calling for a truce. please read.

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Living In Erwin

Piney Flats, TN

#1 Feb 10, 2013
You people have the chance to do some real good here - to learn about important things happening in your community, to give your opinion on news happening right next door.

But no.

This place is a sty, a dumping ground for feces. People from around the world can click here to see what people do for fun in Erwin and Unicoi - shit on their neighbors.

BIG NEWS!!! Kent Harris is not Sheriff anymore. His actions no longer affect the county, therefore they are no concern of yours - that includes what he does in church, what he does in his own backyard, and what he does on Facebook. As for the past, leave it in the past. If there is injustice let the TBI handle it - not a bunch of “armchair judges” with a handful of information and a bellyful of half-assed rumors.

BIG NEWS!!! Mike Hensley is Sheriff. The voting is over and done with. There is no such thing as an elected official that everyone likes; especially not someone who has the ability to arrest you or someone you love. His personal past is his own, not yours to judge. If he has done wrong let the TBI handle it - not a bunch of “armchair judges” with a handful of information and a bellyful of half-assed rumors.

Both these men are good men. But more importantly, they are HUMAN BEINGS. With families. And feelings.

Now I have been a “lurker” here a long time. It has been a good place to see what my hometown considers important enough to talk about. But you people are attacking CHILDREN. And FAMILY MEMBERS. Who have NOTHING TO DO WITH THE STORIES YOU ARE DISCUSSING. Spreading the kind of malicious gossip typical for middle-school locker rooms.

In my career I have interviewed thieves, drug dealers, drug addicts, rapists, murderers, and even a fair number of politicians. But I have NEVER, EVER heard the kind of filth that is now seeping from Topix on a daily basis. Not even in prisons.

So congratulations, a prison yard is now a more civil place to be than Topix.

And the things you type? They don’t just disappear. People read them and talk about them with their neighbors, and before long those “innocent” little clicks of the keys have caused massive pain to people. YOUR people. People you grew up with. Why is it so important to you that they feel horrible? Is that a “win”?

I urge those of you who are guilty of wiping your ass on the screen, to take a deep breath before you hit “send” next time. Carefully read what you wrote. Is it true? Are you sure? Is there a good reason for saying it? Would your mother approve of the way you are saying it?

Now maybe I’m wrong about Unicoi County. Maybe nobody here really gives a damn about each other. Maybe this isn’t the kind of place I should be proud to call home.

But I have hope - hope that I DO know Unicoi County, and the kind of strong, salt-of-the-earth, GOOD-HEARTED people who live here. People who help their neighbors, rather than spit on them. People who will wait for the truth, rather than help spread the most outrageous rumor. People who understand that “jokes” based on a neighbor’s personal tragedy are not funny, they are cruel and heartless.

Can we please have a truce? Can we at least ALL agree that we do NOT need fuel added to the fire burning this county to the ground? CAN WE AGREE TO STOP POSTING ABOUT SHERIFFS, PAST OR PRESENT, OR AT LEAST STOP RESPONDING WHEN WE SEE THEM?
Rev Jeremiah Imnotright

Marion, VA

#2 Feb 10, 2013
Good luck with that,it was all quite until a couple of deputies had to resign.
As long as the propaganda appears on here,we will be responding to it.Sorry,but that's how it is in Erwin and the rest of this country,just read other forums from other places,you will be ashamed to claim this country.
willie joe

Dallas, TX

#3 Feb 10, 2013
Living In Erwin wrote:
You people have the chance to do some real good here - to learn about important things happening in your community, to give your opinion on news happening right next door.
But no.
This place is a sty, a dumping ground for feces. People from around the world can click here to see what people do for fun in Erwin and Unicoi - shit on their neighbors.
BIG NEWS!!! Kent Harris is not Sheriff anymore. His actions no longer affect the county, therefore they are no concern of yours - that includes what he does in church, what he does in his own backyard, and what he does on Facebook. As for the past, leave it in the past. If there is injustice let the TBI handle it - not a bunch of “armchair judges” with a handful of information and a bellyful of half-assed rumors.
BIG NEWS!!! Mike Hensley is Sheriff. The voting is over and done with. There is no such thing as an elected official that everyone likes; especially not someone who has the ability to arrest you or someone you love. His personal past is his own, not yours to judge. If he has done wrong let the TBI handle it - not a bunch of “armchair judges” with a handful of information and a bellyful of half-assed rumors.
Both these men are good men. But more importantly, they are HUMAN BEINGS. With families. And feelings.
Now I have been a “lurker” here a long time. It has been a good place to see what my hometown considers important enough to talk about. But you people are attacking CHILDREN. And FAMILY MEMBERS. Who have NOTHING TO DO WITH THE STORIES YOU ARE DISCUSSING. Spreading the kind of malicious gossip typical for middle-school locker rooms.
In my career I have interviewed thieves, drug dealers, drug addicts, rapists, murderers, and even a fair number of politicians. But I have NEVER, EVER heard the kind of filth that is now seeping from Topix on a daily basis. Not even in prisons.
So congratulations, a prison yard is now a more civil place to be than Topix.
And the things you type? They don’t just disappear. People read them and talk about them with their neighbors, and before long those “innocent” little clicks of the keys have caused massive pain to people. YOUR people. People you grew up with. Why is it so important to you that they feel horrible? Is that a “win”?
I urge those of you who are guilty of wiping your ass on the screen, to take a deep breath before you hit “send” next time. Carefully read what you wrote. Is it true? Are you sure? Is there a good reason for saying it? Would your mother approve of the way you are saying it?
Now maybe I’m wrong about Unicoi County. Maybe nobody here really gives a damn about each other. Maybe this isn’t the kind of place I should be proud to call home.
But I have hope - hope that I DO know Unicoi County, and the kind of strong, salt-of-the-earth, GOOD-HEARTED people who live here. People who help their neighbors, rather than spit on them. People who will wait for the truth, rather than help spread the most outrageous rumor. People who understand that “jokes” based on a neighbor’s personal tragedy are not funny, they are cruel and heartless.
Can we please have a truce? Can we at least ALL agree that we do NOT need fuel added to the fire burning this county to the ground? CAN WE AGREE TO STOP POSTING ABOUT SHERIFFS, PAST OR PRESENT, OR AT LEAST STOP RESPONDING WHEN WE SEE THEM?
Yo be two sufistakated fo dis topic trash talk. Yo need to go over yonder to conversate wif pepl wif mo intelagunse insted of dese haf wits frum daliverense

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Know it All

Jonesborough, TN

#4 Feb 10, 2013
The Harris/Woods gang are like playground bullies and we all know that bullies will not stop until you call their bluff and knock their teeth in , thats just the way it is.
sounds good to me

Johnson City, TN

#5 Feb 10, 2013
Living In Erwin wrote:
You people have the chance to do some real good here - to learn about important things happening in your community, to give your opinion on news happening right next door.
But no.
This place is a sty, a dumping ground for feces. People from around the world can click here to see what people do for fun in Erwin and Unicoi - shit on their neighbors.
BIG NEWS!!! Kent Harris is not Sheriff anymore. His actions no longer affect the county, therefore they are no concern of yours - that includes what he does in church, what he does in his own backyard, and what he does on Facebook. As for the past, leave it in the past. If there is injustice let the TBI handle it - not a bunch of “armchair judges” with a handful of information and a bellyful of half-assed rumors.
BIG NEWS!!! Mike Hensley is Sheriff. The voting is over and done with. There is no such thing as an elected official that everyone likes; especially not someone who has the ability to arrest you or someone you love. His personal past is his own, not yours to judge. If he has done wrong let the TBI handle it - not a bunch of “armchair judges” with a handful of information and a bellyful of half-assed rumors.
Both these men are good men. But more importantly, they are HUMAN BEINGS. With families. And feelings.
Now I have been a “lurker” here a long time. It has been a good place to see what my hometown considers important enough to talk about. But you people are attacking CHILDREN. And FAMILY MEMBERS. Who have NOTHING TO DO WITH THE STORIES YOU ARE DISCUSSING. Spreading the kind of malicious gossip typical for middle-school locker rooms.
In my career I have interviewed thieves, drug dealers, drug addicts, rapists, murderers, and even a fair number of politicians. But I have NEVER, EVER heard the kind of filth that is now seeping from Topix on a daily basis. Not even in prisons.
So congratulations, a prison yard is now a more civil place to be than Topix.
And the things you type? They don’t just disappear. People read them and talk about them with their neighbors, and before long those “innocent” little clicks of the keys have caused massive pain to people. YOUR people. People you grew up with. Why is it so important to you that they feel horrible? Is that a “win”?
I urge those of you who are guilty of wiping your ass on the screen, to take a deep breath before you hit “send” next time. Carefully read what you wrote. Is it true? Are you sure? Is there a good reason for saying it? Would your mother approve of the way you are saying it?
Now maybe I’m wrong about Unicoi County. Maybe nobody here really gives a damn about each other. Maybe this isn’t the kind of place I should be proud to call home.
But I have hope - hope that I DO know Unicoi County, and the kind of strong, salt-of-the-earth, GOOD-HEARTED people who live here. People who help their neighbors, rather than spit on them. People who will wait for the truth, rather than help spread the most outrageous rumor. People who understand that “jokes” based on a neighbor’s personal tragedy are not funny, they are cruel and heartless.
Can we please have a truce? Can we at least ALL agree that we do NOT need fuel added to the fire burning this county to the ground? CAN WE AGREE TO STOP POSTING ABOUT SHERIFFS, PAST OR PRESENT, OR AT LEAST STOP RESPONDING WHEN WE SEE THEM?
I love this county and have friends on both sides.I agree with this comment 100%. nothing any of us says or has said can be taken back.every action has a reaction, so how about we say good things about our friends and neighbors and try to lift them up in these troubling times. Harris has retired and is answering to all of his charges and Mike is our sheriff now.I think both men have a done their best and no one is perfect.how about we try to keep the old saying, if we can't say anything good,we don't say anything at all. I really don't think a couple of people will ever do it, but I would like to see giving a peace a chance.
sounds good to me

Johnson City, TN

#6 Feb 10, 2013
Living In Erwin wrote:
You people have the chance to do some real good here - to learn about important things happening in your community, to give your opinion on news happening right next door.
But no.
This place is a sty, a dumping ground for feces. People from around the world can click here to see what people do for fun in Erwin and Unicoi - shit on their neighbors.
BIG NEWS!!! Kent Harris is not Sheriff anymore. His actions no longer affect the county, therefore they are no concern of yours - that includes what he does in church, what he does in his own backyard, and what he does on Facebook. As for the past, leave it in the past. If there is injustice let the TBI handle it - not a bunch of “armchair judges” with a handful of information and a bellyful of half-assed rumors.
BIG NEWS!!! Mike Hensley is Sheriff. The voting is over and done with. There is no such thing as an elected official that everyone likes; especially not someone who has the ability to arrest you or someone you love. His personal past is his own, not yours to judge. If he has done wrong let the TBI handle it - not a bunch of “armchair judges” with a handful of information and a bellyful of half-assed rumors.
Both these men are good men. But more importantly, they are HUMAN BEINGS. With families. And feelings.
Now I have been a “lurker” here a long time. It has been a good place to see what my hometown considers important enough to talk about. But you people are attacking CHILDREN. And FAMILY MEMBERS. Who have NOTHING TO DO WITH THE STORIES YOU ARE DISCUSSING. Spreading the kind of malicious gossip typical for middle-school locker rooms.
In my career I have interviewed thieves, drug dealers, drug addicts, rapists, murderers, and even a fair number of politicians. But I have NEVER, EVER heard the kind of filth that is now seeping from Topix on a daily basis. Not even in prisons.
So congratulations, a prison yard is now a more civil place to be than Topix.
And the things you type? They don’t just disappear. People read them and talk about them with their neighbors, and before long those “innocent” little clicks of the keys have caused massive pain to people. YOUR people. People you grew up with. Why is it so important to you that they feel horrible? Is that a “win”?
I urge those of you who are guilty of wiping your ass on the screen, to take a deep breath before you hit “send” next time. Carefully read what you wrote. Is it true? Are you sure? Is there a good reason for saying it? Would your mother approve of the way you are saying it?
Now maybe I’m wrong about Unicoi County. Maybe nobody here really gives a damn about each other. Maybe this isn’t the kind of place I should be proud to call home.
But I have hope - hope that I DO know Unicoi County, and the kind of strong, salt-of-the-earth, GOOD-HEARTED people who live here. People who help their neighbors, rather than spit on them. People who will wait for the truth, rather than help spread the most outrageous rumor. People who understand that “jokes” based on a neighbor’s personal tragedy are not funny, they are cruel and heartless.
Can we please have a truce? Can we at least ALL agree that we do NOT need fuel added to the fire burning this county to the ground? CAN WE AGREE TO STOP POSTING ABOUT SHERIFFS, PAST OR PRESENT, OR AT LEAST STOP RESPONDING WHEN WE SEE THEM?
I love this county and have friends on both sides.I agree with this comment 100%. nothing any of us says or has said can be taken back.every action has a reaction, so how about we say good things about our friends and neighbors and try to lift them up in these troubling times. Harris has retired and is answering to all of his charges and Mike is our sheriff now.I think both men have a done their best and no one is perfect.how about we try to keep the old saying, if we can't say anything good,we don't say anything at all. I really don't think a couple of people will ever do it.people are laughing at us all over the world.
RED

Marion, VA

#7 Feb 10, 2013
sounds good to me wrote:
<quoted text>I love this county and have friends on both sides.I agree with this comment 100%. nothing any of us says or has said can be taken back.every action has a reaction, so how about we say good things about our friends and neighbors and try to lift them up in these troubling times. Harris has retired and is answering to all of his charges and Mike is our sheriff now.I think both men have a done their best and no one is perfect.how about we try to keep the old saying, if we can't say anything good,we don't say anything at all. I really don't think a couple of people will ever do it, but I would like to see giving a peace a chance.
Hey,it sounds good and I agree,but you will never get the ex sheriff to quit,he gets on here and plays his propaganda games and spreads his lies on Facebook where he has to use his real name.
So might as well settle in because he won't stop,especially with an election next year.
I do disagree with your statement he did his best,laying drunk with an inmate at Rock Creek Park and partying at the lake with him is not what his job was about,he admitted it on TV,said it was a rehab program of his.
Living in Erwin

Elizabethton, TN

#8 Feb 11, 2013
RED, let's let the TBI handle it.

On to new business!
Waa Waa Waa

Houston, TX

#9 Feb 11, 2013
Living In Erwin wrote:
You people have the chance to do some real good here - to learn about important things happening in your community, to give your opinion on news happening right next door.
But no.
This place is a sty, a dumping ground for feces. People from around the world can click here to see what people do for fun in Erwin and Unicoi - shit on their neighbors.
BIG NEWS!!! Kent Harris is not Sheriff anymore. His actions no longer affect the county, therefore they are no concern of yours - that includes what he does in church, what he does in his own backyard, and what he does on Facebook. As for the past, leave it in the past. If there is injustice let the TBI handle it - not a bunch of “armchair judges” with a handful of information and a bellyful of half-assed rumors.
BIG NEWS!!! Mike Hensley is Sheriff. The voting is over and done with. There is no such thing as an elected official that everyone likes; especially not someone who has the ability to arrest you or someone you love. His personal past is his own, not yours to judge. If he has done wrong let the TBI handle it - not a bunch of “armchair judges” with a handful of information and a bellyful of half-assed rumors.
Both these men are good men. But more importantly, they are HUMAN BEINGS. With families. And feelings.
Now I have been a “lurker” here a long time. It has been a good place to see what my hometown considers important enough to talk about. But you people are attacking CHILDREN. And FAMILY MEMBERS. Who have NOTHING TO DO WITH THE STORIES YOU ARE DISCUSSING. Spreading the kind of malicious gossip typical for middle-school locker rooms.
In my career I have interviewed thieves, drug dealers, drug addicts, rapists, murderers, and even a fair number of politicians. But I have NEVER, EVER heard the kind of filth that is now seeping from Topix on a daily basis. Not even in prisons.
So congratulations, a prison yard is now a more civil place to be than Topix.
And the things you type? They don’t just disappear. People read them and talk about them with their neighbors, and before long those “innocent” little clicks of the keys have caused massive pain to people. YOUR people. People you grew up with. Why is it so important to you that they feel horrible? Is that a “win”?
I urge those of you who are guilty of wiping your ass on the screen, to take a deep breath before you hit “send” next time. Carefully read what you wrote. Is it true? Are you sure? Is there a good reason for saying it? Would your mother approve of the way you are saying it?
Now maybe I’m wrong about Unicoi County. Maybe nobody here really gives a damn about each other. Maybe this isn’t the kind of place I should be proud to call home.
But I have hope - hope that I DO know Unicoi County, and the kind of strong, salt-of-the-earth, GOOD-HEARTED people who live here. People who help their neighbors, rather than spit on them. People who will wait for the truth, rather than help spread the most outrageous rumor. People who understand that “jokes” based on a neighbor’s personal tragedy are not funny, they are cruel and heartless.
Can we please have a truce? Can we at least ALL agree that we do NOT need fuel added to the fire burning this county to the ground? CAN WE AGREE TO STOP POSTING ABOUT SHERIFFS, PAST OR PRESENT, OR AT LEAST STOP RESPONDING WHEN WE SEE THEM?
Go play someplace else you're ruining our fun!
whuut

Jonesborough, TN

#10 Feb 11, 2013
Living In Erwin wrote:
You people have the chance to do some real good here - to learn about important things happening in your community, to give your opinion on news happening right next door.
But no.
This place is a sty, a dumping ground for feces. People from around the world can click here to see what people do for fun in Erwin and Unicoi - shit on their neighbors.
BIG NEWS!!! Kent Harris is not Sheriff anymore. His actions no longer affect the county, therefore they are no concern of yours - that includes what he does in church, what he does in his own backyard, and what he does on Facebook. As for the past, leave it in the past. If there is injustice let the TBI handle it - not a bunch of “armchair judges” with a handful of information and a bellyful of half-assed rumors.
BIG NEWS!!! Mike Hensley is Sheriff. The voting is over and done with. There is no such thing as an elected official that everyone likes; especially not someone who has the ability to arrest you or someone you love. His personal past is his own, not yours to judge. If he has done wrong let the TBI handle it - not a bunch of “armchair judges” with a handful of information and a bellyful of half-assed rumors.
Both these men are good men. But more importantly, they are HUMAN BEINGS. With families. And feelings.
Now I have been a “lurker” here a long time. It has been a good place to see what my hometown considers important enough to talk about. But you people are attacking CHILDREN. And FAMILY MEMBERS. Who have NOTHING TO DO WITH THE STORIES YOU ARE DISCUSSING. Spreading the kind of malicious gossip typical for middle-school locker rooms.
In my career I have interviewed thieves, drug dealers, drug addicts, rapists, murderers, and even a fair number of politicians. But I have NEVER, EVER heard the kind of filth that is now seeping from Topix on a daily basis. Not even in prisons.
So congratulations, a prison yard is now a more civil place to be than Topix.
And the things you type? They don’t just disappear. People read them and talk about them with their neighbors, and before long those “innocent” little clicks of the keys have caused massive pain to people. YOUR people. People you grew up with. Why is it so important to you that they feel horrible? Is that a “win”?
I urge those of you who are guilty of wiping your ass on the screen, to take a deep breath before you hit “send” next time. Carefully read what you wrote. Is it true? Are you sure? Is there a good reason for saying it? Would your mother approve of the way you are saying it?
Now maybe I’m wrong about Unicoi County. Maybe nobody here really gives a damn about each other. Maybe this isn’t the kind of place I should be proud to call home.
But I have hope - hope that I DO know Unicoi County, and the kind of strong, salt-of-the-earth, GOOD-HEARTED people who live here. People who help their neighbors, rather than spit on them. People who will wait for the truth, rather than help spread the most outrageous rumor. People who understand that “jokes” based on a neighbor’s personal tragedy are not funny, they are cruel and heartless.
Can we please have a truce? Can we at least ALL agree that we do NOT need fuel added to the fire burning this county to the ground? CAN WE AGREE TO STOP POSTING ABOUT SHERIFFS, PAST OR PRESENT, OR AT LEAST STOP RESPONDING WHEN WE SEE THEM?
Wont happen until there is closure, i.e. he is found innocent or guilty of any and all charges. For some reason the DA is dragging his feet on putting these cases on the docket. I've seen murder cases brought to trial quicker than the crap Harris is accused of.
tina says wont ever hapen

Johnson City, TN

#11 Feb 11, 2013
whuut wrote:
<quoted text>
Wont happen until there is closure, i.e. he is found innocent or guilty of any and all charges. For some reason the DA is dragging his feet on putting these cases on the docket. I've seen murder cases brought to trial quicker than the crap Harris is accused of.
there is no way tina and her 1 friend from Jonesborough will ever agree to a truce.all they do day and night is sit in on this forum and say the same old story.
Me TOO

Piney Flats, TN

#12 Feb 11, 2013
maybe there are some people that won't do this but it's up to each of us to start.

I am not going to answer any more of the bad posts. I am going to ignore them.
RED

Marion, VA

#13 Feb 11, 2013
tina says wont ever hapen wrote:
<quoted text>there is no way tina and her 1 friend from Jonesborough will ever agree to a truce.all they do day and night is sit in on this forum and say the same old story.
Funny thing,Tina hasn't been on here in a long time,but you are wrong about telling the same story,I think replying to the same old bullshit is a better term.
mary

Piney Flats, TN

#14 Feb 11, 2013
Living In Erwin wrote:
You people have the chance to do some real good here - to learn about important things happening in your community, to give your opinion on news happening right next door.
But no.
This place is a sty, a dumping ground for feces. People from around the world can click here to see what people do for fun in Erwin and Unicoi - shit on their neighbors.
BIG NEWS!!! Kent Harris is not Sheriff anymore. His actions no longer affect the county, therefore they are no concern of yours - that includes what he does in church, what he does in his own backyard, and what he does on Facebook. As for the past, leave it in the past. If there is injustice let the TBI handle it - not a bunch of “armchair judges” with a handful of information and a bellyful of half-assed rumors.
BIG NEWS!!! Mike Hensley is Sheriff. The voting is over and done with. There is no such thing as an elected official that everyone likes; especially not someone who has the ability to arrest you or someone you love. His personal past is his own, not yours to judge. If he has done wrong let the TBI handle it - not a bunch of “armchair judges” with a handful of information and a bellyful of half-assed rumors.
Both these men are good men. But more importantly, they are HUMAN BEINGS. With families. And feelings.
Now I have been a “lurker” here a long time. It has been a good place to see what my hometown considers important enough to talk about. But you people are attacking CHILDREN. And FAMILY MEMBERS. Who have NOTHING TO DO WITH THE STORIES YOU ARE DISCUSSING. Spreading the kind of malicious gossip typical for middle-school locker rooms.
In my career I have interviewed thieves, drug dealers, drug addicts, rapists, murderers, and even a fair number of politicians. But I have NEVER, EVER heard the kind of filth that is now seeping from Topix on a daily basis. Not even in prisons.
So congratulations, a prison yard is now a more civil place to be than Topix.
And the things you type? They don’t just disappear. People read them and talk about them with their neighbors, and before long those “innocent” little clicks of the keys have caused massive pain to people. YOUR people. People you grew up with. Why is it so important to you that they feel horrible? Is that a “win”?
I urge those of you who are guilty of wiping your ass on the screen, to take a deep breath before you hit “send” next time. Carefully read what you wrote. Is it true? Are you sure? Is there a good reason for saying it? Would your mother approve of the way you are saying it?
Now maybe I’m wrong about Unicoi County. Maybe nobody here really gives a damn about each other. Maybe this isn’t the kind of place I should be proud to call home.
But I have hope - hope that I DO know Unicoi County, and the kind of strong, salt-of-the-earth, GOOD-HEARTED people who live here. People who help their neighbors, rather than spit on them. People who will wait for the truth, rather than help spread the most outrageous rumor. People who understand that “jokes” based on a neighbor’s personal tragedy are not funny, they are cruel and heartless.
Can we please have a truce? Can we at least ALL agree that we do NOT need fuel added to the fire burning this county to the ground? CAN WE AGREE TO STOP POSTING ABOUT SHERIFFS, PAST OR PRESENT, OR AT LEAST STOP RESPONDING WHEN WE SEE THEM?
I agree with this. I'm more for one side than the other but he's right, what we say here hurts people.
Levi

Irmo, SC

#15 Feb 11, 2013
Living In Erwin wrote:
You people have the chance to do some real good here - to learn about important things happening in your community, to give your opinion on news happening right next door.
But no.
This place is a sty, a dumping ground for feces. People from around the world can click here to see what people do for fun in Erwin and Unicoi - shit on their neighbors.
BIG NEWS!!! Kent Harris is not Sheriff anymore. His actions no longer affect the county, therefore they are no concern of yours - that includes what he does in church, what he does in his own backyard, and what he does on Facebook. As for the past, leave it in the past. If there is injustice let the TBI handle it - not a bunch of “armchair judges” with a handful of information and a bellyful of half-assed rumors.
BIG NEWS!!! Mike Hensley is Sheriff. The voting is over and done with. There is no such thing as an elected official that everyone likes; especially not someone who has the ability to arrest you or someone you love. His personal past is his own, not yours to judge. If he has done wrong let the TBI handle it - not a bunch of “armchair judges” with a handful of information and a bellyful of half-assed rumors.
Both these men are good men. But more importantly, they are HUMAN BEINGS. With families. And feelings.
Now I have been a “lurker” here a long time. It has been a good place to see what my hometown considers important enough to talk about. But you people are attacking CHILDREN. And FAMILY MEMBERS. Who have NOTHING TO DO WITH THE STORIES YOU ARE DISCUSSING. Spreading the kind of malicious gossip typical for middle-school locker rooms.
In my career I have interviewed thieves, drug dealers, drug addicts, rapists, murderers, and even a fair number of politicians. But I have NEVER, EVER heard the kind of filth that is now seeping from Topix on a daily basis. Not even in prisons.
So congratulations, a prison yard is now a more civil place to be than Topix.
And the things you type? They don’t just disappear. People read them and talk about them with their neighbors, and before long those “innocent” little clicks of the keys have caused massive pain to people. YOUR people. People you grew up with. Why is it so important to you that they feel horrible? Is that a “win”?
I urge those of you who are guilty of wiping your ass on the screen, to take a deep breath before you hit “send” next time. Carefully read what you wrote. Is it true? Are you sure? Is there a good reason for saying it? Would your mother approve of the way you are saying it?
Now maybe I’m wrong about Unicoi County. Maybe nobody here really gives a damn about each other. Maybe this isn’t the kind of place I should be proud to call home.
But I have hope - hope that I DO know Unicoi County, and the kind of strong, salt-of-the-earth, GOOD-HEARTED people who live here. People who help their neighbors, rather than spit on them. People who will wait for the truth, rather than help spread the most outrageous rumor. People who understand that “jokes” based on a neighbor’s personal tragedy are not funny, they are cruel and heartless.
Can we please have a truce? Can we at least ALL agree that we do NOT need fuel added to the fire burning this county to the ground? CAN WE AGREE TO STOP POSTING ABOUT SHERIFFS, PAST OR PRESENT, OR AT LEAST STOP RESPONDING WHEN WE SEE THEM?
I have been pretty aggressive on this forum trying to defend Mike, Craig, Frank, and the whole Sheriffs department. I have read what you have said here and it makes more damn sense than any thing I have read in a Long while. I too agree that we should ignore this forum and quit this non sense. I pledge not to post here again! I want to encourage all good citizens especially Sheriff department supporters to follow suit. I will swallow my pride and help you lead the charge after all it's the right thing! FAREWELL ALL YOU BROTHERS I WILL SEE EACH OF YOU IN THE EAST!!!!!!!!
Reasonable

Johnson City, TN

#16 Feb 11, 2013
Levi wrote:
<quoted text>
I have been pretty aggressive on this forum trying to defend Mike, Craig, Frank, and the whole Sheriffs department. I have read what you have said here and it makes more damn sense than any thing I have read in a Long while. I too agree that we should ignore this forum and quit this non sense. I pledge not to post here again! I want to encourage all good citizens especially Sheriff department supporters to follow suit. I will swallow my pride and help you lead the charge after all it's the right thing! FAREWELL ALL YOU BROTHERS I WILL SEE EACH OF YOU IN THE EAST!!!!!!!!
Frankly your admonition is reasonable and well conceived. Now if you could convince your brother it might work. But you are wrong about his inability to insert himself into the day to day operations of the Sheriff Hensely's department.(is the story about Henson verified) You are wrong about his inability to still cost the taxpayers boatloads of money. You are wrong about his willingness to accept responsibility for the harm he and his supporters did to the good people of Unicoi County for nearly a decade. One bad apple can ruin the bunch but in this case there were so many they nearly infected every public office and official in the county. That requires serious surgery. Something only Nashville could remediate apparently. In my opinion they did their job despite outright subversion of the process and were able to force his resignation.(don't buy he resigned for health reasons)
Convince your brother to publicly apologize to every mother and father and target of Harris' criminally negligent operation of his office and they might consider it. Have him return the nearly half million dollars in (again my opinion) fraudulently gained taxpayer funds and we might take your entreaty seriously. Have him plea bargain the felony charges to spare the citizens further embarrassment and cost. Have his most ardent supporters end the threats of violence and revenge. Short of that the gentleman above who likened them to playground bullies who only understand one thing makes much more sense because I doubt he will take your advice.
Banjovi

Johnson City, TN

#17 Feb 11, 2013
Levi wrote:
<quoted text>
I have been pretty aggressive on this forum trying to defend Mike, Craig, Frank, and the whole Sheriffs department. I have read what you have said here and it makes more damn sense than any thing I have read in a Long while. I too agree that we should ignore this forum and quit this non sense. I pledge not to post here again! I want to encourage all good citizens especially Sheriff department supporters to follow suit. I will swallow my pride and help you lead the charge after all it's the right thing! FAREWELL ALL YOU BROTHERS I WILL SEE EACH OF YOU IN THE EAST!!!!!!!!
SMIB!
wtfeva

Elizabethton, TN

#18 Feb 11, 2013
He's right though. Not one word of anything posted on topix will change a damn thing. Just let it go, nashville is doing their job, the only thing topix is good for is spreading garbage and it is making all of unicoi county look like fools.
she loves to lie

Johnson City, TN

#19 Feb 12, 2013
Reasonable wrote:
<quoted text>
Frankly your admonition is reasonable and well conceived. Now if you could convince your brother it might work. But you are wrong about his inability to insert himself into the day to day operations of the Sheriff Hensely's department.(is the story about Henson verified) You are wrong about his inability to still cost the taxpayers boatloads of money. You are wrong about his willingness to accept responsibility for the harm he and his supporters did to the good people of Unicoi County for nearly a decade. One bad apple can ruin the bunch but in this case there were so many they nearly infected every public office and official in the county. That requires serious surgery. Something only Nashville could remediate apparently. In my opinion they did their job despite outright subversion of the process and were able to force his resignation.(don't buy he resigned for health reasons)
Convince your brother to publicly apologize to every mother and father and target of Harris' criminally negligent operation of his office and they might consider it. Have him return the nearly half million dollars in (again my opinion) fraudulently gained taxpayer funds and we might take your entreaty seriously. Have him plea bargain the felony charges to spare the citizens further embarrassment and cost. Have his most ardent supporters end the threats of violence and revenge. Short of that the gentleman above who likened them to playground bullies who only understand one thing makes much more sense because I doubt he will take your advice.
there are a few people on here that don't have anything better to do then sit in the bar and drink and wait for someone to post anything,then she will say that was all kents fault too.
Rev Jesse Jackson

Marion, VA

#20 Feb 12, 2013
she loves to lie wrote:
<quoted text>there are a few people on here that don't have anything better to do then sit in the bar and drink and wait for someone to post anything,then she will say that was all kents fault too.
She speaks more truth in one sentence than the whole Harris/Woods bunch does in a paragraph.

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