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Weekly News From Podunk

12 March 2009, 7:13 pm. 2 Comments. Filed under General News, Tennessee.

Wow. This is getting to be a regular event! Once again, the paper is actually online again, on time.

County audit spots problems

The latest audit of Hardin County’s financial statements reveals 11 findings, including two deficiencies considered to be material weaknesses.
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Auditors said the school system should not make disbursements exceeding available cash on deposit with the county trustee.
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Without adequate controls, unauthorized system access could occur.

Here’s a DUH for y’all. Quite an interesting back and forth going on. One thing that stands out is that this county gubmint isn’t a whole lot different than any other, local, state, or federal. They all seem to want to spend more money than they’ve got. Now, I don’t mean to nitpick, but if us common folks need to learn to live within our means, why can’t gubmints? Just askin’.

Slow for bridge work

Motorists traveling Tenn. 22 just north of the intersection of Tenn. 69-N near Milledgeville should be prepared for possible traffic delays.

The bridge over the north fork of White Oak Creek is undergoing concrete repairs, getting new guard rails and undergoing “seismic modifications” designed to make it more likely to withstand an earthquake, said Scotty Plunk of the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Ah ha! That’s why those lights were there. We were wondering.

Career Fair offers advice for employment

Hardin County High School students have a chance Tuesday to learn a bit about local career opportunities.

Sponsored by Team Hardin County and the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, the HCHS Career Fair helps motivate students to think about what type of work they want to do after graduation, said chamber Executive Director Beth Pippin.

“The junior and senior classes get to meet with our area businesses, and our area businesses get to say, ‘Here’s what you need to know to work for me,’” she said. “Students need to look at college and they need to look at the technical center.”

Not that anyone asked me, but I’d suggest taking some sort of test to find out what you are really good at doing, then find a tech school. These days, colleges are bastions of liberal indoctrination, and honestly, I don’t think after 4 years of paying an exorbitant amount of money, kids come out any smarter. :?

Sisters’ crash leaves one dead

A 28-year-old Adamsville woman was killed Monday when two four-wheelers collided on a public road in Henderson County, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said.

According to the fatality report, Anita L. Wood was a passenger on a 2006 Honda all-terrain vehicle driven by Toby L. Vowell, 35, of Lexington. Both were thrown from the vehicle, killing Wood and injuring Vowell.

Prayers with the family.

Foreclosures: Good news, bad news

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency has some good news and some bad news regarding the number of property foreclosures in Hardin County.

The bad news is that foreclosure filings in the county in 2008 were up by 51 percent compared to 2007, and 65 percent over 2006.

The good news–if it can be called that–is that the increase in foreclosures is not as severe in Hardin County as in much of the state and significantly less than the state average.

Well, that doesn’t really brighten the scenario, but I suppose it could be worse. Perhaps there weren’t as many folks who bought houses they couldn’t afford in the country? Maybe?

Foreclosure advice is free

Homeowners threatened with default or foreclosure can receive free assistance dealing with their mortgage servicers by contacting certified counselors approved by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.

THDA’s certified foreclosure intervention counselors have a strong knowledge in the area of mortgage default and/or foreclosure intervention counseling, specifically relating to current industry practices of loss mitigation to include loan repayment, forbearance, modification, refinance, loan assumption, short sale, deed-in-lieu, community referrals, and other remedies available to the homeowner to avoid foreclosure.

Be wary of foreclosure scam artists who promise assistance for a fee. THDA certified counseling agencies available to Hardin County residents are Affordable Housing CDC, Jackson, 731-422-1366; Financial Counselors of America, Memphis, toll-free, 877-450-4404; and Jackson Housing Authority, Jackson, 731-422-1671, ext. 142.

Additional foreclosure filing information is on www.thda.org.

Considering the mess so many folks are in, it appalls me that there are way too many who will prey on the vulnerable, and play on their fears.

AND……

If you’re in the neighborhood, are looking for something to do, and don’t mind supporting a worthy cause (the Hardin County Cancer Association)…the local version of Hee Haw will be next weekend, March 20-21, at the Hardin County High School.  We went last year, and it was quite entertaining.  Somewhat silly, but some really good talent.

Outrage!

12 March 2009, 10:45 am. 11 Comments. Filed under Pond Scum, The ONE, U.S. Military, Veterans.

Senators slam plan for wounded vets to use private insurance

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance.

What? WHAT????????????? How dare that lily livered POS even consider such a thing! How DARE he!

No official proposal to create such a program has been announced publicly, but veterans groups wrote a pre-emptive letter last week to President Obama voicing their opposition to the idea after hearing the plan was under consideration.

Every single American should let B. HUSSEIN Obama hear loud and clear that even considering such a slap in the face of our military men and women is a slap in the face of every single one of us!  There aren’t enough four lettered words to express my disgust at the audactity….the…  

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God and Guns

12 March 2009, 10:24 am. 6 Comments. Filed under 2nd Amendment, video.

Not sure if Paul and Red meant it as a joke, a spoof on the NRA, or what, but they are closer to the truth than they know.

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Thou Shalt Not Steal

12 March 2009, 9:46 am. Comments Off. Filed under Crime, Feckless Weasels.

Madoff Pleads Guilty to 11 Counts; Bail Revoked

A Manhattan judge revoked Bernard Madoff’s bail sending him to jail after the Ponzi schemist pleaded guilty to 11 criminal counts Thursday morning.

The disgraced financier faces a sentence of up to 150 years in jail.

During the hearing, the 70-year-old apologized for the many years he operated the $50 billion Ponzi scheme, saying he was “deeply sorry and ashamed for my crimes,” according to reports. He continued to say he is aware he hurt people and that the representations he made to his customers to trade securities were false.

“I concealed fraud by filing false financial reports and statements with the SEC. I knew they were false and would be sent to clients,” Madoff said in a lower Manhattan Court.

“When in 2006 I registered with the SEC, I followed a form. I falsely certified that Madoff had custody of clients’ securities. I did it from the 17th floor,” he declared.

His sentencing is scheduled for June 16.

I’m thinking that a firing squad would be a whole lot more appropriate, but that’s just me.

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Why I Voted Democrat

12 March 2009, 8:27 am. 10 Comments. Filed under Opinion.

I got this in an email this morning from a friend on the Left Coast. I’ve know her for more than 40 years, and believe me when I tell ya, the fact she sent it was quite surprising. :)  Reckon there is hope after all!

I voted Democrat because I love the fact that I can now marry whatever I want. I’ve decided to marry my horse.

I voted Democrat because I believe oil companies’ profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn’t.

I voted Democrat because I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

I voted Democrat because freedom of speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

I voted Democrat because when we pull out of Iraq I trust that the bad guys will stop what they’re doing because they now think we’re good people.

I voted Democrat because I’m way too irresponsible to own a gun, and I know that my local police are all I need to protect me from murderers and thieves.

I voted Democrat because I believe that people who can’t tell us if it will rain on Friday can tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don’t start driving a Prius.

I voted Democrat because I’m not concerned about the slaughter of millions of babies so long as we keep all death row inmates alive.

I voted Democrat because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as THEY see fit.

I voted Democrat because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite The Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would never get their agendas past the voters.

I voted Democrat because my head is so firmly planted up my ass that it is unlikely that I’ll ever have another point of view.

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Verse of the Day

12 March 2009, 8:19 am. Comments Off. Filed under Faith.

Revelation 2:9-11

9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

The Obama Team has Blown It

12 March 2009, 7:44 am. Comments Off. Filed under Chris From Racine, Economy, Politics, The ONE.

So says David Resler of Nomura Securities, along with the majority of the 49 economists polled by the Wall Street Journal. 

President Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner received failing grades for their efforts to revive the economy from participants in the latest Wall Street Journal forecasting survey.

Their assessment stands in stark contrast with Obama’s popularity with the public, with a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll giving him a 60 percent approval rating. But a majority of the 49 economists polled is dissatisfied with the administration’s economic policies.

On average, they gave the president a mark of 59 out of 100, and although there was a broad range of marks, 42 percent of respondents graded Obama below 60. Geithner fared even worse, with an average grade of 51. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke scored better, with an average 71.

Read the full report here.  Frankly, they’re just reporting what most of us have been saying.  When it comes to the new adminstration’s handling of the economy, it has been an epic failure.