Franklin City Council, no opponents i...

Franklin City Council, no opponents in upcoming election

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Gary McHenry

Nebo, NC

#1 Aug 24, 2011
So why?
Voters are happy as things are? Status quo is OK? Voters are apathetic?
Voters know the future of Franklin is hopeless?
Voters don't care?
Nocar Clyde

Franklin, NC

#2 Aug 25, 2011
Why would anyone run? If you are not a part of the "In" Crowd associated with the "Former" County Mgr, now Town Manager and the Drake "associates" you will be shunned, run off and hardly allowed to speak! We don't have a "democracy", we have a politburo, sort of like Putin's in charge and the rest of you don't matter, even though you may be an Alderman. Heck, if Sissy doesn't like you or your ideas, you're screwed!
Gary McHenry

Nebo, NC

#3 Aug 25, 2011
Nocar Clyde wrote:
Why would anyone run? If you are not a part of the "In" Crowd associated with the "Former" County Mgr, now Town Manager and the Drake "associates" you will be shunned, run off and hardly allowed to speak! We don't have a "democracy", we have a politburo, sort of like Putin's in charge and the rest of you don't matter, even though you may be an Alderman. Heck, if Sissy doesn't like you or your ideas, you're screwed!
Sissy is just a pawn, a munchikin.
Gary McHenry

Nebo, NC

#4 Aug 26, 2011
Only about 300-400 Franklin residents voted in the last city aldermen election. Too bad they control the water system and can control all the main roads into Franklin by controlling annexation and who they allow to have water.

The funniest thing though is that they keep on trying to get tourists downtown----but for what! Why would any tourist want to go to downtown Franklin, to see the clock tower?
Nocar Clyde

Franklin, NC

#5 Aug 26, 2011
Maybe they come to see that beautiful Courthouse Jerry Sutton pushed to have built with no windows and poor ventilation? Or its the Town Hall that had to be rebuilt for a Million Dollars Plus because of shoddy workmanship and materials. Oh, its the Gazebo made out of the Vietnam Memorial Fountain, nah, thats ugly, it has to be Macon Bank. Hmmmmm, I know, its the Confederate Statue!
Tim Leatherwood

Nebo, NC

#7 Sep 3, 2011
What tourists? The main street is empty except for town and drake employees.

No one with any self respect would admit they live inside the city limits, let alone run for elective office.
Ghost Dog

Franklin, NC

#8 Sep 3, 2011
They should have left the Burrell Buildings in place, they provided jobs, taxes and services, along with apartments. Now, we have a vacant area, ie, parking space and a huge million dollar building to store the town manager's gun collection that needed a $173,000 dollar security system with glass doors to stop a determined person! Wow, glass vs. hammer, bullet, foot, chair, etc. Great security! Taxpayers, scammed again by a friend of a Town/County employee!Half the buildings on main street don't draw tourists/customers, just private employees or government employees in buildings that aren't taxed, along with the churches that aren't taxed either. Where's the town? Three banks, and one vacant bank. Drake Enterprises, Court House, Town Hall, Verizon, then People's, Art stores, book store, the new "Adventure store", a cooking store, a beauty salon, a jewelry, two nicknack stores, a bakery and a sandwich shop in a nicknack store, hmmm, wha'd I miss, oh, the 3 museums, Macon Motors, law offices!
Derrick

United States

#9 Sep 13, 2011
No one wants this headache!
Ghost Dog

Franklin, NC

#10 Sep 14, 2011
The problem is, that in a small town/community which is controlled by mostly one rich guy and his friends and their families/children/siblings, etc. if you try to do anything they don't like, you will be squashed, financially, socially and any other way they can come after you, beware of christian, rightwing, conservative vengence, it is deadly and if you have a family member in any public job, they will be terminated and never get another. Beware of the "young professionals" who really don't have a "professional" among them, all Drakettes!
Ghost Dog

Franklin, NC

#11 Sep 14, 2011
Just saw in the Press, that the TDA appointed a Drakette, son of a Drake employee and also a Drake employee asked to be a member of the board and the Chairwoman, a person who works with him said OK. Talk about a stacked deck on that BS TDA, Greenwood, a friend of Phil's. So it goes in a "mill town" where the mill owner rules! Another job created for a friend of a friend where there was no job. What has our Economic Developement prodigy done for the County while eating up over $100,000 in salary and expenses?
Joe Jones

Burnsville, NC

#12 Sep 14, 2011
What is TDA?
Ghost Dog

Franklin, NC

#13 Sep 14, 2011
Joe Jones wrote:
What is TDA?
The "Franklin Tourism Developement Authority". They are pushing the motorcycle rally, friends of the sponsors are on the Authority and are gungho, ie, Greenwood for instance, to promote having at least 1,000 bikers here. Sylvia Cochran and her husband are the sponsors and have already set up a business, online, to sell promotional products. Ronnie Haven is also pushing it, he wants to fill up his motels. He is on the Authority! One of his motels got raided recently and his "partner" was arrested for drug sales, etc.
Joe Jones

Burnsville, NC

#14 Sep 14, 2011
Is Haven a Drakette? Drake said in the Smoky Mountain NEws this week that he was to the right of Jesse Helms, which doesn't sound like he'd be in cahoots with these others.
Ghost Dog

Franklin, NC

#15 Sep 15, 2011
Haven admires Drake's business accomplishments, not his politics/religious beliefs. I find one comment Drake made, especially confusing. He said he blames the Deficit on "abortion", ie, "over 30 Million people killed that would have been working"! How about 30 Million more poor people on welfare/unemployment since Repuglicans sent the jobs, especially manufacturing jobs, overseas. Where was Phil during the last 30 years of Reaganomics, especially the 8 years of "W"? Deregulation, lack of regulatory control, lassais faire commerce and stupidity by Bush led to the Deficits, compiled under Reagan, Bush Daddy and "W" who doubled the almost $6 Trillion Deficit he inherited that was built by Reagan and Bush daddy. "W" doubled the size of the Federal government, started two unfunded, stupidly managed wars of choice, an unfunded drug plan for Medicare and allowed Wall Street to use the "Enron Loophole" to steal Trillions of pension/retirement money using Credit Default Swaps/unsecured securities! Then there's the almost $600 Billion per year in interest on the Repug Deficits. None of this had to do with abortion. I hope Phil doesn't get into politics, we don't need another ignorant politician running on idiology and religion. As Phil said, "I hit a Home Run with Software", that he did!
Joe Jones

Burnsville, NC

#16 Sep 15, 2011
Drake said God provided all his riches, set up that home run for him. I guess that means God wants some to be rich and the rest poor?

Yeah, that "abortion" rationale was a real hoot!
Barney Feife

Franklin, NC

#17 Sep 15, 2011
See that the "Macon County News" is still perpetrating the lie that the "Man, Myth, Legend" served in the "Special Forces", ie, Green Berets! In their article on Honoring Servicemen, they listed that Shields served in the Special Forces in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. Well, in an article 3 months before they and the Press ran the Fluff articles on the "Man, Myth, Legend", they ran an article outlining his military service. They listed his service in the 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade for 18 months in Vietnam, then returning to go to school at Gardner-Webb. Hmmmm, when did he serve in the Special Forces? You were required to serve 2 years, then undergo training, after testing and being accepted, which lasted up to 2 years or more and then you had a 3 year committment. So, why do the Press and Macon News continue to perpetrate the lie?
Joe Jones

Burnsville, NC

#18 Sep 16, 2011
I see in the Franklin Press that Sam Greenwood and the Cochrane couple organizing the motorcycle rally even charged the Tourism Develpment committee $1,245 for expenses in setting up the website, etc.

They didn't even try to camoflague the CONFLICT OF INTEREST in that the rally would benefit their personal businesses and Drakes (Cochrane's employer). Simply amazing!

But its us taxpayers who will be paying for the infrastructure to support it--increased taxes for increased law enforcement, roads, water, as well as increased traffic headaches.

Yeah, that fake service of Gary Shields is a real hoot too!
Barney Feife

Franklin, NC

#19 Sep 21, 2011
Well, the Dalton boy has resigned, wants more education. Funny, the only thing that the "leaders" could say about him was "he brought a lot of enthusiasm to the job"! Well now, ain't that special, no skills, no experience, no training, just "enthusiasm" and nothing accomplished in two years! Now, another person is taking on the "responsibilities" while they find another family or friend to either fill the vacancy or "contract" the job out to! Wonder who will get that, hmmmm, Greenwood is almost over with his stint as "town manager"?
Bob Rogers

Burnsville, NC

#20 Sep 21, 2011
So does anybody know what happened behind the scenes? Or any details? Or how much tax money was wasted on that kid? And on Greenwood too!
Bob Rogers

Burnsville, NC

#21 Sep 21, 2011
Is nobody up there in Franklin bothered by the tourist money being spent to fund those private businesses? Does no one care anymore?

It used to be bad with Sutton and Winecoff and Oscar Ledford and that crowd but I swear I think its even worse now!

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