Mayor Berke Keeps Breaking Promises

Monday, February 10, 2014

It is my opinion that Mayor Berke's main agenda is achieving a gold star to be placed next to his name. All he sees is that honey pot of the police and fire employees. Those men and women who have responded to all your emergencies and non-emergencies day after day, night after night, 24/7. 

These servants have been putting a portion of their hard earned money into that pension for their futures. The city promising them to make good on its agreement in giving to the pension. Although they know by being reminded almost daily the dangers of their jobs. Whether it's a firefighter falling thru the roof of a burning building or a crime fighter being murdered. When that call comes in, they go.  

Can you govern without breaking promises and screwing the people? It appears not. I find it very hard to believe that pension is the only thing to sacrifice. Yet Berke is going to walk across the backs of the city's fire and police to take their promised money. There isn't a gold star anywhere worth that. Maybe he can hire an out of town study group along with all the others that's been hired and see what a gold star is worth. 

Does anyone believe that it's a coincidence that the police chief and his handpicked staff all exited the building together? If you ever wanted an example,of a red flag, that's it. City Hall has been taking on water for years and people know when it time jump ship.  

I was a cop long enough to arrest the kids of the parents that I arrested years earlier. The gangs and broken homes continue to snowball and it's not going to stop. 

But Andy wants his gold star because he balanced a checkbook. Bud, all I can say to you is this. You need to not whittle down your street warriors.  

Michael Burns


Domestic Violence And Lost Focus

As a past victim of domestic violence, I am acutely aware of how serious this problem is. I am sorry that the Stone family has to have their personal drama played out to the world at 5:00, 5:30, and 6:00 every evening.   While the public is being entertained by the drama of all this, the real problems in this city are not getting the attention they deserve.  The shootings ... (click for more)

Memorial Day

I wanted to wish you all a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.  Memorial Day has always been a special holiday to me since I was born on Decoration Day, now known as Memorial Day (May 30) before we started celebrating on the last Monday of May; prior to 1971 it was always celebrated on May 30.   My grandfather, who was a WWII veteran shot while on Iowa Jima, always ... (click for more)

Carmody Found Guilty Of First-Degree Felony Murder; Sentenced To Life In Prison

Patrick Carmody was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of first-degree felony murder and especially aggravated robbery in Judge Barry Steelman’s courtroom on Friday. He was charged with the slaying of 21-year-old Chance LeCroy on Sept. 9, 2010. The state’s account of the incident claimed that Carmody, Ronald Pittman, and Billy Bob Partin traveled ... (click for more)

HCDE Releases Assistant Principal Appointments

The Hamilton County Department of Education Interim Superintendent Dr. Kirk Kelly announced Friday several new assistant principal appointments. “Strong leadership teams in every school are crucial to success, and assistant principals are a critical factor in this equation. We are confident that these teams will accelerate student learning throughout our district,” ... (click for more)

Baylor Beats GPS Again For Second Straight D-II Title

MURFREESBORO – Baylor coach Kelli Smith was feeling no pain here at the Starplex Field No. 3 Friday afternoon after her team had beaten GPS for its second-straight D-II state softball crown, but that wasn’t the case late Thursday night. Smith, who now has two state titles as a Baylor player and eight as their coach, spent more than three hours in the local emergency room, only ... (click for more)

Silverdale Topples Meigs, 6-0, To Force Second Game For Class A Softball Title

(Story will be updated) MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Silverdale wanted a rematch with Meigs County. They got it Friday afternoon. The Lady Seahawks, who lost 3-1 to the Lady Tigers to open the Class A state softball tournament, fought back through the loser’s bracket and made the most of their second chance. Silverdale (42-4) scored six unearned runs – the outburst ... (click for more)