90 Day License Plate Storage Bill Signed by TN Governor

While I applaud the Tennessee General Assembly for addressing the important matter of government gone wild tracking and storing license plate scans using automated licenses plate readers, the legislation just passed has a big gaping hole in it.

Analysis by John Carr

The bill prohibits government agencies from storing automated license plate tracking data, with an exception for “an ongoing investigation.”

LA is arguing that all tracking data is potentially useful in a criminal investigation.  If Tennessee courts allow a similar claim then the exception swallows the rule.  Another example is the NSA’s phone tracking.  The NSA got a court order confirming their right to track every phone call everywhere just in case.

The alternative is to launder the tracking data through the FBI or some other federal agency, or even a private database.  The law does not prohibit the state from sharing or selling tracking data. That’s the issue in the LA case: license plate scans are public records unless an FOIA exception applies.

So I form a company to aggregate tracking records.  I buy plate scans from police at a tenth of a penny each.  I sell data for ten dollars per computerized search, plus subscription fees, plus witness fees if the information needs to be admitted into evidence.  Or they pay me a penny per scan to put each scan into my database and get an alert if the plate is on their wanted list.

http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=HB2101&ga=108

Farmer Wheel Tax You Signs Taken Down

After the infamous Blount County Chainsaw Massacre resulting in the destruction, by chainsaw, of two Greene Wheel Tax You signs, Blount County Tax Revolt went to work putting similar sings out in other Commission districts to remind voters that other Commissioners wasted $80,000 on a referendum to try to put wheel tax on us after having increased our property tax rate.

Two Farmer Wheel Tax You signs have already been taken down.  Commissioner Gary Farmer is a ring leader of the circus acts in the Blount County Courthouse.  He has intimidated people who have signs for his opponent.

Cowards run from their records, instead of on their records.  Stated differently, statesmen run on their records, cowards run from their records.

If you reside in District 4 vote for Linda King and Karen Miller.

Update: Karen Miller received a call today (Tuesday), from a woman who did not identify herself, saying that the signs were on private property and were taken down because the owner did not give approval for the signs.  I have been told that the signs were in a ditch in the right-of-way.

Larry Henry Bio and Candidate Statement District 10 Seat Seat B

larryhenryMay 6 Primary

America has become bloated and self-satisfied, and we fell asleep … and while we slept and trusted those we elected to represent us, those elected officials dug us into an economic pit, and backed us into a bureaucratic corner. That’s Washington, DC, Democrats and Republicans alike.

The Blount County Commission has done the same thing to the tune of $221,000,000,ninety million of which is an adjustable rate mortgage. The sheriff doesn’t need 260 automobiles, our Blount Partnership doesn’t require any additional tax dollars, and we don’t need more tax increases or further debt.

I’m Larry Henry and I’m running for Seat B,Section 10,which is Louisville, TN. I grew up in South Knoxville, attended Young High, and graduated UT. My background is the Marine Corps, residential construction and land development, I’m an active real estate broker with Ferguson Realtors, plus I’ve written three novels. I’m also a member of the Tea Party. We believe in the Constitution, God and country. Progressives and the media call us names. The name I prefer is “Patriot.”

There are fourteen of us running against the Blount County Commission.

Our friend Kenlyn Foster is running for Juvenile Judge.

We need your votes in the May 6th Primary.

Thank You

Larry Henry
4809 Riversedge Road
Louisville, TN 37777
865-607-3472
larryhenry@mindspring.com

Keep your money – Fire your Commissioners

This letter to the editor was submitted to The Daily Times, but Dean Stone refused to publish it.

Keep your money – Fire your Commissioners

The past four years has proven that our incumbent County Commissioners are very good at three things; spending, borrowing and raising taxes.

First, spending – I publicly challenge the board to name one major spending request from a county department head, in the last four years where the board voted down their request.

Second, borrowing – for the past two years, the board’s “solution” to the recession and revenue shortfall was to deplete $10 Million from the Rainy Day Fund rather than control government spending. Are you aware that 24% of the County Budget now goes to paying the interest to finance their Debt?

Third, raising taxes–to help hide their gross mismanagement of government spending, twice the Board used “our children as political hostages” asking the citizens to raise the county sales tax rate as a ransom for “our children’s education.” If that wasn’t bad enough, the Board wasted $80,000 of our tax dollars to hold a special election asking the voters to vote in a $35 Wheel Tax; which was soundly rejected by 2 to 1 margin.

Believe it or not, these County Commissioners are proud of their record; so proud that they have the unmitigated gall to run for re-election.

The Board has admitted that they are at least $4 million short in the next year’s budget. If you re-elect your incumbent County Commissioners on May 6th, I promise you that they will raise your property taxes in June!

Our County Commissioners have proven that they are very good at spending, borrowing and raising taxes. Only YOU can stop this nonsense.

Keep your money – Fire Your Commissioners. Vote the incumbents out of office on May 6th.

 

Richard Hutchens

Voting on May 6th can make a difference

By Paula Kirby

Blount County citizens are seeking new blood to sit in the Commission seats. Blount county is 220 million dollars in debt spending 6 million dollars more than  they took in last year. The  commissioners voted on a wheel tax and they voted to increase sales tax, all in an effort to cover the current Commissioners wasteful spending of taxpayers money.

Commissioners are voted into office by the people to be OUR voice in the Commission seat. Their responsibility is to vote for US not just themselves!! This is not what I see when I’ve attended the Commission meetings. I have seen Blount County citizens go to the podium and beg them not to vote on these things and “WE” THE BLOUNT COUNTY CITIZENS are just ignored!!

14 Blount county citizens are running against commission incumbent seats. 14 people like you and I who are tired of not being heard!! This is our opportunity as citizens of Blount County to change our county government for the better!!!

PLEASE VOTE MAY 6th only we the people can make a difference!!!

Two good signs

This gentleman was seen driving through the Courthouse parking lot.  I like his choice of signs.  ;-)
We can and will take back our County government for we the people, with your support.
Let freedom ring!

TruckSigns

Tax Increase Dates

Please remember these dates when voting.

Blount County Commission Tax Increases during current 4 year term:

Property Tax Increase at the June 2011 meeting
Sales Tax Increase proposed at the August 2012 meeting
Wheel Tax proposed at the April 2013 meeting
Sales Tax Increase proposed at the February 2014 meeting

Let freedom ring!