Mayor Ed Mitchell called a commission meeting to approve authorizing the Purchasing Agent to solicit a request for qualifications (RFQ) to expand the jail and/or programs. During public input, Marilyn Willocks said that she had heard that Blount County Commission Chairman Jerome Moon had been telling commissioners that they could be sued if they didn’t vote to authorize the RFQ. Moon interrupted the speaker, saying “I have not told” and then stops speaking. Ms. Willocks continues on saying, “Well this is what I hear out in the public.” Moon didn’t say anything further on the matter during the meeting. What is it that he did not tell?
After the meeting, Mary Cook asked Jerome Moon why he had told her son-in-law, commissioner Tom Cole, that he would be sued if he didn’t vote for the RFQ. This sort of intimidation tactic seems to works on people who have no desire to find or listen to solutions, like commissioner Mike Caylor.
Moon’s tactic sounds more like a threat than the truth. It was Tennessee Corrections Institute bureaucrats bully Bob Bass and William R. Kane, who continues to make false statements in the “note” section of his inspection reports, who read the Blount County Corrections Partnership (BCCP) the riot act, not federal officials. Although, the US Marshal’s Service should be taking notice because they are willfully housing inmates in the Blount County Adult Detention Facility.
The commission voted 12-6 for the RFQ. This is to be expected when Rick Carver is allowed to act as a dictator prohibiting a commissioner from adding something to the BCCP agenda that would actually reduce overcrowding in the jail. Ms. Willocks said commissioners plural. Did Jerome Moon talk to other commissioners before the vote? What are Rick Carver and Jerome Moon so afraid of that they do their dirty deeds in secret?