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Tab Burkhalter commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"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…"
Apr 8, 2014
Tab Burkhalter commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Commissioner Wright was found in the ravine between his jeep and his cabin.  No foul play suspected"
Mar 19, 2014
Tab Burkhalter commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"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…"
Mar 4, 2014
Donna Davis and Tab Burkhalter are now friends
Feb 15, 2014
Tab Burkhalter commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"The marathon gas station at the red light in Townsend and I have some at my office in Maryville at 405 Ellis Avenue"
Dec 13, 2013
Tab Burkhalter commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"I will donate a free tax return, and free couples wills/poa to the event. Also I can donate ammunition from my store in Townsend toward the auction - I have 9mm, 22lr, 223 and 7.62"
Dec 12, 2013
Tab Burkhalter commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Little river road is closed until 10:30 due to fallen tree"
Oct 16, 2013
Tab Burkhalter commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"All aspects of the park - including the backcountry fee and office are open"
Oct 16, 2013
Tab Burkhalter commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Parks are now open through Sunday"
Oct 16, 2013
Tab Burkhalter commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"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…"
Oct 15, 2013
Tab Burkhalter commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"Look for all of GSMNP to open Friday to Tuesday at the cost and expense of your local governments and state"
Oct 14, 2013
Tab Burkhalter commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"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…"
Oct 6, 2013
Tab Burkhalter commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"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…"
Oct 6, 2013
Tab Burkhalter commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"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"
Oct 4, 2013
Tab Burkhalter commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"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…"
Oct 4, 2013
Tab Burkhalter commented on John Quillen's blog post BACKCOUNTRY TAX FEEASCO the unedited and uncensored edition
"PRESS RELEASE   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…"
Oct 4, 2013

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At 6:38pm on March 1, 2013, Erik Gerhardt said…

Tab,

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.

Love the profile shot.

At 10:52pm on February 28, 2013, John Quillen said…

Great profile shot.

At 1:44pm on February 26, 2013, Andrew Sisson said…

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.

Thank you

At 9:55pm on February 24, 2013, Doug B said…

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!

 

At 3:57pm on February 24, 2013, Terry L. Cooke said…

Thank you for doing what is right. You have definitely gained my respect. Welcome!

At 1:15pm on February 24, 2013, Donna Davis said…

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. 

Donna Davis

At 12:58pm on February 24, 2013, Adam Beal said…

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.

At 11:14am on February 24, 2013, Janet Dalton said…

Tab,

Thank you for your courage and resolve in pushing forward the resolution against the backcountry fee. Welcome to GotSmokies!

Janet

At 10:53am on February 24, 2013, steve george said…

Tab,

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.

Thank you for your vote and your vision.

Steve and Dianne

Mandeville LA

At 9:44am on February 24, 2013, Mike Thorpe said…

Just a quick thanks to you for the courage and committment you have demonstrated in this plight! I am praying that some of those who voted "no" will grow a spine!

 

 
 
 

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