Mar 9 2008

An ongoing saga between Blount County Sheriff James Berrong and his former secretary came to a legal end on Thursday, with the U.S. Court of Appeals ruling in favor of an earlier district court decision.

Martin wrote that the U.S. District Court found that Nuchols had not stated a constitutional violation and that Berrong was therefore “entitled to qualified immunity.”

Berrong said on Saturday that the lawsuit, filed in May 2003, was “politically motivated.”

Ok someone with the power of sheriff threatens my family and if I sue I must be politically motivated?


keep in mind

The only thing that was addressed was whether or not saying such things rises to the violation of a person's civil rights.

This case has drawn national attention and I'll leave it to our resident Shark to further explain.

I need to read the opinion . . . in the meantime

I just looked at that link and need to review the decision and will look for it online.

In the meantime, the Vulcan and Maryville litigation and the players have been receiving my attention.

William D. Vines, an attorney with the firm Butler, Vines and Babb, serves as attorney of record for the City of Maryville in the Vulcan lawsuit.

James C. Wright is a party in the matter of Wright v. Wright. James C. Wright is a member of the law firm Butler, Vines and Babb. Mr. Wright is also attorney of record in the Vulcan litigation mentioned above.

Judge W. Dale Young is the presiding judge of the matter of Kathy H. Wright v. James C. Wright and Judge W. Dale Young is the presiding judge of the Maryville/Vulcan litigation.

Mr. Wright and Mr. Vines were both present at the Thursday evening meeting at the Maryville Municipal Building and both were acting as attorneys for the City of Maryville. I attended the meeting personally and saw them there doing their lawyering. I was looking for Jerry Cunningham at the meeting but I suppose that he was not there.

I have a phrase that I like to use when addressing political connections such as those outlined in this post: The culture of BC politics-understanding the traditional culture is crucial in a complete understanding of why things are the way they are in BC.

I would agree that continuation of BC politics as usual will continue to garner negative state, regional and national attention for BC. I have the testicular fortitude to say that it is a damn shame.

Thomas F. Mabry
P. O. Box 52385
Knoxville, TN 37950

Fax 1-888-215-3119
Phone 1-865-671-0598

"Shocking in the general sense"?

You think? We have an elected official who carries a gun, allegedly saying these things:

She claimed that Berrong found out about the conversation and fired her. She accused Berrong of threatening to burn her house down — killing her family in the process and threatening to set fire to her dog, according to court documents.
Nuchols claimed Berrong then repeated his threat adding, “I won’t hire it done, I will do it myself! Do you understand me?” She said she ended up in the hospital for treatment of mental and emotional distress after the threat, and still has not recovered.

But don't worry folks; it is only shocking in the general sense, so he isn't liable. I guess that means he'll be elected next time, too.

"I think it would be a good idea."
-Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization

It sure pays... have a PR person on staff. I bet this news release was no coincidence, as far as timing: (link...)

Nothing like a state-of-the-art shooting range to prop up your do-it-yourself image.

"I think it would be a good idea."
-Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization

"Politically Motivated"

"Politically Motivivated" seems to be the new cliche' explanation used not only by our sheriff, but also by our county mayor when dealing with matters that they have no excuse for.

Lately, anytime anybody has a legitimate reason for disagreeing with the local regime in power, they are considered to be "politically motivated".

Forget about the fact that our "political motivation" might be because we actually love what's left of our beautiful county and hate to see it destroyed by a gaggle of quarry connected psychopaths and development driven politicians.

Or, we might have even read the new ethics legislation of 2006 and our "political motivation" might just be what the sheriff claims his responsibility is: TO UPHOLD THE LAW.

These cliche's that have been used recently by our mayor and our sheriff have lead me to come up with a theory.

I believe that the mayor's responses in any context should be considered to be somewhat Freudian in nature from here on out.

"Politically Motivated" actually means that since his own party is connected at the hip to the development industry, any difference in opinion with the mayor or the sheriff should be considered an attack on their "politics" since we are all just a bunch of tree-hugging environmentalists and hacks with no real proof of underhandedness in local government.

I've read all the information on line concerning the lawsuit and the incident. We all already know that our sheriff likes to threaten women, female journalists and old men if they have a problem with his "professionally, well trained..." department.

The only thing that I am left scratching my head about is this:
If you buy into the "Freudian in nature..." theory explained above, what exactly did the mayor mean, in a speech to praise a judge for being such a fine example to the 150 Lamberts in attendance, when he used the term "testicular fortitude"?LOL

"How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!"
-Samuel Adams, American Revolutionary

I can only hope Republicans aren't proud of their own creation

A lot of Republicans (I won't put the GOP moniker on all) like to say the Muslim religion needs to weed out the bad or radical members of their faith.

Does the same not apply to Republicans? Locally and nationally, the GOP/NeoCon crowd has managed to steal many of both our civil liberties and our tax dollars.

When will true Republican Conservatives begin to weed out their own?

Control or lack thereof?

"Control" (in the historical sense) is yet another term that is often used in conjunction with the sheriff but seldom synonymous with his way of "controlling" things.

Did you ever think we would reach a point in local Blount County history when we would be questioning who the GOOD GUYS are these days?

Well, it's here..........and it will remain until the "Lambert Lemmings" and their interests are removed from politics in Blount County.

"That simple?" you might ask.

Yes......that simple.


"I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself."
-Robert E. Lee

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