Forbes Magazine lists four Tennessee ...

Forbes Magazine lists four Tennessee billionaires

There are 30 comments on the WBIR Knoxville story from Sep 20, 2007, titled Forbes Magazine lists four Tennessee billionaires. In it, WBIR Knoxville reports that:

Tennessee has four billionaires listed in the annual rankings by Forbes magazine.

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F-Stop

Gallatin, TN

#1 Sep 20, 2007
Oh yeah? We have way more poor folks here:

http://www.ashlandcitytimes.com/news/stories/...
Momma

Parsons, TN

#2 Sep 21, 2007
Congratulations to them! Perhaps these wealthy Tennesseans would like to make a contribution to their home state to fix aging roads & bridges.

If they have anything leftover, they could contribute to the Tennessee public schools so our kids don't have to sell cookie dough and gift wrap all year to pay for items the school budget can't cover.
john

Kingsport, TN

#3 Sep 21, 2007
"Thomas Frist Junior of Nashville is ranked 261st at $1.9 billion. He made his money in health care."

But we have the best health care in the world....for those who can afford it.

The rest of us just suffer.
Gator by birth

Fort Campbell, TN

#4 Sep 21, 2007
Momma wrote:
Congratulations to them! Perhaps these wealthy Tennesseans would like to make a contribution to their home state to fix aging roads & bridges.
If they have anything leftover, they could contribute to the Tennessee public schools so our kids don't have to sell cookie dough and gift wrap all year to pay for items the school budget can't cover.
SO TRUE!!! I don't mind the fund-raisers to a point. There are just so many. I also have to question this "free public school education." I have a middle schooler and a high schooler and my school fees this year were $195.00!! Now add to that lunch money everyday...field-trips...every thing that must be bought for school projects...etc etc!! I'm just really blessed I can (barely) afford it all. What about the kids whose parents can't? Certainly draws a line between the "haves" and the "have nots."

I will stand up for Knox county schools though! We came from Duval County Florida and now those schools...whew!! Crime is out of control...teachers and administrators are so caught up (not by choice) in the no child left behind that their hands are tied. I agree that Knox schools need help...but compared to Florida they are excellent!! I try hard to volunteer as often as I can..and they are grateful to have any parent help when they can.

“Don't hate me for my opinion!”

Since: Aug 07

Clinton, Tn.

#5 Sep 21, 2007
Gator by birth wrote:
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SO TRUE!!! I don't mind the fund-raisers to a point. There are just so many. I also have to question this "free public school education." I have a middle schooler and a high schooler and my school fees this year were $195.00!! Now add to that lunch money everyday...field-trips...every thing that must be bought for school projects...etc etc!! I'm just really blessed I can (barely) afford it all. What about the kids whose parents can't? Certainly draws a line between the "haves" and the "have nots."
I will stand up for Knox county schools though! We came from Duval County Florida and now those schools...whew!! Crime is out of control...teachers and administrators are so caught up (not by choice) in the no child left behind that their hands are tied. I agree that Knox schools need help...but compared to Florida they are excellent!! I try hard to volunteer as often as I can..and they are grateful to have any parent help when they can.
My son attends Anderson Co. schools and due to some good budgeting, there were no room fees and the field trips are going to be free this year. I think that is great for people who can not afford it. I know when I used to sub, I would spend a lot of the lil I made on kids whose parents would rather buy cigarettes than pay for a field trip! It always broke my heart to see them stay at school instead of go with their class. I know the parents would buy cigarettes because the kids reeked of smoke. I think some, just don't have thier priorities in line!

It would be nice if these billionaires would donate a lil more. Maybe they do, but you never hear of it.
Gator by birth

Fort Campbell, TN

#6 Sep 21, 2007
republican and proud wrote:
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My son attends Anderson Co. schools and due to some good budgeting, there were no room fees and the field trips are going to be free this year. I think that is great for people who can not afford it. I know when I used to sub, I would spend a lot of the lil I made on kids whose parents would rather buy cigarettes than pay for a field trip! It always broke my heart to see them stay at school instead of go with their class. I know the parents would buy cigarettes because the kids reeked of smoke. I think some, just don't have thier priorities in line!
It would be nice if these billionaires would donate a lil more. Maybe they do, but you never hear of it.
What a nice thing for you to do!! This world needs more people like you in it!

You are so right about priorities. I see it all the time. Mom or Dad driving up in a nice BWM and the kids getting out of the car in tatored clothing. It's so sad.

Let me assure you Knox county has some school budget problems...or poor management. Just to go to their schools this year it was $25.00 each...They called it a "service fee" or a "technology fee." Then a fee for each class...add's up to $195.00 for me!! Obviously, there needs to be some communication between Knox county schools and Anderson county schools....maybe it's not just the students who should be learning things.

Since: Aug 07

Gainesville, FL

#7 Sep 21, 2007
republican and proud wrote:
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My son attends Anderson Co. schools and due to some good budgeting, there were no room fees and the field trips are going to be free this year. I think that is great for people who can not afford it. I know when I used to sub, I would spend a lot of the lil I made on kids whose parents would rather buy cigarettes than pay for a field trip! It always broke my heart to see them stay at school instead of go with their class. I know the parents would buy cigarettes because the kids reeked of smoke. I think some, just don't have thier priorities in line!
It would be nice if these billionaires would donate a lil more. Maybe they do, but you never hear of it.
While I agree, you have a well intentioned heart, I think its unfair to begrudge someone as a parent because they smokeand they are poor. No matter what the "vice" a parent should sacrifice for their child; but the danger with your situation is that it suggests to me: poor parents that smoke are at letting their kids down while other parents are not. you know what I mean?

“H.O.R.N.Y.-N-.H. U.N.G”

Since: Sep 07

Knoxville

#8 Sep 21, 2007
I am always up for ADOPTION!!!!!
Right Wing Lunatic

New Hyde Park, NY

#9 Sep 21, 2007
tibbs wrote:
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While I agree, you have a well intentioned heart, I think its unfair to begrudge someone as a parent because they smokeand they are poor. No matter what the "vice" a parent should sacrifice for their child; but the danger with your situation is that it suggests to me: poor parents that smoke are at letting their kids down while other parents are not. you know what I mean?
What he's trying to say is that some parents pay the "important" bills like cable, but won't even give their kids $6 to buy the novel they need for English class.
brandynsmom

Knoxville, TN

#10 Sep 21, 2007
Well loddydaa (you know what I mean). They'll publish rich people in a magazine, but won't put starving families in a magazine that need peoples help. Who gives a rats *ss if they're rich. Share the wealth.
Right Wing Lunatic

New Hyde Park, NY

#11 Sep 21, 2007
Folks, there's nothing wrong with being rich as long as it's from honest gain.

“Don't hate me for my opinion!”

Since: Aug 07

Clinton, Tn.

#12 Sep 21, 2007
Gator by birth wrote:
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What a nice thing for you to do!! This world needs more people like you in it!
You are so right about priorities. I see it all the time. Mom or Dad driving up in a nice BWM and the kids getting out of the car in tatored clothing. It's so sad.
Let me assure you Knox county has some school budget problems...or poor management. Just to go to their schools this year it was $25.00 each...They called it a "service fee" or a "technology fee." Then a fee for each class...add's up to $195.00 for me!! Obviously, there needs to be some communication between Knox county schools and Anderson county schools....maybe it's not just the students who should be learning things.
It is sad! I have also noticed that a lot of the teachers at my childs school donate computers and things. I think it is great to help schools, because and education is so very important.

Since: Aug 07

Gainesville, FL

#13 Sep 21, 2007
Right Wing Lunatic wrote:
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What he's trying to say is that some parents pay the "important" bills like cable, but won't even give their kids $6 to buy the novel they need for English class.
I disagree - he said
1. the parents or someone in the home smoked.
2. the kid missed an event.
3. therefore the leap was assume "smokes" are more important than the field trip.

that's unfair; otherwise why not chastize the coffee drinking parent (or what ever the vice) thus cant take the trip;

parents should be self sacrificing. but not all are, to be poor and smoke is no worse than spending money on lottery tickets - if you give - give because you want but its dangerous for us to form opinions about someone before you know all fo the facts...
Right Wing Lunatic

New Hyde Park, NY

#14 Sep 21, 2007
tibbs wrote:
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I disagree - he said
1. the parents or someone in the home smoked.
2. the kid missed an event.
3. therefore the leap was assume "smokes" are more important than the field trip.
that's unfair; otherwise why not chastize the coffee drinking parent (or what ever the vice) thus cant take the trip;
parents should be self sacrificing. but not all are, to be poor and smoke is no worse than spending money on lottery tickets - if you give - give because you want but its dangerous for us to form opinions about someone before you know all fo the facts...
This is the way I see it: My brother-in-law has no problem coming up with money for cigarettes. But, he never pays child support. He pays the "important" bills like cable, but not child support. He recently purchased two 50" plasma TVs, but has never paid child support. He also purchased a $90 sweatshirt for himself, but owes over $30K in child support.

“Don't hate me for my opinion!”

Since: Aug 07

Clinton, Tn.

#15 Sep 21, 2007
tibbs wrote:
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I disagree - he said
1. the parents or someone in the home smoked.
2. the kid missed an event.
3. therefore the leap was assume "smokes" are more important than the field trip.
that's unfair; otherwise why not chastize the coffee drinking parent (or what ever the vice) thus cant take the trip;
parents should be self sacrificing. but not all are, to be poor and smoke is no worse than spending money on lottery tickets - if you give - give because you want but its dangerous for us to form opinions about someone before you know all fo the facts...
Well first of all I am a girl! Second of all I don't think as a parent, smoking should be more important than sending their child on a field trip. Am I a smoker? no. Do I have a problem with smoking? No, as long as your children come first and you respect that I don't smoke. I work in law enforcement and you don't know how many kids I have seen neglected by their parents. I have went in houses and their be no formula for the babies, but you can guarantee a pack of cigs where layin on the table. That is PATHETIC!! N when I was paying for the field trips, the parents would say thank you things have been so tough for us lately. N she would drive away smoking a cancer stick, as I call em. That makes me angry. I'll I ask is if your going to smoke, take care of your kids first!

“Don't hate me for my opinion!”

Since: Aug 07

Clinton, Tn.

#16 Sep 21, 2007
Right Wing Lunatic wrote:
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This is the way I see it: My brother-in-law has no problem coming up with money for cigarettes. But, he never pays child support. He pays the "important" bills like cable, but not child support. He recently purchased two 50" plasma TVs, but has never paid child support. He also purchased a $90 sweatshirt for himself, but owes over $30K in child support.
Sounds like my sons dad! lol. He doesn't smoke, but he drinks. Which when he isn't caring for his son there both the same. Thank God my husband and I work and make good money, because my son can always cound on us.

Since: Aug 07

Gainesville, FL

#17 Sep 21, 2007
obviously, Im not articulating myself very well and I apologize for the gender mistake, it wasnt intentional...

Since: Aug 07

Gainesville, FL

#18 Sep 21, 2007
PS republican and proud - my issue with your post is the blanket statements you make. For example, you wrote: "I work in law enforcement and you don't know how many kids I have seen neglected by their parents."

I work in a childrens hospital in the middle of downtown poorsville. So, how do you know what I am aware of regarding child neglect?

Broad generalizations can be dangerous and unfair - that was my point.
KAY

Greenville, SC

#19 Sep 21, 2007
republican and proud wrote:
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My son attends Anderson Co. schools and due to some good budgeting, there were no room fees and the field trips are going to be free this year. I think that is great for people who can not afford it. I know when I used to sub, I would spend a lot of the lil I made on kids whose parents would rather buy cigarettes than pay for a field trip! It always broke my heart to see them stay at school instead of go with their class. I know the parents would buy cigarettes because the kids reeked of smoke. I think some, just don't have thier priorities in line!
It would be nice if these billionaires would donate a lil more. Maybe they do, but you never hear of it.
I THINK YOUR COMENTS ARE VERY RUDE. MAYBE THE KIDS GET OTHER THINGS LIKE CD AND CLOTHS AND LOTS OF OTHER THINGS. YOU SOUND LIKE PEOPLE THAT SMOKE ARE BAD PEOPLE! WALK A MILE IN SOMEONE ELSE SHOES BEFORE YOU START JUDGING THEM!!!!!!

“Don't hate me for my opinion!”

Since: Aug 07

Clinton, Tn.

#20 Sep 21, 2007
KAY wrote:
<quoted text>I THINK YOUR COMENTS ARE VERY RUDE. MAYBE THE KIDS GET OTHER THINGS LIKE CD AND CLOTHS AND LOTS OF OTHER THINGS. YOU SOUND LIKE PEOPLE THAT SMOKE ARE BAD PEOPLE! WALK A MILE IN SOMEONE ELSE SHOES BEFORE YOU START JUDGING THEM!!!!!!
No I am not RUDE! I am sick of trashy people not taking care of their kids! You must smoke, so apparently I have offended you and if I have O WELL! It's not any of my business if you smoke 20 packs a day, ur the fool killing yourself. I just don't like to see kids without food and thier parents smoking. I have seen kids without diapers and food, but their parents be puffing away. If that is okay with you than you are the one who is uncaring and you ma'am have serious issues! Let me guess you also think it is okay to make meth in your home with your kids in the next room? Or okay to expose others to your second hand smoke? You sound like one of those types!!

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