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Main Man

Kingsport, TN

#41 May 7, 2014
Ape Allen wrote:
It ain't Burns fault that 3/4ths of Greene County are drug headed thugs. Help stop crime instead of whine about the after effects.
Maybe you are new to the area or really isolated from reality but Burns has the best weed in town. He protects his little group dealers ( his son and pill head daughter and their friends) while hitting on the others cutting into his territory. Hes just a gang leader really. He contributes to the drug problem to assure job security for himself and his goons. If there were no drug problems we wouldn't need them in office.(God knows they cant solve the theft problem) They have to have so many cases to justify the need for so many officers so they can qualify for more money every year. Its all a raquet of you scratch my back and i'll scratch yours with Burns. Ive know him for years. His own family members know how crooked he is and agree he should be locked up.
Really

Greeneville, TN

#42 May 8, 2014
Main Man wrote:
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Maybe you are new to the area or really isolated from reality but Burns has the best weed in town. He protects his little group dealers ( his son and pill head daughter and their friends) while hitting on the others cutting into his territory. Hes just a gang leader really. He contributes to the drug problem to assure job security for himself and his goons. If there were no drug problems we wouldn't need them in office.(God knows they cant solve the theft problem) They have to have so many cases to justify the need for so many officers so they can qualify for more money every year. Its all a raquet of you scratch my back and i'll scratch yours with Burns. Ive know him for years. His own family members know how crooked he is and agree he should be locked up.
I guess you have evidence of all of this also. Why don't you help the good people of Greene County out and turn your evidence over to the Feds?
Concerned

Jonesborough, TN

#43 May 8, 2014
LocNess Supertramp wrote:
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Yeah.. do their job for them!
Who said anything about doing their job for them? Report criminal activity and be willing to be a witness instead of a town crier. Police Officers are not psychics.
Spending conservatives

Johnson City, TN

#45 May 12, 2014
They spend and spend like its other people money and guess what it is .
know the facts

Birmingham, AL

#46 May 12, 2014
Get real wrote:
The county can not afford to provide insurance for its employees but the sheriff buys 4 new SUV a (120000). And wants a new jail now who needs to be replaced to save money
The vehicles are paid for out of litigation tax. All court costs have a $15 litigation tax assessed which goes to the Sheriff's equipment fund. That's what pays for the vehicles so regular taxes has nothing to do with it. So the county as you put it doesn't pay for vehicles. Furthermore, a new jail would allow the county to start federal inmates again, which pays a handsome $67 a day per inmate. So 100 federal inmates would give the County $2,445,000 a year. That doesn't include state inmates, which is about $50 a day. So yes let's build a jail
ralf

Greeneville, TN

#47 May 12, 2014
know the facts wrote:
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The vehicles are paid for out of litigation tax. All court costs have a $15 litigation tax assessed which goes to the Sheriff's equipment fund. That's what pays for the vehicles so regular taxes has nothing to do with it. So the county as you put it doesn't pay for vehicles. Furthermore, a new jail would allow the county to start federal inmates again, which pays a handsome $67 a day per inmate. So 100 federal inmates would give the County $2,445,000 a year. That doesn't include state inmates, which is about $50 a day. So yes let's build a jail
your stupid. I do know the facts. The fact is we still owe over 4 million on the work house. If they was money on it the state and federal government would build one themselves instead of begging a county too do it. The $67 a day is thrown out the door when you have to pay for the bill at the hospital every time one guts one with a knife.
know the facts

Birmingham, AL

#48 May 12, 2014
ralf wrote:
<quoted text> your stupid. I do know the facts. The fact is we still owe over 4 million on the work house. If they was money on it the state and federal government would build one themselves instead of begging a county too do it. The $67 a day is thrown out the door when you have to pay for the bill at the hospital every time one guts one with a knife.
All medical bills are paid for 100% by the federal government. The reason the workhouse still had money left in it is that the commission found different uses for that money. The feds need their people kept close to federal court. It's cheaper than paying us marshals to go pick then up for court. Why else would Washington and grainger counties keep their places full? Because of the money, and don't forget last year when the jail lost its certification. That cost the county almost $3M a year. The feds don't beg either whoever wants them can have them. It's just most Greene County people can't see the big picture. Steve burns may be a little Hitler but he has great business sense
Really

Greeneville, TN

#49 May 12, 2014
know the facts wrote:
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All medical bills are paid for 100% by the federal government. The reason the workhouse still had money left in it is that the commission found different uses for that money. The feds need their people kept close to federal court. It's cheaper than paying us marshals to go pick then up for court. Why else would Washington and grainger counties keep their places full? Because of the money, and don't forget last year when the jail lost its certification. That cost the county almost $3M a year. The feds don't beg either whoever wants them can have them. It's just most Greene County people can't see the big picture. Steve burns may be a little Hitler but he has great business sense
You are exactly right. The money we get for federal inmates is being used for other things than paying off the work house. That's not Steve's fault at all.

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