Tommy Crangle Is A True Representative Of The People

Sunday, June 29, 2014
I first encountered Tommy Crangle during the 2010 U.S. Congressional election primary for a vacant seat.  Knowing none of the candidates, I called and/or emailed each. Tommy was the only responder, calling back within a day to set a breakfast meeting at Lynn's Market two days later.  The morning he spent talking with me (and intermittently a dozen others) about his background and issues impressed me with his knowledge, logic, values, and courage. 

Retrospectively, that encounter embodied the essence of our representative government.  Rather than filtering his calls for names with influence and/or money to serve his needs, Tommy wanted to understand all his constituents' needs in order to effectively represent them. 

Most candidates espouse personal values they perceive shared by the voters, but without deep knowledge, sharp thinking, independence from and courage to buck the establishment when needed, those values will not translate into effective action as our representative.

Sadly, our current governments are infested by 'representatives' catering to the few who can help enrich them personally, now and/or later, or fund the next election.  This powerful feedback cycle misdirects our government from a government of the people to a government for the rich and powerful - incumbents included.  The tendency of people in government to first guarantee their own well-being has been persistent throughout history.  The founders of our country and state, by adopting independent government branches, did so to curtail this unhealthy tendency.  Tommy will effectively fight to keep/restore true representative constitutional government.

Douglas Mashburn


Roy Exum: Want To Protest? Get Paid!

In a troubling time when “false news” is the rage and people ask me – to my face – if anybody from Russia ever approached me personally searching for votes for President-elect Donald Trump, there appears a website that, to cop a phrase, “is too good to be true.” There is a group out of California that allegedly wants to hire “operatives” to protest Friday’s inauguration. Forget ... (click for more)

During A Martin Luther King, Jr. March Is Not A Time To Campaign

It truly amazing what Martin Luther King, Jr. accomplished at just 39 years of age. He changed an entire country. Dr. King was not in elected office or in any position of power. Yet, he accomplished more than any politician.  To me the Martin Luther King, Jr.'s vision was an expectation of life centered in education, hard work, and accomplishment that in time would evolve ... (click for more)

Haslam Unveils Comprehensive Tax Cut And Transportation Proposal Including Higher Gas Tax And Vehicle Registration Fee

Joined by mayors from across the state and leaders in the manufacturing and trucking industries, Governor Bill Haslam on Wednesday announced "a comprehensive and strategic plan to cut taxes on food and manufacturing while updating how the state provides Tennesseans the safe and reliable transportation network needed to support future job growth." The IMPROVE Act, “Improving ... (click for more)

Big Woody's Tree Service Employee Killed In Fall On Signal Mountain

An employee of Woody's Tree Service fell to his death 150 feet off a bluff while trimming trees on Signal Mountain on Wednesday. At  11:22 a.m. , a 911 call was made by an employee of the tree service reporting a man in his early 30s had fallen off a bluff the mountain while trimming trees on private property. Walden's Ridge Emergency Services responded to 6202 ... (click for more)

Tyner Outshoots Brainerd In Big 6-AA Battle

Brainerd’s Jackson-High Gymnasium was filled to capacity long before the girls game had ended Tuesday night, but the overflow crowd had come to see the second meeting between Tyner and Brainerd and a battle for first place in District 6-AA. Both are ranked in the latest state Class AA poll with Tyner listed sixth and Brainerd ninth.  Brainerd had won all four meetings ... (click for more)

No. 3 Cleveland Sneaks Past Walker Valley 59-51

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – State-ranked Cleveland blew most of a 13-point second-half lead, but got clutch field goals from Deontae Davis and KK Curry down the stretch and managed to stay unbeaten in District 5-3A high school basketball action with a hard-fought 59-51 victory over rival Walker Valley on Tuesday night. Walker Valley’s girls defeated the Lady Blue Raiders 43-39 in overtime. ... (click for more)