Former police chief: Oak Ridge city manager responsible for current chief’s behavior

By   /  January 30, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Former Oak Ridge Police Chief David Beams said he avoids contact with any city police officers he encounters in public, but it’s not because of animosity.
“If I see an officer I know in public then I won’t even speak to them because I’m afraid they will get in trouble […]

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Oak Ridge police officers leaving in droves over vindictive chief, complaint says

By   /  January 28, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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An Oak Ridge police officer must have felt awkward when he pulled over a blue Ford Explorer traveling 88 miles per hour and learned the driver was his own police chief.

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Town alderman not paying property taxes over legal dispute

By   /  January 26, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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Tennessee auditors gave the town of Ridgely what Mayor Steve Jones called one of its best audits ever — except for that part about a town alderman who has unpaid property taxes.

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UAW may have had international help in Chattanooga

By   /  January 22, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Members of the National Right to Work Foundation believe two German labor groups have failed to completely disclose their full level of involvement in the United Auto Workers’ attempts to set up shop in Chattanooga.
As previously reported, the UAW wants to formally establish itself at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. 
The UAW’s attempts […]

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Mayor fails to disclose major conflict of interest with roadwork project

By   /  January 20, 2015  /  News, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — In choosing one of three competing bidders for a roadwork project, the Williston City Council picked the one that charged four times as much as the other two, according to a new audit.
State Comptroller Justin Wilson’s audit said council members chose contractor Ricky McQueen, who charged an even $42,000 […]

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Government-owned Internet not as necessary as Obama claims

By   /  January 16, 2015  /  Commentary, Tennessee  /  No Comments

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President Barack Obama traveled to Cedar Falls, Iowa, this week to brag about that city’s government-owned networks for cable and Internet, but had he known more about that network’s problems, he might have kept quiet.

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