Audit calls for TN to refund $1.6M fr...

Audit calls for TN to refund $1.6M from EPA's Flying J grant

There are 18 comments on the The Tennessean story from Dec 19, 2013, titled Audit calls for TN to refund $1.6M from EPA's Flying J grant. In it, The Tennessean reports that:

A federal audit report is recommending that the state of Tennessee be required to refund more than $1.6 million from a $2 million U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stimulus grant that helped finance an electrification project at a Pilot Flying J truck stop.

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Diesel Dog

Kingston, TN

#1 Dec 21, 2013
So ricky uses American made products and hires Americans to build it and our governor gets a free pass using foreign products. Good old boy politics at work.
Diesel Dog Is A Moron

Dandridge, TN

#2 Dec 21, 2013
Diesel Dog wrote:
So ricky uses American made products and hires Americans to build it and our governor gets a free pass using foreign products. Good old boy politics at work.
Leave it up to you to run to ricky's rescue. He was CONVICTED of 31 counts of theft for filing FALSE sales tax returns and at least 200 grand in worthless checks and now he is your hero ? Sure them 10 dollar steaks were "American" ! Then he screwed the state (US) out of 400 grand on the electrifucation project and you still claim him as your idol. I suppose you think that if you use American products you don't have to pay ? A screwin is a screwin any way you look at it. If the Governor's daddy's company did something wrong they should be held to the fire. But if you had the ability to read a sentence the story says the STATE OF TN "SHOULD" BE REQUIRED TO REFUND 1.6 MILL. NOT PILOT / FLYING J.
The State was responsible for the project and they are the one's that screwed it up by not verifying the requirements were met.
Your butt buddy ricky screwed the state and the public and got off owing the world and you have the gall the throw stones at the governor for something his daddy's company did.
You are a MORON DEE EYE SEE KAY HEAD
chesnut hill

New Market, TN

#3 Dec 21, 2013
Diesel Dog Is A Moron wrote:
<quoted text>
Leave it up to you to run to ricky's rescue. He was CONVICTED of 31 counts of theft for filing FALSE sales tax returns and at least 200 grand in worthless checks and now he is your hero ? Sure them 10 dollar steaks were "American" ! Then he screwed the state (US) out of 400 grand on the electrifucation project and you still claim him as your idol. I suppose you think that if you use American products you don't have to pay ? A screwin is a screwin any way you look at it. If the Governor's daddy's company did something wrong they should be held to the fire. But if you had the ability to read a sentence the story says the STATE OF TN "SHOULD" BE REQUIRED TO REFUND 1.6 MILL. NOT PILOT / FLYING J.
The State was responsible for the project and they are the one's that screwed it up by not verifying the requirements were met.
Your butt buddy ricky screwed the state and the public and got off owing the world and you have the gall the throw stones at the governor for something his daddy's company did.
You are a MORON DEE EYE SEE KAY HEAD
I see you have received your conjucal visit from Carl, don't give up, you may have to move to a state where they allow gay marriage.
Chesnut Hill Is A Moron

Dandridge, TN

#4 Dec 21, 2013
chesnut hill wrote:
<quoted text> I see you have received your conjucal visit from Carl, don't give up, you may have to move to a state where they allow gay marriage.
Again, I repeat, Are you just grumpy and wanting to start sheeite or are you Queeer for ricky now too ?
Sounds like you might be drinking a little diesel dog peeiis too !
Diesel Dog

Chattanooga, TN

#5 Dec 22, 2013
Chesnut Hill Is A Moron wrote:
<quoted text>
Again, I repeat, Are you just grumpy and wanting to start sheeite or are you Queeer for ricky now too ?
Sounds like you might be drinking a little diesel dog peeiis too !
You jealous because rick has been on the national news several times. I saw this story on NBC. What rick did was every day business and his charges were reduced when the truth came out. If nosey people like you would mind their own business, TR would have sold and be open today.
Diesel Dog Is A Moron

Dandridge, TN

#6 Dec 22, 2013
Diesel Dog wrote:
<quoted text>
You jealous because rick has been on the national news several times. I saw this story on NBC. What rick did was every day business and his charges were reduced when the truth came out. If nosey people like you would mind their own business, TR would have sold and be open today.
A.) You are a liar, his charges were not reduced due to any truth "coming out". I know a lot of successful businessmen who would take insult with your ideas on "every day business".
B.) He pled GUILTY, for a lighter sentence and the courts agreed to save the cost of a lengthy trial. Don't change the facts to make your boyfriend look less guilty.
C.) His sentence was reduced, because he was a non violent offender, and the Judge took pity on him.
D.) I suppose "every day business " for a CROOK has special meaning, to CROOKS.
E.) If the real truth had come out someone would have probably shot him, not that I would condone that sort of action. Although I would have ended up penniless and homeless (except for my jail cell) and my family would have dis owned me, had I committed such a crime. I guess he can live with what he did due to his extensive background in criminal behavior. It just comes natural to thieves and crooks I suppose.
F.) Wow is that all you have to do to get on "National News" ? If and when I get my 15 minutes of fame, I certainly hope it is for something heroic or at least something to make my family proud of me. I'm sorry but the Miley's and Kardouchians and murderers and rapists and drug dealers and THIEVES on the "National News" are not MY heroes. Obviously you hold a special place in your heart for the dregs of society.
And BTW, He never made the National news, he made the local news. The story about the fleecing of Americans made the national news, not his name or criminal behavior. Just the federal funding blunder was ever mentioned, so your boy toy isn't really as famous as you would have us believe, along with everything else you post.
G.) TR did sell, and yet they cannot get away from the stigma that ricky plagued the property with to justify any re-opening. It is a shit hole with a reputation for trouble and drugs, etc. The community doesn't want it back open and any honest businessmen won't deal with it because of the screwing ol ricky put on the suppliers. Yet You think it is some kind of gold mine.
H.) How about you kiss my nosey ass, Dee Eye See Kay Head...
Highway Management

United States

#7 Dec 23, 2013
1.6M is peanuts at TDOT so get over it! It was an honest mistake which may or MAY NOT be repaid, but no one will be fired. When you operate a multi-billion dollar operation, the cost of picking up pocket change that fell on the floor is too costly to recover.

Deep Springs

United States

#8 Dec 23, 2013
Diesel Dog Is A Moron wrote:
<quoted text>
A.) You are a liar, his charges were not reduced due to any truth "coming out". I know a lot of successful businessmen who would take insult with your ideas on "every day business".
B.) He pled GUILTY, for a lighter sentence and the courts agreed to save the cost of a lengthy trial. Don't change the facts to make your boyfriend look less guilty.
C.) His sentence was reduced, because he was a non violent offender, and the Judge took pity on him.
D.) I suppose "every day business " for a CROOK has special meaning, to CROOKS.
E.) If the real truth had come out someone would have probably shot him, not that I would condone that sort of action. Although I would have ended up penniless and homeless (except for my jail cell) and my family would have dis owned me, had I committed such a crime. I guess he can live with what he did due to his extensive background in criminal behavior. It just comes natural to thieves and crooks I suppose.
F.) Wow is that all you have to do to get on "National News" ? If and when I get my 15 minutes of fame, I certainly hope it is for something heroic or at least something to make my family proud of me. I'm sorry but the Miley's and Kardouchians and murderers and rapists and drug dealers and THIEVES on the "National News" are not MY heroes. Obviously you hold a special place in your heart for the dregs of society.
And BTW, He never made the National news, he made the local news. The story about the fleecing of Americans made the national news, not his name or criminal behavior. Just the federal funding blunder was ever mentioned, so your boy toy isn't really as famous as you would have us believe, along with everything else you post.
G.) TR did sell, and yet they cannot get away from the stigma that ricky plagued the property with to justify any re-opening. It is a shit hole with a reputation for trouble and drugs, etc. The community doesn't want it back open and any honest businessmen won't deal with it because of the screwing ol ricky put on the suppliers. Yet You think it is some kind of gold mine.
H.) How about you kiss my nosey ass, Dee Eye See Kay Head...
GREAT COMMENT!!

Local talk and rumors are spreading that the place is for sale again. Anyone have link to EPA Audit?
Good Ole Boys

Knoxville, TN

#9 Dec 26, 2013
So the only two truck stops that scammed the taxpayers are both in Jefferson County. How lucky can we get. Someone is out to give us a bad name.
Steve

Knoxville, TN

#10 Dec 30, 2013
Here's the link to the audit. Doesn't look good for TDOT, The feds take fraud serious. The governor has enough problems with Pilot, now his personal friend and TDOT Commissioner has falsified a usage report to the feds. It's no small mistake, actual usage was %3.7 percent of TDOT's reported use.

http://www.epa.gov/oig/reports/2013/20130719-...
WideLoad

United States

#11 Dec 31, 2013
The story is about Haslam's PILOT at White Pine, not Rick, stick to the subject.
EPA IGl Report

United States

#13 Oct 12, 2014
Found the latest EPA Office of Inspector General report on the Stimulus Grant to reduce Diesel exhaust emissions. The original report was published on July 19, 2013 and a resolution was due in 6 months. In their semi annual report to Congress the EPA-OIG reported the issue of TODT's grant program was not resolved, pending additional information. The latest EPA-OIG report states the resolution with TODT is still not resolved pending more information. The resolution is now overdue 8 months, and I understand the investigation is now a criminal investigation.
It looks like the Mountain Plaza grant has been resolved, as just too eager to pass out the money. Mountain Plaza was for sale and the buyer wanted the grant equipment installed before purchasing the business. The buyers agent completed the grant application and signed it as Vice President of Mountain Plaza, to ensure a positive background check. I'm unsure, but rumor has it the owner was incarcerated and could not sign the application before the deadline.
The problems with the Mountain Plaza grant led to a complete audit into TODT's grant program. TODT could not validate IdleAir equipment was American made. They had no receipts for the equipment installed at Pilot Travel Center, White Pine. After the initial investigation, they received a tip that suggested the equipment installed may have came from another closed location. The feds don't like buying used equipment represented as new.
The Feds don't take this long on what should be a routine audit unless red flags suggest criminal wrong doings. Furthermore they don't open a criminal investigation unless they have a 90 percent chance of winning, failing is not an option. It's my understanding that Federal law enforcement agents have taken sworn statements.
Diesel Dog

Maryville, TN

#14 Oct 13, 2014
Rick is cleared!!
DDAD Is a Moron

United States

#15 Oct 24, 2014
Diesel Dog Is A Moron wrote:
<quoted text>
A.) You are a liar, his charges were not reduced due to any truth "coming out". I know a lot of successful businessmen who would take insult with your ideas on "every day business".
B.) He pled GUILTY, for a lighter sentence and the courts agreed to save the cost of a lengthy trial. Don't change the facts to make your boyfriend look less guilty.
C.) His sentence was reduced, because he was a non violent offender, and the Judge took pity on him.
D.) I suppose "every day business " for a CROOK has special meaning, to CROOKS.
E.) If the real truth had come out someone would have probably shot him, not that I would condone that sort of action. Although I would have ended up penniless and homeless (except for my jail cell) and my family would have dis owned me, had I committed such a crime. I guess he can live with what he did due to his extensive background in criminal behavior. It just comes natural to thieves and crooks I suppose.
F.) Wow is that all you have to do to get on "National News" ? If and when I get my 15 minutes of fame, I certainly hope it is for something heroic or at least something to make my family proud of me. I'm sorry but the Miley's and Kardouchians and murderers and rapists and drug dealers and THIEVES on the "National News" are not MY heroes. Obviously you hold a special place in your heart for the dregs of society.
And BTW, He never made the National news, he made the local news. The story about the fleecing of Americans made the national news, not his name or criminal behavior. Just the federal funding blunder was ever mentioned, so your boy toy isn't really as famous as you would have us believe, along with everything else you post.
G.) TR did sell, and yet they cannot get away from the stigma that ricky plagued the property with to justify any re-opening. It is a shit hole with a reputation for trouble and drugs, etc. The community doesn't want it back open and any honest businessmen won't deal with it because of the screwing ol ricky put on the suppliers. Yet You think it is some kind of gold mine.
H.) How about you kiss my nosey ass, Dee Eye See Kay Head...
No doubt this comment was from DDAD, who still can't except the judges decision. Everyone who had a claim in court has been paid!
DDAD

Dandridge, TN

#16 Oct 25, 2014
DDAD Is a Moron wrote:
<quoted text>
No doubt this comment was from DDAD, who still can't except the judges decision. Everyone who had a claim in court has been paid!
The Judge said he was guilty and didn't want to put an old flamer in the jailhouse because he was getting him some. Tricky ricky is a felon, he might have been queered but he will never be cleared.
Y'all just keep on bragging and I will keep on ragging, ya forking imbeciles...
Gay Tricky

Sevierville, TN

#17 Oct 25, 2014
DDAD wrote:
<quoted text>
The Judge said he was guilty and didn't want to put an old flamer in the jailhouse because he was getting him some. Tricky ricky is a felon, he might have been queered but he will never be cleared.
Y'all just keep on bragging and I will keep on ragging, ya forking imbeciles...
You have point on Queer Tricky. When trying to find the big news TR several websites listed it gay hookup truck stop. Tricky had pierced ear with a pink earring.
local

Jefferson City, TN

#18 Oct 26, 2014
I thougt it was TDOT. When did it change to TODT .
TDOT

Pigeon Forge, TN

#19 Oct 27, 2014
local wrote:
I thougt it was TDOT. When did it change to TODT .
Most likely a TDOT employee who was hired by a family member. Have you ever met Steve Bordon? His dad got him his job since no other company would hire him. The man is a worthless engineer.

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