Report from Hank Hayes in the Kingsport Times-News:
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today arrested a Greeneville man for stealing money raised by his political action group in charge of organizing a GOP Presidential forum scheduled for October 2011 at the MeadowView Marriott in Kingsport.
The event was never held.
Fabian Farrell Story, 36, was indicted by the Washington County grand jury in November of 2012 on one count of theft over $10,000. Story was the executive director of the group called Conservatives on the Move, allegedly coordinating the political event.
The TBI says Story contacted Johnson City political activist, Phyllis White, on July 1, 2011, to help him raise money and organize the event. White raised approximately $30,000 and deposited it in a Washington County bank. The TBI investigation revealed that Story withdrew the money and it was not refunded to the donors.
Story was arrested by the TBI at the Rutherford County court house where he was appearing on a child support case. He was booked into the Rutherford County Jail on $10,000 bond and will be transported to the Washington County Jail tomorrow.
From an email distributed by Sen. Mike Faulk: Rosella Dykes Faulk
(March 23, 1930 – July 5, 2012)
(Kingsport, TN – July 5, 2012) Rosella Dykes Faulk, age 82, of Kingsport, TN passed away Thursday, July 5, 2012 at her home following an extended illness.
Mrs. Faulk was born in Hawkins County, and lived in Church Hill most of her life before moving to Kingsport in 1984. She was a member of the Bellevue Christian Church, and a member of the Genealogy Society. She also was a longtime member and former chairman of the Church Hill Rescue Squad Crewets.
She is preceded in death by her husband; Loy G. Faulk, her parents; Carson & Lurlie Jones Dykes. Step-Son; Don Faulk, four brothers and one sister.
Survivors include two sons; Senator Mike Faulk of Kingsport, Greg Faulk and Carrie of Memphis, Daughter; Kathy King and husband, Dave of Piney Flats, Step-son; Loy Kenneth Faulk and wife, Shirley of Blountville. Grandchildren; Katy Faulk, Andy Faulk, Miko Faulk, Michael Faulk, Michelle Faulk, Ashley Penley and Alex King. Step-grandchildren; Kenneth Faulk, Chris Faulk, Rene Winkle, Diane Marshall, and Donnie Faulk. several step-great grandchildren. Brothers, Jerry Dykes of Surgoinsville, Leo Dykes of Church Hill, and Randall Dykes of Rogersville, one sister; Mary Housewright of Church Hill. Postscript: “Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” –
Henry Van Dyke
My family and I give thanks to all who have expressed sympathy & love! Moreover, we are grateful you have joined with us in celebrating the life well-lived by my little mama, Rosie.
Even in her passing from this life last Thursday, she lived out a sermon on dying with dignity. As someone said at the funeral home, she was a steel magnolia – tough as steel and sweet as the bloom of a magnolia.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal visited Kingsport over the weekend and talked some sports as well as politics. Here’s the Hank Hayes report:
Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal called for across-the-board fairness amid discipline imposed on the New Orleans Saints professional football team by the National Football League for violations of the league’s “Bounty” rule.
“We found out about it in the news just like everybody else,” Jindal said of the NFL’s ruling on the Saints before speaking at the Sullivan County GOP Reagan Day Dinner Thursday night.
Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich, campaigning in East Tennessee on the eve of the state’s Super Tuesday primary, touted his plan to reduce gas prices as the type of fundamental change that must be made in Washington.
From Georgiana Vines report on Knoxville doings: Speaking to some 400 shouting and whistling supporters at the Hilton adjacent to McGhee Tyson Airport on Monday, the former U.S. House speaker said his plan to have American energy independence by using federal land and offshore drilling would produce enough oil to get the price of gas down to $2.50 and probably lower.. He said for 10 years this country’s policies toward the Middle East and its oil production have not worked.
Gingrich, who polls show is gaining ground on Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in Tennessee, said the nation needed to use its undeveloped oil reserves. As an example, he said there was private property in North Dakota he’d like to show to President Barack Obama where there was enough oil to double known reserves.
“If you can find it in North Dakota, let’s take Alaska,” he said. “Tell ’em Newt!” was on person’s response in the crowd, many of whom were waiving “Newt = $2.50” signs.
See also Hank Hayes on Newt’s Kingsport rally, where the focus was also on gas prices.
Kingsport Alderman Ben Mallicote plans to resign from the Board of Mayor and Alderman to challenge incumbent state Rep. Tony Shipley in the August GOP primary, according to the Kingsport Times-News.. Mallicote, an attorney, says he wants the 2nd House District seat to create jobs.
“Over the last few years, every significant economic development and job creation initiative that has benefited the people of Sullivan County has come from the city and county level,” Mallicote said. “To make a significant impact and improve the lives of the people of this county, we have to have a representative in Nashville who is focused and effective at doing those things. That’s why I’m seeking this office.”
Sullivan County District Attorney Barry Staubus tells the Kingsport Times-News that he asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation three months ago to look into why some people did not receive requested refunds for tickets purchased in advance of a GOP forum and dinner planned for Oct. 15, 2011, in Kingsport. On Wednesday, TBI spokeswoman Kristin Helm advised the investigation is still ongoing. She said the probe involves “missing money” associated with the canceled event and declined to provide further details.
“I had some complaints by some citizens that didn’t receive their money, and so I’ve asked the TBI to do an investigation,” Staubus said Wednesday.
“It’s still under investigation. It’s not complete, and so I don’t want to make any more comments about the nature of it than that. I did make a request to look into the circumstances of that forum.”
Staubus said initially three citizens came forward, and then he received “numerous” phone calls from other Sullivan County residents, as well as a few others in the Davidson County area. All the calls involved complaints that refund requests — some made prior to the event’s cancellation — were not honored, he said.
(Note: This is an op-ed piece written by attorney Bruce Shine — a Democrat — for the Kingsport Times-News.)
Someone needs to tell Ron Ramsey he lost the GOP primary for governor in August of 2010. Increasingly Ramsey is running around the state with a Tennessee highway patrolman as driver playing governor and issuing edicts from the “Ramsey administration.”
I recognize I’m not the swiftest boat in the harbor, but I thought Bill Haslam won both the primary and the election.
The latest from “Governor Ramsey” deals with unemployment insurance, a subject over which he objectively demonstrates a lack of knowledge.
In a presentation before a luncheon meeting of 60 business executives in Kingsport, “Governor Ramsey” made the bizarre statement that Tennesseans on unemployment enjoy “a benefit … (which) has become a lifestyle.”
Seeking to ingratiate himself among the business community, “Governor Ramsey” concluded individuals in Tennessee enjoyed living on “an average” of “$285” as a weekly unemployment benefit. The entitlement, according to Ramsey, discouraged the unemployed from getting a job.
A planned October GOP presidential contenders debate to be held at Kingsport’s MeadowView Marriott has been changed to a forum, according to one organizer of the event, reports Hank Hayes. Fabian Story, executive director of the Nashville-based Conservatives on the Move (COTM) political action committee, said candidates’ campaigns expressed concerns about the debate format.
“They feel another debate just exposes them,” Story explained. “They don’t like the format that we have set up. What we have done … earlier this week we changed the format from a debate setting to a forum setting where each candidate will be given a certain amount of time to make their case, and they could take questions from the audience if they choose.”
The debate, said Story, was expected to feature three types of questions: Moderator to candidate, audience to candidate and candidate to candidate.
“They didn’t like the candidate-tocandidate questions,” Story said. “They felt those campaigns would come after them. … Obviously we would have used a vetting process and not allowed personal attacks.”
When asked about candidate commitments to participate in the Oct. 15 afternoon event, Story said: “We have yet to get a yes or no from the (Minnesota congresswoman) Michele Bachmann campaign or the (Texas governor) Rick Perry campaign.”
Story said he had “no noncommitments” from other GOP hopefuls. At a news conference last month, he said Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney declined to participate.
“However, (the Romney campaign) contacted me and said they would be reconsidering and to send the details,” Story noted.
A report from Hank Hayes:
KINGSPORT — Candidates to appear weren’t named, but a Nashville-based conservative group announced plans Thursday to stage a GOP presidential debate at the MeadowView Marriott this fall.
Conservatives On The Move (COTM) is hoping 3,000 seats to be sold for either $50 or $25 apiece will be filled for the debate, scheduled to happen at 2 p.m. on Oct. 15.
“The number one question we get is: Who’s coming?” Fabian Story, executive director of COTM’s political action committee (PAC), said before a few event supporters at MeadowView. “Our policy is we’re not going to reveal who’s accepted or declined until every candidate has had an opportunity to either accept or decline. At this point, the only candidate that has declined our invitation has been (former Massachusetts Gov.) Mitt Romney. … We have several candidates who have confirmed but have asked we not release their names until they put it on their fall calendars.”
The TBI is reportedly investigating several state legislators and the state Department of Health about possible “official misconduct and false reporting charges” in the cases of three nurse practitioners whose licenses were revoked for overprescribing drugs, then later reinstated. WSMV-TV mentions state Reps. Tony Shipley, R-Kingsport, and Dale Ford, R-Jonesborough, in its report and quotes from a Kingsport Times-News article that appeared in May. WTFF and The Tennessean also had short stories reporting the TBI is investigating legislators, but did not name any of lawmakers.
From the WSMV story: TBI spokeswoman Kristen Helm said the agency is “investigating the facts surrounding the nurses licenses being reinstated to determine if there was any misconduct that rises to a criminal level.”
Tennessee Department of Health spokeswoman Andrea Turner said the department is cooperating fully with the TBI investigation.
“We are providing information and responding to requests as needed to assist in this matter,” said Turner. “It is inappropriate for the department to offer further comment at this time.”
The Channel 4 I-Team spoke with Shipley, who confirmed the TBI is coming to interview him, but he does not think he’s done anything wrong and that the nursing board made the decision to reinstate the nurses’ licenses on their own.
The Channel 4 I-Team has not identified the other lawmakers being interviewed by the TBI.
According to Tennessee Department Health records, the Board of Nursing disciplined registered nurses Bobby Reynolds II, David Stout Jr. and Tina Killebrew last year based on allegations that they had provided substandard care that “caused patients harm, and in the cases of patients T.H. and A.B. contributed to their deaths.” At the time, the three nurses were employed as nurse practitioners at Appalachian Medical Center, 3010 Bristol Highway, Johnson City, according to the Times News.
During a May phone interview with The Times News, Shipley recalled he and state Rep. Dale Ford, R-Jonesborough, were “red-faced furious” with the Board of Nursing upon learning of the situation in late May or early June of last year.
According to the newspaper report, summary suspension orders put them out of a job effective March 11, 2010. Stout and Killebrew’s suspension orders were later set aside in favor of probation, according to minutes from a September 2010 meeting. Terms of their probation included signing of Tennessee Professional Assistance Program monitoring agreements, completion of certain education requirements and payment of costs and fines.
In October 2010, the board affirmed a two-year suspension of Reynolds’ advanced practice certification, voided his multi-state practice privileges and ordered his registered nursing license to be placed on probation pending a Tennessee Professional Assistance Program evaluation. If no monitoring contract was deemed necessary, the order stated probation was not required.
On May 5 of this year, the board finally agreed to retract all disciplinary action taken against the nurses and to restore their licenses to the blemish-free state that existed prior to March 11, 2010. The decision immediately followed the trio’s presentation of petitions citing new evidence concerning the two deceased patients and certain individuals whose testimony factored into the board’s decision to take action against them.