All is Not Good in Algood

All is Not Good in Algood

There are 707 comments on the Nashville Scene story from Feb 20, 2014, titled All is Not Good in Algood. In it, Nashville Scene reports that:

On Tuesday night, Channel 5 had one of the weirdest stories I've heard in a while .

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Pam

Cookeville, TN

#1 Feb 21, 2014
I live in Algood and know about this and other incidents which has happened to Mr. Mullins and other minorities. A few years ago he was involved in a fender bender at a local gas station. The police were called and took a report and he was allowed to leave. The next day Algood police came to his home and drug him out in his underwear and took him to jail. Know what terrible crime he committed that didn't even warrant him the dignity of being allowed to walk out in pants? His car insurance information was not current. Mullins like other minorities here have been "terry-stopped" routinely.(also called stop and frisk but not arrested)

Algood borders the old White Plains plantation which did have slaves. Many think the small African-American population that has been long established here are descended from that time. I asked the city council a couple of years ago to consider a swimming pool and was told by an ex-member of the codes committee that it would never happen because they're afraid blacks would be in it. This is a place where black men are referred to as boy.

I asked the city council at city meetings and in writing to adopt an anti-racial profiling policy because they have repeatedly targeted my hispanic family members. I have a letter from the city manager that there is no racial prejudice by Algood. Vindication feels great. I hate what happened to Mr. Mullins but I am so glad this evil is finally being exposed.
Ghost writer

Cookeville, TN

#2 Feb 21, 2014
Pam wrote:
I live in Algood and know about this and other incidents which has happened to Mr. Mullins and other minorities. A few years ago he was involved in a fender bender at a local gas station. The police were called and took a report and he was allowed to leave. The next day Algood police came to his home and drug him out in his underwear and took him to jail. Know what terrible crime he committed that didn't even warrant him the dignity of being allowed to walk out in pants? His car insurance information was not current. Mullins like other minorities here have been "terry-stopped" routinely.(also called stop and frisk but not arrested)
Algood borders the old White Plains plantation which did have slaves. Many think the small African-American population that has been long established here are descended from that time. I asked the city council a couple of years ago to consider a swimming pool and was told by an ex-member of the codes committee that it would never happen because they're afraid blacks would be in it. This is a place where black men are referred to as boy.
I asked the city council at city meetings and in writing to adopt an anti-racial profiling policy because they have repeatedly targeted my hispanic family members. I have a letter from the city manager that there is no racial prejudice by Algood. Vindication feels great. I hate what happened to Mr. Mullins but I am so glad this evil is finally being exposed.
Thank you, Pam.
Ghost writer

Cookeville, TN

#4 Feb 22, 2014
Ghost writer wrote:
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Thank you, Pam.
Just curious, why does Algood have two (2) cemeteries. I have been told one is for blacks and one is for whites. Is this true?
Tha South

United States

#5 Feb 22, 2014
Ghost writer wrote:
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Just curious, why does Algood have two (2) cemeteries. I have been told one is for blacks and one is for whites. Is this true?
it's like that in almost all small southern towns..........no one talks about it !!!
Ghost writer

Cookeville, TN

#6 Feb 22, 2014
Tha South wrote:
<quoted text>it's like that in almost all small southern towns..........no one talks about it !!!
I grew up in the deep south and blacks and whites were buried in the same cemetery. The blacks were in the back portion of the cemetery.
pam

Cookeville, TN

#7 Feb 23, 2014
Ghost writer wrote:
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Just curious, why does Algood have two (2) cemeteries. I have been told one is for blacks and one is for whites. Is this true?
I've heard this goes back to segregation era. They also had funeral parlor and other businesses. None of this has been preserved and for obvious reasons most people move off to more tolerant surroundings.

I met the sister of one of our council members, Hugh Adams at a beauty parlor. When I told her where I live she told me her connection. She went on to tell me of an incident she remembered when she visited her brother in Algood years ago. They were all walking on the sidewalks up where city hall was and saw a black man walking toward them. He stepped off the sidewalk, lowered his eyes and allowed them to pass then got back on the sidewalk to continue on his way. She thought this was strange being the decade was the 70's. So she asked her brother why he did this and Hugh told her they(black people) know better than not to show respect to whites. Algood has always been proud that they keep African-Americans in a lower caste. It's disgusting that this makes people like Hugh feel like a big shot to put other down. But he doesnt try to hide it. He said in an open council meeting he wants Algood to stay the same as always.
Ghost writer

Cookeville, TN

#8 Feb 23, 2014
pam wrote:
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I've heard this goes back to segregation era. They also had funeral parlor and other businesses. None of this has been preserved and for obvious reasons most people move off to more tolerant surroundings.
I met the sister of one of our council members, Hugh Adams at a beauty parlor. When I told her where I live she told me her connection. She went on to tell me of an incident she remembered when she visited her brother in Algood years ago. They were all walking on the sidewalks up where city hall was and saw a black man walking toward them. He stepped off the sidewalk, lowered his eyes and allowed them to pass then got back on the sidewalk to continue on his way. She thought this was strange being the decade was the 70's. So she asked her brother why he did this and Hugh told her they(black people) know better than not to show respect to whites. Algood has always been proud that they keep African-Americans in a lower caste. It's disgusting that this makes people like Hugh feel like a big shot to put other down. But he doesnt try to hide it. He said in an open council meeting he wants Algood to stay the same as always.
This is why the Algood election in August is so important. Algood needs new leadership. My husband tells me frequently "you cannot rise above your leadership." It is up to the voters in Algood, do they want the same or do they desire change. The voters in Algood need to go to the polls in August and vote.
truth

Cookeville, TN

#9 Feb 23, 2014
pam wrote:
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I've heard this goes back to segregation era. They also had funeral parlor and other businesses. None of this has been preserved and for obvious reasons most people move off to more tolerant surroundings.
I met the sister of one of our council members, Hugh Adams at a beauty parlor. When I told her where I live she told me her connection. She went on to tell me of an incident she remembered when she visited her brother in Algood years ago. They were all walking on the sidewalks up where city hall was and saw a black man walking toward them. He stepped off the sidewalk, lowered his eyes and allowed them to pass then got back on the sidewalk to continue on his way. She thought this was strange being the decade was the 70's. So she asked her brother why he did this and Hugh told her they(black people) know better than not to show respect to whites. Algood has always been proud that they keep African-Americans in a lower caste. It's disgusting that this makes people like Hugh feel like a big shot to put other down. But he doesnt try to hide it. He said in an open council meeting he wants Algood to stay the same as always.
Don't know you but truer words was never spoken Adams want to be in charge heven forbid
pam

Cookeville, TN

#10 Feb 23, 2014
Ghost writer wrote:
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This is why the Algood election in August is so important. Algood needs new leadership. My husband tells me frequently "you cannot rise above your leadership." It is up to the voters in Algood, do they want the same or do they desire change. The voters in Algood need to go to the polls in August and vote.
last election only a little more than 600 of the 2800 people voted. Funny thing about democracy...give people the illusion of freedom and they could care less. But threaten to take it away and they'll fight tooth and nail. Just see how gun sales increased with a rumor of restrictions.

Every time people drive by city hall they should think of the park, swimming pool, sidewalks, downtown revitalization or number of other programs and services that could have benefited more than the overblown egos who needed a monument to themselves.
pam

Cookeville, TN

#11 Feb 23, 2014
truth wrote:
<quoted text>Don't know you but truer words was never spoken Adams want to be in charge heven forbid
He keeps getting put on committees and councils. As a city council member he has the same power as the mayor and the other members but he wants the recognition of being called Mr. Mayor. He doesn't want power so he can do anything to help his neighbors. His record says that much. All the council meetings are recorded and are on YouTube. You can hear him on there saying he wants to take someone's property for eminent domain instead of paying them a fair price. This was because they wanted it for city hall parking lot. the council would have went for it but they said it would have taken too much time in court.

So my advice to everyone is it time to clean house. we need to vote them all out vote. VOTE VOTE VOTE. tell all your neighbors to vote. tell your friends. if they're not registered to vote go pick up a registration form. Don't allow these wanna be demi gods rule over us another term.
Strode

Cookeville, TN

#12 Feb 24, 2014
I did not know that some area's around here were so racist.
tell me

Columbia, TN

#14 Feb 24, 2014
Where was "Black bottom" located?
pam

Cookeville, TN

#15 Feb 24, 2014
tell me wrote:
Where was "Black bottom" located?
if you drive up highway 111 heading toward livingston, on the north side of the road. there is a self storage business and the road next to it goes to where it was located. don't know the name of that road. it's up that road about 1/2 mile but its not open anymore. there was a house on a hill where they use to bootleg alcohol and prostitution. everyone knew it but looked the other way. Algood authorities have always been selective in who they go after. If someone they like goes there or if there is an easy profit to be had they leave it alone.

When I was a teenager there was two bootleggers in Algood and everyone knew it. even the cops got booze from them.
big deal

United States

#16 Feb 24, 2014
Pam wrote:
I live in Algood and know about this and other incidents which has happened to Mr. Mullins and other minorities. A few years ago he was involved in a fender bender at a local gas station. The police were called and took a report and he was allowed to leave. The next day Algood police came to his home and drug him out in his underwear and took him to jail. Know what terrible crime he committed that didn't even warrant him the dignity of being allowed to walk out in pants? His car insurance information was not current. Mullins like other minorities here have been "terry-stopped" routinely.(also called stop and frisk but not arrested)
Algood borders the old White Plains plantation which did have slaves. Many think the small African-American population that has been long established here are descended from that time. I asked the city council a couple of years ago to consider a swimming pool and was told by an ex-member of the codes committee that it would never happen because they're afraid blacks would be in it. This is a place where black men are referred to as boy.
I asked the city council at city meetings and in writing to adopt an anti-racial profiling policy because they have repeatedly targeted my hispanic family members. I have a letter from the city manager that there is no racial prejudice by Algood. Vindication feels great. I hate what happened to Mr. Mullins but I am so glad this evil is finally being exposed.
How about building your own pool? That way you can invite all the people you feel are slighted and keep Caucasians out. Problem solved.
big deal

United States

#17 Feb 24, 2014
Strode wrote:
I did not know that some area's around here were so racist.
What planet are you from? It's the south. In Florida I worked for a physician who had his practice in an old office. Out in the back, there where two bathrooms labeled "white" and "colored" and also two drinking fountains from long ago. That is the way it was. It doesn't make it right, but there it was. It gets old hearing about this person or that person and profiling. When I came here I got squeezed out of two positions because, I later found out, I was Jewish. You know, the race of people who had some difficulty with racism also? Try being a Jew in the good old Baptist Bible Belt. I had one old woman actually tell me I was going to hell for being Jewish. I figure that's God's call. If one group isn't happy, it's another. My great grandmother who died in Belgium would consider all the moaning and groaning here a small inconvenience compared to the agonizing travesty they went through. Carry on.
Sly

Cookeville, TN

#18 Feb 24, 2014
tell me wrote:
Where was "Black bottom" located?
Just below the back.
pam

Cookeville, TN

#19 Feb 24, 2014
big deal wrote:
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What planet are you from? It's the south. In Florida I worked for a physician who had his practice in an old office. Out in the back, there where two bathrooms labeled "white" and "colored" and also two drinking fountains from long ago. That is the way it was. It doesn't make it right, but there it was. It gets old hearing about this person or that person and profiling. When I came here I got squeezed out of two positions because, I later found out, I was Jewish. You know, the race of people who had some difficulty with racism also? Try being a Jew in the good old Baptist Bible Belt. I had one old woman actually tell me I was going to hell for being Jewish. I figure that's God's call. If one group isn't happy, it's another. My great grandmother who died in Belgium would consider all the moaning and groaning here a small inconvenience compared to the agonizing travesty they went through. Carry on.
So your cool with the status quo because you only got your feelings hurt. I bet you would feel a whole lot different if they started passing anti-semetic laws here like the ones which led up to the halocaust.

Another holocaust survivor named Martin Niemoller said this, "first they came for the socialist but I was not a socialist so I said nothing. Then they came for the Jew but I wasn't a Jew so I said nothing. Then they came for me and there was no one left to say anything.

IMHO we have to protect the rights of others because one day we may be the others. This isn't being a bleeding heart it's long term planning. And believe this, the same people who would lynch and mutilate blacks would do the same to you if they could identify you off the street as Jewish. So I would think someone who comes from this background would be the first in line to protest on behalf off of persecuted people.
pam

Cookeville, TN

#20 Feb 24, 2014
big deal wrote:
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How about building your own pool? That way you can invite all the people you feel are slighted and keep Caucasians out. Problem solved.
Over 17000 sq ft building, gym for city employees, huge office for a mayor who doesn't put in a full day all month long, seperate conference rooms (just because) all for a town of less than 3000 people which can't grow larger in area due to state enforced boundaries and a population which has been stable for over ten years. Oh yeah, and to put the cherry on this bullshit sundae, only 2 Algood citizens benefit from employment there. So yeah I think Algood should spend a little money on the people they work for.

Algood takes in millon a year just from Wal-Mart. There shouldn't be a cracked sidewalk in town.
truth

Cookeville, TN

#21 Feb 24, 2014
pam wrote:
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Over 17000 sq ft building, gym for city employees, huge office for a mayor who doesn't put in a full day all month long, seperate conference rooms (just because) all for a town of less than 3000 people which can't grow larger in area due to state enforced boundaries and a population which has been stable for over ten years. Oh yeah, and to put the cherry on this bullshit sundae, only 2 Algood citizens benefit from employment there. So yeah I think Algood should spend a little money on the people they work for.
Algood takes in millon a year just from Wal-Mart. There shouldn't be a cracked sidewalk in town.
Pam you are so right they could have built a much smaller bld. they should have spent money on streets and sidewalks. The building looks so out of place there which it is I think we need to get more people to vote they all need to go. we sure don't need Adams as mayor BOSS HOG ADAMS who would be his cheif
big deal

United States

#22 Feb 25, 2014
pam wrote:
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So your cool with the status quo because you only got your feelings hurt. I bet you would feel a whole lot different if they started passing anti-semetic laws here like the ones which led up to the halocaust.
Another holocaust survivor named Martin Niemoller said this, "first they came for the socialist but I was not a socialist so I said nothing. Then they came for the Jew but I wasn't a Jew so I said nothing. Then they came for me and there was no one left to say anything.
IMHO we have to protect the rights of others because one day we may be the others. This isn't being a bleeding heart it's long term planning. And believe this, the same people who would lynch and mutilate blacks would do the same to you if they could identify you off the street as Jewish. So I would think someone who comes from this background would be the first in line to protest on behalf off of persecuted people.
You have nothing to preach at me; I've heard it all from my relatives. It's stupid to get butt-hurt over you wanting a pool. Now you're whining about a building because you think it shouldn't have a big office for someone. Boo hoo. You want things to change because of your "Hispanic relatives". The Hispanic population has it so hard here? Could have fooled me. I have a house in back with two Hispanic families. They receive free rent, one is getting a free four year college tuition and health care. My point is that my little incident is nothing compared to people who make demands because of tbeir ethnicity. The US is the best place to be; why else does everyone from every crap-country pile over here? Now we owe everyone who has a "problem" with the US, Tennessee or Algood to grant their wish.

How about we take a moment to think about what a good place this is for a change? I know it can be a stretch to actually appreciate it; if not buy a little island and make it the Utopia you want. That way when someone isn't running it the way you want, you can b*tch to yourself.

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