2012
05.08

Dr. Paul Shaw, candidate for Walker County Commissioner, has set up a campaign HQ at his former medical office on North Main Street. Shaw supporters and those interested in meeting the candidate are invited to a rally there tonight at 7. Signs and other campaign material will be available. It will either be Shaw or a fourth term for Bebe Heiskell, so we strongly encourage you to attend the rally.

According to Channel 3, a company called “Real Bright Sunrae Water” will be “taking over” the old Barwick-Archer carpet mill in Kensington. The company will supposedly begin production in early July, about six weeks from now.

On the surface this sounds like good news. The Barwick plant has been sitting empty, or being used as warehouse space, for the better part of thirty years. It’s an eyesore and a huge waste of potential where some company could set up and do something that would give people jobs.

But the Barwick mill is not at all appropriate for bottling water or any kind of food production, and “Real Bright Sunrae Water” doesn’t actually exist. Even Bebe Heiskell, who’s now excited to see the site begin producing water, said it was unfit to use as a horse farm in 2006 because of the pollution there. That pollution is still there, and will continue to be there six weeks from now.

All this is an outrageous claim, and any news outlets repeating the “news” without a challenge and some extra information about the site ought to be ashamed of themselves for buying and repeating a election-year lie generated by the Commissioner’s office.

Additionally, there is no “Real Bright Sunrae Water,” just a company called Sunrae Environmental owned by the same gentleman who supposedly runs the water company. Sunrae Environmental claims to process garbage for recycling, turning old bottles and tires into reusable material, but has no physical facilities for doing any of those things. The company has also never bottled water, and didn’t claim to until this week.

Sunrae was first incorporated in January 2011, went defunct, and was reincorporated in Tennessee last Tuesday as an LLC. Its owner also controls an ethanol producer, an organic recycling company that makes worm turds, a rubber company, and a medical sock distributor – all based out of his home.

Walker County Development Coordinator Larry Brooks, the man responsible for 2010′s Lookout Mountain unicorn factory hotel project, is also behind this questionable deal. (Where does he meet these people, prison?)

Due to the lateness of this information being released, there’s no time to fully present research about the company in a coherent way. Rest assured, the Underground will do a longer blog post about this announcement within a few days. More, much more, on this later…

(Newsflash: Bebe Heiskell thinks you’re a moron.)

Don’t forget about yesterday’s full-length post about job cuts at Walker County Schools.

A Chickamauga resident driving an ice cream truck in Summerville thought he could leave work early if he pretended to get robbed. He was incorrect.

WQCH Radio, 05/07/12:

    “IT WAS MOSTLY ‘A’s’ AND ‘B’s’ IN LAST WEEK’S WALKER COUNTY RESTAURANT AND KITCHEN INSPECTION SCORES. WALKER COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH GAVE TRIANGLE PARK THE HIGHEST SCORE, A ’95′. ALSO SCORING ‘A’s’ WERE TACO BELL AND MCDONALDS IN LAFAYETTE. ‘B’s’ WENT TO THE LAFAYETTE GOLF CLUB, ONE-ELEVEN, AND SUSIE’S IN LAFAYETTE. GUADALAJARA IN CHICKAMAUGA, SCORED A ‘C’. AMONG HEALTH CARE CENTERS, MARY & MARTHA’S PERSONAL CARE IN ROSSVILLE AND PENFIELD CHRISTIAN HOME IN LAFAYETTE, BOTH SCORED ‘B’s’.”

You should really eat at Triangle Park sometime.

Chickamauga businesses are sponsoring a run to help their school system build an indoor practice facility for baseball. Better than using more tax money, but indoor baseball practice? Seems a bit excessive.

Debate escalates over Georgia’s self-defense laws in light of the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida.

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  1. I would like to give the citizens of walker county some information to think about tonight while were at the rally for Dr. Shaw and Bebe Heiskell. I think Bebe has been in office for far too long. I think we really do need to take Walker County Back. I’m sure Bebe has done some good for walker county, I just don’t think she is what we need for this county at the present time and the type of economy we are in. All I see she has done, is make herself, family and friends gain financially. She is pouring ten of thousands of dollars into Mountain Cove farms and for what? Is it going to save walker county citizens, is it going to put food on the tables for around 68,000 people? No, however it will give her granddaughter a job and give her a car to drive back and forth, with no gas expense, maintance, or insurance. That is supplied by the walker county citizens. What about the land that she owns, that she has leased to walker county over the next 99 years, yes 99 years. I heard she gets anywhere from 1500 a month to 1800 a month. Add that up that’s close to a couple of million, I guess for generations of Bebe’s will be paid for by the walker county taxpayer. There is so much more to tell, but these should give a few discussions tonight. It’s time to take Walker county back. We need a good, honest, buisnessminded person to get walker county back on track.

  2. Walker County is in need of new leadership. Although I think Dr. Shaw is a good person with GREAT ideas, I dont think he can pull the votes it takes to win. I am confident he would make positive changes and do a fair job. BUT… The very “title” of the campaign is negative…”Take Back” is an aggressive act. Walker County needs something positive and professional not negative. Neither have put forth a written plan to redirect the county. If someone wants to change things dont wait until after an election, start now. Do something that shows leadership. Someone needs to show they can lead. Walker needs re-vamped from the ground up. The education system needs a major overhaul…not just new buildings. Walker needs a jobs incubator that helps cultivate large and small business while encouraging the arts. Although there is a lot of farm land there is not a good program that teaches land owners how to best utilize what they have as well as obtain the grants needed to get them started. Walker County has so many incredible places, The Battlefield, Rock City, John Ross, a vast Cave system, natural streams, Pinhoti Trails, Cloudland, the list goes on and on but it is all the Best kept secret in the South. Walker County as it is offers Nothing to the youth, no education, no future jobs. Walker County as it is offers Nothing to the adults but debt, and a less secure future. The debt the county carries can not be sustained by the current property tax base. Property Values are the lowest in the area but the property taxes are some of the highest. Eventually that will lead to little or no fire, police, and emergency services. Walker County needs change but it needs serious change and it will take a strong, educated, forward thinking person. John Kimsey and Bob Corker had the vision Hamilton County needed to create change, Walker County needs a John Kimsey or a Bob Corker.