and went to protest. Only to find the doors blocked and local and state police guarding the building. Did the legislators forget that it is the "peoples house" I guess so. Does this make anyone fear for their freedoms? and if they are represented fairly? Thankfully they were forced to settle for a bare bones budget. Look for them to cut services that some really need to SHOW us how bad things will be if we don't give in and allow more taxes. Wonder how we made it last year or the year before or the year before that? Fact is when, we, the public does not have anymore money we generally do without. Yes we do need government for some services, but there are multitudes of things they are involved in that we would never agree to fund if we had a voice.
The same is true of the local county government. They are once again in Charlotte trumpeting a sales tax. They say it much fairer to property owners. Does this sound like politicians advocating one class of people over another? All it amounts to is scare tactics to get people to agree to one tax, to avoid one they hate even worse. As I have said before, when some people pay the mafia so they don't have to pay more later or to someone else, its called "protection". No I would not like a property tax increase, but I also don't want a sales tax increase. How about a decrease? "Oh no we have a no frills or bare bones budget" they say, well how did we manage last year without all the layoffs and cuts in services? New growth means more services needed, progess cost money they preach to us. Well if we have more growth, business and housing, does that not also mean we have more property and sales tax coming in? If the taxes 1000 people pay in supported what they needed, then why would not the taxes paid in by 1000 more people cover what they need? And so on? (not to mention the much higher recent property value appraisals) I see it one of two ways, either the government wants a larger percentage of OUR money because they want to grow the government even LARGER or they have MISMANAGED what money they have now and caused a crisis. So no matter which is the cause, my answer is, no thanks, to larger government or to giving them more money to mismanage. Call your county commissoners as well as the state legislators and let them know what you think.
Ok thats it for now, time to get back to the last few days of vacation and try to relax. Where is that cool drink anyway? Hey at least its cooler outside!

INDEPENDENCE DAY 2001

7/4/01

One short message for 4th of July holiday this Wednesday, and a reminder this page nor the message board will be updated for the next few days.

I hope you all enjoy this holiday, with your families and having fun. But keep in mind that the Liberty and Freedom declared this day in 1776 has been fought and died for many times. Enjoy your freedom, celebrate it, but never forget how fragile it is, or how is can be lost without vigilance. I hope you might take time to read on here, the message board and other places of just how some our freedoms are being eroded. This is still the greatest country in the world, it is up to all of us to perserve it as such so that our children and their children might be able to have July the 4th as we do, a day of celebration, and not a day of regret for what we have lost. Be safe all of you, in driving and having fun. Updates here and on the message board will return next weekend.

6/28/01

SUMMER THOUGHTS ON LIBERTY & A SHORT HIATUS

I just wanted to thank and welcome all the new folks signing in and reading the page, as well as continue to thank all the regulars who make it happen. Also, starting next week the page will be on hiatus for a few days, on top secret assignment, if I am not back in 7 days send help (or money). Please continue to post to the guestbook , but it will be the following weekend before it gets added on the page.

Many of you know how I feel about the government or other "authority" types trying to stamp out our freedoms.( hearing sighs of on no he is on that damn soapbox again!) I believe that many of you share similar views, so many of you express yourself very well regarding liberty and freedom on the guestbook, and that gives me encouragement for the future of our children and country. That one day people will finally say Enough Is Enough and maybe the Bill of Rights and personal freedoms will be back, like they should always have been. If any have any doubt that the things can quickly get out of hand with zoning matters or local regulations, I am adding a link for you to please check out. I was going to send it via email, but I don't have everyones email that posts to or reads the page, and I did want you to see what is happening in our country. This is just one example and sadly not the exception anymore.

No, you can't fly the flag Mr Veteran.

Yeah, one day its mobile homes and the next adult bookstores, those don't effect to many who cares? Right? The next day maybe somebody thinks its best that we all have to have brick homes because they are safer or that we can't subscribe to National Geographic cause it might decay morality in somebodys kids to know that women in Borneo have breasts. They eventually will get around to something you don't want restricted. Consensual "crimes" and property rights should seldom if ever be legislated against. And if they ever develop( or just think they can) the ability to read your thoughts, what then. And privacy rights are being stomped in the ground too. Big Brother already wants to put tracking devices(GPS)in your auto and in your cell phone. And to put cameras at red lights and stop signs. Some places already just mail you a ticket. Some say if you are not doing anything wrong then you have nothing to worry about, UH HUH sure. Do you want every move you make watched and recorded? As long as we don't protest and fight to protect everyones rights, no matter what the "law" says, eventually we will have no rights and be left with only laws.

I also wanted to share a few quotes on liberty and government with you all. I know I know, you are all saying NOT again, and probably wishing I WAS talking religion, haha. I don't blame ya if you skip this, but here it is anyway.

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences." -- C. S. Lewis
( someone send this one to the appropriate local babysitters club )

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin 1759

"A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you."-- Ramsey Clark

"Since there is no such entity as 'the public,' since the public is merely a number of individuals, the idea that 'the public interest' supersedes private interests and rights can have but one meaning: that the interests and rights of some individuals take precedence over the interests and rights of others." -- Ayn Rand

"The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money." -- de Tocqueville (The tax and spenders in Nashville and DC must have read this)

"The difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets" -- Will Rogers

I suppose there is a Town council metting next week, if you don't agree with some of the things going on there as of late, call all the members and let them know, or go to the metting and speak out. They do let the public to air complaints at the first of the meetings. Also the state of Tennessee is still debating how to spend more of YOUR money, so far Doug Jackson and David Shepard have opposed the state income tax, keep the pressure on them to continue and to oppose any tax increase, and control spending. Ok folks thats it, thanks for bearing with me in my long rant. I had to get that out before I take next week off. Hope you are all having a fun and happy summer.
Namaste

6/8/01

WHITE BLUFF COUNCIL JUNE MEETING
(yes again)

This will not be an first hand report as I was not able to attend this weeks council meeting, I was still nauseous from last months events(see last months 5/5/01 report). So what I am relaying to you is from word of mouth and local media reports.

The budget was the main topic, but first let me note the council did revisit the motions to save us from the perils and wickedness of mobile homes and Adult businesses. Once again these proposed restrictions passed (along with the naming of Eric Tidwell as vice-mayor), and have to pass but one more reading. Then and only then can the virtuous sleep peacefully in the knowledge that us of the redneck and immoral sort have had our temptations, lack of good taste and inabilty or reluctance to purchase what the bourgeois elite designate as acceptable housing, halted for our own good.( of course) We have all been put in our place yet again or nipped in the bud before we get out of hand or out of control. If this bothers you as much as it does me, please at least call and let the council and mayor know your feelings. If you agree with them, thats your right, and you should be very pleased with them.

On the budget, and just so it does not seem I am negative on all that is done at city hall, I was pleased with the proposal to hire a full time fireman. This will help greatly with the problem of no one or very few being available during the daytime hours. Hopefully the current members of the volunteer fire department will have a great deal of imput on who is hired and the qualifications needed. They should know best the type of person needed for the job.

Other items were, the hiring of another fulltime street department worker. I admit I am not aware of the current needs of the street dept to comment much on that proposal. Also the sewer dept needs an extra $20,000.00 for fence repairs around the sewer plant. I am not sure if this is in reponse to worries of someone breaking in and stealing something. Pending a grant of $50,000.00, expenditures for community development, mainly for the Veterans Park, will increase from $40,000.00 to $150,000.00.

Apparently the council was split on all these spending proposals as the Mayor had to break a tie to pass this budget on its first reading. Once again I encourage the townsfolks to get involved and let the council and Mayor know your feelings on the budget proposals. If you agree with parts, and disagree with others, as I do, let then know that too. Hopefully the Mayor and council can work together as well as with considering townsfolks opinions in giving us the services we do need, without excess spending of money in areas that are not needed. And keeping in mind, while making spending plans that will have to funded into future years, that the nations and thusly the local economy is not growing at the rate it has the last few years. In doing so the city government can not only keep this a wonderful place to live, but ensure that not only the rich, yuppies and carpetbaggers can enjoy and afford to live here, but share it with those who are not so wealthy, longtime citizens and the fixed income elderly citizens as well.

A few short notes, the flowers in town do look lovely, and have actually added to my (semi) nightly walks. At first I wish they had been set a little more to the side of the sidewalk and not the middle, but now I have found it actually gives me sort of a mini obstacle course to navigate. Heaven knows I need the extra exercise.
Oh yes if you have not noticed or had the time, check out the new picture links above, many more local beautys have been added.
Hey!! The counter is about to spin past 50,000, thanks to all of you for that milestone!!

5/28/01

MEMORIAL DAY

On this Memorial Day, and every other day let us always remember, and never forget.....the sacrifices made by the few, so that we the many, might have and enjoy our lives, liberty, happiness and freedoms. And as we should never forget, never should we take for granted or give up our libertys and freedoms. To do so would not only be an injustice to ourselves, but it would be an insult to the memory of those that bought and paid for these things in blood, shattered dreams and loss of life.

5/24/01

GRADUATION 2001

This is a short update to give congratulations to the graduating class of 2001, both here in Dickson County, Tennessee and all others everywhere. You have all accomplished something special, not only for yourselves but to your family and loved ones. My own son Brett, will be spinning the tassel tomorrow night. It seems like only yesterday he was starting kindergarten at White Bluff Elementery School. I know his mom is particulary proud of him for making it to this day.

I noticed in the local papers the listing of the DCHS award winners and the Top Ten Percent. White Bluff is very well represented there. Many of the names I read of conjur up images of faces, most of them 8, 9 or 10 year olds playing Little League, Bombers Football or at school activitys. So congratulations to all of you and your parents as well. Continue to make them proud. If you stay close to home or see the world, just try to make the world a better place because of you. And most of all be happy and true to yourself, and in doing so you will bring happiness to others.

5/5/01

BABYSITTERS CLUB MEETS AT CITY HALL

First let me say that the last portion of this update was on the message board in a response to Jenn. I had a couple of people tell me it should be on the main page so I decided to add it here.

At first glance the May meeting of the White Bluff council was typical, but on second look, perhaps more people should take note of just what occurs in those meetings.

This month the council: Changed zoning(lowered restrictions)despte some citizen opposition, to allow the Spanns to build a new subdivison on Old Charlotte Rd. Restricted locations of Adult Businesses(before anyone gets the vapors, no one asked to put one here). Despite the desire of Councilman Tidwell to ban them outright, which would face court challenges, they just put such restrictions on zoning that its more likely that Gov. Sundquist will abolish all taxes than a peep show in the bluff. They also restricted new mobilehomes in White Bluff, to areas that are zoned for mobilehome parks, of which we have NONE in the city limits. This of course absolutly insures we will have no Strip Clubs located in mobilehomes, thank you city council.
Discussed why the city budget will be prepared and thusly approved late for the third year in a row.
Discussed why the 2000 census should be appealed, despite the logical statments of Councilman Smith that perhaps some people moved away(or died).
Discussed the $78,000 that the city apparently did not know it had. This was the in the form of a gift of Stock from Ensco here in town. While it would be improper for the city to BUY stock from a company, it is apparently kosher to have a gift. According to a state budget offical it would not be "good business" for a city to have a vested interest in a company, especially in the same town. As this could open the town up to conflicts of interest. I am told that city hall cashed the stock in and it now rests in a CD in a local financal institution. While the city owned the stock for several years I am told no one knew about it until recently. As many of you know Ensco has been the subject of many rumors over the years pertaining to enviromental issues. I have no idea on what plans city hall has for this newfound money. Perhaps a fund to help those in need or the elderly with taxes or utility bills. Or maybe even something in the area of recreation for older folks.

OK so thats the update on our friends at the Bibb Larkins Complex. After the meeting apparently some of the issues got around and some of you read articles in the Herald pertaining to them as well. So I got a few messages in the guestbook concering the meeting. Jenn away in sunny Florida asked what was up about an Adult Bookstore in town and that led to the following rant by yours truly.

No, Jenn as long as we have the town council to BABYSIT us, we are safe from the wages of sin.
They seem to think adults cannot make decisions for themselves. Now I don't think we really need an Adult store here in town. But I don't need them to save me from it, I can decide for myself to go in or not. Same on beer or bad taste in clothes. Of course they will say, we can't have the kids seeing that. Lord knows the under 18 crowd does not know about sex.
Do they?
I don't think it will be legal for them to drag people in off the street. Everytime some sort of right or freedom is restricted, even if it does not affect you at the time, you still lose in the long run. It easy to restrict freedoms that are not popular. Drinking, sex, waterpolo, etc. But once they gain the authority to stop those things, then they can move on to other areas.
I remember a quote from school, perhaps from the Anne Frank Story. It is a reminder that just because we are not the target at the time, we may perhaps soon be the target. And no I am not saying the council are Nazis, anyway here is the quote:

"First they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out--
because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the Socialists
and I did not speak out--
because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out--
because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out--
because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me--
and there was no one left
to speak out for me."

The city also effectively banned mobile homes from locating in town now. To me that is at worse class warfare or at the least elitism. Of course in the same meeting they lowered the standard for new home lots so the Spanns could build a new subdivison. 35 houses on 10 arces. Double standard? You tell me Is having a mobile home now a crime? Perhaps we should change the towns welcome sign to read,"IF YOU HAVE ENOUGH MONEY AND THE RIGHT MORAL BELIEFS, WELCOME TO WHITE BLUFF"
Before I am accused of just complaining about people trying their best and not getting involved, after some folks left over zoning issues I think besides a Herald reporter and a few folks who all work or volunteer for the city, there was me and one other person left at the meeting. I know I don't go often enough. We all really need to go a few times a year, just to watch if nothing else. And I do appreciate them taking care of the citys business, but they need to stay out of mine and your personal business and freedoms. They are not the same thing. Just because they CAN do something, does not always mean they SHOULD. One last thought, There is a huge difference in CRIME and SIN, and the government, in D.C. or White Bluff city hall, has no business making the former out of the latter. At least not in a free America.
ok I will get off the soapbox now. for a little while.
Have fun White Bluff, if you can.

4/29/01

UNOFFICAL TOWN ELECTION RESULTS

The city of White Bluff, held council elections yesterday. From unoffical results the winners are current Vice Mayor E Tidwell, Former Mayor Vance Smith, and Connie Reed, wife of Parks Director Johnny Reed. They will join current council members, Mary K. Bennett and Linda Hayes. Congratulations and good luck. Outgoing council members are Melissa Brown and Maurice Stuart. Thank you for your service. Get well wishes also out to Mr Stuart on his recent illness.

I have heard via the grapevine there are some complaints regarding some campaign ethics violations and legal questions. I will keep you informed if anything develops on this matter. Also it is my understanding that less than 200 voters cast ballots, that is dissapointing for a town of 2000+, or even more if you go along with city halls complaints over the last census.

I learned last week that the night patrol officer, Mr Blanks was let go from the towns police force. I have heard several rumors as to the reason. Perhaps someone will write in with the details. He was popular with some and with others, perhaps not so popular, but that I suppose is not unusual with that profession. I have not heard if and by who he will be replaced. Once again any info to the message board apprectiated. Have a good week.

4/26/01

RUMORS AND ELECTIONS OR ITS SPRINGTIME IN THE BLUFF

Last Friday I had several phone calls regarding rumors of guns at the Dickson County High School. Authority figures say it was all rumors, but parents were allowed to remove children from school. This was followed up by a "lockdown" this week at William James Middle School. Not real clear on the cause of this, but once again that old bugaboo RUMOR was the answer from school officals. This is all very upsetting, especially to those who have children in these schools. We can all hope and pray it just stays in the rumor stage. I hate to see our children subjected to this, but it seems it is all over our nation. We must hope and trust the school officals make the proper and correct decisions. Of course the anniversary of Columbine as well as the Oklahoma City Bombing and Waco all occured last week.

This week White Bluff will have elections for city council, with three of the five seats up this time around. Two current members, Stuart and Tidwell are seeking a return. They are opposed by I think three others, including former Mayor Smith. Councilperson Melissa Brown, my sister by the way, is not seeking reelection. I want to thank her for her service to the town. In my unbiased opinion she did a fine job. She did upset some people with her stands on some issues. Of course to my semi-anarchist viewpoint that is a good thing. I hope ever whom is elected will be someone who can think for themself, not be led by the crowd, higher officals or just hide and say nothing.
I do think that the next council would do well to look at changes in some areas of the charter. At this time the council members have no vote in who serves on committes or boards, they do vote on the budget, but have no say in the preparation thereof. I do not know exactly what the cutoff is on what the Mayor may spend without approval, but it is a higher amount than I would have thought for such a small town, I may be corrected, but I think its in the thousands of dollars. I was amused recently to see a story in the Herald about Vanleer having a dispute over the mayor spending $40 or so on office cleaning. My point here is, I think the town is better served by having the council, no matter who they or the mayor may be, who are supposedly our representatives at city hall, have a greater voice on monetary issues and other matters.
Keeping local, state and Federal government as small and as unobtrusive in my, my families and your lives is the best thing I can pray and strive for. I will not endorse anyone in this election. Not that I do not have a favorite or two, but as it seems everyone I have ever endorsed on this page has lost, it seems wise to refrain from that kiss of death this time around. Good luck to all of them.

SHORT NOTE ON CHINA
Our country has some very strained relations at this time with China. Many I speak to are upset that our government still allows them to flood us with products. Many beleive that all the money we pour into Red China to purchase goods, is going right into the military to build up a force that we may well one day have to send our youth to fight against. I have heard one good suggestion for all who share this view. Do not wait for the government to act on this, do it yourself. Just refuse to buy chinese products. If millions do so, stores like Wal mart and others will see they will have to change the buying strategy they now have. We all have become so used to having the government do our thinking for us, we have forgotten that we can do things without them leading the way. I do not of course extend this to Chinese resturants in the US, which are of course not tied to Red China, I enjoy eggrolls and wonton soup to much for that extreme a measure!

note- since last update, 2 links added at the top in the local section, you can check on the area census as well as local industrys EPA reports.

3/28/01
CENSUS LOOKS GOOD, BUT I HAVE A HEADACHE
First let me comment on the results of the year 2000 Federal Census. Middle Tennessee is growing, thats not earthshaking news for anyone who has lived here for any period of time. Dickson County grew about 23% or something like that.( I have lost my copy of the Tennessean) But for this guy, the good news was that our little hamlet of White Bluff only grew at about 7%. I think that is great news. Some will tell you that growth is coming so we might as well embrace it, or if we don't grow like others we will lose out on some tax dollars. Or if we grow we will get better and more progressive things. What do I say to that? Thanks but no thanks. What does the slow growth mean to me? It means despite overgrowth in areas around us, we can grow at a pace where our lifestyles can stay relativly the same. Just because Dickson, Burns or other areas grow rapidly does not automatically mean we have too. It means to me that unlike other towns we did not rush out and annex areas around us. Our current city leaders listened to those that did not want to be added to the city. Let us hope wise heads prevail in future questions over annexation. Sure I think this is a great place to live, and don't blame anyone for wanting to move to White Bluff, but as the 2000 census proves we can grow at our own pace. And in doing so, keep our smalltown ways, let our kids play in the yard after dark, walk safely about the town, and for a few more years keep urban sprawl and its unwaited baggage at bay.

MY HEADACHE IS GETTING WORSE
Is it just me or are the politicians out this week to make my head hurt worse than usual?
All the news I hear this week is apparently determined to do just that.
The Federal government taking the California Medical Marijuana case to the supreme court.
(small case intentional) Who seem by their actions of late ready to back big brother and the federal empire against local and states rights. Not to mention personal freedoms (huh)? OH some Democrats might be for it if they can tax it somehow. Of course some Republicans who give lip service to States Rights, don't give a damn that almost 60% voted for the measure when it was on the ballot. Its a slide down the slippery slope of moral decay don't ya know? It does help cancer victims, MS patients, AIDs sufferers. There are cases after cases of people who benefit. Even if its psychological, it should not be stopped by the government. Of course pot growers do not have the PR and Lobbyist the pharmaceutical industry enjoys. Nevermind people are vomiting to death, by god they will have morals.

The good folks in the Tennessee General Assembly are now pushing through a bill to restrain trade. They do not want big retailers like Wal mart, Kmart etc. to be allowed to sell gas at lower prices than other retailers. Its just not fair they say. Well, it may not be "fair." But if they want to sell me gas at 1.23 at Kmart while old Gomer at Wallys wants 1.34, I kinda like that. Its already passed the state senate and probably will sail through the house. Next thing they will not allow roadside veggie dealers to undercut Krogers price on watermelons and tomatoes.
The our way or hell lobby is today active on Capitol Hill in Nashville. Yes, thats right, if they have their way we will soon have "In God We Trust" as part of our state flag. Yeah its on money. So? I want everybody to worship or choose not to do so, in whatever way they are happy with. But does one religion have to be put above others by the government? Will the Muslim lobby soon get Allah's name on the state seal or our Hindu friends have Vishnu's statue on the Bicentennial Mall? I thought I saw a picture of Buddha the last time I was at the state capital, but it was just a photo of some dude from Dresden TN, eating Nilla wafers.
OK time for more Ibuprofen. 3/20/01
THE PAGE RETURNS FROM THE ABYSS
Well sportsfans, the page has returned from the limbo it was seemingly in for the last week. All the messages I got from you made were appreciated. This is a free service I use for the page and for the most part it works well. I was pretty upset when the page just up and went AWOL for the last few days. Hopefully it will remain this time. All I can find missing is the last 20 or so entrys in the new guestbook. You all can fill that up I am sure.

3/13/01
NOT MUCH GOING ON AND THATS A GOOD THING!
Well folks as they say(who are "they" anyway?)no news is good news, hope it stays that way. Lets see, Saturday is St Paddys Day, so wear your green or get pinched. Spring seems to be on the way, I am sure all are ready for the end of winter, even though it was fairly mild. I did put on a new guestbook, because the old one was soon to become a pay service and as you all know this is a low budget operation. We do have a lovely new guardrail out on Eastside Drive, ride out and look at it, I have seem few as nice anywhere in the county. (I am surprised there was not a photo ribbon cutting ceremony in the local papers.) The football coach at DCHS resigned recently, that was a bit of a surprise as he had been successful. There was a break in at the Middle School recently, I think they got money from vending machines and some money in the cafeteria. Channel 5 News was on the scene( I guess Perry March did not phone in from Mexico that day)and reported that it was linked to some break ins in Dickson. Well this is about the dullest update I can remember, I have dozed off 3 times writing this. See ya all around town.

2/18/01

DALE EARNHARDT DIES AT DAYTONA


1951-2001
In the 43rd running of the Daytona 500 today, NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt died in a crash on the final lap. He was apparently holding off the rest of the field so his son, who finished second and his teammate, Micheal Waltrip, who did win for the first time in his career, would have have a better chance to win. I would not normally mention this on this page as other pages for sports and news do a much better job of covering such items. The reason I do so is this, the southern United States, which still is a proud area, does not have the heros it once did. The ones we do have are revered beyond what they might be in other areas of the nation. Maybe we do not always use the most PC way to choose our legends. But we are true to them, and right or wrong, we believe and trust in something, which is better than those that have nothing. Yes we lost the Civil War, but we have the greatest memories of the heros, Lee, Jackson, Forrest. Elvis is almost a religon, and rightfully so in the southern mindset. College football players and men such as Buford Pusser become larger than life. Yes the south makes men into legends as perhaps no other area does. Make no mistake, despite its newfound nationwide popularity Stock car racing is a southern sport. In its roots the "moonshiners" of the south, who were rebels in their own right versus the federal government. The race drivers of today, reflect bravery, excitement, brashness, individualism, and the rebelous attiude that southerners admire. Its heros are the heros of many southerners, and love him or cheer for him to lose, Dale Earnhardt was its greatest, toughest, hard drivingest, and most beloved hero. Now he will become one of its legends.

2/8/2001

BLUFWATCH TURNS TWO, AND OTHER RUMINATIONS

WOW, it does not seem like two years ago I set this page up with maybe one link and no pictures. I sent it out to a few people in town and got some good responses. And the rest is history, haha. I really do want to thank all of you who read and give me encouragement about the page. Also thanks to those who write in on the messageboard( I know you are the ones who really keep this all going)As well as the ones who have sent in poems and stories for the legends page. I have made so many new friendships and renewed old ones via this page. I hope others have done the same. Lots of life changes in the past two years for sure. I also like to think we report news and issues when they are important to White Bluff. Also that we are not afraid to take unpopular opinions when we feel they are justified. You might even get the idea we like to play the "devils advocate". But also hope to spread some fun, give a place for people to post their ideas, or even their literary skills. Maybe even see some pics of some old friends way back when. ( I need new pics if anyone has any to send in, storys and poems too!) I like to think the page is diverse or some might say I just can't make up my mind! The counter just turned over 40,000. I think thats pretty good for a small town and a poor excuse for webmaster. I do get some mail from other areas of the country even a few oveseas, they seem to like our town. Please keep surfing in and thanks to all of you.

Added a new feature below, a Blufwatch search engine, you can search this site with keywords(beer, yahweh, terminator, annexation, etc) or search the entire web. I hope it works, it seemed cool when I tested it.

I see our old pal Herman back up town lately, everyone should at least stop and say hi and wish him well. Count your blessings at the same time.

Let me take this chance to also thank all of you for your words of support and acts of kindness during Lisa's recent hospital stay. She is home and doing much better. We can not begin to put into words just how much it all meant. Bless you all.

1/14/2001

News and Notes

Allow me first to mention with sadness the parting of Mrs Colleen Hall Brown. She had taught school in this community for over 40 years, and left her mark in many wonderful and productive ways. Condolences are sent to her husband Mr Jimmy Brown. She will be missed.

The state house and senate are getting back on session, Keep a watch on how fast they cry for more money and ways they can think of to steal it out of your wallets. When they are tossing money on paving projects like 840 or whatever it is, and the Gov is off to Switzerland on fact finding jaunts, is it any wonder they need more of YOUR money. But a lottery? Oh no that would ruin the very moral fiber of all of the state, uh huh.

The weather here after a harsh couple of weeks of snow and ice has moderated and we had some nicer temps the last few days.

Yes the Titans lost and the dang Ravens even beat my second choice of the Raiders. I hate to be a sore loser, but I will be rooting for the Giants when they take the field in Tampa.

School is out Monday for Martin Luther King day. As well as other public offices. I have no problem with this, but would like to note that last Monday was the day of Elvis Presleys birth. I am wondering if this will one day be a legal holiday, at least here in the South. Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen. 12/31/00

Happy New Year 2001

Well another year has passed and the ones still reading this have made it. As we enbark on what is the actual first year of the new century and millenium, those of us on this spinning blue orb have seem many changes in our lifetimes. Those around my age have seen the world turn from the Mayberry like days to what we have now here in White Bluff, well maybe its not that much change. But change that helps in the quality of life is good, but not just change for the sake of change or in other words more is not always better. I hope the town leaders and all of us can keep the quaint smalltown feeling we now enjoy, there are lots of places near that are good examples of what we do not want to become. We are lucky to be close enough to most of the good things progress can bring without having to suffer the bad. Once againg thanks for reading the page and have a great NEW YEAR

12/24/00

Merry Christmas from the Bluf

Here is wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season. No matter how or when you celebrate I hope it is your happiest one ever. I really appreciate all those who read and write in on this page. I do it cause I enjoy it and the idea that others like it as well just makes it all that much better.

In other short notes, its been very cold for early in the season, remember to check on the elderly and make sure they are warm and fed. As well as pets who usually stay outdoors. Happy to note that Melissa Brown has decided to stay on with the council until the spring elections, I think that was a good decision.

Lots of pretty decorated homes in the area this year, a very well done job on the Adams house on main street right across from the water department. Also the Neblett home on White Bluff road.

We all have so much to be thankful for in this town, please keep the less forunate in your thoughts. Once again have a very happy, safe and loved filled holiday.

12/5/2000
Brown Steps Down From Council

There was a scheduled council meeting tonight at city hall. I am was unable to attend due to prior committments (I fell asleep watching a Seinfeld rerun). However late breaking reports from Eastside Drive are coming in to Blufwatch central with news that Councilperson Melissia McNeil Brown has resigned her seat on the board of Alderman. This comes after over 3 and one half years service. I have had no, I repeat no reports that this is anyway related to any Watergate style scandal over the Christmas parade, annexation or any other current city scandals. I have some reports she may be entering chronic readers rehab, at the Harry Potter Clinic in Mystic Connecticut.
From what she has told me, she felt she was not able to devote the attention needed to the post at this time, with other demands on her at work and at home. We here at blufwatch wish Melissa the best in future endeavors. In her term on the council she was a stalwart in protecting the taxpayers money. Which is not always a popular position in dealing with special interest groups. As well she was a consistant supporter of individual rights and libertys. This did not always keep her in the good graces with certain groups in town who wish to foster their morality on others. But it is one of the reasons that makes me even more proud to be her brother.

This next part is my view and in no way related to anything I have been told; Some people are more cut out than others to be in politics. Those that can glad hand, smooze and make the most promises are generally the most successful. Those who try to do the right thing, even if its not the popular choice are sometimes thwarted in trying to serve the public good. We only want our politicans to tell us what we want to hear, not the truth. And most of them will do just that. Those that try to do what they see as the greater good or attain the just results are often deemed hard to deal with or unreasonable. In truth these are the people who will not just go along to get along. One can only bangs one head against a wall so long before it time to stop. This is a shame, because it robs us of the better parts of what we could be as a town, state and a country.

END OF MONTH NOTES

A few quick notes at the close of November 2000. Interesting letter in the Herald last week, seems a White Bluff lady was subjected to a home invasion by the sheriffs department. Apparently they responded to a domestic but went to the wrong house. She and a friend had quite a scare put in them by these events. Especially with the recent killing in nearby Lebanon, one can see why she was upset. I know the local sheriffs office does a good and needed job, but in any case of forceful entry all caution should be used. Also her remarks in the paper cause concern that the sheriffs office was not all truthful in how they reported on the facts of the case.
Well as reported over and over again the next president is still up in the air. Its about to the point where I am not sure anybody really cares anymore. I am sure the retired folks in Florida just wish Chad and his buddies would go on home and let them relax again.
The new holiday lights are up in town and look super, look to the events listing below for more details on the Christmas parade.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Just a short message to wish all the folks reading this, a wonderful thanksgiving. In particular all my friends and family. Not the least of which are the friends from this page and those in town who are all very special. We all have so much to be thankful for, some more than others. And it starts at home and extends to all those that make our lives special.

eat lotsa turkey,

Sunday, November 12, 2000

LETTER TO THE HERALD

To The Editor

I picked up last Fridays paper to read the county executive, Ms. Harris basically views the voters of this county as too ignorant of the facts to know when she needs more of our tax dollars. At last look, 75% of what she must feel, misguided, voters cast ballots against the sales tax hike. If only we had understood, so she says, we would not have made the terrible mistake of not wanting more of our money taken in sales taxes. Being the uneducated simple-minded folk we are, we just must not be able to decide anything without the divine guidance of Ms Harris, the Dickson Chamber of Commerce, the board of education, and the Dickson Herald. She was apparently in awe that we were not led like lemmings to the polls so we could vote to donate more of our money to the government, who of course is able to spend your money more wisely than you are. This bunch would have us believe we are better off taking this tax rather another property tax hike. Why is this the threat every time they want more money? To put property owners in fear so they will approve some other tax? When the mafia puts pressure on business owners to pay money to them to secure their interests its illegal and called “protection “. When the government does it, it’s looking out for the public good. We heard this same hue and cry when there was an effort to put the Wheel tax increase on the ballot. Ms Harris and her amen corner fought tooth and nail to prevent the uninformed public from voting on that proposal. Is it just not possible we are fed up with all new taxes? Might it be that in light of the fact the county has this year already raised our property taxes, increased the Wheel tax and added “impact fees” on new construction, the people have decided that its time for the county to find some way to operate with the percent of money they already take from us? When is enough, finally enough? Thomas Jefferson said, “the government is best which governs least.” I wish today’s elected officials felt the same. Ms Harris apparently views the voters of the county as uninformed and not educated to the issues. She may have one salient point here; we did after all elect her.

Nicky McNeil
Acting Chair
Dickson County Libertarian Party

PO Box 732
White Bluff, Tennessee
37187

11/8/00

ELECTION OVER? WHO KNOWS, ONE MAN ONE VOTE? HAHA

The closest Presidental race in US history is over and the people have spoken, but as Bill Clintonista said, we do not know what they have said. In what would be the first time in modern times the apparent top vote getter in all likelyhood will not be our president. The talking heads at all the networks giveth and they taketh away and did so all night, to where now we are on the verge of a election crisis due to the vote count or the vote count fraud in Florida, depending on your views. So, does your vote count, hmmm? Apparently not, look for the electoral college to bite the dust, . That may be one good thing to come out of this mess.People are looking closer at how we choose our leaders. How disillusioned will the masses now be when they see a man get the most votes and not get elected? But is that the worst of it? People finally turn out and try to make a difference and what happens? Maybe the loser wins or even worse one or the other gets to steal the White House. And after all the dirty tricks and mayhem in the sunshine state will we ever really know who has won this election ? It will only get worse when the wonks try to explain it, because it is not fair and makes even less sense. Please don't lecture me as to the reason behind the electoral college, I know, I took civics. But my real opinion is that it was set up because some of the founders did not trust the decision to the "common" man. States rights? All the others were taken away why was this retained by the ruling elite? I did not vote ALGore of course and I thought I would be writing this regarding Dubya, and would have. If this is not resolved, to where the people trust the result, we may loose whatever measure of faith the people have in their government.

One good result The Networks have lost any credibility they might have had.

Doug Jackson, touted by the Herald, won a close race with Bonnie Butler for State Senate.

Druggist Shepard carried the local state house race

Frist reelected with little trouble for US Senate, as was US REP Bryant.

One bit of good news, the proposed sales tax increase was voted down, due to an apparent lapse into good sense by voters, the Herald, Dickson Council and Judge Harris not withstanding.

11/2/00

NEW LINKS

Check the link above to the DEADWire above and once again with the guestbook on the message and polling page.

These are some of the more popular past updates. I will take credit for the ones that make sense, the rambling disjointed manic ones are directly traced to my mind being controlled by alien forces who have perhaps added some mind altering drugs to the local water supply. Or maybe I am just a nut.

10/22/2000

NATIONAL ELECTION LOOMS, VOTE LIBERTARIAN

The time is fast approaching for the year 2000 national election. While a few are really excited over one or the other of the two main party candidates, most are apathetic or think that there is not a dimes worth of difference between the two . Well we do have some choice and some make more sense than others, and the fact is between Gore and Bush there is no difference in how much you want government to control your lives. Both may claim to be for reducing government but if you buy that line, well perhaps we deserve what we get. The staff (hehe) here at Blufwatch wish to endorse and hope you will consider a vote for the National Libertarian Party presidential candidate Harry Browne, who will be on the ballot in 49 of the 50 states and gives us a chance to vote for MUCH SMALLER government. One that is pro choice, not just on abortion, but on your entire life. One that will stop the war on drugs, that is the cause, not the cure for drug violence. The drug war has been about as effective as prohibition was, which of course Created organized crime for America. Libertarians are not pro drug or abortion, we are pro you making decisions that impact you and your family. We need the government out of our bedrooms and our backpockets. Calling for the end of income tax, for if our government were ran according to the constitution we could easily fund with tariffs and user fees. Pay off the national debt now and forever, by selling government land to the private sector and using the trillions of dollars to keep us free of government. I urge you to check out the links below to Mr. Brownes campaign and the link to the Libertarian Party, which incidentally is running candidates in the majority of US congressional races as well, it is indeed the largest most effective third party.

Halloween!!

Hope all are ready for the ghosties, goblins, ghouls and especially a favorite of mine the WITCHES!! Of course all be safe on trick or treater nite and have plenty of goodies for the kids. Also keep in mind that the veil between the living and dead is very thin on this night, so WATCH OUT!! Of course its hard to think of anything that might be scarier than trying to feel your job is safe at the "WIRE" but we don't want to scare anyone with that nightmare story. Thanks to all who have helped and supported on that situation and good luck to Lisa, Debbie and Janie. But do have fun and for those that have special ties to this night, blessings on you and yours. Also this is a good time to check the legends page and read a scary tale or two.

Welcome to the "bluff". AKA White Bluff, TN. Please use the links be above to find your way around our town and find out about our history and our people. Some should be informative, some to touch your funny bone, and the rest maybe trival but maybe it means something to those in this area. Recently we ran some polls on the future content of this page. Apparently you did not want Nicky McNeil to admit he was editing this page. So I will not admit to that, nor can I persuade my wife Lisa to accept any of the blame, so don't expect her to fess up neither. I also decline to accept the results of the poll asking to me admitting to being "Art Vandelay". I cannot in good conscious do such a thing. Also it seem the top vote getter on the "messagebook" was not to bring it back at this time, so be it. So for the foreseeable future this page will be just that, a means to gain learn about our town. The comments and views section will be taking a hiatus and thusly, this page can continue with little effort on the part of the webmasters. Who knows, we may get a wild hair and put on some controversial topics, but for now this page will consist of the local links and periodic events in the lower section the spirit moves. Ya'll come back now you hear? 8/25/00

DICKSON COUNTY COMMISSION TRYS TO RAISE TAXES AGAIN AND AGAIN

At the last session of the Dickson County Commisson in historic(old) Charlotte TN, tax increases were flying around faster than Jevon Kearse sacks a Jagawire Quarterback. They did raise the Wheel Tax from $30 to $40, for each vehicle. They are also placing the question of raising the local sales tax on the ballot the next election. Also they are attempting to place "impact" fees on new construction in our county. Plans like this would work perhaps like this, you decide to give your child or your parent gives you a part of the land you or they own, you have to pay these "fees" to build on land that is already being used. Not to mention you already have to pay property tax on this land. This sort of idea has effectivly stopped all building in Cheatham County. Oh, and never fear the idea to raise property taxes is still on the Commissioners and County head honcho Harris's list of solutions. A few commissioners did vote nay on this legal money grabbing. Most seem to think we will lay down and take it as usual. Don't let them tell you the Wheel Tax will halt the property tax, I hope our memories are not so short we forget the last time they gave us that song and dance. Commissioner Stuart does have a petition in circulation to put the Wheel Tax increase on the ballot in an attempt to repeal this bad idea. Try to find a copy of the petition and sign your name.

Are the schools in a budget crisis? Well the story is this, the school board says they are under a shortfall because they did not get as much money from the State of Tennessee because they did not have as many students as they had expected. (the amount of state funds is based in part on how many students you have enrolled) I see that like this, if they do not have the number of students they anticipated, then why should they need as much money as they thought they would? Also I am attempting to find out how much money is now being held in reserves by the Dickson County Board of Education. I think this would be a good time to use such funds don't you? Or is it better to tax us again and again?

Jail full? Send the damn State prisioners back to the State, thank you very much. How many are locked up for "victimless" crimes letting violent convicts out early to rob, maim and kill? We all have to live under a budget, when we have a shortfall for whatever reason, do we just go to our boss( yes we are these peoples boss, but most of them do not realize it, remind them the next election) and ask for a raise? I doubt most are able to do that with their employer. No, we tighten our budget, cut corners, buy the cheaper car, etc etc. Dickson County Government needs to do the same!!

Short Note On Crime in Our Midst

Seems like a lot of traffic tickets being written by law officers in the White Bluff area of late. I don't think its the loiterers doing the speeding, but what do I know?

8/11/00

UPDATE ON OUR MONEY

It has come to the attention of this page via two sources that the Town of White Bluff, where freedom roams as long as you do not loiter and look for it after 11PM, that we have been awarded a government grant for our high priced sewer system(you know the one we built to replace the old one we are still paying for). While this is good news if we can get these high bills reduced. 350,000 is the total I think I was told. Now this is strictly on the QT, but look for many different politicos to start grabbing credit for this, from local to state to federal. I have already heard and read some of this baloney. While it is good that someone got this cash passed on to us, the reality is this ITS OUR MONEY TO START WITH Don't have any doubt any money we get from the government is from tax money and ours anyway. We are so used to getting the "manna" from Washington DC, Nashville, or City Hall, we tend to forget that we are only getting portion of what we are forced to give from our paychecks and various other involuntary means. Don't get me wrong we need the(our) sewer money, and the roads are better in town, but when you want someone to thank, reach back and slap your own back, cause brothers and sisters you paid for it, and all the handling fees and red tape to get it back.

8/9/00

BLUFWATCH FAQs

One internet term that I learned early on in chatrooms, newsgroups and messageboards is "FAQs" Which stands for frequently asked questions. This is to answer the two I get most from friends and family over this page. I tried to cut back recently on my online time and thusly this webpage, I have caught some flack over this from some, from other good friends, understanding was shown and appreciated. Of course the most time consuming and at the same time most popular was the Message Board. Those who knew of the page from the start know the first messageboard was open, no editing and instant posting. While entertaining, it was also hurtful and insulting for a small town such as White Bluff where most know or know of each other. More than once did I have to go in and delete messages that had already caused pain for some. So after a hiatus, it returned with editing and then of course when I tried to make it fair I had to try to do if for all and that was not real popular, even with some friends. So because of this and yes also wanting some time away from the internet, to spend with my wife and children, I stopped the board again. That is the reasoning. There is now a poll on the polling page regarding the message board, take it please and give me your input on if and how the board should make a return.

Another thing that seems to worry some people(with little to worry over it seems) is who does this page. I actually think this is one of the worse kept secrets in town. That is not to say that a few friends have been very loyal and kept promises to not divulge the ones responsible for this page. But I probably told a few too many and thats ok if it got speculated on or guessed at. Also when I did start this page none of my family and friends knew about it til after the fact. Why? Why did I not just come right out and say this is me or whatever? Well, first of all I thought a bit of mystery made it more interesting and therefore more my read at first. And that made it fun for me and the few in on the joke. Also I figured it was easier to get some ideas or info for the page if I was just " me" and Blufwatch was Blufwatch. And its fun too, and that is maybe the best reason. I don't think or have I intended to put anything on this page that was untrue, unless it was satirical. Nor have I intended to attack anyone personally, yes you found that on the message board at times and hopefully can tell the turmoil that caused me as evidenced by having to edit and the do away with it all together. I have on the main page, been critical of some(many) public officals when I thought it needed( which is quite often). I am proud to say I am for liberty and limited government, and when I see what I think is waste, abuse of power or other various wrongs, I will indeed speak out and write here about it. I feel when we don't speak out and our rights are taken away or lessened, we are the poorer and our children will suffer for it. So that is why I do and say what I do on this page. You don't have to agree with me, but hopefully I can make you at least see another view. Some say why don't you go out and do something about it? Well for me I can probaly reach more people this way than I could standing on the corner. Some run for office others join groups, boards or whatever they think is best for them, and that is good. I handed out cards at polling places at the last election, and maybe will do so this fall. I vote every election, and few non city officals have attended as many White Bluff council meetings in the last few years as I have. Also when I critize, I do not mean to say I have all the answers, I am far from perfect, ask my wife. But that does not mean I have to agree with what I see as wrong when it is in evidence.

Some think I might be not wanting my views here known, well I think most who might talk to me know I will pretty much give my opinion when asked(and when not). And at last another reason I did not see a great need to annouce who I am, is I really do not seek any publicity over who does this page or anything related to it. I do not have to see my name in the paper or on this page to have sartisfaction over what I do, I do enjoy it for itself. I figure if you have to keep reminding people how great you are, then its of little importance to anyone but you. I think I have blown my own horn more in this one column than I have since I started this page almost 18 months ago. But alas some think is a big conspiracy on my part to remain secret, so in light of this there is now a poll on the polling page where you can vote yea or nay on me telling who this is. I might add, I have had help from friends and family on this page and ideas for it, so no matter what I refuse to take all the credit(or the blame. So go to the polling page and vote to see if I should come clean, so to speak. To my friends and family thanks and I love ya!

8/3/00

EARLY LOCAL ELECTION RESULTS

These are unoffical reports, but are pretty conclusive from reports I have by visiting some polling places and the election commission office in Charlotte. Once again White Bluff has the short end of the stick in having a voice on the Dickson County School Board. With 3 candidates running in the first district from our town, Melissa Brown, Joe Bennett and Rhett Butler, they were unable to garner enough votes to beat the one opponent they faced from Dickson, former teacher Amber Potter. In fact they split the White Bluff vote to the point Potter also carried White Bluff. The final results are not in, but Potter with more than 50% of the vote, out polled the Bluff trio by herself.

In the 6th District which has the North side of White Bluff, Linda Norman ran a strong race against former teacher Bennie Daniel, but came up about 10% short. I expect to see her run in future elections.

The big problem I see is White Bluff is spilt into two Districts, thereby denying the second largest town in the County enough voting power to elect a school board member. Why White Bluff is split one half with Dickson and the other half with North Dickson County is a mystery to me. Local citizens should lobby their County Commissioners to redraw the school board districts in a more equitable manner. There also seems to be quite a strong influence by teachers to elect someone with ties to their profession. This may seem good to some, but I have to wonder if teachers or their relatives would be more concerned with teacher pay and other self interests of the teaching lobby, (generally one the strongest voices in elections) over quality of education for the students. Maybe not purposely, but the temptation to take care of ones own self interest is always strong. Where parents, with no ties to teaching, one could resonably assume, would generally cast votes that would first benefit the children.

At last check, Brady Mann Jr had a victory over Chris Howard in the 12th District Constable race. Gail Wren had a strong re-election victory over Brenda Porter in the Tax assessors race.

Thanks to all the candidates for trying to make a difference. I still hold hope John J Hooker can pull of the US Senate nomination!!

8/2/00

AUGUST COUNCIL UPDATE

The August session of the council was held last nite at the historic Bibb/Larkins complex. 2 public hearings were held prior to the meeting, first considering the placement of vet clinic in town, to be in the building just west of the Methodist Church, formerly a daycare facility. And another hearing on the yearly budget. Then came the regular meeting, which as always features complaints from the towns folks. The first and only one was the subject of many updates here in recent days. It was a complaint from a local lady, backed by some 200 names on a petition(see below.) The problem arised when local law officers required that no one be in any public parking lots after 11pm.(see story below for details) Councilman Stuart expressed outrage that adults and property owners would not be allowed to peacably gather anywhere they might have permission of the owner to be. Chief Hester stated that he needed this authority to deal with increasing crime and drug related activites. City barrister Stanley Reynolds, while admitting many loitering laws had been struck down on appeal as being unconstitutional (ck this link)Supreme Court Stikes Down Loitiering Law Reynolds did not think we should tie the hands of the police. He was in favor of quote "NIPPING IT IN THE BUD" While we here at blufwatch agree the police have to be able to enforce the laws and protect us(and we think the intentions are good), we do not want our rights forfited just to do so. We feel a good compromise would be for the police to use their "discretion" and card suspious people, and even ask to leave the ones suspected of crimes, drugs or otherwise. So we protest the loitering rule if indeed that is the only "crime", and legally should be able to stay out as late as you want. And most of all elect politicians that will protect your freedoms not take them away. Some current politicians or officals may try to keep you safe by stealing your freedom. But always remember that you will never be safe until you are free.

Chief Hester seemed to think the problem will die down soon, and that perhaps the situation was not handled properly on the front end. The council agreed to look into rewording the outdated ordinance concerning loitering.

In other business, the budget for the new fiscal year was approved, Stuart and Bennett passed. Discussion was held over construction of a building to house city vehicles, in the 11,000 to 14,000 dollar range were the estimates. A motion by Hayes to redo sidewalks with leftover street funds was not approved. This was the source of controversy last month between Brown in favor of also paving a walking track for the park and Stuart desirous of paving Church Street. On a side note, it was learned that the fine reporter for the Herald, Kim Conner is NOT leaving town and will remain to report the council news in the county paper, Seems some council members are more delighted than others over this. She does do a good fair, unbiased job(unlike me)

Vote !!! Thats pretty much it for this month, but August is hot as hell and tempers can always get hotter!

7/27/00 SHORT UPDATE I was informed yesterday that perhaps there will be a lawsuit filed if the city trys to use the funds from the road loan on a walking track and sidewalks. This came from a government insider who seemed sure of his facts. As I have stated before on this page, I think we do need sidewalk repair. The legalities of tranfering the money to the park for the walking track is a matter for legal minds to work out. On a short side note, let me make clear, I am not against the local authorities enforcing laws against lawbreakers. I am against the taking away of my rights and the rights of others just to stop the activity of some others who need to be punished for their own wrongdoing. Someone has asked me why I endorsed Brown and Norman in the upcoming elections for school board. When we have others in town running. I think they are the most qualified, and we need a White Bluff voice on the School Board. 7/27/00 UPDATE ON 7/23/00 ARTICLE Since the last update there have been numerous copies of a petition placed around our fair city. It seems more than a few locals are not happy with the tactics being used by the city authoriti to prohibit property owners and their ADULT guests from being on private property in otherwise legal activity after 11 p.m. Local authoritys have said that some people at onetime or another busted a bottle and reved engines. THE BLUFWATCH VIEW ON THIS? If this sort of thing is happening, then find the guilty and charge them, BUT DO NOT infringe on the rights of many to control a few. The logic of those who would restrict our rights over this?, it follows this pattern, the deeds of a few shall punish us all, for instance, if there is a report of speeders on Main Street, do they need to try to find the guilty or just not let anyone drive on Main Street at all? If a man on White Bluff Road beats his wife, shall we arrest him or should we just not allow people to marry anymore, that way no one can ever beat his wife again? Silly examples you may say, but they have behind them the same thought process that the city is using in stopping otherwise legal activity by our citizens just because they are unable to find the ones who have caused the problems they speak of. Adults of sane and sober mind should be able to gather, talk, sit, meditate on there own property or property they are invited to be on, without government interferance. Not an important right to fight for to you perhaps? Well consider this, we are blessed to have only a few rights, how many of them are you prepared to relinquish? This is copy of the petition circulating concerning this matter. Feel free to copy and get it signed and return copies to City Hall "We, the undersigned, citizens of White Bluff, Tennessee and surrounding areas do hereby petition the local government to cease the attempts to stop adults from being on private property when these same adults own the property or have permission to be there. If no laws are being broken and no state of martial law exists, we feel this is a reasonable request. The purpose of this petition is to preserve our rights as free Americans and to save our rights of freedom of free speech and free assembly." 7/23/00 ANTI-FREEDOM TACTICS REPORTED This will be a short but troubling update. It was reported to me by two local ladies that the night patrolman for the local police department has informed certain peoples they cannot be in any parking lots after 11 p.m. This was told to one woman who owned the parking lot she was in. Indeed he said charges of loitering could be lodged. Can you loiter on your own property? Sounds like he has not enough to do, OR needs a program in how to play nice. Now I am not sure if this is an effort to enforce a curfew for minors, which was a subject on this page and comments to it last year. I can see where that might be a concern. BUT, if adults are on their own property or on property they have permission to be on, no matter what time of day it is, the towns night watchman needs to let it go and mind his business in other areas of town. There are quite a few other things these people could be doing that would far worse than sitting and talking. If they are raising hell or violating traffic laws enforce that, but sitting and visiting? Find something else to enforce or get respect for your "AUTHORITI" on Mr Officer. And LET FREEDOM RING!!" 7/27/00

SHORT UPDATE

I was informed yesterday that perhaps there will be a lawsuit filed if the city trys to use the funds from the road loan on a walking track and sidewalks. This came from a government insider who seemed sure of his facts. As I have stated before on this page, I think we do need sidewalk repair. The legalities of tranfering the money to the park for the walking track is a matter for legal minds to work out.

On a short side note, let me make clear, I am not against the local authorities enforcing laws against lawbreakers. I am against the taking away of my rights and the rights of others just to stop the activity of some others who need to be punished for their own wrongdoing.

Someone has asked me why I endorsed Brown and Norman in the upcoming elections for school board. When we have others in town running. I think they are the most qualified, and we need a White Bluff voice on the School Board.

7/27/00 UPDATE ON 7/23/00 ARTICLE

Since the last update there have been numerous copies of a petition placed around our fair city. It seems more than a few locals are not happy with the tactics being used by the city authoriti to prohibit property owners and their ADULT guests from being on private property in otherwise legal activity after 11 p.m. Local authoritys have said that some people at onetime or another busted a bottle and reved engines. THE BLUFWATCH VIEW ON THIS? If this sort of thing is happening, then find the guilty and charge them, BUT DO NOT infringe on the rights of many to control a few. The logic of those who would restrict our rights over this?, it follows this pattern, the deeds of a few shall punish us all, for instance, if there is a report of speeders on Main Street, do they need to try to find the guilty or just not let anyone drive on Main Street at all? If a man on White Bluff Road beats his wife, shall we arrest him or should we just not allow people to marry anymore, that way no one can ever beat his wife again? Silly examples you may say, but they have behind them the same thought process that the city is using in stopping otherwise legal activity by our citizens just because they are unable to find the ones who have caused the problems they speak of. Adults of sane and sober mind should be able to gather, talk, sit, meditate on there own property or property they are invited to be on, without government interferance. Not an important right to fight for to you perhaps? Well consider this, we are blessed to have only a few rights, how many of them are you prepared to relinquish?

This is copy of the petition circulating concerning this matter. Feel free to copy and get it signed and return copies to City Hall

"We, the undersigned, citizens of White Bluff, Tennessee and surrounding areas do hereby petition the local government to cease the attempts to stop adults from being on private property when these same adults own the property or have permission to be there. If no laws are being broken and no state of martial law exists, we feel this is a reasonable request. The purpose of this petition is to preserve our rights as free Americans and to save our rights of freedom of free speech and free assembly."

7/23/00

ANTI-FREEDOM TACTICS REPORTED

This will be a short but troubling update. It was reported to me by two local ladies that the night patrolman for the local police department has informed certain peoples they cannot be in any parking lots after 11 p.m. This was told to one woman who owned the parking lot she was in. Indeed he said charges of loitering could be lodged. Can you loiter on your own property? Sounds like he has not enough to do, OR needs a program in how to play nice.
Now I am not sure if this is an effort to enforce a curfew for minors, which was a subject on this page and comments to it last year. I can see where that might be a concern. BUT, if adults are on their own property or on property they have permission to be on, no matter what time of day it is, the towns night watchman needs to let it go and mind his business in other areas of town. There are quite a few other things these people could be doing that would far worse than sitting and talking. If they are raising hell or violating traffic laws enforce that, but sitting and visiting? Find something else to enforce or get respect for your "AUTHORITI" on Mr Officer. And LET FREEDOM RING!!"

7/22/00

TRUCK WRECK ON TAYLORTOWN

A local man rolled his truck today on the curve right passed the farm once belonging to Arnold Gill. There is a sharp curve there, I had many near bicycle wrecks there in the 60's and 70's. But the curve has been there since the memory of man runs not to the contrary. So, as of this time I am not certain of the cause of the mishap yesterday.

6/29/00

ANNUAL PARK FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

The annual fundraising for the future city park will be held this weekend at the Community Center. There will be fun, food, games and entertainment. The new park is now under development and the goals are now within sight. All those that are able to attend and interested in the new park are urged to attend. The day will kick off with a 5K walk Saturday morning.

Now this is strictly on the QT, but the rumor mill has it that legendary rock/r&b band "THE BLUE MOOSE" will make a special guest apperance at the event. This group is one of dying breed of the "super" bands of the 60's and 70's, the Beatles, Stones, Skynard, and Zepplin are gone, don't miss a chance to see this group while you still can. Look for a set by this famed group around noon, and don't leave til you hear a drum solo by the best damn drummer this side of Trace Creek, Papa aka Dr Jon A.

Lets get out there and give til it hurts, for the kids.!!!

6/27/00

MUCH AWAITED BEER BOARD HEARING HELD TODAY

The hearing into alleged violations by the Stop and Save Market for selling beer to minors was held this evening. The beer board is made up of all members of the council with the vice mayor serving as the chairman. The town is served by city attorney Reynolds and the market was represented by Attorney R Holley.

A Dickson Co sheriff deputy testified he had observed what he felt to be minors around a pick up truck with over 2 cases of beer in the back, he noticed this when he circled the market while lost(?) looking for another market. He asked the boys their age and upon finding one to be 18, Matt Taylor, and the others to be 17 and 16, he placed them under arrest. He also charged the clerk, Terri Williams with selling beer to a minor. A charge later dropped. The 18 year old testified he had bought the beer there before and had never been carded, the clerk stated she had indeed checked him before and that is how she knew who his family was after seeing his ID. Taylor said he thought she had checked him when he bought cigarettes and that was how she knew who he was. This made me wonder if she was concerned enough to check for cigarettes I would have to believe she would check for beer. It was also brought out that she helped load the beer in the truck, which at first glance made it look bad for her, but on learing that she did so because she knew the boy with him was a minor and not legally able to carry out beer she would not let him even touch it. Again if she was not concerned over legalities she would not have been cautious in this area. Taylor steadfastly denied he ever used a fake ID, but upon repeated questions by Holley, did reverse an earlier statement and admit he had indeed bought beer at other markets in town before he bought from Stop N Save. The sticking point did indeed seem to be the use or non use of a false ID. The local ordinance does not allow as much leeway as state law in this area. In fact the towns laws allow for only revocation or a $50 dollar fine. State law allows a tiered punishment system and for less liabilty in cases of false ID. There is some thought that out local laws might not be held up if appealed because we are not inline with state laws. However, the board decided, 3-0, that while the market had violated the letter of the local laws, they felt that the boy had used a false ID and therefore negated the culpability of the market. So they used the local ordinance and fined them the $50 and thusly( and properly in my opinion) let sleeping dogs lie(lay?). Councilwoman Hayes did not participate in the vote upon request of Holley and advice of Reynolds, to prevent any future appeals on grounds she is related to Taylor. Also the market has taken several measures to help prevent this from happening again, with a video system and a copier to keep records of IDs used at the market. Taylor was placed on probation and the minors were dealt with by the County juvenile court system.

In addition this was an entertaining show, much better than reruns of L.A.LAW and Night Court. I urge all those who are looking for some cheap fun to attend future meeting and see our town in action.

6/20/00

EX FIREFIGHTERS LETTER IN THE HERALD

In a recent editon of the Dickson County Herald, a former member of the White Bluff, Tennessee VFD submitted a letter to the editor. He reported he had been dismissed from the departement and expressed dismay that seeing as he had provided years of service he should be allowed back on the department. He also was unsure if he had done something to embarress the dept. I am puzzled by this because if he had done so why did he not remember it? I decided to check into some of the reports I had heard about this story. I am now satisfied the members of the department and officers did the proper thing in putting him off the force. If you are interested in this and getting the facts for yourself I urge you to talk to Chief Potts or other officers and members of the VFD. I am sure that while the young man had provided our town with service in the past, he would be much more of a liabilty than an asset to us at this time.

Yes summer is here regardless of the what the calender says, so please keep a close check elderly folks you know and keep plenty of water out for pets and the birdies too. Looks to be a sweltering summer ahead and I guess thats part of the price for being southerners. I have noticed the balmy heat recently on my (semi) nightly stroll, but its still the best place in the world to take that walk so no complaints(beats snow). The newly paved roads are looking great and were badly needed, I hope that the economy allows for us to afford this and have it done regularly enough to keep them from falling in to such disrepair again.

6/8/00

JUNE COUNCIL MEETING

White Bluff City Council was in session this tuesday past with a snoozer. Which on reflection is good, the more excitment the more trouble for the townsfolks generally speaking(sleeping doggies not withstanding.) There was approval of a motion to use the remaining funds from the loan for paving to pave Church Street, this is possible with an extra $4000 added to the remaining funds. The county growth plan was also approved.(Has Burns seceeded from the county yet?) Annexation of some land in the Spann's Greenfield subdivision was passed on first reading. It was noted in the Herald this would come at no cost to the city of White Bluff.(I believe while developers are responsible for the costs of roads, sewagelines, etc, they are not billed for extra police, fire, trash or other services provided by the town, albeit there will be some more property tax revenue.) Also there is to be some adjustment in the billing policy for the sewer service, hopefully to make it more equitable for those that are not high volume users. The new plan approved by the states Water and Wastewater Planning Board. It is my understanding there will be a special meeting of the Beer Board on the 15th of June to hear a case against a local merchant. The esteemed Mayor and Council meet the first Tuesday of each month(or thereabouts).

5/27/00

MEMORIAL DAY AND GRADUATION

This is Graduation week and day in particular for this area, it is also Memorial Day Weekend for our nation. Both are good reasons for reflection of the good folks of White Bluff, Tennessee and the Nation as a whole. Memorial Day originated in 1868, designated as day in which the graves of Civil War soldiers would be decorated. Known as Decoration Day, the holiday was changed to Memorial Day within twenty years, becoming a holiday dedicated to the memory of all war dead. It became a federal holiday in 1971, and is now observed on the last Monday in May. We here in White Bluff, as do all have so much to be grateful for because of the sacrifices made by all members of the armed services who lay down their lives so that we or other peoples might live free. No unit of measure can show the degree of sacrifice made by these people. They gave up the future hopes and dreams they had so that we might be able to live ours. And let us not forget the loss the families of these heros suffered. They too had to change their hopes and desires when these loved ones were lost. So when you are on the road travling or burning some ground beef or drinking that brew this weekend, keep in mind a bit those who have made it possible for you to be able to do so.

To those who are graduating you too have much to look back on this week, to hard days and good ones. Friends made and lost, as well as loves. Lessons learned and tests passed and failed, all really to make you the person you are to become, in fact, as I have learned in the 20 odd years since I tossed off my cap at the end of the graduation night, you never stop developing into that person you are destined to be. Or hoping you will become. Life is really a continual school and time is the teacher we all must abide by. You think now your entire life has been school and you are right as far as your life has gone. I know you have all heard it all before, but these days will be there for wonderful memories in years to come. But as we look back for Memorial Day and the grads look back to school days past, don't forget to look forward to all you can achieve and enjoy in life.
Hope springs eternal in school, life and love.

Have a safe and happy holiday.

5/23/00

WAY LATE & SHORT MAY COUNCIL UPDATE

I am lazy, so shoot me, haha. I did not get to attend the entire session of the May council meeting, so I will make this short and sweet and as painless as possible. A short meeting of the beer board was held before the regular meeting, as all members of the council make up the beer board this is always an good time to hold the meetings. The topic was the procedures and penalties pertaining to violations of law by those holding permits to sell beer in the White Bluff city limits. It was thought to be a good idea to bring the citys guidelines in line with those of the state of Tennessee. This was brought about by an apparent violation of the newest market to obtain the permit. I am not privy to all the facts of the case, but it is my understanding that a young man of 18 or 19 used a fake ID to obtain beer and was charged by a deputy sheriff and the clerk on duty at the time was charged as well. The curmudgeon of the council was overheard, as reported in the Herald, to let sleeping dogs lie(lay?) whatever. But seeing as how no one even had brought up the Canine Control officer I see no reason for that statement.
The rest of the meeting was not as exciting as the beer board, which would mean quite a bit of yawning. Regular reports and all that jazz(no no the center). There was a proposal and accepted by the council to use any excess hotmix to pave some gravel roads in town if all the roads scheduled for repair are completed. It is is my understanding that the prior months dilemma over the wrecker service was now most likely to be handled by the county. I am sure there is much I have left out, but hey its been three weeks and I can even remember to take out the trash on Thursdays(or is that Wednesdays?) or set the VCR for Monday Nite Nitro.

4/6/00

APRIL COUNCIL UPDATE
or WRECKERS,CROSSING GUARDS & VIDEOTAPE

Once again the White Bluff town council had their monthly show this Tuesday night past at the historical(as opposed to hysterical) Bibb Larkins Public Meeting Hall and Old Jail House. Things got off to a roaring start as the meeting was gaveled into session. A townslady, or one who at least lives within snuff spitting distance to town had a serious complaint. The female school crossing guard on highway 70 does not wear orange, not to be confused with the male guard on the same road whose name just so happens to be Orange. It was not brought out if Orange wears orange or not. I know he does, but this could be due to the fact he holds a high ranking position in the local Coon Hunters Association and forgets to change attire when he heads out to his other job as our daytime police patrol. But I digress, the issue is MS Nicholson, a woman I have always found pleasant in manner as I manuever my way to work on Highway 70 each morning, late as per usual. It was also brought out that she is sometimes late to her post. I do not know that it is a regular problem or not, but was mentioned. Also the city limit sign in Ms Shaws(the one who likes orange) neighborhood was called into question seeing as how it was only moved to let the former mayor Smith to run for office. I can't really say what this had to do with the crossing guard issue, you had to be there I guess. It was also pointed out that in the 1940's crossing guards had badges right above the waist on a little sash. Good to know in case you are on "Who wants to be a Millionare". Also, Ms Nicholson was said to be seen drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes, no mention was made of the Satan costume she wears on Halloween or the Santy Clause suit at Christmas(obviously a blantant case of Government endorsed religion if ever there was one.) My view on this? Well I know that Ms Shaw is quite a U T fan and I think that could have some bearing on the desire for all the dab blame orange. One more point on this, one citizen stated he was tailgated by a lady with more than her share of makeup and a heavy foot on her Ford Escort gas pedal. He halted his car by Officer Orange and requested she be warned, about the tailgating, not the mascara.

Then it was on to business as the lease purchase of a backhoe was approved. Also the paying of the note )with money unused this year for paving) on the tractor and the purchase of two new tractors with the remainder of that money and the trade in of the old tractor. Also the bid for paving was awarded to Holland Paving Company. The loan for the paving was low bid by First American, but a delay was in store as the paving will take about half a million and the loan was only bid out at 450,000. So in fairness all the banks that had bid will be contacted again to see if the higher amount would affect their bids. Also the city garbage pick up service was awarded for the next two years to Ms Mash and the truck known as Buttercup.

Then it was on to the much anticipated hearing on the wrecker service located on Trace Creek road. This has tempers hot on both sides. City codesperson, Keith McClurkan had done some investigation and found that when he checked the cars were all on the tow in lot which is located in the county and not the city limits. The ones complaining about the service were also sure that some phone calls had been made in the house which is in the city limits which in their view means a business in city limits. Some even suggested that at time you could smell the diesal fumes from the wrecker. Hizzoner the mayor had to gavel the mob down to gain control on more than one occasion. I myself was in fear of my life. But then I get worried at big easteregg hunts when the kids surge forward. In addition the main complainants have had to put a chain across their drive way, to stop turnarounds. One of note was someone visiting wearing a Titans Jersey, with Wychek on the back. While this could have been illegal wrecker money business going on, it may well have been Frank Wychek himself)see the story for April 1st below this story). A VIDEOTAPE was even offered for more proof. Then out of the blue, former First Lady, LadyBird Johnson was dragged into the controversy(how you ask, well nexttime show up and you will hear all this for yourself) Also as the meeting drawed to a close, an event always marked by Councilman Stuart donning his spiffy looking cap, and getting up and leaving when he is ready, a lawsuit was threatened by someone on the wrecker side for libel. It was about at this point I could not control myself and laffed out loud. A lot. My views on this little episode? Well since you asked. First I think there are alot of hard feelings down there on Trace Creek Road. More than one complained this hurt the looks of the area and that it was "white trashy". This offended some cause we are basically rednecks. We do live in White Bluff, not Belle Meade. But, I would not like noise right across from me all hours of the night. I really think this has taken on much more than that. I would hope some compromise could be worked out among these people without keeping Councilman Stuart out so late listening to all of this stuff. Nor do we need to, in my view to always have to tell the other people what they can and cannot do on their own land, as long as it does not directly disrupt our lives. I know we must have some zoning and restrictions. But keep in mind readers, everytime you take away someones right to do this or that, you have also taken away a part of your rights as a private individual to do as you will lawfully. Do not hasten to give away your rights, the government is all to ready to do so without your help. Don't annoy your neighbors and try not to let them annoy you. I know thats easier said than done. But the better people on both sides can resolve such matters among themselves the better we all are.

This was longer than usual council update, I just wanted to show you all in more detail what you might be missing. See it is better than watching Dateline 4 times a week. Til next time, go in peace.

4/1/00

APRILS FOOLS DAY 2000
OR RUMORS R US

First things first, set them clocks back Saturday night for daylight savings time. Get that extra hour each day for all those honeydoo chores we get this time of year. Now on to the juicy stuff. Has anyone heard the rumors that our mayor may seek the office being vacated by state Rep. Doug Jackson? If the word on the corner is true his campaign may be ran by another local politician, known for his good taste in "classic" pick up trucks. I cannot verify this, but the rumors persist.

I also have some inside info that the very one that was the swing vote on the paving deal on the city council is now having her driveway under preparations to be paved. Just a coincidence? You be the judge. Speaking of Judges, who is that cute lady that helps out in city court? She is quite a charmer.

City elections are a little more than a year away, and already the word on the street is that one of the towns leading citizens, initals are H. J., is ready to give up his condo in front of the railroad tracks to seek office and move right into city hall. I have spoken to one of the ladies that is on his exploratory committee and she has told me he is leaning toward running at this time. Can those "BIG JOHNSON" for council tee shirts be far behind?

Now this is strictly on the QT just for the readers of this page, scuttlebutt has it that Bud Adams is mad as hell over the restroom situation at the Adelphia Coliseum, and is at this moment in negotiations with the local parks(aka J.R.) director for moving the Titans to White Bluff for play in the new Veterans Park. Some of the trees now scheduled to be cut down are to be saved for use as private restrooms thus solving that problem and the taller ones will also serve as sky boxes. The Titans name will be changed by a vote of the city council, its been narrowed down to three as I write this, the choices are Possums, Creepers and White Screamers. Let the council know your thoughts on this. This is just a thought if they do move here, look for Jerome Kearse to run for office as well, consider the possibilites, a FREAK and a CREEP on the the same council!!

Other short news, UFOs sighted over Pack Road, in an unrelated story a Moonshine Still is busted on Lincoln Road. Ladys Wrestling set for Joslin Branch Road, local gals expected to headline the show. Emu missing on Wakeman Road, Parks Dept. to hold BBQ fundraiser for the Kids. Volcano erupts in Hawaii, White Bluff ponders the effects here and debates the future of this years Christmas Parade.
Hope you all have a happy and safe APRIL FOOLS DAY!!

3/11/00

MARCH COUNCIL MEETING REPORT

At the March council meeting at town hall the major news was the passage of the proposal for road paving. This will involve a loan of about $450,000. This was passed by a vote of 3-2 with Melissa Brown, Eric Tidwell, and Linda Hayes voting yea and Maurice Stuart and Mary K Bennett voting nay. Stuart expressed concern over the economy and the burden of repayment on taxpayers. Councilwoman Brown, before voting with the majority pointedly asked Mayor Williams if this would raise city taxes, he stated that it would not. The list of roads to be paved was also approved, it had been selected from a list presented earlier to the council. I do not have that list, but the roads include, South Main, Commerce Street, Industrial Drive, Factory Drive, Old Charlotte and about 7 or 8 others. If I get the entire list I will post it on the page. The 70,000 dollars that had already been budgeted for the loan in case it was passed, will not be used for that purpose this year. Instead, the mayor proposed taking about 30,000 and paying off a note on the road tractor now in use. Then in turn trading that tractor off and purchasing two new tractors with the remainder of the money. We will then have two new tractors and the note paid off, however, it will take one more year to pay off the paving loan. We are also expecting payment for some sewer work from the state, on lines running from the state park. It is hoped to be in the neighborhood of 35,000. If so City Hall hopes to use that money to purchase a new backhoe for the city. We will be leasing one for that job until then. All these proposals passed at Tuesday nights meeting. Work is also expected to be moving faster on the Veterans Park this spring. There was a citizen complaint over the possibility of a wrecker service operating without a business permit in the city limits and a request to have a no passing lane on highway 70 in front of the Veterans Park. Police, Fire, Codes, and other monthly reports were presented. City Council meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 pm at the venerable BIBB-LARKINS office complex.

3/5/00

EARLY SPRING? AND OTHER PONDERINGS

We have had some excellant weather the last few days, it feels great. Even if we did not a very cold winter, this is about perfect weather as far as I am concerned. Unless we had a beach, then a few more degrees would be nice.

We have just great response to the Legends of The Bluff section. I am very pleased with that. I hope to have many more of you add stories to the compilation. Also all the quotes and poetry that were on the main page have now been placed on their own page, with a section for local poets as well to submit their own. I hope this will have many submissions. A few new pictures have also been added to the town picture section.

We have a presidental primary coming up soon, though it may matter little by the time we get to cast our votes here in Tennessee. I will not put forth anyone candidate, though I am pretty sure who I will cast my vote for. I always try to find someone who I think fits in my idea of LESS government, and that will not infringe any further on my rights as a citizen of this nation. I generally follow what the Libertarian Party advocates(not all), but being aware that he likelyhood of them have an electable candidate is slim, I sometimes try to find the major candidate that is as close to those ideals as possible. Which basically are live and let live as long as it does not DIRECTLY effect someone else. I have added a link below to the Libertarian Party page, for those who might have an interest. Take the quiz and see, you may well be closer to their ideals than you might think.

Well, thats it for now sports fans. Have fun in the sun and be careful out there.

2/13/2000

SHORT MESSAGE FOR VALENTINES DAY

Happy Valentines Day White Bluff, Tennessee and to all those who are interested enough in our town to read this page. The best wish I can send to all of you is that you have the love you want and with the person you desire it with, and that they return your love and that it fulfills both your lives. Life without any love is hardly a life at all, at best its lonely, at its worse bitter and sad. With love all things seem possible and life stays fresh and new. I came upon a quote by the actress Katherine Hepburn it reads "Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, only with what you are expecting to give, which should be everything" That is indeed how love should be. These following thoughts are from an Unknown author, which show us see the power of love and desire combined " Love is when thoughts of but one person fill your heart, when they mean more than life to you, when you know you would do anything for them and shall die if they are taken from you.
Desire is when you ache to see them and touch them, when they cause your body to burn and tremble.
Desire does not demand love before it can ensnare you, BUT desire with love creates the most powerful bond."
Hope you all get all the Hugs and Kisses(as well as Love and Desire) you deserve and maybe even a few more than that.xoxoxoxo

2/4/2000

BLUFWATCH PAGE IS ONE YEAR OLD FEBRUARY 5TH

It was one year ago Saturday that I first started this page. I think I emailed it to about 10 or 15 people that first weekend. It really has had a response beyond anything I ever dreamed it would. I know sometimes there has been controversy over things both on the page and the message board. Indeed, I had to change the format of the message board to attempt to keep things from being posted just out of meanness and spite. I don't think there were many people involved, but it was enough to make it where I wanted to have them emailed to me before I allowed them on. It seems to be working much better now, we don't all agree on the message board, but thats ok, variety is the spice of life.

I want to take this chance to thank all that read this page, those that write in and those that do not. I have had many emails from people that tell me they love to read the page but do not want to post, and that is fine. I have had several write me from out of town and want info on the town in making decisions on if they will reloate here. I think I would still do the page if no one was reading it, but was astounded that over 20,000 hits are showing in the first year. I am proud of the history part of the page, I wish I had more imput, but am glad of what we have there and that somewhere on the world wide web people can read of White Bluff, Tennessee. Also the business listings which people can look too for ideas on goods and services. My semi-frequent updates which run the gambit from corney to sentimental to tounge in cheek, no doubt bore many, but I have a good time doing them.

1/10/2000

FOOTBALL, LIFE & CLOSE CALLS

Greetings all and looks like we did make it past the Y2K countdown in one piece, or as good as could be expected anyway.
I am sure most or all got to see the play that won the AFC wildcard game for the Tennessee Titans Saturday against the Buffalo Bills. If not seen live, it has been and will be replayed as long as NFL highlight films exist. In short, Buffalo kicked an apparent game winning field goal with 16 seconds left to go up by one point. On the kickoff the Titans pulled off a play that was nothing short of a miracle, with fullback Lorenso Neal catching the kick handing to tightend Wycheck and him in turn making a sideline lateral pass to receiver Dyson who ran over 70 yards for the winning score. The looks on the players faces told the whole story. From the looks on the Titans of sorrow right before the TD to the elation they showed after the score. The reverse was shown on the faces of the Bills.
This to me showed how close and fleeting success and failure and happiness and saddness are in life as well. Only a few inches or seconds here and there are the difference in so much we experiance. Turning a curve at the wrong time can lead to an accident that could kill or ten seconds later and you might be able to stop at the same wreck and pull someone from a car and save their life. Taking a stroll in the park at the right time might lead to meeting your soulmate or if you arrive 30 seconds later all you may get is a twisted ankle in a gopher hole. Even the right word used at the right time might impress the person you are destined for or a slip of the tounge might cause you to never get that chance again. Getting to take a phone call from an important customer at work, might get you that raise instead of the co-worker who stepped out for a smoke or who had answered a wrong number. Even here in White Bluff, the chance for a good and gentle town as opposed to one growing out of control is easily turned on one vote of the council or the decision of one business man.
The chances for happiness in life, love, business and other aspects are fleeting at best, and may never come more than once and we are lucky to get that much at times. So if you get that chance don't lose it, or cast it away. It may never come again. Do as the Titans did Saturday, if and when you get your chance, make the best of it and hold onto it when you get it. One quote I love to repeat is the one that goes something like " it is not regret for things we did that is so bad, it is the regret for things we could have done and never did that is the greatest regret of all". Have a good rest of the month...

12/29/99

Happy New Year and Y2k Fears

I will not start to list all we have to be thankful for as we head toward a New Year, a new century as well as a new 1000 year cycle. I would imagine I have bored you folks to tears with sentimentality in my Thanksgiving and Christmas messages. If you need a dose of that, you are of course welcome to go to the past message page and get another dose.
I do wish all of you happiness and love as we move as we must toward the future.

There is much talk and concern regarding the "y2k" bug and all that holds for us. I do not know if it will be much ado about nothing or if we will wake up Saturday morning to our own version of the Mel Gibson movie MAD MAX. While I do not really expect there to be huge problems, it is always wise to be prepared some, so water and little extra food can come in handy in bad weather or electrical problems. I do think the biggest fear is as FDR stated "fear itself". People hoarding food, stocking excess ammo and weapons, and general panic will cause lots more problems than if the automatic teller does not accept your credit card. And I fear some will use the date as an excuse to perhaps loot or in some areas riot. And now we are hearing of threats of terrorism. This is not brought about by a certain date, but by people looking for a reason, any reason to maim, destroy or murder, all in the name of whatever cause, political, religous or various other misguided ideas they may have.
And yes some well minded people of religous faiths, even in this area, point to this time as perhaps a signal of the end times. I would point out that 1000 years ago in the year 1000 the same thing happened. Many people went to the mountains and hills to wait on the return of god. Giving away their homes and worldly goods. In fact all through history people have supposed that the time they lived in would have to be the last days. And so it goes. I somehow doubt god is using the same calender we are. In fact days and years to an infinite being such as god would be of little consequence. If he really wanted us to know such things why would he make us solve riddles and decipher clues? I think it would be right in there such as the 10 Commandments and other teachings. Do you really think god only wants super sleuths to know when he will be back? God does not reveal all of himself to us, nor does he seem to operate on schedules we set. I do not mean to say it is not good or proper to hope for the return of ones god, but do not put so much stock in the when as to the way you, personally are ready for that event. I hope we do not see more suicide cult groups looking for spaceships or Jim Jones types handing out koolaid for the New Year. I fear those who want to make sure their predictions are accurate now as much as I do the Y2K bug and the terrorists who seek to harm.

Well that is my last longwinded rant of the oh hell the last one of the year, century, and the millenium. Good luck and if we are back in the stone age in a few days, lets meet at the community center and have a pancake breakfast and then start history all over again.

12/2/99

Its Holiday Time In The Bluff

Tis the season, so the saying goes, and yes it is indeed that. No matter what your core beliefs this time of year has to warm hearts and make life much easier to bear. To see the children making their lists and checking them twice and more. To the look on their faces when they sit in Santa's lap to the wonderment they exhibit when is heard a radar report of a Christmas eve flying object approaching their town. All the way to the culmination in early morning bedlam that is Christmas day. The wild scattering of paper and boxes and yelling and excitment makes all the time shopping and working to finance the sprees worthwhile. That and the hugs, make it all the more special. Yes, the holidays are first and formost for the children.
We in this nation and time of prosperity, should never forget that in this world and indeed in our own area there are those that go without, not only on December 25th, but day in and day out. To this observor that makes the efforts of charity organizations, churches and civic groups all the more special. Like the VFD here in White Bluff that does a great service to childen who otherwise might have no gifts to the moms that search their closet for items to give their church or local groups to distribute to the needy. Far too often we have begun to rely on the government to do for us what we as neighbors, friends and fellow human beings should do without a second thought. A sack of groceries or a gift for a child can go along way to make someones life better and to spread the joy that we should all be able to have at this time of the year. And if you can afford nothing to give, a kind word or a smile cost nothing and does so much.
In these thoughts on holiday cheer, we should also note that this time of year can also be very sad to those who are lonely. I think it is the worse time for suicides. I suppose the sight of all the happiness around makes it even worse for those that no longer have the loved ones in their life they once did, or for those that have never found fullfilment they have sought in life. If you know someone like this or someone perhaps in a nursing home make a special effort to brighten their day and their outlook if you can.

Be glad to live in this tiny little town, of White Bluff that is safe, and full of caring people. Celebrate your customs, hug your kids, thank your parents, keep close your friends, cherish all those you love, and be everso greatful if you can say you are happy and loved, and try to make someone else feel the same way.

Even though there are a multitude of names for the season, from ancient ones like yuletide to new ones like kwanza. The fact remains that most are celebrating a little baby from the middle east, who when an adult taught a powerful message of love and forgiveness. The main ideas he put forth, no matter what religon you may have, are worthy ideals and common sense rules for living. . And if you pray to him, ask him to remember our town and even the old webmaster. Tell him Happy Birthday too
Peace on Earth

Thoughts On Thanksgiving From One Who Should Be Thankful

12A.M. on the Wednesday before the week of the custom of Thankgiving is as good a time as any to ponder the things to be thankful for.
So, if you are reading this on the internet, as you must be, you are in at least the top 75% of the world in prosperity. Prosperity being a relative term for us in the U.S. and the rest of the developed world. There are so many children going to bed tonite not wondering what is for breakfast but if there will be any food at all the next day. We are so lucky we can never really know just how much.

Local Thanks?, for all the complaints I have and the wish for some better things, I think that the town of White Bluff is as good a place to live as there is to be found. We have so many hardworking people in this town, from those in the private sector to the civil servants. The numbers of those in charity work and volunteer work is too numerous to mention. Recently a few people on the message board posted locals they are thankful for, while this is good idea, the fact is I do not have enough bytes available on this page to list all the people and all they do in this town.

Personal Thanks? I for one thing would like to thank all the readers and writers to this hobby of mine, this webpage. All the good comments and suggestions make it worthwhile to this simple old country boy. To my family, friends and other loved ones, cannot begin to thank them enough for all they do and have done for me personally.

To be thankful in general? How many have a mom or dad they need to go hug and thank that do not see or spend near enough time with while they are still lucky enough too have the chance?
How many have a child that comes up and hugs your neck and tells you they love you? Not for any reason other than they just do.
How many have a wife that cooks and cleans and tends to your children, for no pay and little thanks? (I will let the ladies ponder what the husbands do for them so as not to seem to be putting words in anyones mouth.)
How many have a real friend that will listen to you complain and whine, and not judge but support and offer help to you when you are in need?
How many have someone that loves them, who will call to say something to make their day? A love that loves you for you and not their idea of what you should be? Someone that gives you happiness simply by being?

I for myself know that I have not always treated all my family and loved ones with the thankfulness and appreciation I should have. I will endeavor to do better. We cannot change the past but the future is before us, and yet to be written.
May you all have a blessed and HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

November 99 Council Meeting and Random Thoughts

In the regular session for the town of White Bluff and its esteemed board of aldermen, the main topic was annexation. A good size crowd was on hand for the show. All the people there from the area to be annexed were opposed to the move, as were all others that spoke in the public meeting prior to the actual meeting. Ric & Debbie Jared, J.C. McCutchen, the brothers Heath, and Mr and Mrs Jackson of the Poplar Springs area were there and spoke to ask for the annexation not to proceed. Mayor Williams listed the benefits they would garner as citizens of our fair town, but alas it all fell on deaf ears as the main response was "we are in the country and want to stay that way & you can not take care of the town you all have now, why add more?" These sentiments are those of your humble webguy as well. Also speaking against the annexation were Ron Hawkins, Nick McNeil, and John Haines. The group who wanted the land annexed, basically to be able to build homes that would have sewer access were not even there to put forth their plan and reasons this would benefit the town or the people involved.
When the matter came to a vote or should I say was tried to be voted it did not even make it to the floor to be voted on. Any bill has to be proposed to be voted on and seconded. It was proposed for a vote on the plan of service for annexing, by councilwoman Linda Hayes, she failed to have this seconded, so in effect the proposal was killed.
I as a citzen of this town and one who is opposed to taking in anymore land for the town at this time applaud the members who opposed this move, and hope they continue this if any other areas are sent up for annexation in the future, at least until the town is on more solid footing as to how it takes care of business.

In some other matters before the council, some land on the east part of town was rezoned to allow for smaller lot sizes and some allowence was made for the Jazz Center as best I could hear.(some of the council folks prefer to whisper and seem allergic to the microphone) Also the question was raised as to when and if we will be getting street lite at 70 and White Bluff RD. I feel this is needed as well. The city and the state seem to be blaming the other for foot dragging on this, while we the taxpayer are the ones to suffer, what else is new?

In case some of you do not read the message board, and you should do that you know. There were some allegations this page is ran from city hall. That gave me one of the bigger chuckles in quite some time. I assure you all, me and Visa are the soul providers of any internet service I have. No I am not under the control of any government agency or person. I am in the total control of the little voices I hear from time to time( you hear them too don't you?) The Martians have not bothered me since I put the aluminum foil on the roof to deflect the mind control rays, OK? And the last check I got from the C.I.A. bounced so I don't listen to them anymore either. SO stop worrying about who runs this page and worry about how the town is ran. And no its not all bad, but it could be better. Peace...

LOCAL STUFF

DEMOLITION DERBY FOR THE VETERANS PARK THIS SATURDAY(NOV 6) AT THE DICKSON FAIR GROUNDS. SHOULD BE FUN AND IT WILL GET THE PARK COMPLETED SOONER BE THERE AND WATCH THE BANGING, IT MIGHT BE ALMOST AS BAD AS TRAFFIC HERE IN TOWN SINCE WE ARE THE DETOUR ROUTE FROM HELL.

BASKETBALL IS STARTING UP LOCALLY AT THE SCHOOLS AND FOOTBALL IS WINDING DOWN, GET OUT AND SUPPORT THE TEAMS.

NEXT THURSDAY IS VETERANS DAY, PLEASE REMEMBER ALL THAT SERVED OUR NATIONS AND THANK ANY OF THOSE YOU KNOW THAT ARE STILL WITH US.

QUOTES FOR THE MOMENT

"THE FIRST THING A MISSIONARY TEACHES A SAVAGE IS INDECENCY"

"THE PREACHER NEVER CHARGED ANYTHNG FOR HIS SERMONS AND THEY WERE WORTH IT TOO"

"TWO OR THREE CENTURIES FROM NOW IT WILL BE RECOGNIZED THAT THE MOST COMPETENT KILLERS ARE THE CHRISTIANS, AND THE PAGAN WORLD WILL GO TO SCHOOL TO THE CHRISTIAN, NOT TO ACCUIRE HIS RELIGON, BUT HIS GUNS"

"TRUE IRRVEVERANCE IS DISRESPECT OF ANOTHER MANS GOD"

"HEAVEN FOR CLIMATE, HELL FOR COMPANY"

"SUPPOSE YOU WERE AN IDIOT AND I WAS A MEMBER OF THE GOVERNMENT, BUT THEN I REPEAT MYSELF"

"DON'T PART WITH YOUR DREAMS, WHEN THEY ARE GONE YOU MAY STILL EXIST, BUT YOU HAVE CEASED TO LIVE"

ALL THESE QUOTES ARE FROM THE MIND AND PEN OF MARK TWAIN

Halloween 99

JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
PAGANS, SATANIST, EASTER BUNNYS IN THE BLUFF, OH MY!!

In local news I see in the paper today that White Bluff elementery school is being pretty much called a pagan paradise. Seems some mom thinks that they are teaching that the easter bunny is god and Santa is really the anti christ. Lest you think I jest, read todays Herald. I think she also wants the book "who's got my golden arm" banned if not burned.

In reality( a realtive term in White Bluff it seems) I think if the lady does not want her children being taught what she thinks is unholy, that should be honored. But if some little pagan kid wants the same treatment, they damn well better honor that too. No, they should force NO religion on the kids at school. But if they want to celebrate the "custom" of halloween, xmas, arbor day, groundhog day(another pagan day by the way) that is ok too. They are at school to learn and grow. Not to be taught how to go Heaven, Mount Olympus, Valhalla, Avalon or Las Vegas! Before you write me complaining, I also think there should be prayer in schools, not led or planned, but give each child a chance to pray as he/she wishes, for God, Buddha, Vishnu, Pan, Eric Clapton or whatever the name your god calls herself. I do not say anyones God is wrong. But don't tell me my kids will burn in hell for eating easter eggs or dressing up for Halloween. If your God does that, keep him at your house not at school or knocking on my door to tell me about it.! What is it in human nature that makes most people unhappy if someone is happy with there beliefs? I do not know the answer to that, maybe one day we will evolve into a species with the ability to nuture and encourage others, not dominate and control. Kids, have fun on Halloween and even if you are a christian, do not worry, it will not damn you. The bible I have read tells me of forgiveness and love. To think that Jesus would condemn you and not save you for having fun is to slight his love and empathy with mankind.

THIS AND THAT
Do be careful on Saturday and Sunday nites while the kiddies are out and about. And give em plenty of candy..

Quotes of the moment

I was once thrown out of a mental hospital for depressing the other patients..
Oscar Levant, (soon perhaps me)

Treasure the love you receive above all,
it will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished.
Og Mandingo

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time;
it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable
Syndey Harris

NO BUDGET FOR WHITE BLUFF-9/9/99

In the September meeting of the town council and the mayor, yet again we are faced with the crisis of no budget. Who is to blame for this? Well this is my humble opinion, biased as it may be by some who know me personally and my views in general. In my view the trouble began when the current and newly elected mayor decided to do away with the custom of all past mayors, where the mayor and the council put the budget together as a team. Mayor Williams deemed that he would do this years budget without advice of the council. So he prepared the budget in total and presented it to the members of the council. This, expectedly in my view caused the majority of the council to be not as receptive as they might have been if they had been included in the process. Now, this fact alone, once again in my view is not reason enough to not pass a budget. The town will indeed suffer if it is not done. But the facts as related to me and what I have viewed myself are that the council members who are voting against the budget as presented, Stuart, Brown and Bennett, are not being allowed to make any changes in the proposed budget. So they are faced with voting to approve items they disagree with or to not pass it at all. I have been assured by at least two of the three that there are items in the budget they would readily approve and others with changes they would also put in the budget. The main holdup seems to be the mayors request to borrow money to pave roads instead of paying as we go n these projects. So while the mayor trys to paint the three in the majority as unreasonable, it seems to me it is he who is unable or unwilling to cooperate to get the budget done. It also seems to me, once again an opinion, that the city employees, who serve at the behest of the mayor, feel they have to support him, and this may cause some problems with some council members. This is understandable as their jobs feed their families. I do know some employess who publically agree with the budget, in private will express there reservations. I think actually that the majority of the folks in White Bluff could get along, and do for the most part. Cooperation needs to start at the top, and the sooner it does the better off the town will be.

THIS AND THAT
Football season is underway, High School, Middle Schools and Jr. Pro.
Get out and support your local players and cheerleaders..
They put in a lot of time in hot weather getting ready for the season.
GO COLONELS, COUGARS, BULLDOGS & BOMBERS !!!!!!

If you have an announcment you wish to make,concerning the town, weddings, funerals, showers, ballgames, bar mitzvahs etc. email me and I will post it on a message link I will soon form. This is for community announcements and the like nothing more. This new format will also hopefully not be as time consuming for those involved. The time needed to keep the page as it was, involved more than anticipated. I personally want the best for our town. That may or may not be what others think is best. But it should be the goal of all of us who live here and call White Bluff home.

Just a thought..

Seems not many days pass when someone will ask "who is in the funeral home?" or "who was buried today? I saw a funeral procession pass by" An old but remembered reply from english lit days may be good for reflection...

No man is an island, entire of itself;
every man is a piece of the continent,
a part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less, as well as if a
promontory were, as well as if a manor
of thy friend's or of thine own were:

any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind,
and therefore

never send to know
for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee.

John Donne (1572-1631)

Budget Passes, Sorta

At city hall last night the mayors budget was passed, sorta. The 10,000 dollars in pay raises was deferred til the new year where they will all come into effect. And the 500,000.00 dollar loan for roads will be re visited at that time. Those were the main sticking points on the passage of the budget, at least two verisons were in fact voted down last night before this one was passed. Several people spoke for and against the road loans and the budget in general as this was one of the better attended council meetings since the beer vote. Indeed the coke machine seemed to have been emptied of the more popular selections. Councilpeople Brown, Tidwell and Hayes voted against a proposed 3% only raise for employees. All three seemingly thinking this was not enough of a raise for the majority of the towns employees. The main other issue raised last night was replacing the rate at which the town funds the employee health insurance. At this time White Bluff pays all of the insurance for the individual coverage as well as for families. It was suggested by Brown that some of the family coverage be paid by the employees as she could find no other government entity that pays 100% for family insurance except for our town. Some agreement seemed to be reached by Brown and Hayes on the need to adjust this in lieu of a benefit package to offset the expense, in the form of longevity pay, retirement or options to take a pay hike in place of the insurance. However no change was made in this policy last night. It has been proposed to have a committee formed to study the pay scale and benefits for employees. The final budget was passed after being proposed by Bennett to approve the mayors budget, with the adjustments only in delaying the raises til the new year and the half a million in road loans subject to later approval. In effect passing the budget that Bennett, Brown and Stuart had opposed for most of the budget process. Hayes stated that seeing as how the budget was balanced it should be passed. Brown still voted no on this budget, stating if they did not do something at this time regarding the insurance and pay scale and set a plan in motion, we will have this same problem each year. She stated she felt that most of the raises were needed, especially for those on the lower end of the pay scale. Tidwell and Hayes also voted with the yeas. The idea was floated last night, that if the loan was not sought for the roads, the money left over in the budget could be used to pave a portion of the roads. This would amount to about 130,000 worth of paving for the next year. In other items in the budget the first responders group was approved to purchase a new vehicle. This was pretty much looked upon as needed by all the members of the council.
Also Mr Ruf of White Bluff road was awarded a settlement of 4,000 dollars for damages he suffered as a result of the town installing a sewer line ditch on his property in error. I am not sure who shouldered the blame for this mistake. The city also agreed to try to repair the mess left on his property by the end of this year.
A proposal to annex areas of Poplar Springs road was discussed. Also the mayor has requested that the exclusive business the city does with Farmers and Merchant bank be open to change to include an option to deal with the new Peoples Bank now located in town.

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