Time For New Leadership In Walden

Thursday, October 22, 2020

As a 38+ years resident of Walden, our present Vice Mayor Lee Davis is my candidate for our next mayor of Walden.

This election is about informed judgement and pragmatic leadership to preserve the established character of Walden and wise development along Taft Highway.

The proposed strip center with a septic tank for the Lines Orchid property, championed by Mayor Bill Trohanis, has sharply divided our community. 

Instead, Vice Mayor Lee Davis has advocated developing a land use plan with citizen input, instead of an outside developer’s, quick-fix, hit-or-miss, strip center with Walden’s first traffic light on Taft Highway.  

Walden’s accomplishments have evolved over time with strong consensus by volunteers, primarily by Walden citizens and nearby neighbors.  Examples are Walden Ridge Emergency Service, Pumpkin Patch playground, Bachman Community Center, and McCoy Farm & Gardens.

Walden Mayor Bill Trohanis and his supporters point out Bill is retired and has unlimited time for town business.  However, when his initial actions are not well researched, doubts are raised.  Residents remember:

1.  In 2014, when Bill ran for alderman, he suggested the McCoy property could be sold to provide money for the town.  If he had used his time to study the deeds from the McCoy family to the town, he would have seen the deeds prohibited such a sale.

2.  A year later, when WRES needed land for a new firehall, Mayor Trohanis worked hard to put the large facility on the McCoy property.  Here, again, the mayor did not take time to check the deeds, or he would have seen that the deeds prevented such use of the property.  

Such a huge facility would have ruined this historic landmark of Tennessee’s former U.S. Senator Bachman and Walden’s author, poet, and naturalist Emma Bell Miles. Dedicated Walden citizens and other volunteers at the same time were working hard to preserve this generous gift for present and future generations.

3.  Recently, an ad hoc commercial developer petitioned our Town Council to change zoning restrictions for the Lines Orchids property.  Bill endorsed the complex, although it was incompatible with Walden’s established character.  In two crowded Town Hall sessions with the support of Alderwoman McKenzie, they quickly approved the complex over strong opposition from residents.

This last example is most relevant.  Early on, as the mayor acknowledged, the proposed strip center was dividing the town.  The mayor could have utilized land-use planning to protect Walden, to forge a consensus—as Vice Mayor Lee Davis advocated—to bring the community together around a plan that citizens created.  Thus, retired or full time status is no asset when facts go unchecked, details are overlooked, and public opinion is blatantly ignored.

Walden’s proud achievements, like its creation in 1975, have come from citizens’ initiatives, from the ground up, not dictated from the top down.  

Although I appreciate our current mayor personally, I simply disagree both with the proposed Lines property proposal and with the way it has been handled.

 Additionally, Alderwoman candidate Lizzy Schmidt shares Lee Davis’ views on this issue.  Lizzy is an experienced attorney and a local resident with ancestral roots in Walden.  

In summary, it’s time for new leadership.  Lee Davis, vice mayor since 2015, can provide that leadership.  With Lee and Lizzie our Town Council can lead Walden with responsible commercial development that provides new sales taxes and property taxes without undermining historic Walden values.

Maurice E. Edwards

 

The Fight Begins

Roy Exum: A Thanksgiving Lesson

The Real Work Begins - And Response (2)


We didn't choose this. We didn't want this. This wasn't the plan. The 2020 election didn't turn out the way most people expected. In Hamilton County, voters overwhelmingly chose to keep Donald ... (click for more)

We had a strict rule at our house in my childhood that whenever there was a festive dinner of any type, politics were never allowed to be broached nor discussed, and the only time religion was ... (click for more)

The real work begins Jan. 20 and all of us are going to be in for a roller coaster ride rivalling all the chaos of the previous administration. Attempting to govern when confronted by 70 millions ... (click for more)



Opinion

The Fight Begins

We didn't choose this. We didn't want this. This wasn't the plan. The 2020 election didn't turn out the way most people expected. In Hamilton County, voters overwhelmingly chose to keep Donald Trump and his America First agenda, which has been shown to work. They chose his unity over Joe Biden’s division, his results over Biden’s inaction in 47 years. Like it or not, Donald Trump ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Thanksgiving Lesson

We had a strict rule at our house in my childhood that whenever there was a festive dinner of any type, politics were never allowed to be broached nor discussed, and the only time religion was ever mentioned was during the blessing itself. So, I laughed from a lifetime of experience when I heard on Saturday that one of my dearest friends, suddenly surrounded by flaming lefties who ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Tennessee Has 3,052 New COVID Cases, 13 More Deaths; Hamilton County Has 320 New COVID Cases And 1 New Death

The number of coronavirus cases in Tennessee is 366,518 on Sunday with 3,052 new cases. There have been 13 more deaths from the virus, for a total of 4,554, said state Health Department officials. Hamilton County had 320 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. The new total is 17,826. There was one more death from the virus in the county since Friday, bringing the total to 153. ... (click for more)

Georgia Has 4 New Coronavirus Deaths, 1,700 New Cases

Georgia state health officials reported on Sunday there have been 4 additional deaths due to the coronavirus. The current total is 8,778. There were 1,700 new cases as that total reached 420,601 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Hospitalizations are at 34,782, up 58 from Saturday. Here are the numbers by county: Catoosa County: 2,054 cases, up 16; 29 deaths; 99 ... (click for more)

Sports

Lady Vols Impressive In 40-Point Rout Of Western Kentucky

Kellie Harper expected one of two teams to show up for Tennessee’s women’s basketball opener on Saturday. The Lady Vols coach anticipated a squad that was going to be either too tentative or one that was overly aggressive. She got some of first version at the outset before UT found a better gear in routing Western Kentucky 87-47 at Thompson-Boling Arena. The Lady Vols were ... (click for more)

Owens Scarfs Up Loftovers Notching His 20th Victory; McCarter And Brooks Double Up With Back-To-Back Wins

Jimmy Owens of Newport, Tn., scarfed up the leftovers Saturday at 411 Motor Speedway outside Gatlinburg, devouring the $5,000 prize for the Iron-man series finale. The 5th annual "Leftovers" event at the 3/8's mile Mitch McCarter family facility drew an amazing series record of 52 Super Late Model entries that saw "The O-Show" notch his 20th victory of the season. Owens' racing ... (click for more)