2016
09.24

Bebe Heiskell didn’t include a court-ordered $8.7 million payment to Erlanger Hospital in her 2017 budget, because she’s not planning to pay it.

Hutcheson Legal Strategy - I Can't Hear You

Heiskell’s plan to deal with Hutcheson debts has been consistent: pretending it doesn’t exist. The legal equivalent of a kid plugging his ears and going NAH NAH NAH when asked why he broke a window.

(She took a similar approach to the problems that led to Hutcheson’s demise in the first place, which is how we got to this point.)

In a “community meeting” Bebe claimed she’s studying several ways to deal with the Hutcheson debt, but she wants to keep battling it in court.

She goes on to blame the county’s problems on everything from the school system to juvenile justice and claims, again, that Audia will solve every problem despite having less than 50 employees – most from out of state.

As for Bebe’s next county budget…

It’s not YOUR money, Bebe. IT IS NOT YOUR DAMN MONEY.   Tiny Facebook

Last weekend a pipeline leak and shutdown in Alabama threatened to disrupt gasoline supplies for much of the eastern US.

West LaFayette Pit Stop - No Gas

Fears of gasoline shortages led to runs on the pump, which of course resulted in some temporary outages in stations around the area – but no gas station was out of fuel long, as deliveries (from further away) continued.

Georgia law prohibits gasoline price gouging during emergencies, but Gov. Deal signed a redundant executive order Monday saying the same thing – gas stations can raise prices but not in a ridiculous, abusive amount to take advantage of the situation.

Deal’s office rightly said we wouldn’t run out of gas state-wide if people only buy the amounts they would normally purchase instead of panicking and buying extra for no reason.

Now that initial concerns have faded, the supply situation seems to have stabilized – although prices are still about 25 cents a gallon higher than they were before the problem began.   Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook

A rollover accident Wednesday night near the 193/341 intersection (the one on our end) sent four young men to the hospital.

Wreck at 193 and 341 / September 21 2016  Wreck at 193 and 341 / September 21 2016

Four boys riding in a Jeep Cherokee ended up with minor injuries, despite one passenger not wearing a seatbelt.   Tiny Facebook

Earlier this month El Trio Mexican Restaurant got a 79 on a health inspection.

A 79 in’t too bad, except for the part where inspectors found live insects inside three food containers that weren’t properly covered.

El Trio Restaurant - 99 Health Score

On reinspection the eatery earned a near-perfect rating of 99, with no bugs.   Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook

Hide yo wife, hide yo chillens: IronMan returns to Walker County this weekend for a third year.

ironman_chick-lube-edit

Sunday the bike portion of the endurance race will close or delay the same roads as last year: portions of 193 from Flintstone into Kensington, Cove, West Cove, Hog Jowl, and various routes into or out of Chickamauga.

If you’re driving through those areas this weekend add extra time to your plans, and drive carefully.   Tiny Facebook

Did you get your invitation to Bebe’s community meetings?

A campaign mailer thinly disguised as official information (so it could be legally sent with tax dollars), to promote campaign rallies disguised as public meetings.

That’s Bebe’s Walker County.

[Video courtesy Rebecca Lynn Swanson]   Tiny Facebook

Speaking of election crap: If you’re not a registered voter, or need to update your registration after moving, getting married, etc. you have until October 11th to take care of that for the upcoming fall election.

Early voting in that contest, which includes the presidential election and county commissioner race, begins October 17th. The actual vote will be November 8th.   Tiny Facebook

Overwhelming shoplifting is one of many reasons businesses close.

People defend stealing from chain stores asa victimless crime, but these companies will pack up and leave town if they lose so much money to theft that their locations here don’t make money.

    WQCH Radio, 09/19/16: “A SHOPLIFTING ARREST AT THE LOCAL WALMART ‘GOT A LITTLE PHYSICAL’ LAST WEEK, ACCORDING TO THE POLICE REPORT. 49 YEAR OLD RODNEY EUGENE SPATES [left] TANGLED WITH WALMART SECURITY IN THE PARKING LOT, WHEN HE WAS CONFRONTED FOR TAKING DOG FOOD AND OTHER CONSUMABLES WITHOUT PAYING.

Rodney Spates  Travis Wellborn

    “IN ANOTHER CASE, 27 YEAR OLD TRAVIS WELLBORN [right] WAS CHARGED WITH SHOPLIFTING AT THE WEST MAIN KANGAROO STORE. HE WAS CAUGHT PUTTING AN ITEM FROM THE MEDICINE AISLE IN HIS POCKET, ACCORDING TO STORE PERSONNEL.”

This kind of crap is why the LaFayette and Trion Walmarts aren’t 24 hour stores. So much theft during overnight hours they don’t make a profit. (If theft during the day is too frequent they might become zero-hour stores.)

Maybe public shame will encourage these guys not to steal again.   Tiny Facebook

There is no clown. Stop messaging LU asking about clowns, and stop calling 911 for clowns.

The “clown” in Summerville wasn’t real, and people in other communities are going to jail for spreading rumors about clown kidnappers. The clown in Fort Oglethorpe was a 7-year-old in a Halloween costume.

Go watch TV or something and stop worrying about clown rumors started in middle school bathrooms then spread online.   Tiny Facebook

Recently Walker County Chamber of Commerce put this banner on its Facebook page, encouraging support for local businesses.

Walker Chamber of Commerce Shop Local Banner / Kentucky

Just one problem… Where in Walker County was this picture taken?

[hint: it was not.]

Eat. Shop. Enjoy LOCAL, the next time you visit beautiful downtown Harrodsburg, Kentucky – where this photo is from.

(After this was posted on LU, the Chamber changed its Facebook cover photo to a LaFayette downtown picture. Much better.)   Tiny Facebook

The election for sole commissioner in Chattooga County is almost as heated as the election in Walker.

One topic of contention in that election, between Jason Winters and Jimmy Holbrook, is the size and condition of Chattooga’s jail.

Holbrook says the county should invest in a new jail instead of paying other counties to house its inmates. Winters says they should just declare an emergency to get around a court order from 1984 saying they can’t keep more than 47 inmates behind bars in the current ancient facility.

Chattooga has needed a new jail now for decades, and apparently needs a better commissioner than Jason Winters has turned out to be.   Tiny Facebook

Matthew Jack Fitzharris

Former Chattanooga lawyer Matthew Jack Fitzharris, who broke into a random Catoosa couple’s home in July and tried to move in with them before being shot in the arm, will not stand trial – for now anyway.

First, he’s got to have three months of mental health evaluation.   Tiny Facebook

Another milestone for political ethics in Georgia.

Gov. Deal has appointed Jake Evans, the son of his personal lawyer, to sit on the State Ethics Committee – meaning he’ll be one of the people who makes decisions about campaign finance law violations.

Evans will, in theory anyway, have to sit out any matters involving Deal or his dad.   Tiny Facebook

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  1. Walker County Chamber: WTF did you hire to produce the ‘shop’ locally as that was so inept to sue a photo from freaking KY?”
    Same local pseudo-artiste who has repeatedly f’ed-up your efforts to promote your Cunty?
    Why? Quid pro quo? (Or as Bebe might say ” I want 50% of your fee!” )
    For 99% of Wakker Cunty voters who are blantly clueless, a quid pro quo is a pay back!

  2. As for the clown there is one talking with teens on their phones and tablets in La Fayette.
    Probably another teen dressed up like a clown and goes to school with these kids cause he knows a lot about them! Clown! if you read this, STOP! before you get in trouble!

  3. what are they doing at the boat ramp at city lake

  4. Get the Ironman out of Walker County! It benefits Chattanooga and does nothing for Walker but cause traffic problems. If Chattanooga wants to cause traffic all over our county make them pay for it. It could be used to pay the debt to Erlanger. If not, keep it on the other side of the state line.