Good Ole Boy Fight!
Posted in the Sevier County Forum
#1 Feb 9, 2013
Nothing like a Baptist Bastard Shit fight. What is Kim Pierce running for this time?
Candidates are starting to pick up petitions for the upcoming municipal elections, especially in Pigeon Forge, where five candidates have indicated they could run for three available seats on the city commission.
Gatlinburg and Sevierville also have elections scheduled for May, and the deadline for returning petitions in all three cities is Feb. 21.
In Pigeon Forge, the seats held by incumbents Kevin McClure, Randal Robinson and Joyce Brackins are up for grabs. McClure and Brackins have picked up petitions to run again, but so far Robinson has not. He’s indicated he has not yet made up his mind whether he’ll seek re-election.
Jess Davis, chairman of Concerned Churches and Citizens of Pigeon Forge, has picked up a petition to run. Others considering a run are Don Denney, a former Lions Club president, and planning commissioner Jay Ogle.
Davis, owner of the Spirit of the Smokies Condo Lodge, had voted in the liquor by the drink referendum last November as a nonresident property owner, but now says he lives at the lodge.
In a certified letter provided to the Sevier County Election Commission, he indicated he is living in a unit at the facility and provides signatures from the general manager and head of maintenance to verify that.
“This is for the purpose of picking up a petition package to run for city commission of Pigeon Forge although I will not make the final decision to run until just before Feb. 21,” Davis wrote.
He could not be reached Friday for further comment.
The city charter states anyone eligible to vote in the city other than those registered as nonresident property owners can run for commission, meaning Davis can run as long as he is registered to vote as a resident.
Denney indicated he had been encouraged to run for the office by friends, but hasn’t made up his mind.
“I’m still praying about that,” he said.
He said he hopes to help the city heal the divisions that have grown over liquor by the drink and other issues.
“Right now here’s division among our churches and there’s division in our community and we’re going to have to work together. We’re going to have to get divine intervention and divine inspiration to get back together.
“If we’re going to move forward we’ll have to have harmony and unity.”
Ogle could not be reached for comment Friday.
That election will take place May 14.
In Sevierville, the mayor’s seat is up for re-election every two years, and the four-year terms of two aldermen are coming to a close.
Dale Carr’s seat is open after he won election to the state House of Representatives. Alderman Claude Ownby died last year, but his wife, Maxine, is completing his term and has returned her petition to run for another term.
Jim McGill, member coordinator for the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce; and Robbie Fox, director of safety for Dollywood, have also returned petitions, along with Vincent Snider.
Mayor Bryan Atchley has said he plans to run for another two-year term. He picked up a petition but has not returned it yet.
The Sevierville election takes place May 2.
In Gatlinburg, the seats of incumbent commissioners Mark McCown and Donald Smith are up for re-election. McCown has returned his petition, while Smith has picked one up but hasn’t brought it back yet.
That election is set for May 21.
#2 Feb 10, 2013
Nothing like a Sevier County Pillbilly Baptist Bastard Shit fight for amusement!
#3 Feb 12, 2013
Just more bullshit in the world of the God Damned Filthy Baptist Bastard. Have a good laugh at these moral-less morons of Pigeon Forge. Thanks Dolly for all the laughter you bring us.
Letter: Tax-paying business owner glad to have chance to vote
Feb. 12, 2013 @ 12:12 AM
PIGEON FORGE —
I have been reading about the voting rights of the residents of Pigeon Forge versus the rights of businesses property owners. I own with my family a business in Pigeon Forge. We have been in business for 28 years.
All this time we were unable to exercise our rights to vote in the local Pigeon Forge elections. The election commission informed me that a business corporation could not vote. At that time I was disappointed, but figured that was that. Now, thanks to the controversy about this matter, I find that two owners of the deeded property can indeed vote.
I’m not going to list the amount of dollars my business has paid over the last 28 years. However, I will tell you that we have collected and paid to the state over $91,000 in sales tax for the 2012 year. We have collected and paid to the city of Pigeon Forge over $9,400 for the Grosse Receipt Tax for the 2012 year. We have paid over $800 in property taxes to the city of Pigeon Forge. I call that taxation without representation.
I have also read with great interest the opinions of a Pigeon Forge commissioner and a resident who feels that it is morally wrong for me to be able to vote for officials who will be in charge of forging ahead in the interests of the city, residents and businesses. Now, really. Seriously? I do want to remind you that our country went to war with Great Britain because of the taxation without representation.
I am thrilled that now I will be able to exercise my right to vote in the next election. So, thanks for the heads-up and all the controversy. I am indeed a registered voter and plan to be watchful and diligent regarding these issues, particularly those pertaining to the “opinions” of others that may affect all business owners.
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