Lackey hired as new Parks Director

Lackey hired as new Parks Director

There are 611 comments on the Rogersville Review story from May 26, 2006, titled Lackey hired as new Parks Director. In it, Rogersville Review reports that:

Despite strong objections by a city alderman, the Rogersville Parks and Recreation Commission hired former banker Brice Lackey Wednesday evening to be the new director of the embattled Parks and Recreation ...

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TAXPAYING CITIZEN

United States

#1 May 27, 2006
Lets see,you have a park director with over 20 years experience,who is a woman,who has been employed for 8 and one half years in rogersville,who,as the first parks and rec director in scott co. virginia ,won awards for best program in state,who has been subjected to terrible treatment from the city leaders,who stood up for the right things,who volunteered her time at church,school,march of dimes ,girl scouts ect. the park board which has been office less than a year fires her,then doesnt even hire the most quailifed applicant.HOWEVER THE PARKS COMMISSION FEELS THAT SOMEONE,A MAN,WITH NO EXPERIENCE WHATSOEVER IN THE PROPER PERSON FOR THE JOB.THIS IS BLANTANT DISCRIMINATION BY FOOLISH AND ARROGANT LYING IDIOTS
jazzmene

Tucson, AZ

#2 May 29, 2006
Is she going to sue them?
Constantly Amazed

Kingsport, TN

#3 May 30, 2006
Who put Johnson on the Parks and Rec Commission? Isn't he the one who said only old people use the Park?
Disappointed Citizen

Knoxville, TN

#4 May 30, 2006
Who does this Park Board think they are? Are the requirements for a good director many years of banking experience? Does it not seem odd that he quit his job the same time as this other job was posted? Does it not concern anyone that he is best friends with one of the board members? Can we all say "Corruption"? I am ashamed of this board and their actions, especially remarks made by Alderman Howe.
cant believe it

Kingsport, TN

#5 May 30, 2006
There are numerous issues with this board: Anne Howe chose the board. She picked her neighbor, who is the new director's best friend; her niece, who is a close friend of the new director's wife, and someone whose city residence is even questionable. These people promptly fire Mary Jane for disputable reasons. The new director then quits his job and How do you hire a guy with so little experience while overlooking someone with 19 years experience in every area needed to rebuild the park and rec department? Not to mention that David is the nicest guy you could ever hope to meet. He has the personality and skills that would have rebuilt this rec program. Everyone loves him, and is disappointed that people voting for their friend, who has no experience at all, and gives a good ole' boy response such as 'I will do ya a good job',ruined the chance to have an incredible park dept. again. Rumors floated around Rogersville months ago that the new director had been promised the job. Unfortunately the talk was a forecast of bad news to come. As for Alderman Howe, did she ever think that perhaps because David did a good job in his director job at the Girls and Boys Club that he probably would do a good job for the park also? Duh, Anne...you might want to practice in front of your mirror while your rehearsing answers next time.
Bob

Tucson, AZ

#6 May 31, 2006
This is very corrupt! Is there any way to get rid of Ann? We should try and her picking her friends and family that should be changed. Can anyone check into her position and see if she can actually appoint relatives. I think most areas don't allowthis sort of corruption
TAXPAYING CITIZEN

United States

#7 May 31, 2006
GET RID OF ANNE?HELL THEY NEED TO GET RID OF THE ENTIRE BOARD.THEY DO NOT HAVE THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CITY IN MIND AT ALL.THEY HAVE NO MORE EXPERIENCE IN PARKS AND REC ADMINISTRATION THAN DOES THE BANKER BUDDY THEY HIRED TO REPLACE THE PROFESSIONAL THEY FIRED.HOWEVER THIS BOARD IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE,ANNE WAS APPOINTED BY THE MAYOR AND SHE HANDPICKED THE REST OF THE BOARD. JUST FOR CONVERSATION,THE MAYOR IT IS RUMORED IS LIVID BECAUSE HIS NEPHEW,MATTHEW ELKINS DID NOT GET THE JOB.DOES ANY ONE THINK MJ HAD A CHANCE?ARE THESE PEOPLE SO NAIVE AS TO THINK THEY CAN GET BY WITH THIS.SOME ONE NEEDS TO POINT THIS GIRL IN THE DIRECTION OF THE BEST EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWYER THEY KNOW .IS THERE A STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON THIS KIND OF CRAP
Disheartened

Miami, FL

#8 May 31, 2006
Disappointing is just one of the numerous words that can describe this situation. One would think that phrases like "the good ol' boy system," "it's all in who you know," and "you've got to have pull" shouldn't be used in today's society. But unfortunately, this board's actions have only proven that these phrases are still practiced. Does the board really think that their community doesn't realize what happened? Not only were the other candidates who applied for the position cheated, but the entire community was cheated out of a qualified employee. The children of the community are at risk of losing a successful parks and recreation department, one that has their best interest at heart. When the main interest of the board is giving their buddy a job, the children's best interest will surely suffer. The board should stop putting themselves and their best friends first, and do what they were asked to do; serve their community with IT'S best interest in mind.
Lisa

Hermitage, TN

#10 May 31, 2006
You think there are issues well the first one being all of the people making these comments don't live in this city or pay city taxes. If everyone is so concerned with the politics of this town why not move here and run for election to change things. Just a fact supporting Ann since everyone knows her so well, her neice lives in Knoxville not the city of Rogersville so that would mean she could not be on the board. The person you think that doesn't live in the city, pays city taxes. It's public record, check it out. Maybe Mr. Lackey does know people and maybe he does not have the experience but more than Ann Howe voted for him to get the job. Most people do use politics or know someone to get a job why is this so shocking now. I am sure the people making these decisions did so beleiving Mr. Lackey was best for the job.
Eyes Wide Open

Kingsport, TN

#11 May 31, 2006
Do town leaders know this? You've got to be kidding me! The town leaders are the problem! What can we do? I'll tell you what to do. Go to each meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) and make your voice heard, not only on this issue but EVERYTHING having to do with the town. The meetings are the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The next one is June 6th. They can tell you they are representing you all the while never seeking your opinion, but if you make your opinion known at the meeting they have to deal with it. When Mary Jane was first terminated by the Park Board, the dismissal was overturned by the BMA because of public outcry. Seems to me like there's enough public outcry over this hiring that it too could be overturned. The processes used to come to decisions in this town are usually conducted in secrecy and with a wink and a nod. Is this legal? Aren't decisions such as this supposed to be conducted out in the open? This one was made with no public notice of the meetings of the Park Board, the list was narrowed to 12 by a secret ballot, and in fact the first few rounds of decision-making were conducted by secret ballot. People in this town say they truly care and want the best for Rogersville. Just one year ago we elected the same group, except for one, that got us in the position we are now. Where were those people that care? Where were the people that wanted change? If you're serious about it, show up at the meeting and demand answers. You'll have your eyes opened wide just like mine.
TAXPAYING CITIZEN

United States

#12 May 31, 2006
I DO LIVE IN ROGERSVILLE,THIS COMPUTER IS IN KINGSPORT.I DONT KNOW OR CARE WHERE THE APPOINTEES ARE FROM.WHAT I DO KNOW IS THAT THE CURRENT PARK BOARD HAD A FANTISTIC PARK DIRECTOR IN MS .FINK.THE ONLY THING SHE DID WAS TRY TO BE FAIR .SHE WAS TREATED LIKE CRAP FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS SHE WAS THERE.SHE WAS LIED TO BY THE CURRENT PARK BOARD PRESIDENT AND MRS HOWE.THE LONG AND SHORT OF THIS WHOLE SITUATION IS THE MAYOR WANTED HIS NEPHEW TO GET THIS JOB,HE TRIED TO GET MJ TO RESIGN LAST YEAR BY HAVING THE FORMER PARK BOARD PRESSURE HER INTO RESIGNING,WHEN SHE DID NOT THE CITY DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO.SO THEY RECONSTITUTE THE PARK BOARD WITH 3 CITIZENS AND THREE ALDERMEN.THIS IN EFFECT NEGATES ANY GRIEVIENCE PROCESS FOR THE DIRECTOR.EXAMPLE,FIRE DIRECTOR,DIRECTOR FILES APPEAL TO BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN,THERE ARE 7 MEMBERS,THREE OF WHICH ARE ON THE PARK BOARD,HENSE THE APPEALING EMPLOYEE IS ALREADY 3 VOTES DOWN ON APPEAL.4 IF YOU COUNT MR FLOYD THE ALDERMAN WHO IS THE PARK BOARD PRESIDENTS UNCLE,5 IF YOU COUNT THE MAYOR , WHO IS LIKELY TO DO ANYTHING TO GET HIS NEPHEW HIRED.THIS TOWN CANT EVEN FIGURE OUT HOW TO KEEP A PART TIME DIRECTOR FOR ITS HERITAGE ASSOCIATION,THEY HAD A GREAT LEADER IN CAROLYN ELDER BUT TREATED HER MUCH LIKE THEY TREAT ANYONE WHOM THEY THINK MAY DO A LITTLE FOR THE TOWN.WHAT A LAUGHABLE LITTLE BUNCH OF POLITICIANS.
get real lisa

Nashville, TN

#13 May 31, 2006
lisa, are you kin to these idiots? do you really think that brice is more qualified than someone with 19 years experience who is well liked by the community as a mature stable non drinking christian man? do you think ann thought that? hell no she told him she'd vote for him and she done it. c'mon lisa. get with the program here girl. the other dude and lots of other people not in the top 10 applicants were more qualified than brice. hell your probably more qualified yourself. i'd take my chance with you and i don't even know you. act like you been out of rogvegas girl. does using politics make it right? cain killed abel but that don't make it right.
Eyes Wide Open

Kingsport, TN

#14 May 31, 2006
Sorry, mistaken meeting date above. The next BMA meeting is Tuesday, June 13, at 7 p.m. Tell everyone. Show up. Make your opinion known. My point is that pro or con this hiring, pro or con Hale Springs Inn, pro or con ANY issue...show up and let your voice be heard.
Bob

Tucson, AZ

#15 May 31, 2006
Anyone living out of the town can still own property in town and pay taxes in town! So you did Not say they resided in the town, only pay taxes in the town. So, let's all buy a piece of land together and by Lisa's beliefs we can run the town! Where does this person reside?

Lisa wrote:
You think there are issues well the first one being all of the people making these comments don't live in this city or pay city taxes. If everyone is so concerned with the politics of this town why not move here and run for election to change things. Just a fact supporting Ann since everyone knows her so well, her neice lives in Knoxville not the city of Rogersville so that would mean she could not be on the board. The person you think that doesn't live in the city, pays city taxes. It's public record, check it out. Maybe Mr. Lackey does know people and maybe he does not have the experience but more than Ann Howe voted for him to get the job. Most people do use politics or know someone to get a job why is this so shocking now. I am sure the people making these decisions did so beleiving Mr. Lackey was best for the job.
Sick of all the Talk

Hermitage, TN

#16 May 31, 2006
Hello, she said, " don't live in this city or pay city taxes. If everyone is so concerned with the politics of this town why not move here and run for election to change things."
Obvisouly she lives in the City of Rogersville. Where anyone with concerns to this matter should live. What is done is done, get off your soap box and move on to something else that is somemore of your business. Lets face it this is small town politics. It has been this way since the beginning and will be this way til the end. No one person or for that matter group of people are going to change anything. If you do not like what happens here, move...
SCOTT CO BUDDY

United States

#17 May 31, 2006
FOR 5 MONTHS NOW WE HAVE WONDERED WHO WOULD REPLACE THE FORMER DIRECTOR.IT IS A SAD DAY WHEN THE PARK BOARD DOESNT ADVERTISE IT MEETINGS IN THE REVIEW BUT IN A PAPER PUBLISHED 30 MILES AWAY.THEY DO THIS BECAUSE THE LAW SAYS THE MEETINGS MUST BE ADVERTISED IN A PUBLICATION GENERRALLY CIRCULATED IN ROGERSVILLE.THESE PEOPLE CARE ONLY FOR THEIR OWN INTERESTS. THE FORMER DIRECTOR SHOULD HAVE FILED A GREVIENCE TWO YEARS AGO WHEN DR BLAINE JONES TOLD HER SHE SHOULD GET SOME BALLS,OR KAHUNAS,IN FRONT OF HER ENTIRE STAFF,MOST OF WHICH ARE MEN. THIS WAS WITNESSED BY THE MANAGING EDITOR OR THE REVIEW,JOE ZOOK,STATE FARM INSURANCE AGENT,WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE COMMISSION AT THE TIME,AND OTHERS ON THE BOARD ALONG WITH PARK STAFF.DID ANY OF THESE FINE UPSTANDING CITIZENS EVER THINK THIS WAS MISTREATMENT OR SEXUAL HARASSMENT OR INTIMIDATION. THEN ON TOP OF ALL THATS GONE ON OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS,THE PARKS COMMISSION HIRES THE ABSOUTLY LEAST PROFESSIONALLY QUALIFIED APPLICANT FOR THE JOB.THEY DID NOT EVEN ADVERTISE THE JOB ANYWHERE BUT THE ROGERSVILLE REVIEW.THE PARK PRES OR JOHNSON OR SOMEONE SAID THEY WERE GOING TO ADVERTISE IN JOHNSON CITY KNOXVILLE AND THE TENNESSEE PARKS AND RECREATION WEBSITE.THIS CAME FROM THE PARK BOARD AND IT DID NOT HAPPEN.WHY DID THEY CHANGE THEIR MIND?THESE PEOPLE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT A CAN OF WORMS THEY HAVE OPENED.THIS COULD HAVE DEEP AND LONG LASTING RAMIFACATIONS ON OTHER DEPARTMENTS IN THE CITY,AND ON LOTS OF OTHER CITY LEADERS.THE CITIZENS NEED TO FORM A WATCHDOG GROUP TO GO TO ALL MEETINGS,THIS GROUP SHOULD APPLY FOR NON PROFIT STATUS AND CONSIDER SUING TO MAKE THESE REPEATED VIOLATIONS OF THE SUNSHINE LAW STOP.AND TO MARY JANE ,PLEASE CONSIDER STANDING UP,I AM NOT A LAWYER,BUT IT SURE SOUNDS AS IF YOU SHOULD CONSIDER SUING FOR DISCRIMINATION.WAS YOU FIRING HANDLED PROFESSIONALLY?WERE YOU TREATED WITH DIGNITY?WERE YOU ALLOWED TO RETRIEVE ALL OF YOUR BELONGINGS?WAS YOUR TREATMENT EMBARASSING?WERE YOU GIVEN ANY REASON,? PLEASE KNOW THAT THERE ARE SEVERAL EXCEPTIONS TO THE RIGHT TO WORK STATUTE,DO SOME RESEARCH.GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
Nicole

Tucson, AZ

#18 May 31, 2006
The cities under the names are to do with the your isp. Not where the poster is actually from!
What

Knoxville, TN

#19 May 31, 2006
Obviously, the mayor won't "do anything to get his nephew hired", because his nephew wasn't chosen for the job.
TAXPAYING CITIZEN wrote:
I DO LIVE IN ROGERSVILLE,THIS COMPUTER IS IN KINGSPORT.I DONT KNOW OR CARE WHERE THE APPOINTEES ARE FROM.WHAT I DO KNOW IS THAT THE CURRENT PARK BOARD HAD A FANTISTIC PARK DIRECTOR IN MS .FINK.THE ONLY THING SHE DID WAS TRY TO BE FAIR .SHE WAS TREATED LIKE CRAP FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS SHE WAS THERE.SHE WAS LIED TO BY THE CURRENT PARK BOARD PRESIDENT AND MRS HOWE.THE LONG AND SHORT OF THIS WHOLE SITUATION IS THE MAYOR WANTED HIS NEPHEW TO GET THIS JOB,HE TRIED TO GET MJ TO RESIGN LAST YEAR BY HAVING THE FORMER PARK BOARD PRESSURE HER INTO RESIGNING,WHEN SHE DID NOT THE CITY DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO.SO THEY RECONSTITUTE THE PARK BOARD WITH 3 CITIZENS AND THREE ALDERMEN.THIS IN EFFECT NEGATES ANY GRIEVIENCE PROCESS FOR THE DIRECTOR.EXAMPLE,FIRE DIRECTOR,DIRECTOR FILES APPEAL TO BOARD OF MAYOR AND ALDERMEN,THERE ARE 7 MEMBERS,THREE OF WHICH ARE ON THE PARK BOARD,HENSE THE APPEALING EMPLOYEE IS ALREADY 3 VOTES DOWN ON APPEAL.4 IF YOU COUNT MR FLOYD THE ALDERMAN WHO IS THE PARK BOARD PRESIDENTS UNCLE,5 IF YOU COUNT THE MAYOR , WHO IS LIKELY TO DO ANYTHING TO GET HIS NEPHEW HIRED.THIS TOWN CANT EVEN FIGURE OUT HOW TO KEEP A PART TIME DIRECTOR FOR ITS HERITAGE ASSOCIATION,THEY HAD A GREAT LEADER IN CAROLYN ELDER BUT TREATED HER MUCH LIKE THEY TREAT ANYONE WHOM THEY THINK MAY DO A LITTLE FOR THE TOWN.WHAT A LAUGHABLE LITTLE BUNCH OF POLITICIANS.
Sick of the Talk Too

Lebanon, TN

#20 May 31, 2006
Sick of all the Talk wrote:
Hello, she said, " don't live in this city or pay city taxes. If everyone is so concerned with the politics of this town why not move here and run for election to change things."
Obvisouly she lives in the City of Rogersville. Where anyone with concerns to this matter should live. What is done is done, get off your soap box and move on to something else that is somemore of your business. Lets face it this is small town politics. It has been this way since the beginning and will be this way til the end. No one person or for that matter group of people are going to change anything. If you do not like what happens here, move...
What I'm sick of is the talk and lies spoken by the people who run this city. They need to get it through their thick heads that THEY are elected by US. The committees are appointed to serve US. What they are doing to us doesn't have to be that way until the end. One person CAN change something, if other people rally around that driving force and help with that change. What I'm speaking of includes the election process. The "powers that be" in this town absolutely sicken me. A lot of people feel the same way, but won't even take the time to go to the polls and express that opinion. If they're getting their trash picked up and see the police driving through town, it's enough for them. So what if the BMA doesn't care about this or that, as long as they don't ever raise my taxes. Here's the "so what." This town is dying a slow steady death. Downtown has more empty stores than I can remember. One business has ugly particle board for windows, and nothing's being done. The Hale Springs Inn should have been reopened a year ago. Card and Label has been sold. We can't keep a car dealership open because everybody's shopping out of town. Local businesses struggle to make it. Wow, we're getting new sidewalks, that's gonna help bring in the money don't you think? It's not as easy as saying "If you don't like it leave." I care deeply about this town and want to see it survive. I don't want to abandon it. That like it or leave it attitude won't help put it back on its feet. Not to mention the fact that my entire family is here, and I'm responsible for them as well. If I leave, what will they do? The root of the problem is that anyone who wants to help this town and isn't on the Mayor's good side, or the buddy of an Alderman, or related to the City Attorney is going to have a hard time making a difference. As I recall a group wanted to help by making this town a Main Street USA community and take advantage of those resources. Well they weren't buddies with the Mayor obviously, because he decided they weren't good enough. Face it, there's more to be done here than just the Sells/Elkins/Howe families can do. But their little dynasty can't stand for anyone else to have any part in it. If you watch closely, if it doesn't benefit their clique, it either doesn't happen or it takes much longer to happen. As for me, I don't want to leave. I want to see Rogersville be a better place. I know this is a little off track from the hiring of new Parks Director, but it's much deeper than just that. I think it CAN be a better place if we all work toward it. If the dynasty will allow us to work toward it.
WAKE UP

Lebanon, TN

#21 May 31, 2006
Wake up Rogersville. The elected and appointed think you're stupid! Let them know that you KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON.

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