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INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER

United States

#2 Aug 31, 2012
I invite citizens who want to see open and transparent government to join me on Facebook.

Personal Page
https://www.facebook.com/ #!/stephany.faulkner.davis

Investigative Reporter Site
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephany-Davis...

Anyone with tips and possible news concerning local government bodies may contact me via Facebook or by email at [email protected]

I look forward to working with everyone. Remember that accountability and transparency in government has no political party. Have a great weekend!
Statesman

Tazewell, TN

#3 Aug 31, 2012
If you have any tips and news concerning anything political, do not tell this woman. Her name is Stephany Faulkner Davis, and her brother is former State Representative Chad Faulkner. Chad only served one term, and was defeated in the election. These people are not to be trusted. You may as well tell everyone if you plan to tell her anything. Have you noticed that the work has stopped on the Highway 33 bridge project over Norris Lake? Maybe you should ask Stephany and Chad if they know why. Chad knows all about the bridge and the reasons it will cost millions of dollars more than it should to complete. We have enough wrong here in Claiborne County without a bunch of half-brained idiots sticking their noses into it. Stay in Union County!
Aunt Flossie

Tazewell, TN

#4 Aug 31, 2012
Statesman wrote:
If you have any tips and news concerning anything political, do not tell this woman. Her name is Stephany Faulkner Davis, and her brother is former State Representative Chad Faulkner. Chad only served one term, and was defeated in the election. These people are not to be trusted. You may as well tell everyone if you plan to tell her anything. Have you noticed that the work has stopped on the Highway 33 bridge project over Norris Lake? Maybe you should ask Stephany and Chad if they know why. Chad knows all about the bridge and the reasons it will cost millions of dollars more than it should to complete. We have enough wrong here in Claiborne County without a bunch of half-brained idiots sticking their noses into it. Stay in Union County!
If you're not just blowing smoke, then tell us what Chad Faulkner had to do with the bridge having to be redesigned and rebid. I'm sure he was instrumental in helping Bubba's get a liquor license and his sister likely helped keep it quiet until after the fact.
Investigative Reporter

Hickory, NC

#5 Aug 31, 2012
My track record in Union County that insists on government accountability and transparency speaks for itself. I will fight for the citizens' rights to know what is going on. My investigations are all backed with public records and documentation. If you have nothing to hide, why would you care? From what I understand, there is much the people of Claiborne County deserve to know about local government and processes. If you have an issue with my brother, take it up with him. I am not my brother nor his keeper. My govt case files are open to public inspection. If you would like to sit down and ask me about my belief and reason for investigative reporting, I could tell you what I have endured in my journey over the last 3.5 years that would amaze you. When I first began at the UNL, many people did not understand the power of the citizen...now they are standing against the corrupt and self-serving.

And you are correct, do not trust me if you are corrupt or protect corruption. I am looking forward to serving the citizens of Claiborne County.
pot holes all over

Parsons, TN

#6 Aug 31, 2012
Well, let me challenge you to find out what happened with the following: I wrote this in another post. The original post is "Daniels vetoes "free" solar panels for the county". Please read it and then see what you can find out.

After the county commission approved with a vote to accept "free" solar panels from Earth Right Energy, Jack Daniels passed out a letter to the 21 "King Georges" before the meeting they then proceeded to veto this resolution. As stated by John Kemp from ERE "the county could expect a maximum 50,000 watts of power from the solar panels". Now folks this is free energy from the sun, the solar panels are basically free and the county was offered 3 payouts which included a $900 per site, per year lease agreement. Would you take a deal like this for your home? Of course not on this large a scale but we need to look deeper why the commissioners were overuled on this. Could it be the connections of higher ups with Ball and Powell Valley Electric?

As stated in Morristown's Citizen Tribune Wednesday July 18, 2012. "During the veto process, Commission Chair Dave Mundy simply stated the project is vetoed by the Mayor. There was complete silence, then on to other business". Were there NONE there that disagreed with the mayor? Something sure smells rotten, it is about time that we stop these "honey and sugar" deals that goes on behind the scenes.
FCC

Tazewell, TN

#7 Aug 31, 2012
Investigative Reporter wrote:
My track record in Union County that insists on government accountability and transparency speaks for itself. I will fight for the citizens' rights to know what is going on. My investigations are all backed with public records and documentation. If you have nothing to hide, why would you care? From what I understand, there is much the people of Claiborne County deserve to know about local government and processes. If you have an issue with my brother, take it up with him. I am not my brother nor his keeper. My govt case files are open to public inspection. If you would like to sit down and ask me about my belief and reason for investigative reporting, I could tell you what I have endured in my journey over the last 3.5 years that would amaze you. When I first began at the UNL, many people did not understand the power of the citizen...now they are standing against the corrupt and self-serving.
And you are correct, do not trust me if you are corrupt or protect corruption. I am looking forward to serving the citizens of Claiborne County.
I know something that needs looking into. Why would Aileen Standifer Craft of WNTT Radio Station want to purchase the rights to WTAZ Radio Station from the Turners? Do the Turners need beer and drug money that bad? Aileen can't sell ads at WTAZ like she can at WNTT, so is she just looking out for the Turners? I mean, they sure do drink a lot.
Hal Gorre

Tazewell, TN

#8 Aug 31, 2012
pot holes all over wrote:
Well, let me challenge you to find out what happened with the following: I wrote this in another post. The original post is "Daniels vetoes "free" solar panels for the county". Please read it and then see what you can find out.
After the county commission approved with a vote to accept "free" solar panels from Earth Right Energy, Jack Daniels passed out a letter to the 21 "King Georges" before the meeting they then proceeded to veto this resolution. As stated by John Kemp from ERE "the county could expect a maximum 50,000 watts of power from the solar panels". Now folks this is free energy from the sun, the solar panels are basically free and the county was offered 3 payouts which included a $900 per site, per year lease agreement. Would you take a deal like this for your home? Of course not on this large a scale but we need to look deeper why the commissioners were overuled on this. Could it be the connections of higher ups with Ball and Powell Valley Electric?
As stated in Morristown's Citizen Tribune Wednesday July 18, 2012. "During the veto process, Commission Chair Dave Mundy simply stated the project is vetoed by the Mayor. There was complete silence, then on to other business". Were there NONE there that disagreed with the mayor? Something sure smells rotten, it is about time that we stop these "honey and sugar" deals that goes on behind the scenes.
Mayor Daniels got made because Betsy Shoffner and Hawk Myers wouldn't let him put windmills in the parking lots behind the courthouse. It's that simple. Why do you people think there's always a story?
hey you

United States

#9 Sep 1, 2012
Aunt Flossie wrote:
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If you're not just blowing smoke, then tell us what Chad Faulkner had to do with the bridge having to be redesigned and rebid. I'm sure he was instrumental in helping Bubba's get a liquor license and his sister likely helped keep it quiet until after the fact.
Judging a person doesn't define who they are...it defines who you are.
aunt flossie

Ooltewah, TN

#10 Sep 1, 2012
hey you wrote:
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Judging a person doesn't define who they are...it defines who you are.
How is basically telling someone to "put up or shut up" judging them? Are you an idiot or what? Note - not judging, just asking!
mole

United States

#11 Sep 1, 2012
aunt flossie wrote:
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How is basically telling someone to "put up or shut up" judging them? Are you an idiot or what? Note - not judging, just asking!
In regards to Ms Davis, she has proven herself. Whether you agree with her investigations or not, she has respect. Her recent work included having voter fraud exposed in UC and that was brought before the authorities like the DA, state and grand jury. If there is dirt under the nails, this woman will find it. Why are you so defensive about someone coming in here to inform the public?? Do you have something to hide?
pot holes all over

United States

#12 Sep 1, 2012
Hal Gorre wrote:
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Mayor Daniels got made because Betsy Shoffner and Hawk Myers wouldn't let him put windmills in the parking lots behind the courthouse. It's that simple. Why do you people think there's always a story?
We people want to know that is why.... "Sunshine Law". Where did YOU get your information about this?
Good ol Boy

New Tazewell, TN

#13 Sep 2, 2012
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER wrote:
I invite citizens who want to see open and transparent government to join me on Facebook.
Personal Page
https://www.facebook.com/ #!/stephany.faulkner.davis
Investigative Reporter Site
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephany-Davis...
Anyone with tips and possible news concerning local government bodies may contact me via Facebook or by email at [email protected]
I look forward to working with everyone. Remember that accountability and transparency in government has no political party. Have a great weekend!
I have a question: What's in it for you? Don't tell me it's from the goodness of your heart. I want to know what monetary benefit YOU get from your reporting. You come up here to Claiborne County and stick your nose where it shouldn't be and you'll likely get it cut off. Once again what's in it for you?
pot holes all over

United States

#14 Sep 2, 2012
Good ol Boy wrote:
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I have a question: What's in it for you? Don't tell me it's from the goodness of your heart. I want to know what monetary benefit YOU get from your reporting. You come up here to Claiborne County and stick your nose where it shouldn't be and you'll likely get it cut off. Once again what's in it for you?
Who cares if she gets paid, if the stories come out and are true that would be the same as what we receive in our paper that prints only what others tell them, you know the ones that run our county (into the ground that is).
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER

United States

#15 Sep 2, 2012
Good ol Boy wrote:
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I have a question: What's in it for you? Don't tell me it's from the goodness of your heart. I want to know what monetary benefit YOU get from your reporting. You come up here to Claiborne County and stick your nose where it shouldn't be and you'll likely get it cut off. Once again what's in it for you?
Don't care if I do share this information. You have every right to ask. You will be surprised the money I make from the newspaper I work for. I receive approximately $50 per story in compensation. The newspaper I currently contract for has a ceiling--basically, they will only accept up to 5 stories a week due to budgetary limitations. I have contracted a few article to other newspapers which cover similar issues relative to local government. Currently, I am with the UNL and have been for 3.5 years. My pay may range between $250 -$300 per week on a good week so by the end of the year, I make a whopping $15,000 in approximate earnings.

Each article is born out of research and investigation which requires me to spend long and some tedious hours conducting courthouse research, database searches, attending meetings (often long), listening and retrieving video and audio tapes and finally -- interviewing folks.

I have often worked as much as 40 to 50 hours a week and made the same wage. I DO NOT GET FUEL or maintenance wages on my personal automobile although I can count a portion of this off at the end of the year. The newspaper DOES NOT compensate me for any courthouse record costs that I retrieve. I will be compensated a small percentage for advertising on this new endeavor, but sales is fickle with the current economy.

So in answer of your question, the reason I am involved is not financial. If that were the case, I would be a rich woman. I have another business that pays some of my bills.

I can tell you one thing -- there is nobody that would work the number of hours I do for the amount of peanuts I make to be persecuted for simply telling folks the truth and having the documentation to prove it.

I have sacrificed much to pursue this field and there are times it is very rewarding, but not financially. I am the product of a working class single-mom who taught me to work hard for every penny I made. She also taught me the fact that if you don't work, you don't eat. These values have served me well throughout life.

Would you expect people to work a job like this that is THANKLESS and not have a decent wage? Why would you not want a reporter that is not afraid to ask questions and get you answers?

One of the things I heard early on in Union County was, "I have to live here," when informants were providing me with information and tips. People were absolutely terrified of getting retaliated against. Now, that is not as much the case. We have a strong group of activists who have joined with this cause.

Another common saying here was, "We have always done it that way," That is like saying to the person(s) who invented the wheel, "We don't really need that wheel, we have always walked everywhere we go." ;)
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER

United States

#16 Sep 2, 2012
Good ol Boy wrote:
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I have a question: What's in it for you? Don't tell me it's from the goodness of your heart. I want to know what monetary benefit YOU get from your reporting. You come up here to Claiborne County and stick your nose where it shouldn't be and you'll likely get it cut off. Once again what's in it for you?
Now "Good ol Boy", why would you want to cut my little nose off? It's not such a bad nose. That's not nice to threaten a lady who is working hard on the side of our citizens. Why would you want to silence a hard working woman with a quest to provide a way for people to get news coverage of public meetings and open records under TCA Code? Don't you want to be informed and have your fellow citizens informed?
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER

United States

#18 Sep 2, 2012
Daniel the Tech wrote:
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That's about as straight up and honest as one can get. Awesome. Keep up the informing! Lots of citizens appreciate be informed.
Thank you!
Not A Newspaper Reporter

Tazewell, TN

#19 Sep 2, 2012
Public corruption poses a fundamental threat to our national security and way of life. It impacts everything from how well our borders are secured and our neighborhoods protected…to verdicts handed down in courts…to the quality of our roads, schools, and other government services. And it takes a significant toll on our pocketbooks, wasting billions in tax dollars every year.

The FBI is singularly situated to combat this corruption, with the skills and capabilities to run complex undercover operations and surveillance.

Call our Local Corruption Hotline
Knoxville, TN:(888) 678-6720
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER

Rathdrum, ID

#20 Sep 3, 2012
"Not a Newspaper Reporter" ~ That was a good tip to copy from http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/corru... . Remember that the feds do have their specialty. They usually steer clear of "ethics" issues and advise the local powers-that-be to take care of those in-house. They will get involved with certain crimes such as human traffiking and interstate crimes. This is excellent information for citizens to have. In order for the TBI to get involved, the local DA usually makes the request for an investigation.

Issues and Initiatives
- State/Local Corruption
- Border Corruption
- Disaster Fraud
- Foreign Corruption
- Economic Stimulus Fraud/Corruption
- Election Crimes
- International Contract Corruption
Major Cases
- Hurricane Katrina cases
- Lively Green
- New Jersey Bust
- Tennessee Waltz
- More
pot holes all over

United States

#21 Sep 3, 2012
Not A Newspaper Reporter wrote:
Public corruption poses a fundamental threat to our national security and way of life. It impacts everything from how well our borders are secured and our neighborhoods protected…to verdicts handed down in courts…to the quality of our roads, schools, and other government services. And it takes a significant toll on our pocketbooks, wasting billions in tax dollars every year.
The FBI is singularly situated to combat this corruption, with the skills and capabilities to run complex undercover operations and surveillance.
Call our Local Corruption Hotline
Knoxville, TN:(888) 678-6720
I agree to a point but look what has and is happening to a lot of people in office..... the voters just keep putting them back in. I bet most voters can't tell you about the last questions on the recent ballot, can you? If the voters would pay more attention to what really is going on here in the county and how it affects them surely they would make changes in their voting pattern. I know that at least one of my neighbors still voted for Pot Hole Sharp even though the road right in front of his house is filled with pot holes and has been for some time. At least there were enough people that were tired of the same ole thing, that is what we need to do with most in office, they and some others control most of what goes on in this county. If something doesn't benefit them or their cronies, it will pass by the way. In my opinion that is OUR public corruption. Some of the people in office have just went from one office to another and the people just close their eyes.
INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER

United States

#22 Sep 3, 2012
pot holes all over wrote:
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I agree to a point but look what has and is happening to a lot of people in office..... the voters just keep putting them back in. I bet most voters can't tell you about the last questions on the recent ballot, can you? If the voters would pay more attention to what really is going on here in the county and how it affects them surely they would make changes in their voting pattern. I know that at least one of my neighbors still voted for Pot Hole Sharp even though the road right in front of his house is filled with pot holes and has been for some time. At least there were enough people that were tired of the same ole thing, that is what we need to do with most in office, they and some others control most of what goes on in this county. If something doesn't benefit them or their cronies, it will pass by the way. In my opinion that is OUR public corruption. Some of the people in office have just went from one office to another and the people just close their eyes.
By providing coverage to open meetings, citizens have a desire to become more involved. As an example, we have seen many individual and group activists rise up. The newspaper is a tool to provide information to the public ~ it is not used to benefit one party or another or one candidate or another. When it comes to reporting of this nature, the facts laid on the table are enough to get people motivated to take action. Leaders are born out of an informed public and those sub-groups take action. As a reporter, no one's claim that I take sides, holds credibility. The facts speak for themselves and although it may not speak favorable of said entity or individual, these are not actions journalists create. The beauty of simply telling the truth concerning open meetings puts power back into the hands of the taxpayer--the citizen--the voter.

After this model has been on the ground for several years here, processes are changing - "we have always done it that way" is no longer an excuse. While there are times we are disappointed in our justice system, we are having many victories relative to the fact that these entities/individuals who carry out actions (good or bad) know they will face the music publicly. Sometimes that is enough to prevent or detour many of the things that went on in the past.

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