Motorcycle Ramble in Franklin paid for by taxpayers

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Jerry S

Sylva, NC

#1 Dec 14, 2011
Why are taxpayers paying for this event, a business owned by a private person, being supported by the Tourist Development Authority? Even the cost of publicity and website is coming out of taxpayers pockets!
Mark Suttles

Sylva, NC

#2 Dec 15, 2011
Same reason the airport runway was extended at taxpayers expense.
Mark Suttles

Sylva, NC

#3 Dec 15, 2011
The Franklin Press says the TDA is planning to put billboards out on I-40 to advertise it (county commissioner Ronnie Haven brought that up), and TDA member Beverly Mason said that "there are more cars from Georgia in the parking area when Smoky Mountain Performing Arts center hold shows. I think some of the advertising we did in the Atlanta area helped bring people."

Wake up, peasants!

Learn what's behind your tax money! Ask who benefits! Ask how much that Cochran woman has been paid so far for her private business! Ask what her ties are to the power structure!

Ask how much more it will cost us for law enforcement and roads and water to bring in tourists for the very few people who will benefit from those tourists! If you don't own a motel or restaurant or entertainment venue in Franklin, you are paying to support those who do.
Barney Feife

Franklin, NC

#4 Dec 15, 2011
So, now the idiots in charge at TDA are trying to bring the "Broken Spoke Saloon" to Franklin for some wild, drunken debauchery, fights, killings, drugs, etc. that will come with that crowd and it will be funded by OUR tax dollars! I say "NO THANKS" Ms. Cochran, Haven and all the others who hope to profit from this BS and pay for getting them to Franklin with OUR tax dollars. Franklin does not deserve to become another Sturgis. Where will WE get the police and jail space or morgue space to handle all this roudy, criminal behavior? Wonder if Drake is involved in this BS?
Mark Suttles

Sylva, NC

#5 Dec 15, 2011
Yes, the Cochran's partner is an employee of Drake, and they want to bring people in to the Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts, and Drake's Microtel and Holly Springs rentals will of course benefit as well as the Fun Factory and its restaurant. Also several people on the TDA board were players in getting the airport extension to accommodate Drake's plane.
Mark Suttles

Sylva, NC

#6 Dec 15, 2011
Yes the back-scratching and suck-ups are rampant in this case on many levels.
Barney Feife

Franklin, NC

#7 Dec 15, 2011
I haven't noticed any increase in air traffic at the "new" airport, still only about 20 - 30 people using it per month but WE, the taxpayers have gotten a huge increase in the expenses for maintaining a playpark for a few. Try and find out how much the airport costs US per month! You will get the runaround and silence as you are directed from one person/office to another. Thought the expenditures of government entities were public property/knowledge? Not in Franklin/Macon County!
Question

Highlands, NC

#8 Jan 14, 2012
So why is the Motorcycle Ramble in Franklin being paid for by taxpayers?
Mark Suttles

Cullowhee, NC

#9 Feb 9, 2012
So what's the latest on this? Anybody know? Is it a done deal?
Barney Feife

Franklin, NC

#10 Feb 9, 2012
Question wrote:
So why is the Motorcycle Ramble in Franklin being paid for by taxpayers?
Because the people who will benefit from it are on the TDA/TDC/EDC and have an open checkbook on OUR taxes! They have already spent $14,800 on one firm, hmmm, belongs to a member of the TDA and now they are going another firm for Billboards, more advertising and management of the "Rally" for drunken, drug using, rowdy bikers and "HO's"/prostitutes who will work as barmaids! Hagen also has a lot of interest with his 3-4 motels and "other" businesses! One of his "managers" got busted recently for selling drugs/manufacturing drugs from one of the motels, doesn't prove anything, but, what did he know his employee/friend was doing? Life is about money and heard that since then, he is having money problems. Want to see how he runs the motels, go online and read the reviews on the "Franklin Motel"! I have never read such lousy reviews! Most were about how filty and non-functional the rooms were but lots about the personnel, none favorable!
Hogryder

Cumming, GA

#11 Feb 9, 2012
Barney Feife wrote:
<quoted text>Because the people who will benefit from it are on the TDA/TDC/EDC and have an open checkbook on OUR taxes! They have already spent $14,800 on one firm, hmmm, belongs to a member of the TDA and now they are going another firm for Billboards, more advertising and management of the "Rally" for drunken, drug using, rowdy bikers and "HO's"/prostitutes who will work as barmaids! Hagen also has a lot of interest with his 3-4 motels and "other" businesses! One of his "managers" got busted recently for selling drugs/manufacturing drugs from one of the motels, doesn't prove anything, but, what did he know his employee/friend was doing? Life is about money and heard that since then, he is having money problems. Want to see how he runs the motels, go online and read the reviews on the "Franklin Motel"! I have never read such lousy reviews! Most were about how filty and non-functional the rooms were but lots about the personnel, none favorable!
Come to the rally and introduce yurself to us
Barney Feife

Franklin, NC

#12 Feb 9, 2012
Hogryder wrote:
<quoted text>Come to the rally and introduce yurself to us
Heh, heh, heh, "yurself"!Heh, heh, heh!
Hogryder

Cumming, GA

#13 Feb 10, 2012
Barney Feife wrote:
<quoted text>Heh, heh, heh, "yurself"!Heh, heh, heh!
Thats right little man, that means im addressing you.
Barney Feife

Franklin, NC

#14 Feb 10, 2012
Hogryder wrote:
<quoted text>Thats right little man, that means im addressing you.
Heh, heh, heh, you're funny and you know what you can do with your "hog", divorce her!
Mark Suttles

Cullowhee, NC

#15 Feb 13, 2012
Anybody know what's happening with this? Is it gonna be a high end or a low end Sturgis kind of rally?
Mark Suttles

Cullowhee, NC

#16 Feb 13, 2012
Or heaven help us----one of them church biker things?
Barney Feife

Franklin, NC

#17 Feb 14, 2012
"Church Biker Things"? What church biker things? Never seen one of those, they must be hidden in churches!
Mark Suttles

Cullowhee, NC

#18 Feb 14, 2012
Church bikers like the hogs and studded leather with crosses, big business all across the country especially Texas. Promoted by the megachurches as Christian family fun since they don't allow the naked women entertainment except for a show of boobs, they like big boobs on their own women.
Mark Suttles

Cullowhee, NC

#19 Feb 16, 2012
Trying to plan my year whether to go to Franklin or out west. What's the latest on theRumble there in Franklin. on or off? what kind of rally, when are the dates? Anyone know?
Arthur Crunkleton

Sylva, NC

#20 Mar 19, 2012
Can you believe it? The Tourist Development board just gave Phil Drake's entertainment center $10,000 to pay for two entertainers during the motorcycle rumble! Incredible!

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