2012
07.13

Another story about Walker 911 going down last week. But no mention of the second failure Wednesday morning, which we’ve also verified. The article hints problems may have begun before storms rolled through, which would likely connect the July 5th and July 11th 911 failures to a similar problem yet to be named.

This article, and a similar report on WQCH, claims that the problem only impacted landlines, not cell phones. But we’ve heard accounts of trouble with cells as well. Walker County Coordinator David Ashburn is the ultimate authority responsible for 911 in Walker County, and he’s spinning this story to cover his own considerable butt.

As we said earlier, it’s not a problem with the operators. They can’t answer phones that don’t ring. The person or persons, including Mr. Ashburn, supervising technology upgrades there are the ones at fault here. The center did an intentional software upgrade and did not set up their backups, which should have been done, and as a result at least one person’s life (if not more) came close to ending because they could not get emergency medical attention in a timely manner.

Despite the low-key response, this failure is a big bleeping deal. If 911 goes down again somebody – or somebodies – needs to lose their job over it.

This week’s Walker County Plus came with a free bonus: peelable, reusable Bebe Heiskell stickers that say “CNN Money / WALKER COUNTY / Where Unemployment is Tumbling!” over someone else’s paid advertising.

According to Walker Messenger employees, the paper (or its parent company) has a policy of placing stickers for one advertiser over ads for another, it’s not just about Heiskell or their editorial bias towards her. (This may explain why they’re in financial trouble. Who wants to risk running an ad under that?)

But the stickers are removable and reusable. Here’s where some of them ended up:

In light of the “Unemployment is Tumbling!” lie, this use seems appropriate.

For those of you who still aren’t sure why you shouldn’t vote for Steve OR DeWayne Wilson, we would strongly encourage you to check out this book – Legal Deception – and our review of it. There’s a whole lot more out there, and we may not be able to get it all out before this election cycle ends, but what’s already been written should be plenty to persuade you.

While many state political leaders are realizing TSPLOST is toxic and moving away from it, our own Jeff Mullis – a supposed conservative who wrote the thing to begin with – insists that those who oppose the new tax are just misinformed.

WQCH Radio, 07/12/2012:

    “STATE SENATOR JEFF MULLIS OF CHICKAMAUGA, IS COMPLAINING THAT MUCH OF THE CRITICISM TOWARD THE SO-CALLED ‘T-SPLOST’ IS BASED ON MISINFORMATION. VOTERS WILL ANSWER A SIMPLE ‘YES OR NO’ QUESTION ON THE ONE-CENT SALES TAX, WHICH IF APPROVED, WOULD GO TOWARD ROAD AND TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS.
    “MULLIS SAID ‘GEORGIA’S TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE IS CURRENTLY SUPPORTED BY THE MOTOR FUEL TAX; HOWEVER, REVENUES ARE CONTINUALLY DECLINING AND WE WILL SOON BE UNABLE TO AFFORD IMPROVEMENTS AND BASIC MAINTENANCE TO OUR ROADS’.
    “ALL OF THE MONEY COLLECTED IN NORTHWEST GEORGIA AS PART OF THE T-SPLOST WILL STAY IN NORTHWEST GEORGIA. 75 PERCENT OF THE REVENUES WILL GO TOWARD IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS THAT ARE ALREADY SPECIFIED AND 25 PERCENT WILL BE SPLIT BETWEEN COUNTIES AND LOCAL CITIES. ‘RESIDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO SEE FUNDED PROJECTS ‘UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL’ AND WILL NOT HAVE TO QUESTION WHERE OR HOW THIS MONEY IS BEING UTILIZED’, MULLIS SAID. LAFAYETTE MAYOR NEAL FLORENCE RECENTLY SAID THE T-SPLOST WOULD MEAN A GOOD DEAL MORE STREET PAVING FOR THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE COMPARED TO THE CURRENT SYSTEM USED BY THE GEORGIA D.O.T.
    “‘T-SPLOST IS CRUCIAL FOR JOB CREATION IN GEORGIA’, MULLIS CONCLUDED. ‘WE ARE GOING TO LOSE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND INVESTMENTS IN OUR STATE, WITHOUT IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR EXISTING INFRASTRUCTURE’.”

Speaking of disinformation, the state legislature (including Senator Mullis) takes that gas tax and spends a majority of it on things that aren’t related to roads at all. Then they give a small portion of it back to road projects, most of which are in Atlanta, and help local city and county governments pave six or ten miles a year of road.

And as we stated before, infrastructure spending is good. But most of what’s on the TSPLOST list for this area benefits nobody, and what little benefit there is goes to Chickamauga.

There’s nothing on Walker County’s TSPLOST list that will do a thing worth what the tax will cost us over ten years. 25% of taxes collected by TSPLOST aren’t designated for roads, they can be used by the county or city for anything. That’s more money for wasted garbage projects like Mt. Cove Farms or stacked stone mansions in Villanow nobody ever uses.

Progress on Chattanooga Street. This is a remodel and restoration, not demolition.

Free movie at Joe Stock Park tomorrow night (Saturday) around 9:30 PM. Scheduled to start at dusk. “Journey 2″ starring The Rock. Free admission, advertised as bring your own blanket if you want somewhere to sit.

Joe Stock Park is the park with the fountain next to Public Safety. The movie is sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority and One Eleven. There are plans to show a free movie at the park once a month through the summer; keep an eye on the LU Local Calendar for upcoming events.

A Jackson Co Alabama man has a fight on his hands, in court, trying to keep his late wife buried on family property. The gov’t says he can’t just start a private cemetery anywhere, but he insists it’s a family plot that won’t become a cemetery. What do you think? Should people be allowed burial anywhere they want or only in approved places?

There are valid points on both sides.. Property rights and respecting final wishes for burial, vs. a city not wanting to have property that nobody will buy after the man dies because he and his wife are buried in the front flowerbed.

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  1. I would be curious to know if Wilson and the Walker County Sheriff’s office has continued to investigate the Mike Mullens murder from December 2008, which happened about 5 days before Christmas. He was murdered in front of his business in Flintstone – which is not a normal case around here or at least we don’t hear about it as much in our area. He still has a wife and a son that has no answers. His only son was 8 years old at the time. I don’t understand why there has been no arrests or closure in this case. Who monitors whether the government offices are following proper procedures and doing their work?

  2. The Sheriff’s Office had time to call a man in the hospital after the 911 incedence, and told the patient, that his 911 call must have went to another county. Even though the Sheriff is on the board for 911, they said they didn’t have anything to do with it. That call that they said might have went to another county, was on a land line phone, not a Cell phone. How dumb was that?

  3. Business as usual, Steve Wilson and BeBe style. Would you expect anything different from this bunch of lying, thieving crooks?48R2

  4. Re burials of the dead on private property — this doesn’t seem like a good idea. I am all for individual property rights and for a person to do what he/she wishes with their own land, but where would a practice like this end? Suppose it was legal, and a large family wanted to plant their dead in the back yard, over a period of time, — how many is too many? What if the family next door got their drinking water from a well, as we do? What if the land were porous and the bodies next door were “natural” burials, without being sealed in a container.

  5. Mr Ashburn, We have been finding more and more people that have been calling 911 and not getting an answer. I believe the comment that I read in the paper that you said, there had only been 2 incidences of this happening is not correct. Since more and more people had the same problem of not getting through. Have you forgotten the incident a few years back, because the operators were away from their jobs doing the xxxxxx away from their keyboards? Also, do you remember commissioner and you were trying to cover this up. You even went to one person’s house in a Sheriff’s car with an official with the Sheriff’s Office trying to intimidate a person that knew about this to quiten him? There was no threats from you at that time, but plenty of promises if that person would be quiet. I think a vote for Bebe is a vote for you. She is 73 years old, and getting too old for the job, and you have been prepped for years to take over as commissioner. Since your Son has been made Assistant chief (which is very conveient )then he would take over as Coordinator, which would look good when you get promoted to Commissioner after Bebe retires if she wins this election. We don’t need 30 more years of tax and spend government in Walker County .
    Mr. Ashburn if there is a problem with this, you have my phone number and my address.
    In my opinion, I have a right to say this, since I am one of the Victims of this mess.

  6. This is concerning the Tax Commissioner and Her Offices costing the taxpayers thousands and thousands of dollars from over charges on Sales Tax. They are trying to charge some businesses and trucking companys with one or more vehicles, sales tax and some are exempt from paying sales tax on their vehicles. They want to argue with you when you are exempt. I know of one person that went to the revenue dept., and they said it was illegal for the County to do this. This person saved close to $5000 dollars on sales tax , simply by going to the revenue dept. They got a check back from the county that they said that they wouldn’t refund after being confronted with this problem. Could
    this be incompetence or corruption? Who knows!

  7. I hope the City of Lafayette, doesn’t pump Cane creek dry again, and kill all our fish in it this summer. Upper Chattooga county, and lower walker county residents are getting the short end of the stick.

  8. the 911 problem also in question. also having had a relative call last wednesday july 11, and couldnt get through..she too is elderly, @ age 75 living alone, also being a heart patient, living within LaFayette City Limits..so i guess, as another citizen was told he lives so close to Chattooga County that his call went to them, shes in the City limits, so where was her call suppose to go.

  9. In answer to the article about cane creek, I guess its good that they steal all the water, but they pay us back well by letting their trash blow out of their trash trucks as they go by toward chattooga county to dump their trash. The water ought to taste real sweet, after seeing all the cows dead in this creek. I have personally seen as many as 4 at one time.

  10. It is so sad about these politicians, going around and put a few signs up and expect to be elected. We have only had one candidate to come to our house. It was Freddie Roden. WE have as many as 31 votes within our family, and we all usually vote the same. We usually vote anti- incumbent.

  11. Hey jo, you ever thought that his son was made an assistant chief because he’s damn good at his job??? I guess not. Just shows that when you don’t know what you’re talking about you just make yourself look stupid. I love reading these blogs. Helps me get my daily laugh. And if you don’t like it (whatever “it” is) then move somewhere else!!

  12. That’s typical Heiskell regime thinking … if you don’t like it, then leave.

    So, “chickamauga” … which one of Bebe’s cousins are you?

  13. I’m not related to her. It’s not “typical Heiskell regime thinking” it’s me pointing out that she was re-elected for a reason…she got more votes. These coments are from a small portion of the population. And it looks like it’s the small part that voted for that doctor that everyone that I heard say that they WOULD move if he got elected. It just pisses me off that people can be so stupid and not relize it. I mean if you don’t know what you’r talking about why do you say anything at all? You just make yourself look stupid. That’s all I’m saying.

  14. The reason she was re-elected is because of a block of North Ga voters such as yourself. She lost hands down in all parts of Walker County except the northern corner which you are a part of being from Chickamauga. It was not a “small part” of Walker County that voted against her majesty, but thousands of fed up folks. Bebe barely pulled the election off, and I’m confident that she can’t do it again.

    That “squeaking-by” is not a mandate (look it up), nor even a voters statement. You make yourself look rather ignorant by defending this ass-clown of a commissioner and her minions.

    I would wager that you’re either Queen Bebe’s cousin, or one of the minions clinging to a BS job and wondering what you’ll do for a living four years from now. I generally don’t bet, but I’m confident in this wager.

    She cannot survive another election, and we can all Praise the Lord for that.

  15. No I’m not related to her. No I’m not “clinging to a BS job” I am wondering what I’ll be doing in four years because the country as a whole probably won’t be any better off as far as the economy goes. And I’m in school to become a teacher, which I might have to change since teachers everywhere are loosing their jobs do to federal cuts which is making the states cut as well.
    I’m not a “minion” and IF Bebe runs and doesn’t get it, you better hope that it goes to someone that knows what their doing. You might think it’s an easy job, but I bet you couldn’t do it. You can’t make everyone happy.

  16. Just the fact that Georgia is the only state in the union that allows sole commissioners, and that there are only nine counties still using this backwoods form of government should open the eyes of the blind. Bebe doesn’t give a rat’s behind about Walker County, only what she can do to secure her personal future.

    Bebe, like King Roy, will no doubt leave the office a very wealthy person … and it won’t be from her salary, nor wise investments. Watch, and see.

  17. The reason that she was reelected was the money. Bebe spent over $200,000 getting reelected while Ales and Shaw was somewhere in the $30,000 range. Bebe has more support because she has financial interests other than herself to maintain.