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Sad for our Loss

Vonore, TN

#1 Apr 25, 2011
Tellico Plains took a big hit when Chief Bill Isbell left the Department.
Guess this town will never learn. He brought in over $400,000 in money, supplies, equipment and personel. He had more to bring in but the mayor shoved him out and told him NO.
People of Tellico Plains.......... What have you done.? We are a dying town and I am sure the state will be happy to come in and take us over !!!
The saddest part, NOT ONE PERSON in the town or dept ever said Thank you, Good Luck, You will be missed.
Now his Reserve ( free help ) program is gone. Abby, the blood hound is gone.( Pray someone you love does not need her services)a new $300,000 grant, gone.
Be Proud of your Mayor, Roger Powers and your NEW police Dept. Call the Sheriff's Dept for help now and be affraid.

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NoChangeNoProgre ss

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#2 Jul 2, 2011
Good people have come thru this county and have done good things but it's not appreciated. Everyone would rather gripe and complain that we have no jobs but not let anyone do anything about it. We'd rather be known for and be proud of our high teen pregnancy rates, high school drop out rates, being the meth capital of the south, and the fact that we're holier than thou because we don't serve alcohol in our restaurants. The people who have cared a lot have been pushed away. We get what we deserve. And our good old boy system will continue to ruin our town and our county. I'm ashamed.

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jeanetteP

White Pine, TN

#3 Jul 21, 2011
We will miss Chief Isbell. Still do not understand WHY he was given such a difficult time, Is it that he brought and worked hard for Tellico Plains to received grants>>>?????????? God Bless, Chief and your family. Forget about this place.
Thank you

Plant City, FL

#4 Jul 21, 2011
We have no clue who you all are, but thank you so much. We are glad at least someone appreciated what our family tried to do for Monroe county.
Get your facts RIGHT

Tellico Plains, TN

#5 Sep 3, 2011
Sad for our Loss wrote:
Tellico Plains took a big hit when Chief Bill Isbell left the Department.
Guess this town will never learn. He brought in over $400,000 in money, supplies, equipment and personel. He had more to bring in but the mayor shoved him out and told him NO.
People of Tellico Plains.......... What have you done.? We are a dying town and I am sure the state will be happy to come in and take us over !!!
The saddest part, NOT ONE PERSON in the town or dept ever said Thank you, Good Luck, You will be missed.
Now his Reserve ( free help ) program is gone. Abby, the blood hound is gone.( Pray someone you love does not need her services)a new $300,000 grant, gone.
Be Proud of your Mayor, Roger Powers and your NEW police Dept. Call the Sheriff's Dept for help now and be affraid.
Get your facts RIGHT!!
Interview with Mayor Powers reveals an unfiltered look at the Isbell legacy. Were False-Pretense Statutes violated?'EplateGate' scandal unveiled
Isbell crony with E plates...How many are there?
In stark contrast to some of the 'sugar coated propaganda' that appeared last March over Bill isbell's resignation, it is now known a sequence of events may have led to: a 'breach of trust, insubordination, cronyism, and clearly a case study in arrogance' during Bill Isbell's tenure as Tellico Plains Chief of Police.
Towards the end, lt seems Isbell had no other viable option but to 'resign'. In a phone interview on Monday June 6, 2011--Tellico Plains mayor Roger Powers said he demanded an explanation last winter, as to why a person (Don Charest) that "he had never appointed," was given a key.--Mayor Powers said, "Actually, I never put him on the reserve," and the issue with the key, when I asked "Who gave the key?" and "no one could come up with an answer, or wouldn't tell basically."...."I did not like the way they (TPPD) handled it, and I can't have that."
Mayor Powers went on to say that Chief of Police Bill Isbell stepped down soon after the incident. Don Charest, an Isbell crony and Coker Creek resident, who helped in the failed 2010 Isbell for Sheriff campaign, is still displaying E plates on 2 of his personal vehicles, even though it is now clear, that he is NOT a city or county reserve police officer. If there was no legal confirmation of Don Charest as a Reserve Tellico Plains Police officer, were False-Pretense Statutes violated? See the requirements to legally have E Plates on a personal vehicle.
See what happened in a small Missouri town when a small town Mayor was conned by Bill Jakob, a man that had no prior police experience and was signed on as a police officer.
A few days after this web posting was shared with the public, Mayor Powers made his final 'swan song' in the local media to announce his retirement-- Mayor Powers said he would not run for re-election.
at 8:48 AM
Labels: Tellico Plains mayor confronts misconduct
Monday, May 9, 2011
Political Patronage cronies no longer eligible for E plates
'Political patronage cronies' that were involved as Reserve Police officers last year, were terminated around the time of Bill Isbell's termination from the TPPD, see Eplate scandal. Those not listed in the roster of the TPPD, are not eligible to have E Plates on their personal vehicles.
Driving with E Plates has many perks--it virtually guarantees you will not get a 'speeding ticket',.....displaying E plates on a personal vehicle has also been used as a ploy by criminals to pose as fake cops....
To have E Plates on a personal vehicle,(like the one in the picture) you must be an active member of a Police Dept., or part of Emergency medical personnel.
Patronage is the support that an individual gives to someone to benefit their political aspirations. Some types of Political patronage may violate laws or ethics codes, such as when political leaders engage in nepotism (hiring family members) and cronyism.
at 8:31 AM
Labels: Ex-Cops Political patronage
Get your facts RIGHT

Tellico Plains, TN

#6 Sep 3, 2011
Interview with Mayor Powers reveals an unfiltered look at the Isbell legacy. Were False-Pretense Statutes violated?'EplateGate' scandal unveiled


Isbell crony with E plates...How many are there?

In stark contrast to some of the 'sugar coated propaganda' that appeared last March over Bill isbell's resignation, it is now known a sequence of events may have led to: a 'breach of trust, insubordination, cronyism, and clearly a case study in arrogance' during Bill Isbell's tenure as Tellico Plains Chief of Police.

Towards the end, lt seems Isbell had no other viable option but to 'resign'. In a phone interview on Monday June 6, 2011--Tellico Plains mayor Roger Powers said he demanded an explanation last winter, as to why a person (Don Charest) that "he had never appointed," was given a key.--Mayor Powers said, "Actually, I never put him on the reserve," and the issue with the key, when I asked "Who gave the key?" and "no one could come up with an answer, or wouldn't tell basically."...."I did not like the way they (TPPD) handled it, and I can't have that."

Mayor Powers went on to say that Chief of Police Bill Isbell stepped down soon after the incident. Don Charest, an Isbell crony and Coker Creek resident, who helped in the failed 2010 Isbell for Sheriff campaign, is still displaying E plates on 2 of his personal vehicles, even though it is now clear, that he is NOT a city or county reserve police officer. If there was no legal confirmation of Don Charest as a Reserve Tellico Plains Police officer, were False-Pretense Statutes violated? See the requirements to legally have E Plates on a personal vehicle.

See what happened in a small Missouri town when a small town Mayor was conned by Bill Jakob, a man that had no prior police experience and was signed on as a police officer.

A few days after this web posting was shared with the public, Mayor Powers made his final 'swan song' in the local media to announce his retirement-- Mayor Powers said he would not run for re-election.

at 8:48 AM
Labels: Tellico Plains mayor confronts misconduct

Monday, May 9, 2011
Political Patronage cronies no longer eligible for E plates
'Political patronage cronies' that were involved as Reserve Police officers last year, were terminated around the time of Bill Isbell's termination from the TPPD, see Eplate scandal. Those not listed in the roster of the TPPD, are not eligible to have E Plates on their personal vehicles.

Driving with E Plates has many perks--it virtually guarantees you will not get a 'speeding ticket',.....displaying E plates on a personal vehicle has also been used as a ploy by criminals to pose as fake cops....

To have E Plates on a personal vehicle,(like the one in the picture) you must be an active member of a Police Dept., or part of Emergency medical personnel.

Patronage is the support that an individual gives to someone to benefit their political aspirations. Some types of Political patronage may violate laws or ethics codes, such as when political leaders engage in nepotism (hiring family members) and cronyism.

at 8:31 AM
Labels: Ex-Cops Political patronage

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voteforme

Vonore, TN

#7 Sep 21, 2011
"winter, as to why a person (Don Charest) that "he had never appointed," was given a key."

Given a key to what?

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#8 Sep 26, 2011
Damn Manny (Get your facts Right) you need to get a life! Must be rough having to try to overcompensate for getting picked on as a kid!
Get your facts Right

Tellico Plains, TN

#9 Sep 26, 2011
A call to Tellico Plains mayor Roger Powers on June 6, 2011 revealed details of a power struggle that came to a head. What was Isbell's 'last rodeo' as Chief of Police?--probably when mayor Powers was unable to get anyone in the TPPD to "fess up"-- Someone handed a political crony keys and access to TPPD Police station, without the OK from Mayor Powers.
federal grants

Tellico Plains, TN

#10 Sep 26, 2011
Tellico Plains Police Chief Bill Isbell resigns: moves back to Florida

Did Bill Isbell 'not apply for federal grants' to benefit his political ambitions?

Bill Isbell announced that he resigned as Tellico Plains Chief of Police on Monday March 21, 2011: his last day was March 31, 2011.

Was the extensive interior remodeling in the TPPD,(done in the last four years) a sound investment? The term of 'Functional Obsolescence' comes to mind even after all the money spent during Isbell's tenure as Chief of Police. Would the TPPD office meet the modern standards for public use buildings as per federal guidelines?

The TPPD office is on the second story of a building that was built over 70 years ago. Applying for a Federal grant to build a 'new police station' would have been a more prudent way to serve the long term interests of Tellico Plains. See the ADA guidelines that were ignored while money was spent on an outdated building....

By not applying for, and not receiving Federal grant money, Bill Isbell was able to say to the city aldermen and the mayor: The TPPD 'did not receive any federal grants,' so he (Bill Isbell) was not in violation of the Hatch Act when he stayed on as chief of police, while as a candidate for for Sheriff in 2010.

A call to Tellico Plains mayor Roger Powers on June 6, 2011 revealed details of a power struggle that came to a head. What was Isbell's 'last rodeo' as Chief of Police?--probably when mayor Powers was unable to get anyone in the TPPD to "fess up"-- Someone handed a political crony keys and access to TPPD Police station, without the OK from Mayor Powers.

Many long time residents agree that Isbell's inconsistencies sealed the epitaph on his law enforcement career. A public relations media blitz launched by the Isbell camp to praise his time in the TPPD, did not mention that Isbell may have been 'told to resign.'

In 2010, Isbell aspired to become Monroe County Sheriff... the number one spot in Monroe County Law Enforcement. No other appointed Chief of Police in Monroe County politics had ever used internet media advertising before the 2010 Monroe County Sheriff's election,--in which the Isbell camp failed miserably, Isbell did not make it past the primary.

With the help of consultant Williams Wells III, his tenure was awash in psychological flummery and potent imagery. The Isbell campaign for Sheriff slogan read-- "You deserve professional law enforcement."

at 4:33 PM
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Since: Sep 11

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#11 Sep 27, 2011
Dear Manny, I'm grateful for the opportunity to exercise my freedom of speech. I'm going to do this by expressing my opinion, in a non-threatening manner, which is one of my rights. My opinion is that you are the biggest idiot on two legs. You offer no benefit to mankind and really need to go back and crawl under your rock. If you worked or paid taxes or went out of your way to help others in a selfless manner, you might be useful. But everyone knows that you don't. Nobody on the mountain likes you. Nobody in this county respects you. Life goes on with no regard for your rants and opinions. Enjoy your sad and insignificant life. I'm sure you wish you could have done more with it.
BeenInformed

Tellico Plains, TN

#12 Sep 29, 2011
AlwaysBeInformed wrote:
Dear Manny, I'm grateful for the opportunity to exercise my freedom of speech. I'm going to do this by expressing my opinion, in a non-threatening manner, which is one of my rights. My opinion is that you are the biggest idiot on two legs. You offer no benefit to mankind and really need to go back and crawl under your rock. If you worked or paid taxes or went out of your way to help others in a selfless manner, you might be useful. But everyone knows that you don't. Nobody on the mountain likes you. Nobody in this county respects you. Life goes on with no regard for your rants and opinions. Enjoy your sad and insignificant life. I'm sure you wish you could have done more with it.
And my I ask, Who and What do you think you are?

Since: Sep 11

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#13 Sep 30, 2011
WHO I am is of no concern. WHAT I am is a person. A person who has lived here all my life and has watched outsiders like yourself come and try to stir the pot and cause trouble.

As your opinions and observations are your own, my opinions and observations are my own. I don't answer to you as you have no authority. You spew your opinions out there attempting to shame and discredit people who have stepped up to help and serve. You don't even live in Tellico Plains. What goes on in our town is not even any of your business. If you tried to help, that would be one thing. But instead, you try to hurt. You're not a journalist. You just write about your thoughts and opinions in a fruitless effort to stir things up. By now, you should realize that no one cares. Your efforts produce no results. Try helping, and serving, and making things better for a change. You'd see that people might even begin to respect you a little.
mtnfiddler

Vonore, TN

#14 Sep 30, 2011
Oh, He aint gonna do that. He only wants to cause trouble. He doesnt want to "help" anyone. He just needs attention and someday hes going to cross the wrong person and get some "attention". He always blabs about how noone put up flyers when frannie went missing. They didnt need flyers! They knew it was art took her and did something with her. She wasnt an ordinary "missing person" that the community needed to be out looking for.

Informed is right about him trying to shame this place and stir up trouble. He acts like all locals are dumb and all outsiders are bad. What an idiot. He tries to hurt people on purpose and he is the one that should be ashamed.
LMAO

Tellico Plains, TN

#15 Dec 5, 2011
Truth is?
Still miss your Chief

Tellico Plains, TN

#16 Jan 26, 2012
TELLICO PLAINS (WATE)- The former Tellico Plains Police Chief spent thousands of dollars without keeping records of how the money was spent, according to a state audit.

Police Chief Bill Isbell received $3800 in cash from police fundraisers, according to auditors.

Isbell told them the money was spent for Police Department purposes, but he was not able to provide documentation.

City records also showed other fundraising events, which Isbell said did not turn a profit.

Auditors also questioned $1700, which were donated for an after-prom party. Isbell said he also could not account for that money.

Since: Sep 11

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#17 Jan 26, 2012
You seriously think that someone would jeopardize a more than 40 year spotless and decorated law enforcement career for a few thousand dollars?

Guarantee it's the typical Tellico Plains and Monroe County way of skewing the facts to protect the not so innocent.
Are you Kidding

Tellico Plains, TN

#18 Jan 26, 2012
This is the same man that "resigned" because he got caught giving out E Plates to Non emergency vehicles, and non law enforcement citizen's. All to better his Campaign for Sheriff no less. And you honestly believe that he wouldn't jeopardize his "spotless career" by laundering the town's money?? Are you sure your not related to him??
Get Real

New Port Richey, FL

#19 Jan 26, 2012
WOW. So many false accusations!!! Doesn't anyone ever ask the retired Chief Isbell??
Maybe this whole article was done in retaliation to Mr. Isbell trying to receive his money that mayor Powers and the Town of Tellico owed him for his time on duty.
This town has major problems. It is not Wiliam Isbell. Why doesn't the news interview him??????
Let the news interview and conduct a study on how dishonest this town truely is.
Monroe County was even brought out on Saturday Night Live nationally! WOW.. Open your eyes people!!!
Get Real

New Port Richey, FL

#20 Jan 26, 2012
By the way, he does have a spotless career. Do you?

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