If we had a real newspaper in this town

If we had a real newspaper in this town

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Newspaper needed

Greeneville, TN

#1 Jul 28, 2014
Journalism. It is a noble profession, you know, or was once considered so. Journalists are supposed to hold politician's feet to the fire and find out what is going on and inform the people.

We do not have that in Greeneville.

Some questions that many of us would love to see the Greeneville Sun ask our elected and unelected officials:

Why were the microphones not turned on at the public meeting of the IDB?

Why were all the seats packed with USN employees, forcing the public to stand in the back of the room?(where they could not hear a word said)

Why was Mayor Broyles reaction so hostile?

Why were so many Police Officers there? Was trouble expected? Planned for? HOPED FOR?

Why did they arrest Eddie for asking them to speak up? Is this illegal now in Greeneville?

Why did they force Eddie to WALK from Greeneville Light and Power to the County Jail?(for most people this would not be a bad walk but the man is 76 years old and not in good health!)

Which officer at the jail threatened Eddie with "concrete time", and is that typical Greene County jail procedure? To make threats to people who have been arrested but not convicted of any crime?

Someone call WJHL because our "journalists" do not seem to be the least bit interested in ANY of these questions!

“The beard faded...”

Since: May 14

to 62 shades of gray

#2 Jul 28, 2014
Newspaper needed wrote:
Journalism. It is a noble profession, you know, or was once considered so. Journalists are supposed to hold politician's feet to the fire and find out what is going on and inform the people.
We do not have that in Greeneville.
Some questions that many of us would love to see the Greeneville Sun ask our elected and unelected officials:
Why were the microphones not turned on at the public meeting of the IDB?
Why were all the seats packed with USN employees, forcing the public to stand in the back of the room?(where they could not hear a word said)
Why was Mayor Broyles reaction so hostile?
Why were so many Police Officers there? Was trouble expected? Planned for? HOPED FOR?
Why did they arrest Eddie for asking them to speak up? Is this illegal now in Greeneville?
Why did they force Eddie to WALK from Greeneville Light and Power to the County Jail?(for most people this would not be a bad walk but the man is 76 years old and not in good health!)
Which officer at the jail threatened Eddie with "concrete time", and is that typical Greene County jail procedure? To make threats to people who have been arrested but not convicted of any crime?
Someone call WJHL because our "journalists" do not seem to be the least bit interested in ANY of these questions!
How about you and your fellow citizens "hold the politician's feet to the fire?"

When did that become the responsibility of a reporter?

Fight for your own place in society, don't sit back, apathetic, and wait for others to do it for you.

_Word Woman_

“See you in the funny papers...”

Since: Mar 13

Location hidden

#3 Jul 28, 2014
Independent1 wrote:
<quoted text>
How about you and your fellow citizens "hold the politician's feet to the fire?"
When did that become the responsibility of a reporter?
Fight for your own place in society, don't sit back, apathetic, and wait for others to do it for you.
I think all of those questions have been asked about 500 times already. There ARE about 20 threads on this same subject, afterall...I'm unsure why folks are posting about it over & over on Topix, rather than directing their questions to the mayor, police chief, and/or newspaper directly via email?!?
Send Letter

Troy, NC

#4 Jul 28, 2014
Newspaper needed wrote:
Journalism. It is a noble profession, you know, or was once considered so. Journalists are supposed to hold politician's feet to the fire and find out what is going on and inform the people.
We do not have that in Greeneville.
Some questions that many of us would love to see the Greeneville Sun ask our elected and unelected officials:
Why were the microphones not turned on at the public meeting of the IDB?
Why were all the seats packed with USN employees, forcing the public to stand in the back of the room?(where they could not hear a word said)
Why was Mayor Broyles reaction so hostile?
Why were so many Police Officers there? Was trouble expected? Planned for? HOPED FOR?
Why did they arrest Eddie for asking them to speak up? Is this illegal now in Greeneville?
Why did they force Eddie to WALK from Greeneville Light and Power to the County Jail?(for most people this would not be a bad walk but the man is 76 years old and not in good health!)
Which officer at the jail threatened Eddie with "concrete time", and is that typical Greene County jail procedure? To make threats to people who have been arrested but not convicted of any crime?
Someone call WJHL because our "journalists" do not seem to be the least bit interested in ANY of these questions!
You should send those questions to the newspapers both in Greeneville and around the region, including Newport, Knoxville and Johnson City. You can easily find the addresses (both mailing address and emails) on the paper's website. They are good questions.

“The beard faded...”

Since: May 14

to 62 shades of gray

#5 Jul 28, 2014
_Word Woman_ wrote:
I think all of those questions have been asked about 500 times already. There ARE about 20 threads on this same subject, afterall...I'm unsure why folks are posting about it over & over on Topix, rather than directing their questions to the mayor, police chief, and/or newspaper directly via email?!?
Yeah, I have seen several topic starters on this subject. All asking the same thing and all with the same arguments.

It gripes me when people sit back and whine but are unwilling to get off their own lazy butts to do anything about it.
Grassroots movements can very successful and easy to start, just be persistent.

People are the same in anycity USA.

:^`{

“Pass the sunscreen”

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#6 Jul 28, 2014
Another thread bought the farm.

Oh well...
Our Problem

Greeneville, TN

#7 Jul 28, 2014
Independent1 wrote:
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Yeah, I have seen several topic starters on this subject. All asking the same thing and all with the same arguments.
It gripes me when people sit back and whine but are unwilling to get off their own lazy butts to do anything about it.
Grassroots movements can very successful and easy to start, just be persistent.
People are the same in anycity USA.
:^`{
The only one whining is you, wishing for us all to shut up and live with things as they are? There ARE people outraged and there ARE people calling the mayor's office, contacting the ACLU (I was one of them), and trying to get more people to wake up. You'd prefer everyone shut up and let Topix get back to polls about underwear, insane rants about homosexuals, and picking on Word Woman night and day?

I'd much prefer a real-world issue that actually affects the people of our town and county, myself.

We need our newspaper to investigate things like this and show some curiosity rather than just print bland happy articles about our Godlike Leaders every other day.

_Word Woman_

“See you in the funny papers...”

Since: Mar 13

Location hidden

#8 Jul 28, 2014
Independent1 wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah, I have seen several topic starters on this subject. All asking the same thing and all with the same arguments.
It gripes me when people sit back and whine but are unwilling to get off their own lazy butts to do anything about it.
Grassroots movements can very successful and easy to start, just be persistent.
People are the same in anycity USA.
:^`{
Believe me...I've been a grassrootser(along with others) that fought a decision made by the city council in my hometown & won. It IS hard work, but well worth it. I WILL say that we couldn't have done it without our local media...but we had to get the ball rolling before the media caught up...

_Word Woman_

“See you in the funny papers...”

Since: Mar 13

Location hidden

#9 Jul 28, 2014
Our Problem wrote:
<quoted text>
The only one whining is you, wishing for us all to shut up and live with things as they are? There ARE people outraged and there ARE people calling the mayor's office, contacting the ACLU (I was one of them), and trying to get more people to wake up. You'd prefer everyone shut up and let Topix get back to polls about underwear, insane rants about homosexuals, and picking on Word Woman night and day?
I'd much prefer a real-world issue that actually affects the people of our town and county, myself.
We need our newspaper to investigate things like this and show some curiosity rather than just print bland happy articles about our Godlike Leaders every other day.
I don't think he was suggesting that you shut up...in fact, I believe he was advising that you do exactly the opposite...

“The beard faded...”

Since: May 14

to 62 shades of gray

#10 Jul 28, 2014
_Word Woman_ wrote:
Believe me...I've been a grassrootser(along with others) that fought a decision made by the city council in my hometown & won. It IS hard work, but well worth it. I WILL say that we couldn't have done it without our local media...but we had to get the ball rolling before the media caught up...
Exactly, when people protest en-mass and are vocal it will garner the attention of the media.
I too have worked getting changes done locally, worked at getting a Mayor recalled once and worked at stopping the city from annexing an area another time. Hard work indeed, but very satisfying when you can make changes in your local government.

I would never suggest people shut up, but Topix isn't going to get much done, it may reach a few people, but that has been done to death with all the threads here. Time to start passing out fliers, going door to door, stand on street corners with signs.....organize, organize, organize.....

Puts soap box in trunk.......walks away.....

“The beard faded...”

Since: May 14

to 62 shades of gray

#11 Jul 28, 2014
Our Problem wrote:
<quoted text>
The only one whining is you, wishing for us all to shut up and live with things as they are? There ARE people outraged and there ARE people calling the mayor's office, contacting the ACLU (I was one of them), and trying to get more people to wake up. You'd prefer everyone shut up and let Topix get back to polls about underwear, insane rants about homosexuals, and picking on Word Woman night and day?
I'd much prefer a real-world issue that actually affects the people of our town and county, myself.
We need our newspaper to investigate things like this and show some curiosity rather than just print bland happy articles about our Godlike Leaders every other day.
LOL

No whining on my part, it is your town, not mine. I have nothing to whine about nor anything to lose. I would not suggest anyone shut up, you mis-read my intent.

Now go organize your friends and neighbors so they can all do the same, before you know it you have a grassroots movement.

“Pass the sunscreen”

Since: May 11

Location hidden

#12 Jul 28, 2014
_Word Woman_ wrote:
<quoted text>
Believe me...I've been a grassrootser(along with others) that fought a decision made by the city council in my hometown & won. It IS hard work, but well worth it. I WILL say that we couldn't have done it without our local media...but we had to get the ball rolling before the media caught up...
The media is usually slow to catch up because they have their own agenda and your problem may not co-inside with their interests at that time.
Bill Moncier

Rock Hill, SC

#13 Jul 29, 2014
Also as the sheriff how missing money and drugs somehow got out of his department. Who got it and why. Why are we last in crime being solved in the state. Wgrv asked Steve burns that and he got smart with Jim Miller. Jim was just doing his job sheriff. Unlike your self. We do need a news paper that will let the people know really what goes on in this county.
failure to communicate

Nashville, TN

#14 Jul 29, 2014
You people DO need a reliable news organization up there.

Oh and Independent, it absolutely IS the job of journalists to INFORM the public of political shenanigans when they occur.

Remember Watergate?
Greeneville Gal

Greeneville, TN

#15 Jul 29, 2014
Newspaper needed wrote:
Journalism. It is a noble profession, you know, or was once considered so. Journalists are supposed to hold politician's feet to the fire and find out what is going on and inform the people.
We do not have that in Greeneville.
Some questions that many of us would love to see the Greeneville Sun ask our elected and unelected officials:
Why were the microphones not turned on at the public meeting of the IDB?
Why were all the seats packed with USN employees, forcing the public to stand in the back of the room?(where they could not hear a word said)
Why was Mayor Broyles reaction so hostile?
Why were so many Police Officers there? Was trouble expected? Planned for? HOPED FOR?
Why did they arrest Eddie for asking them to speak up? Is this illegal now in Greeneville?
Why did they force Eddie to WALK from Greeneville Light and Power to the County Jail?(for most people this would not be a bad walk but the man is 76 years old and not in good health!)
Which officer at the jail threatened Eddie with "concrete time", and is that typical Greene County jail procedure? To make threats to people who have been arrested but not convicted of any crime?
Someone call WJHL because our "journalists" do not seem to be the least bit interested in ANY of these questions!
All good questions so when we will see some answers?
Ray

Elizabethton, TN

#16 Jul 29, 2014
_Word Woman_ wrote:
<quoted text>
I think all of those questions have been asked about 500 times already. There ARE about 20 threads on this same subject, afterall...I'm unsure why folks are posting about it over & over on Topix, rather than directing their questions to the mayor, police chief, and/or newspaper directly via email?!?
Who are you suppose to be?

“The beard faded...”

Since: May 14

to 62 shades of gray

#17 Jul 29, 2014
failure to communicate wrote:
You people DO need a reliable news organization up there.
Oh and Independent, it absolutely IS the job of journalists to INFORM the public of political shenanigans when they occur.
Remember Watergate?
Informing is one thing, getting something done is entirely different.
Since everyone has been pretty well informed at this point, around the nation I might add, it's time for the people to do something.
It does appear, from what I have read, everyone does have a legitimate complaint.

I see 2 choices for people, be an apathetic couch potato or be an activist.
And that is true in anytown USA.
Activist

Greeneville, TN

#18 Jul 30, 2014
Independent1 wrote:
<quoted text>
Informing is one thing, getting something done is entirely different.
Since everyone has been pretty well informed at this point, around the nation I might add, it's time for the people to do something.
It does appear, from what I have read, everyone does have a legitimate complaint.
I see 2 choices for people, be an apathetic couch potato or be an activist.
And that is true in anytown USA.
Problem is nobody wants to leave their tv set long enough to do a damn thing
cluelessncrazy

Friendsville, TN

#19 Jul 30, 2014
Puts soap box in trunk.......walks away..... finally. Only to return with more unwanted advise moments later.
green fille

Kingsport, TN

#20 Jul 30, 2014
Our Problem wrote:
<quoted text>
The only one whining is you, wishing for us all to shut up and live with things as they are? There ARE people outraged and there ARE people calling the mayor's office, contacting the ACLU (I was one of them), and trying to get more people to wake up. You'd prefer everyone shut up and let Topix get back to polls about underwear, insane rants about homosexuals, and picking on Word Woman night and day?
I'd much prefer a real-world issue that actually affects the people of our town and county, myself.
We need our newspaper to investigate things like this and show some curiosity rather than just print bland happy articles about our Godlike Leaders every other day.
as the town knows the Joneses (the Sun) are part of the powers that be and they do not criticize or investigate the powers that be. alex jones of the tn jour. hall of fame....and also of the harvard/press communications/thinktank... you think he'd be interested? NO. Sun management (harbison) is on the IDB and the IDB voted unanimously for the pipeline. Amy Rose, former Sun reporter good at keeping her head down is now the town's PR/communications officer. these people do not investigate or apologize, they keep the facade in place. it seems like a willful act of blindness to me, but maybe it's business as usual to them. and thanks, our problem, a few posts back on another thread for putting the T back in Nitrogen. My typo. I always snort Nitrogen with my Earl Gray when I take high tea at the Big Mortgage Inn. Also gratitude for the ACLU contact. You're making me think of This American Life, you know, Ira Glass and his crew. It looks like the story is going to go on for a while.

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