Wed
Oct 24 2007
06:11:am

“Because I was a stockholder in the bank, I transferred ownership of that stock to my wife,” he said. “... I e-mailed all the commissioners to that effect on Oct. 15, letting them know. Hopefully that will settle any issues that are out there.”

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Does this answer anything?

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In previous opinions
dealing with TENN. CODE ANN. § 12-4-101, this office has opined that when spouses commingle assets,a person has an indirect interest in any contract directly affecting his or her spouse’s employment. Ops.
Tenn. Atty. Gen.88-122 (July 13, 1988); 84-030 (January 27, 1984).

Does McDonald's have stricter rules for playing their version of Monopoly than we have in Blount County government?

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PLAY. The In-Store Game is open only to residents ..... Persons in any of the following categories are NOT eligible to participate or win prizes in the Game: (a) any person who on..... was or is a McDonald's restaurant franchise owner or employee or a director, officer, employee, agent, or independent contractor of Sponsor, Toys"R"Us, Inc., Foot Locker Retail, Inc., American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc., Glu Mobile, Inc., RealNetworks, Inc., Hasbro, Inc., or any of their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliated companies or service agencies; .......persons who are immediate family members (defined as spouse, IRS dependent, or biological or step- mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son) of, or who reside in the same household as, any person in any of the preceding categors. The transfer of Game materials by an ineligible person to an eligible person is strictly prohibited. For ease of reference, Toys"R"Us, Inc., Foot Locker Retail, Inc., American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc., Glu Mobile, Inc., and RealNetworks, Inc., are collectively referred to in these Official Rules as the "Prize Suppliers".

Gave bank stocks to spouse?

I feel so much better. Now I know that in Budget Meetings he's really looking out for the county's general fund and not just trying to increase the value of her stock.

Just kidding.

P.S. There's an interesting poll at the Daily Times site today: "Has Mike Lewis satisfied a conflict of interest by transferring stock to his wife?" Currently, it is running at about 90% for NOT satisfying, with 44 respondents...((link...)) But we all know how these polls can take a mysterious change in direction later in the day.

BS

That's crap. Pure and simple.

Ridiculous

Nice try. It's not Mr. Lewis' money I'm concerned with. I care about my tax dollars.

Why doesn't he give the $37 million to a different bank - not affiliated with GreenBank?

Another poll

This one is from Blount Today [http://www.blounttoday.com/polls/2007/oct/commission_poll/] and asks: "Do Blount County Commissioners have conflicts of interest that prevent them from being objective in their commission service?"

Possible answers:

  • Yes, if they work for the county in any way.
  • No. You can trust them to put personal gain aside.
  • No. The majority are honest.
  • If they divulge the conflict before voting, that is enough.
  • Reading that statment is a joke!

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