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Winter-Like Conditions Expected this Weekend

Winter-like conditions will be possible for middle Tennessee this weekend.  A freeze warning is in effect for Friday and Saturday night.  Temperatures will drop to around the freezing mark in Nashville and upper 20s outside the metro area.  Saturday night will be even colder with temperatures dropping as low as the mid-20s outside the metro.  Breezy NW winds will add to the chill.  Bring plants and pets indoors for the weekend and make sure outdoor vegetation is protected as well.In addition to the cold, rain showers along the Cumberland Plateau will change over to light snow overnight. 

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It's Called Karma - 07/09/14

   Hendersonville is a beautiful little city with bustling growth and a gorgeous lake.  However, over the past year, a lack of oversight in city government has overshadowed all that is right there.

    After 10 months of a Waste Watch investigation,  Fox 17 is getting action.  I am happy to report, the taxpayers of Hendersonville and city workers who were wronged... are finally getting the vindication and respect they deserve.  Over the last week, the public works director was fired for among other things retaliating against employees who brought safety violations to his attention.  Both men sued.  Here are links to those previous reports.
Whistleblower Lawsuit 1 
Whistleblower Lawsuit 2

  Also, over the last week, the Tennessee Occupational Safety Hazard Administration or TOSHA, has finished its investigation and reported at last night's Board of Alderman meeting, "On the surface it appears this allegation is true."  With that, Alderman instructed the mayor to rehire those guys and several more who were demoted, ridiculed, forced out, etc...  for reporting safety violations or questioning anything whatsoever in the public works department.  The city is offering them their jobs back, some of them with back pay, in hopes they'll drop their lawsuits.  One man, who was wrongly fired, had to sell his vehicle and many of his assets just to eat. 

    You know what really gets me....  During all of this, while the then public works director was refusing to do the right thing and fix safety violations... he was also allegedly using the city credit card to buy himself new shirts, pants and hats.  That Waste Watch investigative piece can be viewed here.
Jerry Horton's Credit Card Use

   Again, the city was also, by many accounts misusing state street aid to buy nice new vehicles for a few administrators to drive.  That Waste Watch can be seen here.
State Street Aid    

     I wasn't the only one investigating misspending, abuse of power and retaliation against workers who reported safety concerns.  It started with one phone call from one brave person which resulted in one investigative report.  Then one lead to another lead to another.  Before I knew it, I had done about 8 investigative pieces on this one city alone.  I want to say though, it took many of us coming from many different directions to get action.  Fellow reporter Tena Lee at Hendersonville Star News and  Neil Siders at Everything Hendersonville got the ball rolling and were so helpful to me along the way.  There were and are several responsible and concerned aldermen including (but not limited to)  Arlene Cunningham, Mark Skidmore and Rosa Long whose hearts are in the right place.   Several more grassroots movements like Sumner United For Responsible Government and proactive citizens like Donna DeSopo, Ken Jakes and Kurt Riley deserve a lot of credit too.  And let's not forget the brave, brave employees who had the guts to speak up in the first place and call me or the other reporters... even when their jobs were on the line.  There are many more anonymous sources who I'm indebted to for loads and loads of information that the city of Hendersonville administrators refused to provide, hid and stonewalled on.   Thank you.  You know who you are and you've done something great for your fellow coworkers and the citizenry as a whole. 

  Tonight (Wed July 9,)  I have yet one more Waste Watch report on Hendersonville summing up all of this. I hope you'll tune in at 9.

    Those elected to serve should do just that.....  it's pretty simple and the truth will always prevail.   Here's a previous blog on the subject.  Repeaters vs Reporters


  



 

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JETS-REX-BUMGARNER

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Michael Vick? Geno Smith? New York Jets coach Rex Ryan knows who he wants as quarterback for his limping team. Ryan jokes they're "gonna go with that Bumgarner guy." Madison Bumgarner is the San Francisco Giants ace and World Series MVP. Bumgarner secured the Giants a Game 7 series victory with a five-inning save. He had two series wins as a starter, too. The Jets are 1-and-7 this season, including seven straight losses. Bumgarner likely won't be available for the Jets on Sunday, so Ryan says he's going with his own lefty, Vick.

WHISKEY WAR

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- It's Jack versus George in Tennessee -- in a battle over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey. The parent company of Jack Daniels supports the law that includes requiring Tennessee whiskey to be made from 51 percent corn, aged in new charred oak barrels and a minimum of 80 proof. The British corporate parent of George Dickel contends those regs are too restrictive. A state subcommittee heard testimony on the issue yesterday. Lawmakers are expected to consider changes to the Tennessee whiskey law in January.

DALLAS ZOO-GIRAFFE

DALLAS (AP) -- He's an awfully big newborn -- six feet tall and about 120 pounds. But this big, little guy has an even taller mom. The Dallas Zoo has a new giraffe. The healthy male calf was born Sunday and the birth was announced Wednesday. The calf doesn't have a name yet. The Dallas Zoo's giraffe herd has now grown to a dozen.

COYOTES-QUEENS ZOO

NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City has five new residents. They're orphaned coyote pups who have a new home at the Queens Zoo. The animals were rescued in Massachusetts, where they were taken to a wildlife rehabilitator. Now, the coyotes have their own exhibit in Queens. The Wildlife Conservation Society's Queens Zoo specializes in animals from the Americas. The pups are the only coyotes on exhibit there.

 

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