"Over two hundred years, the British Government placed a tax on tea, - if you don't like the tax - don't drink the tea. Well, we know where that got us - and now our own government is doing the same, we will tax the small items and…"
"Ladies and Gentlemen, I am first going to say that I am an advocate of Free Speech. Second, I trust my employees to act and treat people with the respect that they deserve. With that being said, I am going to relay a true story…"
"Feds want $60k a day to open the park. Within the past 24 hours, State is backing off from yesterday on helping and paying 80% to paying nothing. They think it will be resolved come Thursday - how frustrating - since all federal employees are going…"
"We offered the department of the interior to provide patrol, road maintenance, and ems. The secretary of the interior rejected our official offer on Friday after our press conference. They also rejected Arizona's request to take over similar…"
"A couple of attorneys at the request of some Blount County Commissioners have been looking at the CFR to see if they can use the section for the basis of an injunction suit to compel the reopening of the GSMNP. If Myers has an opinion, call me and…"
"If anybody has an idea on how Blount County can purchase or sue under a breach of contract theory for Cades Cove to revert back to the county, I will entertain all notions of putting this forward as a resolution"
"Secretary Sally JewellDepartment of the Interior1849 C Street, N.W.Washington DC 20240
Dear Secretary Jewell:I do not have to describe in detail the magnitude of what the local economy in Blount County stands to lose with the Great Smoky…"
For immediate release
October 3, 2013
The Federal Government’s decision to shut down the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and, in particular, Cades Cove and the Foothills Parkway, will have a tremendous impact on…"
Thanks so much for everything you did in support of the resolution. Yours is a wonderful example of recognizing one's opportunity and serving not only the good citizens of Blount Co. but all owners of this thoroughly unique national park.
I am AJ from Marietta GA. I wish I was a fellow Tennesean, but I am not. Thank you for what you have done and are doing for this very worthwile cause. I met John last year and fully believe in the SFW cause and mission. When I drive to that end of the park I will think of you and the board and spend more of my dollars in thopse areas when I am there.
As a fellow-Maryvillian, thank you SO MUCH for doing the right thing. You have helped to ignite the spark that perhaps will grow into something substantial in Blount County... something we have needed for a long time. Welcome!
Tab, I cannot adequately express my gratitude to you for what you have done for all who love the Smokies! Never did I think I'd see the day when someone in your position would take an honest stand and do whatever they could to support us. We truly are indebted to you...
I honestly cannot fathom how so many can hear and know this issue, yet vote for MORE government and taxation? Anyone with a lick of sense can call the kettle black. I suppose I was giving more credit to the commissioners than was due in assuming that, when given the TRUTH, they would vote RIGHTLY.
Thank YOU for standing your ground, and for all others who did as well. As a resident of Blount County, I know who I WON'T be voting for next election. I don't want any commissioner who fears man or announces that, "he scratched our backs, now I'm going to scratch his" and this is the platform I'll use. Unbelievable.
Tad, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. You gave the people a VOICE when no one else would and you stood by your convictions.
History has and is being made. Good to know that there are SOME who still stand on principle and do the RIGHT thing.
Tab I hope you got the email I sent out to the commission the other day. I can't thank you enough for what you have done here for the people of Blount Co, and the people of TN and NC. We are deeply indebted to you. Thank you and Jennifer for standing up for freedom. I am proud you are a representative of my county.
I am in the habit of trying to see things from another persons point of view. I imagine how hard it must be to render decisions that affect an outcome in public matters. I don't envy you and the other commissioners in your daily work. At least that's what I imagine.
Tab, as you know, in every man made disaster are a series of seemingly small events that cascade, one after another and another until, upon final examination, the failure could have been averted had someone had the foresight to see the impending results.
This tax is such. We are greatly appreciate your vision in averting what we feel will be future dictates by the "leadership" at Sugerlands to tax it all.
My wife and I visit GSM twice every year for the past 21 years. I don't need to go on as to why we do so. You already know how special it is. Taxing it is counter to the spirit of its creation.