Peek Preview of Questionnaire

Update: Yes I caught some typos. D’oh!  I’ve corrected them in bold. Ugh! I hate that!!
Update #2: Note to candidates… please feel welcome to go into detail with any of your answers including question #1.  What you send will be published!

Today I mailed a survey to 10 the people seeking elected office (or reelection) in LaVergne.  I’m publishing what I sent here to give whoever reads this site a sneak peek.  If YOU read this and are friends with a candidate who doesn’t visit this site, please feel welcome to send them a link or tell them about it.  Answers will be published here in the beginning of October…

The cover letter:

September 8, 2010

Hello from This is LaVergne.com! First, please accept our gratitude that you have chosen to seek election to serve the residents of LaVergne in an important decision-making capacity. Running for office is a commendable thing to do undertaking and I applaud you for your courage, dedication, and commitment!

This is LaVergne.com serves as a sort of news source for many residents of the city. With no daily newspaper and media coverage that usually focuses on the negative, we try to bring good news, concerns, and community discussion to our site. The site is non-profit – there is no advertising sales and it is run by volunteers. We average about 300 – 500 readers each day, however readership usually drops to 200 on weekends and during election season (and during the flooding), readership soars to more than 2,000 per day.

We invite you to answer the attached survey for publication in October on http://www.ThisIsLaVergne.com. All answers will be printed AS-IS – that is either filled with grammatical and punctuation errors or perfectly written because you’ve asked someone to proofread it before returning.

The survey should be returned NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th. The only possible wiggle room from this deadline is that it be in my hands BEFORE the first survey response is published online. Once the first response is up (early October), no other surveys will be accepted for publication. This is our only major rule because it would be unfair for late responses to come in – and have their answers based on or copied from the answers given by other candidates. The responses will be published in the order the completed ones are returned. We will state that all candidates were invited to reply, but no response was received from whoever does not respond.

Thank you for answering these important questions and good luck on November 2nd!

Sincerely,

Kathy Tyson
(615) 491-2161

I hope I didn’t have any typos… ;)  And now page two with a short intro and the questions:

Congratulations on your commitment to the residents of LaVergne as you seek to serve as an elected official. Although the Chamber of Commerce already sent you a questionnaire, this one delves deeper into issues that impact our community. Here we would like you to address resident concerns that impact them every day, as well as issues affecting the city’s long-term fiscal health, potential growth both economically and culturally, and reasons we should cast our vote your way.

The survey should be returned by September 30th by fax to Kathy Tyson at (615) 459-0193, by email at kathy.tyson@comcast.net, or regular mail Bob Parks Realty, attn: Kathy Tyson, 557 Sam Ridley Pkwy., W., Smyrna, TN 37167.

Thank you for taking the time to reply to these questions.

_____________________________________________________________________________________

1. Rank in the number of importance – 1 being most urgent for the city, 6 being least important:
_____ Increase the number of public safety officers
_____ Economic development
_____ Tax reform for the city
_____ Job growth
_____ Work with the county to build a new high school
_____ Explore and implement ways to restore home values in LaVergne

2. Do you believe property taxes should be increased in LaVergne?

3. What is the highest level of education you have completed?

4. Many of LaVergne’s problems have been caused by decisions made by past elected officials and poor administration. While we can’t change the past, we can address past mistakes in order to build a better future. What would you do to restore LaVergne’s good reputation as a desirable place to buy homes, raise families, and entice more jobs here?

5. Why should I vote for you?

That’s it. I’m fairly certain that some folks will take issue with how I phrased the questions (especially by Question #4), but in fairness, their response to that question – even how it is written – will be very interesting to me.

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71 Responses

  1. Not bad. What I plan on doing for ‘This is Smyrna’ is simply asking for our candidates to do a guest column and leave it open to them.

  2. Kathy,

    Thank you for this. I will be waiting the answers to help determine some of my votes.

    Theresa

    • Good idea and am looking forward to seeing the responses from the candidates. It is great to publish ALL of them at the same time so no one can take ideas from others…

      • Actually I’ll probably begin publishing in early October (before early voting starts)… a new every day or two. But when the FIRST one goes up, no more will be accepted. The question is… will the first one go up on October 1st or the week of October 4th? It’ll depend on how busy my schedule is at that point! Hopefully I’ll be very busy… :-)

  3. Good luck with this. We are fortunate enough to have all but one candidate at OTD this year. All booths are now closed. The parade entries end on Saturday.

    Sign up on-line at http://www.lavergne.org.

  4. Teresa Bess Smith never signed up — despite my calling her to tell her about it.

  5. Great job, Kathy! The responses should definitely make for some interesting reading.

  6. Thanks for taking this on! I look forward to reading the responses. :)

  7. Yesterday was the remembrance of 9-11. I have not been on here in a few days so I am posting this late. I want to thank all Emergency workers for everything that you do. You put your lives on the line everyday so the rest of us can be safe. Thank you and God Bless you for your courage and commitment!

    Chris Farmer
    615-403-0941
    Chris-farmer@comcast.net

  8. Ok, it is election year and the rumors have started, so let’s get to the bottom of the rumors. I was contacted tonight by someone that knows me stating that their friend’s teenager recieved a text that said Senna Mosley is getting rid of parks if she is elected. This is not the first time I have heard this nonsense and confronted the person that was supposedly the one that made the comment. Please inform your teenagers that my husband and I along with my brownie troop and parents helped to clean areas back in the 90’s that are in use today. My husband spent many hours on our tractor cleaning the far corner that is now part of the walking trail, so why in the world would I want to dispose of something that I helped to create long before many of those running for office ever came to La Vergne? I just can not understand why people can’t stick to the issues and stop starting crazy rumors. Maybe they will answer your questions Kathy and give me a break! lol

    • Hey Senna and Chris,

      How would one go about legally obtaining a campaign sign to show support for you? Cuz I would like one of each…

      Cricket

    • I heard a rumor as well yesterday and its a good one………

      I heard that Senna will be the next mayor of La Vergne.

    • When the rumors start, it makes me think someone is nervous about not being voted in — whoever started that one should be man or woman enough to apologize. There are some real dirty players out there & Senna has proven that she is above all that and only deals with FACTS. Thanks Senna for taking the high road and putting this rumor to bed. How could anyone believe that Senna or anyone else could “get rid of parks”? Our children need the parks as well as all the citizens of La Vergne. That rumor does not even make any sense, but then again some folks will try anything!

    • Well, at least teenagers cannot vote so it shouldn’t hurt your campaign too much!

      I heard some crazy rumor’s about the other candidates the other day. Mike Slinker is going to make LPD also serve as the garbage men for La Vergne, and Ronnie Erwin is going to close the rock quarry west of I-24 and sell it to NYC for a landfill for their excess garbage….

      … wait, maybe that was just an episode of the simpsons I was watching. Anyway, that’s how rumors get started!

      • MichaelinLV,
        You are too funny!! Thank you for making me smile this morning. It is not about the election or votes for me. It is about my citiizens and the kids feeling that what they love dosen’t matter. I guess I just want real issues being addressed and the bull to stop. We have real issues going on here and I want to talk about those. I loved answering Kathy’s questions and talking about where I want our city to go. It just ticks me off when scare tacktics are used on my citizens and their children.

  9. Cricket you can call me or email me. 615-403-0941 or chris-farmer@comcast.net. I would love to bring you a sign and thank you

    • I met Chris and his lovely wife today… very nice people!!! Thank you both for visiting me…I enjoyed meeting you and your enthusiasm is refreshing!!! See you at Old Timer’s Day!

      • Cricket it was great talking to you today. I hope I get to meet more of the people who visit this site. Good luck keeping your sign too those yellow and black signs are a hot commodity! Someone appears to like them more than me. lol. Does this mean I gaining in popularity. lol

  10. I have not seen a single Mike Slinker sign. Does anyone know if he has decided not to run, or does he just not have any signs on the west side of town?

  11. I have a question, but before I ask, I want to first say that I have no problems with Box 100. I think it is a good organization that does a lot of good things in the city. I am also not trying to say bad things about two of the candidates – I just have a concern.

    My question is this: Is it a conflict of interest to have council members that are a part of a nonprofit organization that the city donates money to? The city council votes every year on nonprofit donations and one of those organizations is Box 100. I know that Ms. Mosely is a ranking officer of Box, and I know that Mr. Farmer is also a member of Box. I’m concerned that it might be a conflict of interest if a council member votes to give money to an organization that they may benefit from. I’m sure they don’t benefit by receiving a paycheck from Box, but do they receive training or other benefits from Box? To me that would be a conflict of interest. Maybe they pay for their own training – I don’t know. I hope so.

  12. Blah Blah

    Seriously is the best you can do at trying to sling some mud at 2 great candidates??? Let’s see these 2 are in a non-profit organization and donate their time to the citizens and employees of La Vergne. In your rationale I should not vote for someone who already helps this city out!! Now since your going to try and make a big deal out of these 2, let’s just ask them a few questions. Mr. Farmer would you please tell us how you “benefit” from Box 100. Do you receive any compensation for your time? Mrs. Mosely do you receive any “benefit” or compesation from Box 100? I do believe if you had been paying any attention in the past posts Blah Blah Mr. Farmer is the one who admitted he was the Assistant Chief of Box 100.

    To both candidates how much of your time would you say you have volunteered to the city through Box 100 in the past year?

    I am still in amazement that you would even try to bring something like this up as a bad thing that they have done for us!!! When they should be receiving nothing but praise for their time they have donated to all of us.

    Now I have a question: Is Mrs. Green not a chairman of the senior citizens center? Does she vote on things pertaining to them? Does Mr. Gann not have children that play ball at the parks? I do believe he votes on parks and recreation agenda items? Where is the difference? Are any council members, members of the YMCA? I do believe the city donates money to the YMCA.

  13. Blah Blah

    Yes I am the the Assistant Chief of Box 100. To my understanding if elected I would have to step down as the Assistant Chief per the by-laws that have been set forth. As far as voting on something I can honestly say that I would have no trouble abstaining from a vote that had anything to do with Box 100. People do that all the time. Now as far as any training goes feel free to contact RCEMS on any training I have. They are the ones who provided it for the last 5 years since I am employeed by them. Much of the training I have received has been taken on vacation days I have had to use at RCEMS in order to do it. Box 100 has provided me with NO training. Finally the benefits you speak of. Would that be where I am getting up at all hours of the night and spending my gas money to come out and help the citizens of La Vergne? because Box 100 does not compensate me for anything. I receive no money, training, or any type of benefit from this. If youo have any more questions feel free to ask I have nothing to hide.

  14. All one has to do when voting on any issue pertaining to something they are involved in is to ABSTAIN from that vote. I don’t recall seeing Sherry Green, Dennis Waldron, or Jerry Gann abstain because of something they have an “interest” in . . . I know Ms. Mosley would!

  15. All of this is just a scare tactic because those that are running are scared because they aren’t gonna win this race. All the talk around town is that the city will have a new mayor and SHE is going to work even harder to make the city better for all!

  16. BLAH BLAH

    1. Regarding Box 100 – Anything that Mrs. Mosley or Mr. Farmer gets from serving on Box 100 would not be “monetary” but instead “gratification” by serving the city and the people that live here.

    2. If you want to see what Boards and Committees the Aldermen, Vice Mayor and Mayor are on go to:
    http://www.lavergne.org and look under City Boards & Committees. This will tell you who is on what board or committee.

    3. Yes, the City does donate alot of money to different organizations. You can research the website and find out for yourself what those organizations are.
    So do your research before you start complaing about Mrs. Mosley and Mr. Farmer.

    4. Also, the YMCA does give the city a discount to the employees and their families if they want to join.

    Any more questions???

  17. Wow – ask a simple question and get blasted for “slinging mud”. I was not trying to sling mud, I was just asking if it was a conflict of interest – that’s all. If you will read my post, I said that I didn’t know if they received any benefits. I was asking questions folks, isn’t that what this blog is for?? Lighten up and stop getting so defensive. Can’t anyone see that this could be a possible conflict of interest?

    I know that Box does a lot of good things, but to me, it could be an issue. I am not and have never said that there is anything wrong with Box.

    Drill Sargent, I knew that Mr. Farmer was in Box, hence the reason I said “two candidates” in my posting. Sherry Green is the chairman of the Senior Citizen’s Advisory Committee, which is a part of the city – not an outside organization – a lot different than Box. Same thing with Gann – he is the chairman of Park & Rec and Greenway Advisory Committees – also a part of the city.

    Chris, thanks for your response. I now know that you do not receive any benefits. I didn’t think anybody from Box was getting paid, but I didn’t know about training.

    Since you are the Assistant Chief, and would have to step down – why is Alderman Mosely still an officer when she is already elected? I’m just asking questions folks, not slinging mud. I want to know who I should vote for and this is a question that I have.

    • I thought you asked a fair question, “blah blah”… I actually appreciate the discussion it raised — especially when it comes to issues about abstaining from votes if a candidate can benefit personally or professionally!!

      I think it’s extremely important for ALL candidates currently running for office in LaVergne to know that people are asking questions this election season because we are ready for transparency in government… If there’s no hesitation in answering a question, then there’s probably a reason there’s no hesitation… nothing to hide!

      Senna – what position do you hold withe the Boxtop organization? Besides being its biggest advocate?

      • Thanks Kathy for the positive post. I tried to fill everyone in just a little with what and how BOX 100 operates. I would love for anyone interested in volunteering or just wants to know what we do to come by and visit at one of our meetings.

      • I am a lieutenant. No powers( lol) just a worker!!!

    • Ms. Mosley is an officer, not a board member. Basically it is just a title that you have to give some people in any organization so if you have new members, if something goes wrong or you need something you know who to go to. It is up to each individual as to what training they want to go thru, and Ms. Mosley has gone thru every training that BOX 100 has had to offer.

  18. Well Blah Blah I will be glad to answer the questions your wondering mind has thought of… My name is Julia Hill and I am the Chief of BOX 100. First of all, I would like to say that i don’t want no one to get the impression that just because your a BOX 100 member that you get any special treatment in the City of La Vergne. Our members are dedicated volunteers and I will be the 1st one to stand up and take defense for anyone trying to degrade or slam on any of our members…(I’m not saying that you are). I am very, very proud of our group, and everyone has worked many, many hard volunteer hours for it to be what it is today and I don’t want no one getting the wrong idea about our organization.

    To clear up the question that you are concerned with about two of the candidates that are running for our upcoming election…yes they are BOX 100 members. I will be more than happy to let the citizens of La Vergne know who your referring to, and that is our Assistant Chief Chris Farmer and Alderwoman Senna Mosley are there name. Before the election ever got started, I made an announcement at our regular monthly BOX 100 meeting, that regardless of any member wishing to seek office in the election that would be coming up later this year, that BOX 100 would be proud of you of course, but that in NO WAY would POLITICS be brought into our organization. I will go ahead and tell you that I am Ms. Mosley’s treasurer now and have been for the last three campaigns that Ms. Mosley has run in. I do know how to seperate business and pleasure, though both of these that I am involved with are a pleasure to do, there is also a business side to them. I have met many wonderful people thru doing BOX 100 and value every friendship that i have made and would never let politics destroy them. When I have a green BOX 100 shirt on…I am BOX, and when I have a orange shirt on (very seldom anymore) I am Mosley campaigning.

    Question #1: Is it a conflict of interest to have council members that are a part of a nonprofit organization that the city donates money to?

    My answer: NO it is not a conflict of interest for anyone, including the Mayor, Vice Mayor, & Board of Aldermen to be members of our Non-Profit Organization. An elected official of La Vergne, CANNOT hold a Board Member position in BOX 100. In the past, board members of BOX 100 voted on the things that were purchased or how the money was spent. Since i became Chief of BOX back in September 2009, I felt that it was as much our members concern as it was the boards concern, on what we needed to purchase, so therefore nothing is purchased without it going before our members at our monthly meetings. Our members know that when we need water, gatorade, crackers, coffee, or any supplies that we keep on our units…when they get low or we run out, we restock so that we have what we need when we are called out. However let me say this, that in the case of an emergency we have to make decisions at that time & have had to go purchase things without a members vote. Then at the next meeting, i let them know what happened or what was bought. For instance the battery on one of our vehicles had to be replaced, so we went & bought a new one. At the next meeting i informed our members we had a dead battery & that we purchased a new one. I try to keep our group informed of everything that goes on with BOX 100. I have no reason to hide anything from anyone, especially our members. I will clear one thought up for you immediately…Alderwoman Mosley does not vote on anything we purchase. She declines because of her position on the city council.

    Question #2: The city council votes every year on nonprofit donations and one of those organizations is Box 100. I know that Ms. Mosely is a ranking officer of Box, and I know that Mr. Farmer is also a member of Box.

    My Answer: Ms. Mosely is the Day-time Lieutenant. Let me explain what the Lieutenant’s duties are. When BOX 100 is called out on a scene, the Lieutenant is in charge of making sure we have enough members responding to the call, if food needs to be supplied the the Lieut would put someone in charge of that, they see to it that coolers are filled with drinks & ice & taken to the general areas they need to be. Basically the Lieut makes sure that the Fire, Police, CID, Public Works, or whatever agency we are with having everything they need while handling the circumstances while we’re out, along with participating themselves. We don’t have no one that just stands & gives orders!!!

    Mr. Farmer is the Assistant Chief of BOX 100. He is supposed to be my right hand man. LOL I try to be at every scene no matter what time day or night. There have been times when I was unable to do so. If I know of a meeting, doctor’s appt., out of town, etc., that I have to be at, then I call Mr. Farmer & let him know so that he can cover if BOX 100 is called out. Pretty much helping over-see the organization.

    Question #3: I’m concerned that it might be a conflict of interest if a council member votes to give money to an organization that they may benefit from.

    My Answer: I would like to know how your going to benefit by giving a Fire-fighter a bottle of water or gatorade, maybe some crackers, or a cold wet towel to go around their neck. I guess if your house was on fire all the trucks would roll instead of just 3 or 4 of them. We sure don’t benefit from taking care of the Police Officers when on a scene, Believe me…3 of our members have had tickets in the last month. I guess if you looked at what we do from our aspect of it, you would understand it better. We don’t volunteer our time to get anything in return. We just try to help the Departments in our City that are service to our Citizens in their time of need.

    Question #4: I’m sure they don’t benefit by receiving a paycheck from Box, but do they receive training or other benefits from Box? To me that would be a conflict of interest. Maybe they pay for their own training – I don’t know.

    My Answer: No one receives any form of payment from BOX 100. We all are proud to volunteer. As far as training, we have several members that are instructors in different fields, so our classes & on site training are free to us as well. The NIMS you go online and take the test & if you pass them, the Federal Government will be happy to send you a certificate. The C.E.R.T. training is given by RCEM and they supplied the duffle bags and books to everyone that passes the test. If a member chooses to resign from BOX 100, they turn all that stuff back in and it stays with the organization. You see everyone is not out to get every dime they can off of someone.

    I think that if you know that BOX 100 does a lot of good for our city and we are a good organization, you should know a little bit about how BOX 100 is run. If you have anymore questions that you would like answered feel free to e-mail me or if you would like me to call you, send me your number. You could always come to a BOX 100 meeting and see for yourself. Anyone is welcome to our meetings, we meet the first Monday night of every month at Fire Station #3, 301 Bill Stewart. See you there!

  19. Actually Mr. Farmer could stay as Assistant Chief of BOX 100 if the members voted for him to do so, because the Board doesn’t vote on the money spent anymore. The members do the voting and Mr. Farmer could do the same as Ms. Mosley and refrain from voting.

  20. Blah Blah,

    Alderwoman Mosely is a Day shift lieutenant. She has no control of money and always abstains from a vote on anything we purchase. Her duties as lieutenant are to call members in and help keep things supplied at the scene. This does not require her purchasing anything because we keep supplies on hand. Any major item purchased by Box 100 has to come before a regular meeting and be voted on before it can be purchased. The only things that can be bought are during a must have situation ie: battery for a truck, gas, food for city employees or fire department.

    All training can be done online through FEMA website. CERT training can be done at Rutherford County EMA. These are all free. Now I have extensive training in many different fields that were done long before I was ever a member of Box 100. Feel free to come to a meeting any time. We meet the first Monday of every month at 6:30 at LFD station 3. You can call me at 615-403-0941 or email me at chris-farmer@comcast.net

  21. blah blah, Thank you for bringing this to the attention of the citizens of La Vergne. Let me say that Senna Mosley comes from a long line of Firefighters, and is the Person responsible for the existence of Box 100. This was one of her babies and is probably one of the most important programs started in the last 6 years Box 100 has been described as the Red Cross on Steroids. By the way, at this time it is setting the standard for support groups everywhere. Senna will not tell you this, but I will. Senna Mosley and Chris Farmer are at most of the major events that happen in La Vergne, house fires, Police actions, or waterline breaks just to name a few. I ‘m not even going to get started on the Flood in May and talk about all the many hours they spent DONATING their time to help with the flood victims and emergency responders. I was honored that my wife was listed as Planning Chief on all the FEMA paperwork. The question of conflict of interest would apply if she voted on funds for Box 100 and then spent the moneys. I will tell you that she does not. She spends much more of our money than she should. I am a Fire Captain with the Metro Nashville Fire Department, and a former member of Tennessee Task force 2 Urban Search Rescue. I went and took a 2 day class to teach CERT for box 100 and any other resident that wanted it. Blah blah, it will take 40 hours of your time to take the Community Emergency Response training class. It will not be easy, but then you could join Box 100 and stay out all night as we do, then you would be able to make knowledgeable comments. Or you could be like Mayor Erwin and sometimes show up long enough to get your picture taken and then leave like he does depending on the time of night. By the way if its late we don’t see him.

  22. LFD station 3 is on Bill Stewart, if anyone needs the exact address I can call and get it. I think it is 301 Bill Stewart but don’t hold me to that. If you have any other questions about me feel free to ask I will be more than happy to answer to the best of my knowledge. I can provide dates for most of the classes I have taken if there is any question about when the classes were taken.

  23. Blah Blah,
    Thank you for your acknowledgment of ALL the hours I donate to this city, the citizens, public works, police department, and Fire department. I have completed the CERT program which is the Community Emergency Response Training that any citizen or elected official can receive. It was given by Rutherford Emergency Management. NO COST. I took all FEMA courses on my own. The two advanced classes I took as Alderman with the police and fire departments. I guess I am having a hard time understanding your concern when any training I may have only benefits this city. I certainly do not see any of the others out there in the middle of the night taking a bottle of water to an exhausted firefighter. If this concerns you that I donate time to help my city, may I suggest you attend a Box meeting and donate your time. Box can always use a helping hand. I am not sure how standing in the middle of the road blocking traffic for public works, feeding hungry police officers on major crime scenes, giving firefighters a good cold bottle of water, and helping citizens in need is a conflict. So you are saying that I need to STOP helping and sit on the sidelines while people need help? I can not sit on the side and watch my emergency personnel (all departments are shorthanded) and not offer my help when I am trained to do the simple things that need to be done on a scene. For the record, I am simply a Lieutenant NOT an Executive board member. I am sorry you feel that what I do is not important or is in conflict, but I assure you that I have done nothing wrong except cause my poor husband to loose a whole lot of sleep.

  24. I am asking any and all to come to one of our meetings sit in. We all have one thing in common, working for La Vergne. Fire station 3, 1st Monday of every month, hope to see you there.

  25. blahblah…….what do you do for a living? Do you just do your 8 to 5 and then go home? I have not spoken up on here but let me tell you something. My husband and I both work our 40 hours a week and sometimes a lot more, BUT if there is any type of emergency here in our city we are usually the first ones on the scene if not at work, representing BOX 100. Why would you even question ones training when it is all voluntering, as others have reported on here we do it because we care about the citizens of La Vergne. So am i to assume that if your house catches on fire i am to sit here in my home, in my recliner and say ” poor people their house caught on fire and they lost everything”. NO, HELL NO, i am out there trying to do everything i can to help these people in anyway that i can. So let me just finish with this, next time your see or hear a fire true, you can be sure that i will be right out their with them working side by side with my husband to do what i can to help the citizens of La Vergne.

  26. One last thing that Chris will not tell you either is how much time he devotes to the city. He works 10 days a month for 24 hours at a time. That is 240 hours a month. The average person works 40 hours a week which turns to 160 hours a month. So he actually does an extra 80 hours a month. Yes he does get to rest some at work but trust me it is not that much. Then when he gets home he takes off to the firehall to assist them as their medical liason. Him and the Assistant Chief are working on ways that he can volunteer his Paramedic skills to the Police, Fire, and even Parks and Rec. He does this because for the city to have an ambulance at a ball game it is a large fee. See you may not understand how being a Paramedic works but he can do anything when he is not at work that he can at work. So by offering his training at these events it saves the city money. As a Paramedics wife I have learned that when one of these multiple radios goes off he has he drops whatever he has going on and rolls to the scene. I have spent many nights at home in bed alone because he will stay up all night helping on any scene. I am very proud of what he does and would never ask him to stop because if he did it would kill him, heloing people is what he loves to do. I try to go to a lot of these calls and help but do not have the flexible schedule he has. So please before you ask a question again about someone do a little research first, My husband was an EMT before he graduated High School, he knew what he wanted and pursued it and me and our son stand behind him all the way!!!!!! Thank you for your concern and question but like I said we are very proud of him and his accomplishments and he has seen things that no one deverves to ever see I know because he clams up when you ask. Next time a Thank yoi would be nice prior to the question.

  27. I think everybody needs to lighten up just a bit. I don’t know blah blah personally, but I believe he/she asked some valid questions, which have now been answered. That’s the purpose of this forum – to ask questions of the candidates and not get your head bitten off for doing so. His/her post was well-written and I honestly don’t believe any mud-slinging was intended. We all want the best for our city, so questions DO need to be asked and answered without everyone being so touchy.

  28. I’d just like to chime in here any say that even if the city did have to pay to train Senna and Chris to come save my sorry butt in the event a tornado flattens my house, I’d be all for that ; )

  29. I can’t believe everyone blasting blah blah over this. I re-read her posts several times and I don’t get the impression she is trying to be controversial.

    I appreciate the perspective – If someone stands to benefit personally by serving in an elected office, I would like to know that too.

  30. I guess before I start this rant I need to start by saying “Thank yoi?”

    Patricia, I do not know you or your husband at all. But with that said, I do not agree with your implication that the amount of time someone devotes in public service should determine their ability to be elected to office. Using that logic, since the janitor is usually at school the most hours of anyone during the day, shouldn’t that make them best qualified to be the principal?

    This is a free country, and we all have the freedom to choose what we want to do for a living. I’m glad people like Chris choose to become EMT’s because we need them. But when he’s not home because there was an emergency in the middle of the night, he’s gone because he’s doing the job he choose to do, and I assume a job he enjoy’s doing. Should I feel guilty because I choose to do something different???

    Box 100 is a totally different story. I absolutely admire the folks who volunteer there because honestly I cannot understand why they do. I have 2 little kids and I work “8-5” if you want to call it that (my blackberry say otherwise, but I guess since I’m not saving lives that doesn’t count). If I was at work all day and tending to emergencies as a volunteer all night, I would not be doing right by my wife or my kids. That is my perspective anyway.

    I still have not decided who I’m voting for, and I’m not writing this to say I won’t vote for Chris. I just hope the candidates and their spouses will not wear their emotions on their sleeves. If I ask a candidate a question, it’s because the answer will help me determine who I will vote for. It’s not because I am trying to sling mud. There are 3 positions available, and more than 3 people running. I assume there are more than 3 qualified candidates so we have to ask questions to find out who will do the best job for the citizens of La Vergne.

  31. (Note – Kathy, can you not add an “edit” button?)

    Correction – Box 100 is a totally different story. I absolutely admire the folks who volunteer there because honestly I cannot understand why they do. It is of the most self-less volunteer organizations I know of, requiring you to be on call basically 24/7 365. That is why volunteering for this organization is admirable.

  32. Once they turn in the Q & A’s then this should help many of you decide on who to vote for. I bet some that are running for office wont even take the time to answer Kathy’s questions and if this will be true then that tells me they wont really have time to listen to the citizens of La Vergne so keep that in mind as well and remember who is for the people of this great city!

  33. Michael, sorry if I came across a little harsh. I know my husband chooses to do what he does. But when I say the radios he listens to, those are all for BOX 100. You are correct just because someone does devote their time to the city does not make them by any means qualified. I want poeple to vote! Feel free to ask all the candidates good questions. I wish every candidate there was was on here so we could ask them all. I do have a second vote for Alderman someone is going to get. I just read ll of the posts and I know the rumors that are being started about Chris and when I read Blah Blah’s I guess it was just time for me to voice my opinion. Michael I can appreciate you not having the time to do such things as BOX 100. We only have a 16 year old son who lives with us. I use lives with us loosely. lol He mostly sleeps here. lol. We do have the time usually so we can volunteer it. Maybe Chris donates a little too much time now and then, but its what he wants he loves being part of BOX 100.

    Blah Blah to you….. that was a good question. I do think if it were looked at you may find that there are more conflicting candidate/issues out there other than Chris and Senna being on Box 100.

  34. Wow, why so harsh with blah blah being concerned? I thought this was a legitimate question, what I personally see might be of conflict is the mayor/board of alderman being a deciding factor in the passage/approval of the 501c3 or the financial appropriation to each non for profit.

    The conflict could be one’s involvement with a certain 501c3 and the influence they may have serving in the capacity of a mayor/alderman. Here is a link to the city resolution #2010-09 Appropriate funds to Non for Profits
    http://pubrec.lavergne.org/WebLink8/0/doc/106866/Page1.aspx this resolution was passed and approved by the Board of Mayor and Alderman of the City of La Vergne.

    I’m not stating that Box100 doesn’t deserve these funds, I appreciate all they do and the many volunteers that serve our community. I simply felt that many negative comments have been posted in regards to blah blah earlier post.

    Could anyone inform me of the application/criteria to apply for these funds?

  35. Since there are so many questions about Box 100 member status while being an elected official I would like to ask the same about one of the candidates running that is very (very) involved with the baseball leagues in Lavergne. Since approving funds by the board have a direct benefit to the league, would this candidate need to resign or just abstain. Also does anyone know what the split is in revenue between the league and the parks department from the concession stand? The City paid for the building, and I have heard from more than one parent that their questions about league finances are met with great disdain. Mr. Broeker, would could you answer these questions please?

  36. Wow! I have missed a lot, while trying to “Do My Best” with what I have to run with my follow candidates.
    My hat is off to everyone that volunteers no matter where that maybe. Box 100 is a wonderful organization and I feel La Vergne is truly blessed by having it. I also feel we are blessed with a great Rescue Squad (volunteer), Police Department, Fire Department, and Paramedics to help keep us all safe. I have volunteered in many areas over the years, but most all I have dealt with the youth organizations of our fine city. While not as heroic as saving a life, I feel giving freely of ones time to lead a child toward a better future by caring about them today is just important.
    I also agree that this city has much larger problems that need to be addressed than who volunteers with what group. La Vergne needs big changes to happen in order to achieve a better life for all citizens. We all have a three choices to make starting October 13th and that is “who of the candidates are willing to back up their ideas with hard work and strong minds to accomplish the tasks that this city needs to become the place to be instead of the city you drive through to go to the good places”.

  37. I to have not decided on who I will vote for but I will say that candidates and their significant others need to leave the personal emotions and stick to the citizens questions/concerns with non-emotional answers. This is a city that is in desperate need of good leadership. If the people continue to bring their personal emotions into the mix without sticking to the business at hand then is that really good leadership??

    On a side note – can someone contact Mike Slinker and ask him to move his sign back near the Sonic entrance/exit? It makes it very hard to see oncoming traffic when pulling out of Sonic. Thanks!

  38. Mrs. Green and Mr. Erwin, what do you have to say to the citizens of La Vergene on what you have in the next 4 yr plan? Will we see new business or retail stores? Will there be more employment for our citizens? Will our taxes go up or stay the same?

  39. Leanne

    I felt like I was quick to answer the question and have reread it and can not see where I was emotional. My wife on the other hand may have got emotional. But you have to realize she is entitled to her opinion as is anyone else on here. She felt like it was a stab at me and Box 100 when she read it. I will not apologize for the way my wife feels. I will though apologize if it was taken as a harsh response. She is a wonderful woman and normally does not voice her opinion. I guess that was her breaking point. Most everyone would take up for their significant other. That is all she was doing.

    Chris Farmer
    615-403-0941

  40. Mr. Farmer,
    I dont recall mentioning your wife’s name or anyone elses. I’m just stating for people to leave their personal emotions out of this and focus on the business and plan at hand.

  41. Leanne

    I did not say you did. I just reread all the posts and saw where she got emotional. So I felt I should respond to your answer. And please free to call me Chris….I don’t know that I want everyone to think they need to call me Mr. I want everyone to see me as who I really am. Just one of you, everyone calls me Chris and I would love for everyone to feel comfortable to call me that and know I will be there for whatever is needed elected or not I will always be ME! I do appreciate your perspective on things and want everyone to know who I really am before casting their votes.

    • Chris – obviously your wife felt the need to stick up for you. I have absolutely no problem with that and it’s certainly within her rights to do so. However, that being said, she needs to remember that anything and everything she says or does (especially if it’s in writing) will ultimately end up being a reflection on you and your campaign. My family was involved in local politics (up north, many years ago) and we learned this the hard way!! :)

  42. +1. I was thinking the same thing but Sherry came across more eloquently. If you are married and hold a political office, your spouse is going to have your ear more than any constituent. That’s not a bad thing, that’s just life.

  43. I want to say this about BOX 100. The members of Box provide SUPPORT not the glamour jobs but support for public safety. They do it in the middle of the night or heat of the day, they do it on short notice and with NO COMPENSATION other than COMMUNITY PRIDE in doing a service for others. So lay off Box.

    During a standoff they got the police water and food, they provided a safe and quiet place for the Chief and then Captain to inform the family of the results of the situation.

    Not only is the service of Chris and Senna on Box needed but it is to be highly commended.

    I have not been able to volunteer the hours I should because of current and prior employment. I thank those who do find time to help others.

    Look at the others currently on the board, what extensive volunteering do they do?

    If you want the same thing then vote for the same thing, but if you want something different you will vote for something different. No more excuses, the best La Vergne now. The best of La Vergne is found in the volunteers of Box 100 and the La Vergne Rescue.

  44. I have confirmed for myself that a certain candidate is adding friends of those other candidates off of facebook and they think they can steal votes but when you add 10 and 11 yr olds remember they cant vote for you.

    Also all candidates were told by codes dept to remove all signs from city hall until 2 weeks before election but on sign is still there. is this person just going to do what they want to do and not listen to what is right?

    It’s going to get interesting folks!!

  45. SEEMS THAT THE CITY WAS IN THE NEWS AGAIN LAST NIGHT AND THIS ISNT GOOD!!

    http://www.wsmv.com/news/25135528/detail.html

  46. It just makes me wonder why anytime ANYTHING happens in Lavergne it is ALWAYS the top news story on all the news channels and the front story in the paper.

    Things happen all the time in Smyrna and Murfreesboro too but let it happen in Lavergne and it is on the front page of the paper and the number one news story.

    It just makes me wonder.

    • Leanne, I agree with you 100% and I’ve often wondered the same thing. All I can think of is that LaVergne is the closest Rutherford County city to Nashville, geography-wise. Sure seems like the media jumps on any negative publicity here, though, but is nowhere to be found when there’s something positive to report.

  47. I know I was turned down by four stations when my son was doing his Eagle Project. I was told that was not news. I do not understand why the good can not be news. La Vergne has a lot of great people and events that they do not seem to find worthy of the news time.

  48. […] Answers Begin Tomorrow Posted on October 3, 2010 by Kathy T. We sent the questionnaires out on September 8th to every candidate seeking office within the city of LaVergne.  I have at […]

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