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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Frank and I are planning to go up there tomorrow to Sevierville and volunteer for the afternoon.  If anyone else wants to join us, here is a link where you can volunteer to assist.  Sign up under the Southern Forest Watch team from…"
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Mark Cooke commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Here is a map to some of the documented devastation. You can zoom in and click to visit areas that you may of wondered if it is still there. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families that lost their loved…"
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John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
" Myers said it was two juveniles playing around with matches.  How did he know?    http://wate.com/2016/11/23/4-smokies-trails-again-closed-due-to-another-wildfire/"
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Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"As a native of Swain County and someone who has been keenly interested in this issue all my adult life, I was at one time a member of the group working for a monetary settlement. However, it became increasingly obvious to me that the leaders of the…"
Wednesday
John Quillen commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Seems as if the Asheville Newspaper is pointing fingers at our old buddy, Dishonest Dale here regarding the Northshore Road Settlement.  Ironically, I heard through the grapevine that Ca$h is presently paying Dale as a…"
Wednesday
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"“I don’t think the city was prepared for what happened," Baldwin said. “There was nobody helping us – we were on our own. ... We had no idea how to get out. No idea.” Baldwin said he "never got a text…"
Tuesday
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
" That would account for the fire disaster, the evacuation disaster is a whole other disaster in itself.  I hope that is not what started the fire though. "
Tuesday
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"All this was said together in about 2 minutes. I had the video running + watching a movie with my kids when I heard talking. After I realized it was picking up audio from the news crew I plugged my headphones in and that is when I caught the…"
Monday
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I am almost sure it was John Becker that took the call. It was his voice and he walked in front of the camera while he was talking and even let out a 'oops' , when he realized he was standing in front of the camera. It did not show the…"
Monday
Jim Casada commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Dustin--the link is gone, presumably because some high muckety-muck interceded. Looks like there is a scramble in various quarters to cover derrieres, but then that's pretty predictable in bureaucratic and political circles (and there…"
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Myers Morton commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I expect we Mountain Folks will answer that question in due time."
Monday
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I also heard one of them mention in a discussion in the background mention 'Why did it take so long?' ....."
Monday
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Just as I posted that link one of the crew got a call and they said 'Who is they?" and "What are they afraid of?" with someone else replying, "I don't know." and then he mentioned he was going to 'power…"
Monday
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"http://www.wbir.com/news/local/wildfire/downtown-gatlinburg-live-picture/363376898 You can hear the news crew talking in the background candidly."
Monday
Dustin M commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
" I hope so Frank, patience is not one of my strengths so I will be anxious until I see something actually being done. "
Monday
frank w commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Dustin, I don't post a lot but have been in the fight from the very start. I think there will be plenty of time for the hard questions to be asked."
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BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition

Posted by John Quillen on December 20, 2011 at 8:30pm 4432 Comments

Our original Backcountry Tax blog on the gosmokies site was moderated by some folks who held an opinion in favor of backcountry fees.  As a result the blog operator, Jigsha Desai made several threats to shut us down but we remained in operation because it was the most popular blog post in the history of that site.  We decided to take our conversation to a place where our message wouldn't be suppressed.  This blog is the result.

Therefore, it is our collective opinion that the…

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