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Skunk

Sparta, TN

#1 Mar 4, 2010
Did J. Hunt, former CEO for HC TOurism get a low cost business loan to finance his own home.
By reading the article in the Courier it appears so.
It helps to have friends in high places.
This is just the tip of the iceberg in Hardin County.
Whats your opinion.
Since You Asked

Jackson, TN

#2 Mar 4, 2010
Supposedly to operate a Bed & Breakfast. Strange though the house was listed for sale by one of the Realtors about 90 days after he got the loan. I guess he figured he could sell it for more as a business than a residence. That didn't work to well for him.

When your Joe Barker's boy, you can get about anything you want. Some just look the other way.
Possum

Olive Branch, MS

#3 Mar 4, 2010
Why would any business or organization loan a person money for renovating their own home? When this person had a bad credit before? Sounds to me lik he needed a job worse than he needs to worry about creating jobs for someone else. How many jobs could this possibly provide for the county? I can't believe the people who make these decisions are very smart. He had good credit at the time....What? The Courier planly stated that he had filed chapter 13 before. I guess it is who you know. You just need to know someone stupid enough to belive you are smart.
Sandguppy

Chatsworth, GA

#4 Mar 5, 2010
Ahhhh, the Hardin Co. political community is alive and doing well. Crooks, graft, corruption, run rapid in every nook and cranny in this county. The trouble with not getting rid of it lies with the voter. They have failed to do their job, oh so many times. From the County Mayor, and all his cronies they call commissioners, to the county sheriff. Oh there are those who feel differently, but just look at all the BS that has taken place in the past 8 yrs in this county....most recent that comes to mind.....1st degree murder, right in front of the jail...and no death penalty, so kind of justice. Sales tax reform...over 3000 signatures, but only 800 votes to overturn, oh by the way, the county attorney wrote the ballot, making it so confusing, a college grad couldn't determine the right way to vote. The list goes on and on, but yet the people of Harding Co. just sit back and take all the BS all those in charge want to feed them. The story of mushrooms comes to mind....keep them in the dark and feed them BS.
What a Crop

Jackson, TN

#5 Mar 5, 2010
Wow, what a load of idiots on here...Just what does being a friend of Joe Barker have to do with getting a SBA government loan? That is a federal level loan, not a state or local as Joe was associated with.
Now lets look at the Sandguppy words...HC politics? Mayor Davis' croonies??? I sure thought the majority of the commissioners have been there since before Davis was elected...It don't matter if the county attorney wrote the ballot or not, the idiots that brought the vote on had a petition to repell the tax. The wording on the ballot had to match the signed petition. Maybe you guys don't remember the "political" machine that was around 40 years ago. Ask some of the older folks about them and then talk you trash about the ones in office now. I do not agree with the sentance for the murder, but I don't think the county government had a lot of say in it..I believe it was plea bargined by ADA...Seems to me that he is state level and not local appointed
Sandguppy

Chatsworth, GA

#6 Mar 8, 2010
What a Crop wrote:
Wow, what a load of idiots on here...Just what does being a friend of Joe Barker have to do with getting a SBA government loan? That is a federal level loan, not a state or local as Joe was associated with.
Now lets look at the Sandguppy words...HC politics? Mayor Davis' croonies??? I sure thought the majority of the commissioners have been there since before Davis was elected...It don't matter if the county attorney wrote the ballot or not, the idiots that brought the vote on had a petition to repell the tax. The wording on the ballot had to match the signed petition. Maybe you guys don't remember the "political" machine that was around 40 years ago. Ask some of the older folks about them and then talk you trash about the ones in office now. I do not agree with the sentance for the murder, but I don't think the county government had a lot of say in it..I believe it was plea bargined by ADA...Seems to me that he is state level and not local appointed
I think you may be living under a rock, if for one minute you think the "political" machine isn't hard at work in Hardin Co. I thought it was part of our constitutional right to bring foward a petition to correct a wrong, without having to forgo the name calling (idiots). My arguement isn't with the "machine" of 40 yrs ago, mine is about the one running this county today. The county has Davis and his Croonies, do what they are told, vote how they are told, and end up doing nothing for the folks of this county. It doesn't take a brain surgon to realize that the county gov't is corrupt, the only business to be brought up at the monthly meeting is what Davis wants brought up. Why is it that the county mayor is in the leadership role on the board of commissioners? Why is it that your opinion is never asked for on any issue, by a commissioner. The answer I rec'd was, I just do this one night per month, I have a day job that keeps me busy. What do you expect to accomplish with that attitude....he answered me by saying....nothing. Granted the judge is not voted in, BUT, he does run the county court. Is very familiar with the county and who lives in it. And pretty much aware of the goings on in murder cases, as to who gets paid off, who doesn't need to testify, and the attorney who was representing the accused and the witness. Such a cloudy legal system we have here in this county. As far a the ADA, hell he couldn't get himself out of a wet paperbag. If ever I did anything to warrent a criminal trial, I would want him to be the one bring the case against me......would be sure to walk. That man isn't worth the price of a bullet.
What a crop

Muncie, IN

#7 Mar 9, 2010
Sandguppy wrote:
<quoted text>
I think you may be living under a rock, if for one minute you think the "political" machine isn't hard at work in Hardin Co. I thought it was part of our constitutional right to bring foward a petition to correct a wrong, without having to forgo the name calling (idiots). My arguement isn't with the "machine" of 40 yrs ago, mine is about the one running this county today. The county has Davis and his Croonies, do what they are told, vote how they are told, and end up doing nothing for the folks of this county. It doesn't take a brain surgon to realize that the county gov't is corrupt, the only business to be brought up at the monthly meeting is what Davis wants brought up. Why is it that the county mayor is in the leadership role on the board of commissioners? Why is it that your opinion is never asked for on any issue, by a commissioner. The answer I rec'd was, I just do this one night per month, I have a day job that keeps me busy. What do you expect to accomplish with that attitude....he answered me by saying....nothing. Granted the judge is not voted in, BUT, he does run the county court. Is very familiar with the county and who lives in it. And pretty much aware of the goings on in murder cases, as to who gets paid off, who doesn't need to testify, and the attorney who was representing the accused and the witness. Such a cloudy legal system we have here in this county. As far a the ADA, hell he couldn't get himself out of a wet paperbag. If ever I did anything to warrent a criminal trial, I would want him to be the one bring the case against me......would be sure to walk. That man isn't worth the price of a bullet.
Haven't been under a rock..Never said that the political machine wasn't alive and well and I may well stand corrected concerning the "croonies",but I just wanted to let you know that they were there, being "croonies" before Davis was elected.IMO, the tax issues was as stupid and as costly as the wheel tax crap brought on by Cook a few years ago. Both were backed by idiots IMO. They caused a slip in the community and cost all of us in the long run. The judge is elected by the people and he does not run the county court. He may have been appointed by the ciurts originally, but he is voted on as to whether he should keep his job every few years. It is not his place to "know" everybody and their dealings. He should be impartial to be an honest judge. I don't believe that the judge in this case was even from this county BTW. I agree on the ADA thoughts. He caved IMO on the murder charge.. He should be tarred and feathered for agreeing with the plea, and the judge should have had the balls to turn it down too.
whistleblower

Sparta, TN

#8 Mar 11, 2010
Several years ago Hunt fired a young lady who worked at the Tourism Dept. SHe reported someone
else who worked there for using Dept funds for her
personal use. So the whistleblower got fired.
audit

Sparta, TN

#9 Mar 12, 2010
That whole department should be audited.
Especially the during the time that Hunt was
there. If the young lady was fired for blowing
the whistle on people other than Hunt were
involved or at least was aware.
whistleblower

Sparta, TN

#10 Mar 14, 2010
The young lady worked as an assistant in the tourism dept during Tanya's tenure as Tourism
Director. Tourism funds were being spent for
personal use and she reported it. SHe had worked
there for several years. When she reported the
misuse of funds she was fired for poor job performance.
whistleblower

Sparta, TN

#11 Mar 14, 2010
THe young lady worked as an assistant at the Tourism Dept while Tanya was the director. She
had worked there for several years. When she
reported the spending of funds for personal use
she was fired for poor job performance.
Incorrect

Olive Branch, MS

#12 Mar 14, 2010
Actually the young lady was not fired for whistleblowing. She was let go for poor job performance, she went to Selmer and got the same kind of job with the McNairy Co. Chamber of Commerce and was also fired for her poor performance. She could not perform the daily office tasks ask of her. She had interviewed with Hardin Co. Tourism for the job being vacated by Tonya but the board didn't find her competent enough for the job.
whistleblower

Sparta, TN

#13 Mar 15, 2010
The young lady had worked for Hardin County Tourism for several years and only a couple
of weeks after she reported misuse of funds
was she fired for poor job performance.
This is a standard way of getting back at
someone for telling what they know.
She had to be shut up and got rid of.
tedcookshouldlea ve

Jackson, TN

#14 Mar 15, 2010
Sandguppy wrote:
Ahhhh, the Hardin Co. political community is alive and doing well. Crooks, graft, corruption, run rapid in every nook and cranny in this county. The trouble with not getting rid of it lies with the voter. They have failed to do their job, oh so many times. From the County Mayor, and all his cronies they call commissioners, to the county sheriff. Oh there are those who feel differently, but just look at all the BS that has taken place in the past 8 yrs in this county....most recent that comes to mind.....1st degree murder, right in front of the jail...and no death penalty, so kind of justice. Sales tax reform...over 3000 signatures, but only 800 votes to overturn, oh by the way, the county attorney wrote the ballot, making it so confusing, a college grad couldn't determine the right way to vote. The list goes on and on, but yet the people of Harding Co. just sit back and take all the BS all those in charge want to feed them. The story of mushrooms comes to mind....keep them in the dark and feed them BS.
Harding CO.??????

Obviously, you know very little about the area...if you don't even know the name of the county!! Too Funny!!
nannygoat

Jackson, TN

#15 Mar 15, 2010
I know Tiffany, the girl you are talking about. I think she did a fine job filling in till the job was filled with another. She was a lot better then some that's been there!

Since: Apr 09

Olive Branch, MS

#16 Mar 15, 2010
Yea, there's absolutely no way possible that could have been a typo, especially considering in the very first sentence, the person spelled it correctly. Oh, and let's not forget to mention that instead of debating the statement, you want to criticize a typo. Good way to try to change the subject at hand.
Linda Tripp

Sparta, TN

#17 Mar 16, 2010
I can tell you for certain, thats what they always do when an employee blows the whistle.
They just fire you or transfer you to a worse position and claim you weren't doing your job.
Don't feed us this garbage. We know what happened.
Incorrect

Olive Branch, MS

#18 Mar 17, 2010
So what was her excuse in McNairy County? I'll tell you for a fact she couldn't do the job asked of her. When asked to supply reports on membership etc. she always blamed it on the computer, when actually it was her incompetence. She didn't know how to do her job, all she knew was how to make excuses and pass the buck.
After being passed over for the job that Tonya was vacating, she let her job performance drop. She might have been a good assistant, but she wasn't intelligent enough or outgoing enough to do the executive job, nor the Director job in McNairy Co.

I don't believe any of this had anything to do with whistleblowing.
Linda Tripp

Sparta, TN

#19 Mar 17, 2010
However, fact is, she did blow the whistle
Linda Tripp

Sparta, TN

#20 Mar 18, 2010
Tiffany Russell graduated from the Southeastern Tourism Society Marketing College.
A three year program. Once she graduated she held a seminar with the Hardin County CVB Roard of Directors.
She began work at tourism dept and was the assistant tourism director for more than four years.
She was fired after she disclosed her concern that
some in the dept were using dept funds for personal use. Job performance only became the issue after she became a whisleblower.
Had she been incompetent there is no way she would have been allowed to remain the assistant Tourism director for more than 4 years.

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