Smokeybarn.com's Robertson County Daily

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TheManBehindIt

Goodlettsville, TN

#1 Jun 22, 2012
So, there is this Facebook made "news" publication that many of you may have heard about, or subscribe to. It's called Smokeybarn.com 's Robertson County Daily, and it's news is researched and reported by a guy named Jim Ball.

The only thing is, this stuff isn't news. It is gossip, at best. The page features stories mostly about wrecks and minor events around the county, despite the fact that myself and at least three other people I know have fed Jim good, credible, news tips. He's just as bad as the rest, he's covering for everyone in the county as they screw the citizens.

He picks and chooses his "news", limits it to yard sale listings, wrecks, small crime, and the occasional "feel good" story from the county. All while ignoring real news that stands right in front of his face. Often (and I myself have been a victim of this) Jim censors the comments and feedback of his Facebook page, as well as his Youtube page, if the content does not make him happy. Even if it is meant to be constructive, to better the publication and his "news".

So what do you think about Smokeybarn.com 's Robertson County Daily and Jim? Credible news source? Standard Robertson County publication? Breaks the mold? I'd like to hear what others think!

All I want to see in this county is a reporter with a knack for the truth, and who has the courage to go out there and get it. That's what we NEED, not what we have.

I want to see integrity in Robertson County reporting! Jim, he has failed me.
Chris

Greenbrier, TN

#2 Jun 24, 2012
I know how you feel on Jim,I have also gave him news on the sheriff he never does anything with it.i guess when the sheriff gives him a car to drive useing county gas,you don't do anything to mess that up.jim is a want to be reporter.he could not make it in Michigan so now we are blessed to have him here.go back to Michigan,take your BS back with you.
watchful

Murfreesboro, TN

#3 Jun 25, 2012
don't know much about Jim Ball. One thing I do know is that deal at the library that I took my neice and nephew to was a big joke. someone told me the video was on the website so I watched it. The only thing it was about was those politicians trying to promote the library. Of course, the mayors new wife was taking charge of it and trying to run everything. If events are advertised to be for the children, thats what they should be not promoting another tax hike to pay for a library we don't need and for the politians to shine. If this is the best news we can get, I'd rather watch cartoons...granted this was pretty close to it.
rocketscientist

Springfield, TN

#4 Jun 25, 2012
Chris wrote:
I know how you feel on Jim,I have also gave him news on the sheriff he never does anything with it.i guess when the sheriff gives him a car to drive useing county gas,you don't do anything to mess that up.jim is a want to be reporter.he could not make it in Michigan so now we are blessed to have him here.go back to Michigan,take your BS back with you.
smokey barn is not a hard hitting investigative news source, wasnt meant to be, thats just my opinion. by news about the sheriff, do you mean paranoid delusional stories that you made up? or just something you heard down at arby's one morning?
someperson

Blacksburg, SC

#5 Jun 25, 2012
I'm sure the ball guy has to pat some backs and zip his mouth to get some of the dish he gets. If he tells all that he sees they won't let him get the info he needs about the small stuff. He doesn't say the juicy stuff just like I wouldn't. His name is attached to all his reports so he has to be careful. Unlike on here you can post anything and have no repercussion towards it. I'm not fond of many stuff that goes on in spfd but this guy hasn't done anything wrong so far..
Chris

Greenbrier, TN

#6 Jun 25, 2012
Your so funny rocket scientists.you must eat at Arby's a lot.you no if you heard stuff on him at Arby's why wood you say you must heard stories at Arby's one morning.so that tells me you heard them to.
You know if his men are running him down then something is wrong.
I no you will come back with something smart so bring it on Rocket Scientists.
Arbys Guy

Springfield, TN

#7 Jun 26, 2012
Chris wrote:
Your so funny rocket scientists.you must eat at Arby's a lot.you no if you heard stuff on him at Arby's why wood you say you must heard stories at Arby's one morning.so that tells me you heard them to.
You know if his men are running him down then something is wrong.
I no you will come back with something smart so bring it on Rocket Scientists.
Were you drunk when you wrote this or you just don't have a third grade education? Go back to school and learn to spell.
Julie

Greenbrier, TN

#8 Jun 26, 2012
Arbys Guy you no all about getting drunk don't you.
Arbys Guy

Springfield, TN

#9 Jun 26, 2012
Julie wrote:
Arbys Guy you no all about getting drunk don't you.
I don't drink and I CAN spell!
i can spell

Hendersonville, TN

#10 Jun 26, 2012
Julie wrote:
Arbys Guy you no all about getting drunk don't you.
It's "know", not "no" sweetheart.
rocketscientist

Springfield, TN

#11 Jun 27, 2012
topix is completely eaten up with conspiracy theory dumbasses.
Questionable

Hendersonville, TN

#12 Jun 28, 2012
I enjoy his news stories. The county paper doesn't report very many of the stories he covers and I cannot listen to Bill Gray on WSGI in the morning, without having an anxiety attack. So, Mr. Ball, continue posting and I will continue reading.
Welcome to Springfield.
DoubleDave

Springfield, TN

#13 Jun 30, 2012
I think he's a joke!
ChuckWagon

Springfield, TN

#14 Jul 14, 2012
I can spot some jealous little children in the classroom. Time for a nap. lol
charissa

Canton, OH

#15 Jul 16, 2012
this guy is a joke he is a wanna be reporter who has no clue of what he is talking about,he should have charges pressed against him and not be aloud to video tape anything he sees or hears about. he taped my cousins car wreck and lied saying he was ejected from the car and wasnt. also today my uncles friend on his crew had an accident involving a bucket truck overturnning he made video of this and lied about the details on that too...i dont like the fact of this being allowed something needs to be done bout this as hoe befor he pisses people off to the point they take matters into their own hands.
Sara Catlin
#16 Aug 17, 2012
I like knowing what is going on in our county keep it up...
former ky grl

Clarksville, TN

#17 May 16, 2014
I love Smokey.
justme

Springfield, TN

#18 May 16, 2014
Chris wrote:
I know how you feel on Jim,I have also gave him news on the sheriff he never does anything with it.i guess when the sheriff gives him a car to drive useing county gas,you don't do anything to mess that up.jim is a want to be reporter.he could not make it in Michigan so now we are blessed to have him here.go back to Michigan,take your BS back with you.
Couldn't make it in Michigan? What do you know about Jim? Jim is a good man with a new idea. It's his and if he wants to write about it, he can. If he doesn't want to write about it, he doesn't have to. He has made his money. I worked for Apple. You know the iPod! Yea, he helped write the program for the iPod that later became iPhone! He later worked directly for Steve Jobs himself. He doesn't need the money. He is doing it as a hobby. He doesn't have to work. He has more money than his kids can spend. If you don't like what he has to say, start your own website and write what you like!
gbmom

Springfield, TN

#19 Sep 17, 2014
Love Smokey barn. News comes quick. Anything that is going on in the county, you can bet he will be there. He is very dedicated.
trish

Knoxville, TN

#20 Jan 5, 2015
I would like to know how terry from Freebird bonding can be arrested but is never Shown booked in or bond made or released like everyone else ?

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