ucdd planning department
bewildered

Cookeville, TN

#1106 Feb 26, 2012
And one of these board members wants the job as UCHRA Director? Really?
bewildered

Cookeville, TN

#1107 Feb 26, 2012
Well, actually two of them, but Blaylock was voted unanimously into the top 5, so I assume by that she is the top contender at this point. She rubber stamped all this waste and fraud with UCDD!
f-frog

Smithville, TN

#1108 Feb 26, 2012
Illusions wrote:
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Damage control began spewing last night at 6 on facebook!
How so?
Spigmania

Smithville, TN

#1109 Feb 26, 2012
What is City Mayor, Taft Hendrixson's, involvement in all this? We see him in the meetings adoringly shaking hands with Ms. Askins.
hungry4theTRUTH

Cookeville, TN

#1110 Feb 26, 2012
howd u like them apples wrote:
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I guess I can't imagine somebody buying that place except maybe a Saudi Arabian prince that has a dozen wives which all want their own apartment.
well, I guess as long as he isn't using taxpayer funds...
bought and sold

Lexington, TN

#1111 Feb 26, 2012
property assessor is perked to death and if you can't read between those lines then I'm sorry.
howd u like them apples wrote:
I see some Federal and state fraud in she was using her 501 (c3) status to purchase personal items, tax free. That is a big no-no.
And I am floored by the property assessment page on tennessee goverment web site. It lists LTD as a little under a half million, and the other structure about 30 to 40 thousand. Who is the property assessor in Putnam County. One document I saw from LTD website stated the size at 6,000 plus square feet. Then the property assessment value is much lower. Who ever is responsible for these shananigans needs to be brought to light.
My final question is where the hell did they get this "grant" money from? According to the "independent audit report" LTD has gotten about 2 million in grant money. Did she ask for money to give her employees over priced company cars, cell phones, distribute ham to politicians and liquor up? Is that what the grant application requested?
hungry4theTRUTH

Cookeville, TN

#1112 Feb 26, 2012
f-frog wrote:
The Chairman of the Board and the other executive committee members have hired a law firm with taxpayer $$$ to do their own damage control. The law firm is not representing the taxpayer. They have done this under the pretense of conducting an investigation. They can lump that in with the amount that Wendy wasted. BOARD MEMBERS that have attempted to deceive the public should have to hire their own attorneys.
Maybe they are trying to see if they can blow as much money as Wendy. The attorney fees plus the $300K should be demanded back!!!!
Why has the Chairman of the Board elected not to tell the public the cost of the Law Firm or discuss it with the other board members? UCDD may have their own attorney on retainer.Could that be even more waste?
we the taxpayers should demand that the UCDD and UCHRA purchase a pre-paid legal account and keep it current henceforth to address any future "fuzzy dealings." It'd be cheaper.
will not happen

Madison, TN

#1113 Feb 26, 2012
WTH wrote:
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You might want to explain that to the State Attorney General, as they seem to think it is a Public entity, and if they are not state employees, why to they have State Employee ID's, State Employee insurance etc.?
They don't have state employee I.D. and State employee insurance or state employee civil service protections or state employee retirement benefits and they are not state employees. Period.

Haslam said the state comptroller's office needed to investigate them and make sure there was no state money being involved. If they were state employees, he'd be their boss. He'd fire them. He is not.
tell me why

Lexington, TN

#1114 Feb 26, 2012
they aren't state or federal employees but the money they get is tax money.
Why does the govt need to create these agencies to do what they should do?
no morals are ethics

Maryville, TN

#1115 Feb 26, 2012
f-frog love to here you ribbit
will not happen

Madison, TN

#1116 Feb 26, 2012
tell me why wrote:
they aren't state or federal employees but the money they get is tax money.
Why does the govt need to create these agencies to do what they should do?
Because people convince the government that it is better to farm government money out to private entities than to keep it in the federal or state umbrella and run it themselves. The government is sitting on great big grants of money that have already been taken from the taxpayers, long ago, like the Federal Commission on Aging. They give entities like the Development District the funds to administer their programs in the local area. There are development districts all over the state, as there are in every state. These districts, some of them, are very moral, ethical and legal. They use very strict accounting processes and do not waste much government money, in fact a great deal of the money they receive goes to the people they are supposed to help.

They just don't happen to be in the Upper Cumberland, where the Board saw nothing wrong with paying Wendy Askins $110,000 a year, in an area where the average person makes much less. And allowing her to pay all her friends, relatives, babysitters, ex-husbands and their children to work for her at rather nice salaries, too.

And where they apparently saw nothing wrong with her and Larry taking this grant money, setting up their own dummy companies and receiving the grants into them and building the senior housing. And then building the granddaddy of all senior housing units, Living the Dream with a mansion in front of it.

Just because you have a crooked agency here does not mean we do not need the agency. We do need this agency , as state and federal government long ago gave up their ability to run these sort of programs, and if we don't take these grants and benefit from them in the Upper Cumberland, they will not be given back to the taxpayers, they'll just be given to another area somewhere else in the U.S.
Appalled And Angry

Cookeville, TN

#1117 Feb 26, 2012
a total disgrace wrote:
Charlotte Maynard is Kim Blaylock's daughter.
Thank you for the reply! Since I am not on the inside track here and only know what I have read on Topix and Channel 5 news, I would like to know if there is more conflict of interest here then just Ms Askins, which is disgraceful. Do you know who Josh Maynard is? If Charlotte is Ms Blaylock's daughter then who is Josh? He was written a check in 2010 for $4,162. Also who is David Blaylock? Is he kin to Kim Blaylock? and why was he written a check in December of 2010 for $9,500.00? Also is Blaylock Roofing any relation to Mrs. Blaylock? Since they were written checks in January of 2011 for a total of $8,300.00. To me this important if they are related!

Does anyone know the answers to my questions?

I would not want this woman heading up UCHRA if she has failed this miserably as a board member on UCDD.

Thanks for any clarification....
TNlawyer

Roopville, GA

#1118 Feb 26, 2012
areyoukiddingme wrote:
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Is that where the Beav got her $50,000 cashiers check to buy the Macon County Times? I heard they were very close and now all of this makes sense with the Beav. I heard Beav and Wen were very close.
Now it is interesting and it only makes me asked more questions. I checked out the news paper issue regarding "The Beav". She indeed gave a 50,000 dollar check to John Cook's aunt, to purchase the Macon Co. paper. "The Beav" has now filed a law suit to get her money back. It appears Lou Ann Zelneck, former US congressional candidate, The Beav, and Cook bought the news paper during the last election cycle. Now you ask who is John Cook? Remember the former mayor of Red Boiling Springs? If you do not, go to Red Boilings Topix and search John Cook. He has about as many posts as Wendy. Cook was last on TV a few months back. He was arrested after he went into his son's x-wife's house and was charged with injuring the poor little girl. He has quite a record. Now why would "The Beav" be friends and partners like that? I was driving thru Mt. Juliet Fri. morning and heard her talking on some radio show. She was asked about Wendy and she almost defended her. She called it lavious spending, but did not ask for a criminal investigation. She quickly changed the subject and started talking about Gov Sunquist and how he wanted to close them down years ago. Then Mae, why in the he'll did you accept their gifts and Wendy's award for Senator of the Year? We are not that dumb. Did anyone else hear the interview? I would love to have the transcript. I fill this whole mess will be bigger than "Rocky Top". By the way Mae, the TBI already has a file on you. Remember when you used a false address when you first ran for state office?
WTH

Cookeville, TN

#1119 Feb 26, 2012
will not happen wrote:
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They don't have state employee I.D. and State employee insurance or state employee civil service protections or state employee retirement benefits and they are not state employees. Period.
Haslam said the state comptroller's office needed to investigate them and make sure there was no state money being involved. If they were state employees, he'd be their boss. He'd fire them. He is not.
that's funny because I have seen some UCDD employees present their ID's at a State Park where I worked, but maybe they were forged. Now I don't know how it all works, I'm just an average Joe, but I do know they were created by the State legislature, and I do know that the State Attorney General has handed down several opinions that they are public.
WTH

Cookeville, TN

#1120 Feb 26, 2012
WTH wrote:
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that's funny because I have seen some UCDD employees present their ID's at a State Park where I worked, but maybe they were forged. Now I don't know how it all works, I'm just an average Joe, but I do know they were created by the State legislature, and I do know that the State Attorney General has handed down several opinions that they are public.
Actually, it may have been UCHRA ID's it's been a few years. Worked at a State Park during the summer back in College.
areyoukiddingme

Minor Hill, TN

#1121 Feb 26, 2012
TNlawyer wrote:
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Now it is interesting and it only makes me asked more questions. I checked out the news paper issue regarding "The Beav". She indeed gave a 50,000 dollar check to John Cook's aunt, to purchase the Macon Co. paper. "The Beav" has now filed a law suit to get her money back. It appears Lou Ann Zelneck, former US congressional candidate, The Beav, and Cook bought the news paper during the last election cycle. Now you ask who is John Cook? Remember the former mayor of Red Boiling Springs? If you do not, go to Red Boilings Topix and search John Cook. He has about as many posts as Wendy. Cook was last on TV a few months back. He was arrested after he went into his son's x-wife's house and was charged with injuring the poor little girl. He has quite a record. Now why would "The Beav" be friends and partners like that? I was driving thru Mt. Juliet Fri. morning and heard her talking on some radio show. She was asked about Wendy and she almost defended her. She called it lavious spending, but did not ask for a criminal investigation. She quickly changed the subject and started talking about Gov Sunquist and how he wanted to close them down years ago. Then Mae, why in the he'll did you accept their gifts and Wendy's award for Senator of the Year? We are not that dumb. Did anyone else hear the interview? I would love to have the transcript. I fill this whole mess will be bigger than "Rocky Top". By the way Mae, the TBI already has a file on you. Remember when you used a false address when you first ran for state office?
Unbelievable. How far across Tennessee will all this mess go? From state legislators to local officials. I understand the "beav" was on Lebanon radio the other day taking up for Wendy and lying about Phyllis. Is Mae gonna take care of Wendy at the state level? Is that why they are not in here now?
will not happen

Madison, TN

#1122 Feb 26, 2012
They were not created by the state legislature. They are public, but they are not state employees. The UCHRA and UCDD employees have always had nice I/D that looks very official but it identifies them as employees of where they work, not of the State of TN or of the federal government.

Yes, Gov. Sundquist did go after them years ago in a big way. Unsuccessfully. But all you have to do is mention his name and people get distracted. Mae Beavers is just one of many that have been schmoozed by the UCDD. I'm sure there are lots of things in her closet she doesn't want brought out.
WTH

United States

#1123 Feb 26, 2012
will not happen wrote:
They were not created by the state legislature. They are public, but they are not state employees. The UCHRA and UCDD employees have always had nice I/D that looks very official but it identifies them as employees of where they work, not of the State of TN or of the federal government.
Yes, Gov. Sundquist did go after them years ago in a big way. Unsuccessfully. But all you have to do is mention his name and people get distracted. Mae Beavers is just one of many that have been schmoozed by the UCDD. I'm sure there are lots of things in her closet she doesn't want brought out.
All I know is the UCDD was created in 1968, under the tennessee development district act of 1965. The other 8 or however many they are, were created at various times.
Haslam has said he was going to start looking into the various agencies like this, I guess Wendy has assured the UCDD has been moved to the top of the list. The more I read, the more I think it may be time to eliminate them.
WTH

Cookeville, TN

#1124 Feb 26, 2012
will not happen wrote:
They were not created by the state legislature. They are public, but they are not state employees. The UCHRA and UCDD employees have always had nice I/D that looks very official but it identifies them as employees of where they work, not of the State of TN or of the federal government.
Yes, Gov. Sundquist did go after them years ago in a big way. Unsuccessfully. But all you have to do is mention his name and people get distracted. Mae Beavers is just one of many that have been schmoozed by the UCDD. I'm sure there are lots of things in her closet she doesn't want brought out.
I stand corrected, they were created by executive order.

I didn't realize Sundquist went after them, and I can see why he didn't get very far. From the looks of things, I'm guessing some influential people probably didn't want to see their milk cow shut down. Thanks for the information, I have learned something, who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks.
Who is the boss

Lexington, TN

#1125 Feb 26, 2012
Who beyond the board of directors controls these people?
Can the Haslam shut them down?
I just dont remember things like this in school

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