published Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Crutchfield's failures a concern for taxpayers: New council should shutter Education, Arts and Culture Dept.

As Ron Littlefield's days as Chattanooga mayor crawl to a close, speculation is running rampant about what will become of one of his most contentious pet projects, the Education, Arts and Culture Department.

Mayor-elect Andy Berke has given no indication that he cares to keep the beleaguered department. Even if he does, it might not matter. The city commission appears prepared to put program out of its misery. During pre-election interviews with the Times Free Press' editorial page editors, a majority of the people who will make up the new Chattanooga City Council stated a desire to shutter EAC and return the agency's functions to the city Parks and Recreation Department -- and for good reason.

Shortly after becoming mayor, Littlefield unnecessarily split the city's arts and culture duties that were previously managed by Parks and Recreation into a new Education, Arts and Culture Department. When the mayor announced that Missy Crutchfield would manage the department, it became apparent that the new bureaucracy was invented to provide a seemingly important job for the daughter of political ally Ward Crutchfield, a former state Senator who pled guilty to bribery during the Tennessee Waltz scandal.

Little did it matter that Missy Crutchfield didn't have the resume to justify her $107,000 salary and lacked the managerial experience to handle a $2.4 million annual budget.

Chattanoogans are paying a hefty price for Littlefield's act of cronyism.

For starters, because of EAC's mismanagement of the Tivoli Theatre and Memorial Auditorium, the two city-owned venues regularly lose nearly a million dollars a year. This fiscal year, taxpayers will have to shell out an estimated $805,000 to bail out the insolvent performance halls.

In December, it was reported that city auditors discovered misappropriated funds at the venues and lax financial controls over cash and checks that left an as-of-yet undetermined amount of money unaccounted for. It was at least the fourth time since 2005 city auditors approached EAC with many of the same problems.

Beyond Memorial and the Tivoli, which hemorrhage money annually and have lost untold amounts of money due to negligent financial management, EAC costs Chattanoogans in other ways. According to a Free Press review of EAC financial documents, some of the more questionable taxpayer-funded expenses on EAC's books include:

• $9,107 last year to subsidize an EAC-managed pottery studio at John A. Patten Recreation Center.

• $586 for decorations, door prizes, refreshments and 80 pieces of chicken from KFC for a holiday party at the Eastgate Senior Center.

• $394 to buy Christmas decorations for the North River Civic Center.

• $360 for a retirement party for Mickey Hipp, the former Technical Director at the Memorial Auditorium.

• $227 to frame a poster from the movie "Water for Elephants" and a mayor's proclamation.

• $168 to purchase trophies for a 2011 car show in Hixson.

On top of those expenses, in 2010, city auditors criticized Crutchfield and EAC spokeswoman Melissa Turner for using city time and resources to work on and promote their for-profit online publication, Be Magazine. Crutchfield apologized, but never repaid taxpayers the money she wasted.

In January, Crutchfield launched another website, www.MissyCrutchfield.com, which appears to lay the groundwork for personal public speaking and consulting efforts. When, through an open records request, the Free Press sought to determine whether Crutchfield had, again, worked on personal business on taxpayers' time using taxpayer-funded equipment when she developed her personal site, we ran into a peculiar roadblock.

Crutchfield circumvented transparency measures by apparently setting her browser to store no evidence of what websites she visited using her city computer. Her blank Internet browser history raises questions about what she is hiding. Did Crutchfield work on her personal website, or perhaps even Be Magazine, when she should have been serving city residents and taxpayers?

From the beginning, EAC was created as a political payback and provided little value to the people of Chattanooga. As a result of Crutchfield's bungled management of the agency, EAC has become a heavy burden on taxpayers. On April 15, Chattanooga will welcome a new mayor and a new city council. The new government's first order of business should be to can Crutchfield and close the Education, Arts and Culture Department.

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AndrewLohr said...

And did y'all report that Miss Crutchfield introduced Mayor Littlefield for his final state of the city address?

March 14, 2013 at 12:06 a.m.
MasterChefLen said...

The new mayor and city council should take a hard and objective look at the city and decide what is essential and what is not. It's pretty clear that Mayor Ron Littlefield and his "rubberstamp city council" (i.e. Jack Benson, Pam Ladd, Manny Rico, & Andre McGary) were more interested in looking out for their best interests than the city of Chattanooga and its' citizens.

March 14, 2013 at 12:15 a.m.
fairmon said...

An act of austerity and appreciation would be to present and move to their residence the blue Rhino and other sculptures paid for by the EAC. Avoids future maintenance cost while recognizing a former mayor and councils contribution while serving as a reminder to them of their contribution to the city.

We shall see if the new mayor and council has the wherewithal to be fiscally responsible and defund the non essential city cost. And, if they do we shall hear the screams and attacks of the special interest groups and their pet projects that should be self supporting and/or privately funded. Will they divest the city of businesses owned by the city and signficant real estate holdings?

March 14, 2013 at 5:30 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Attitudinally, this commentary is good illustration as to why the City of Chattanooga will probably never be able to really grow and expand it horizons so to speak. Yes, I suspect that if it were left up to people who think like the author of this commentary, the citizenry of Chattanooga would be told to go down to City of Atlanta if they wanted to add a little aesthetic, cultural, and educational enrichment into their personal lives and/or the lives of their children.

And while it’s obvious the author of this commentary has a very low opinion of Ms. Crutchfield's job performance, I don’t see how this is relevant when it comes to the obvious need for a city to provide its residents and its visitors with quality aesthetic, cultural and educational experiences. Indeed, if the citizenry had applied this writer’s faulty style of reasoning to other governmental departments, the citizenry would have eliminated Chattanooga's Police Department years ago.

March 14, 2013 at 6:47 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Missy Curtchfield runs a private LLC, Called Be Magazine out of city offices. It is unlawful and unethical to use city equipment, staff, and time for personal profit. Of course, she cleaned her browser after Be Magazine, but the city's server archives the browsing of each station connected to the gov server. This warrants further inquiry in IT. Ask for her computer station number and the browsing hits for one week. This is gov equip, time, and staff. It is a way of ;ife for Crutchfield to turn public tax dollars into her self promotion dollars. Pathetic robbery of public money.

Misuse of public resources is a way of life in EAC.

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/sep/25/private-business-run-city-time/?print

March 14, 2013 at 6:53 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

aae1049 says: "Missy Curtchfield runs a private LLC, Called Be Magazine out of city offices. It is unlawful and unethical to use city equipment, staff, and time for personal profit."

What you say about this individual and her job performance may or may not be true, but exactly how is relavant when it comes to the obvious need for a city to provide its residents and its visitors with quality aesthetic, cultural and educational experiences?

March 14, 2013 at 7:21 a.m.

Using Crutchfield, unlawful, and unethical is redundant.

March 14, 2013 at 8:17 a.m.
MyGen said...

I live right off Hixson Pike in the Stuart Heights precinct. Because the Crutchfield machine won in my district with the Kinsey-Hays-Crutchfields candidate of Jerry Mitchell, nothing will change.
Unlike a few districts that got a real representative, our area just got a political hack who seems untouchable.
But the rich folks on the river want to protect their own, so we get what they want.

March 14, 2013 at 8:31 a.m.
Gidget said...

Montainlaurel - you just don't get it. It's not the city's responsibility to provide aesthetic, cultural or educational experiences/enrichment to residents or visitors. The creative and talented folks who fill this city should have the opportunity to build businesses which provide aesthetic, cultural and educational experiences without having to compete with the government.

March 14, 2013 at 8:49 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Gidget says: “you just don't get it. It's not the city's responsibility to provide aesthetic, cultural or educational experiences/enrichment to residents or visitors.”

I’m confident if you conducted a survey, you’ll find that the cities that are considered THE BEST in the nation have some things in common with one another – and one of these is a department or commission that works to provide those elements which add aesthetic, cultural, and educational enrichment to the lives of their citizens and the life of their community.

March 14, 2013 at 9:34 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Mountainlaurel, stick your head in a mountain rock because you are not interested in the truth, and the FACT that Missy Crutchfield runs a private LLC on the taxpayers dime. While that does not obviously bother you, it does the majority of taxpayers, and further it is illegal use of public resource. So, you dare right Missy Crutchfield needs to go, and I am in very very good company with that opinion that is based in fact. Try something new for a change and read.

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/sep/25/private-business-run-city-time/?print

March 14, 2013 at 9:59 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

Gidget said...

Montainlaurel - you just don't get it. It's not the city's responsibility to provide aesthetic, cultural or educational experiences/enrichment to residents or visitors. The creative and talented folks who fill this city should have the opportunity to build businesses which provide aesthetic, cultural and educational experiences without having to compete with the government.

I think it is Gidget that does not get it. It IS the city's job to provide and mantain public areas. And while I might not agree with the money being spent during bad economic times. I cannot agree that culture should only be for those that can afford to pay for it. Gidget, are you saying that only those that could afford the beauty a private business can provide, should be able to see art? Or do you really not know what a city does?

March 14, 2013 at 10:03 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

aae1049 said: "Stick your head in a mountain rock because you are not interested in the truth, and the FACT that Missy Crutchfield runs a private LLC on the taxpayers dime."

I believe it is you who has her head in a mountain rock. . . A few years ago, a Hamilton County Sheriff was busted for corruption. If Hamilton County had applied your thinking style to the situation, it would have eliminated the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department.

Indeed, it seems to me if an individual is not performing well or if an individual is as you say using public funds and resources in an illegal or unethical manner, it is the city’s responsibility to give that employee the boot so to speak and to seek someone who can actually do the job.

March 14, 2013 at 10:23 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

aae1049 said... Mountainlaurel, stick your head in a mountain rock because you are not interested in the truth, and the FACT that Missy Crutchfield runs a private LLC on the taxpayers dime. While that does not obviously bother you, it does the majority of taxpayers, and further it is illegal use of public resource. So, you dare right Missy Crutchfield needs to go, and I am in very very good company with that opinion that is based in fact. Try something new for a change and read.

April, you are starting to sound jealous. Were you up for the job when Missy got it? You know, I might take you more seriously had you been up in arms when all the others were doing private work on county and city time. Missy might have been doing wrong, I don't know well enough to comment yes or no. But I do know that to me, you sound jealous.

"stick your head in a mountain rock", Really?!! Cause your truth is all there is, right?..... Grow up!

March 14, 2013 at 10:27 a.m.
MyGen said...

When your streets in your neighborhoods don't have sidewalks, street lights, and there's been 4 break-ins in the last 2 weeks, the city providing "culture" for tourists and those who with such high intellect seems like a lower priority.
But, when you live in the area patroled more because of tourism and you have gated communities, you want more of the same. Nevermind the taxpayers out here in Stuart Heights, Lupton City, and Hixson. We don't have a voice in our needs.
And this paper is as guilty as any. The left side's always for the elite not the average guy like me. The right side seems say you're for the little guy but end up giving power to the same politicians because of ideology rather than reality. When I can afford it, moving.

March 14, 2013 at 10:28 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Just one woman, this is about misuse or misappropriation of taxpayer resources. Your shallow attempt to redirect from what is the absolute core issue is really pathetic.

Why do you justify the misuse of public tax dollars by the EAC Dept staff? You are definitely too friendly with these people or blogging out of the EAC office. You should not be blogging on city time. I am going to file an open records on all the EAC computers at the IT server, and I just bet I will find your TFP posts at this time. Off to submit.

I work in an entirely different field of science, which ding bat could not apply for.

March 14, 2013 at 11:10 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Gidget, you do get it. Mountain Laurel and Just one womam are city employees. We are filing open records to the city IT server for these dates and times. These folks are defending the theft of public resources.

March 14, 2013 at 11:42 a.m.
ordinaryguy said...

mountainlaurel...you ain't from around here err ya??? first off are you a "city of chattanooga" resident...just a guess but perhaps your handle indicates you are from lookout or signal? If not my apologies...however the city of chattanooga is NOT, repeat NOT in the education business...the powers that be decided many years ago to get out of that, and turned it over to the county...the EAC has done nothing tangible...the tivoli and the auditorium are mismanaged...missy does not truly know the music industry which are the mainstays of those two facilities...money is wasted on BLUE RHINOS which is a national laughing stock...she spends almost 300 to have a movie poster framed...her assitant was nothing more than a traffic reporter in her prior job...her boyfriend makes threats to those that question her and now he is in bed with the folks at riverbend...HEY MISSY ITS TIME TO LEAVE

March 14, 2013 at 11:45 a.m.
mountainlaurel said...

MyGen said: "The city providing "culture" for tourists and those who with such high intellect seems like a lower priority.
"

For a region that greatly depends upon sales taxes and income earned from the tourist industry to help provide basic services that help to promote the general welfare of our communities, your negative attitude about tourists is a bit reckless. Has it ever occurred to you that communities benefit from the amount they invest in some of this dastardly art, music, and cultural activities?

MyGen said: "Nevermind the taxpayers out here in Stuart Heights, Lupton City, and Hixson. We don't have a voice in our needs. . . The left side's always for the elite not the average guy like me.

Sure, sure, MyGen. You right-wingers always claim to be for the average guy, but the evidence strongly suggests the opposite is closer to the truth. One only has to take a look at the condition of this region’s poorly maintained public schools to see how little the political right-wing actually cares about the general welfare of the family of the average guy.

Indeed, just a few weeks ago I was approached by a group of students who were seeking donations to support the music activities of their high school band. I was flabbergasted to learn the high school bands in this region do not receive any kind support and/or financial assistance from the state OR the city OR the county OR the school district.

Now talk about a demonstration of mindless stingy adult leadership in a community. Indeed, it’s been demonstrated repeatedly that spending money on music and art programs is one of the most efficient uses of money in our schools The return is high and the effect is positive. It teaches kids how to analyze, how to study, how to practice, and how to focus. It also contributes to higher attendance and graduation rates.

March 14, 2013 at 12:07 p.m.
JustOneWoman said...

aae1049 said... Gidget, you do get it. Mountain Laurel and Just one womam are city employees. We are filing open records to the city IT server for these dates and times. These folks are defending the theft of public resources.

LOL Go for it! That might prove quite interesting. I doubt you will publish your findings. But I would love to see it.

March 14, 2013 at 12:18 p.m.
ordinaryguy said...

mountainlaurel it is not the city's responsibility...they went out of the education business years ago...you made the comment about spending money on music and the arts making better students...would you say the same for athletics?

March 14, 2013 at 12:18 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Just one dumb woman, I publish everything you sleazily icon. I will file the open records on all the servers for Be Magazine LLC that is operated out of the City of Chattanooga taxpayer offices today. That is a fact, and I betcha that missycrutchfield.com was created on a city computer.

March 14, 2013 at 1:52 p.m.
MyGen said...

I'm not a right-winger yet. But the progressives I run with a wasting so much time smoking marijuana, playing on social media and losing their jobs, I'm learning their policies grow out of their dislike for work. As a twenty-something-year old, I'd never hire a single one of my peers and those who are influencing them. So, maybe you're helping turn my generation into right-wingers.

March 14, 2013 at 2:08 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Ordinaryguy says: “You ain't from around here err ya??? . . . AND . . . Aae1093 says: “Mountain Laurel and Just One Woman are city employees.”

Good grief. . . You poor little paranoid things. . . Sorry, O.G. but I’m a "bona fide" native of Chattanooga . . And, no, Aae1093, I’m not a “city” employee.

March 14, 2013 at 2:38 p.m.
ordinaryguy said...

No apologies required...I am one of the many who do not hold he corrupt politician's, soft core porn star daughter in high regard...She had very very little to do with any movies being made in chattanooga, and then rides the coattails for personal gain...i am all for education when done with true results...

March 14, 2013 at 3:46 p.m.
TirnaNOG said...

Did Missy Crutchfield steal someone's man in high school or something? She's a very attractive, outgoing, friendly, energetic and charismatic individual, unlike her obvious bitter and unhappy attackers. This obvious obsession of her are both sick and disturbing. What she is allege to be doing on city time seems more like a cover up for some twisted personal vendetta.

Mountainlaurel, these individuals are so filled with hate and bitterness, it's a wonder they haven't already dissovled in that bitter acid contained inside of them.

Why hasn't someone had these so-called watchdog groups investigated and expose what their true agenda is? They eerily sound more like hate groups than concerned taxpaying citizens.

March 14, 2013 at 4:52 p.m.
aae1049 said...

So, the TFP has 'an agenda: and just made all of this up about Be Magazine run out of taxpayer funded offices on city time? How can you defend these actions? There are many groups other than the TFP that reported this corruptiion.

What is untrue in this TFP corruption peice on Crutchfield? http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/sep/25/private-business-run-city-time/?print

We are in very good company in proof and fact.

March 14, 2013 at 6:42 p.m.
shen said...

Why not go the whole 9 yards, so to speak, and investigate all prior mayors? Collect their emails, internal conversations, dealings, so on and so forth? Then compare and determine what's really behind all this vicious vendetta. I'm ashamed that Drew would allow himself to be duped into doing these sick people's biddings.

btw-What if anything, will these people do differently once they put their own on staff? I'll bet they will handle things no differently.

All of these attacks and bashing; all the evil will one day come full circle then all of you Godly haters will wonder why are all these bad things happening to you. karma

March 14, 2013 at 7:32 p.m.
bret said...

Nice editorial, April .... uh, I meant Drew.

I'll bet if we did an internet browser history check of April Eidson's computer we'd find thousands of hits on www.MissyCrutchfield.com, http://www.bemagazine.org/, and any other site that Missy Crutchfield has anything to do with.

April's jealous obsession with Missy could be the plot for the next Hollywood stalker movie. Regular readers have watched this obsession grow over the last 5 years, wondering the cause of April's jealousy. Perhaps it is because Missy is intelligent, has a lot friends, is successful, and is attractive ... all of the things that April is not.

Hopefully, now that April has a new boyfriend (Drew) to do her bidding for her, April can go back to watching her worn out VHS tape of "New York Nights" and filing open records requests about how much our school system wasted on pencils last year.

March 14, 2013 at 8:58 p.m.
TirnaNOG said...

bret, I'd like to add: Missy Crutchfield doesn't only possess a physical beauty, she seems also spiritually gorgeous. I've never met her personally, only from a distance and the few times she's been on TV, but her energy and light shines even from tv cameras. I think it's that light and inner beauty they hate most about her. Something they can never have. The kind of light that, when a person walks into a room, they bring positive energy with them. Unlike these dark brooders attacking her here on a regular basis and anyone else they can drum up. Wherever they go dread, misery and hatred follows them like a dark menacing shadow.

So what if she may have been a little risk in her youth? Who cares? Most of us did crazy, wild stuff when we were young. Even some of the ones here attacking her have admitted to doing youthful crazy stuff.

Apparently, Ms Crutchfield feels comfortable in her own skin and who she is. Unlike these bitter and sick people who continue to relentlessly attack her. Wonder if they realize how they come across to others: bitter, resentful, jealous, malice driven, spiteful? Or do they even care?

How dark and hateful their very souls appear to others? How jealous, even demonic they appear? Insane possibly?

When I read these hateful postings, attacking Ms. Crutchfield, I'm reminded of that movie Fatal Attraction.

Where does reality begin for some of these people?

This crap about looking out for the taxpayer is just a cover for their hatefulness.

March 14, 2013 at 9:31 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Bret, are you speaking as an employee of, or on behalf of WTVC Channel 9 or as a want a be photographer, or on your personnel time? You have stalked the recallers, as bad as the mayor, and we now have the emails to prove it. These will be posted soon.

You have harassed the reallers the entire time, and have been very obsessed about them as a group. We have blog after blog of you opposing the recall which I was a fund raisers. I don't know why Channel 9 keeps you. You must work for free.

We oppose, not the people, but the blatant thief of tax resource. It is illegal to run a private business on city time, and the new emails have just opened a wealth of information that the public deserves to know about.

March 14, 2013 at 9:42 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Bret,as an employee of Channel 9 are you disputing the findings of Cliff Hightower piece that won a state award for a bunch of political hacks running a private business out of a city office. We are not ok with with the action reported, as taxpayers. If that bothers you Dem Photo boy at Channel 9, too bad. You are an enabler of bad gov.

March 14, 2013 at 9:51 p.m.
fairmon said...

What you say about this individual and her job performance may or may not be true, but exactly how is relavant when it comes to the obvious need for a city to provide its residents and its visitors with quality aesthetic, cultural and educational experiences?

Why? The city charter does not assign that to the city although the city should enable the private sector to provide them. Most of the progress in the city has been due to private initiatives which is as it should be. It is espeicially inappropriate to invest in a blue rhino and various other unimpressive sculptures in the city when the police and fire departments are under staffed, under paid and under trained.

I am becoming convinced if local, state and federal governments taxed us enough to do all you support there would not be enough money among us to have a viable economy.

March 15, 2013 at 12:53 a.m.
fairmon said...

mountianlaurel said..Now talk about a demonstration of mindless stingy adult leadership in a community. Indeed, it’s been demonstrated repeatedly that spending money on music and art programs is one of the most efficient uses of money in our schools The return is high and the effect is positive. It teaches kids how to analyze, how to study, how to practice, and how to focus. It also contributes to higher attendance and graduation rates.

Hell let's just buy them all a horn to blow on, throw in some sculpting and painting and cut out all the other waste of time. Based on the repeated demonstrations perhaps more graduates could read and write if they had more music and arts. We could further reduce teachers and add more administrative personnel. Teachers have a thankless job and have little support from school administrators or parents.

March 15, 2013 at 1:04 a.m.
cooljb said...

I can't believe how easily led some of you are. You talk about Missy's beauty, the cities "culture", how the lady in question in this article is so deserving of a $100,000 PLUS job. Are you kidding me? Did you even read the article these opinions are based upon? Here are some excerpts: :For starters, because of EAC's mismanagement of the Tivoli Theatre and Memorial Auditorium, the two city-owned venues regularly lose nearly a million dollars a year. This fiscal year, taxpayers will have to shell out an estimated $805,000 to bail out the insolvent performance halls. In December, it was reported that city auditors discovered misappropriated funds at the venues and lax financial controls over cash and checks that left an as-of-yet undetermined amount of money unaccounted for. It was at least the fourth time since 2005 city auditors approached EAC with many of the same problems." This ALONE is enough to have her totally fired and a criminal investigation started. You talk about being paranoid, being paranoid is based on an assumed or fictional threat, and does not apply to a situation where you have certified auditors, certifying the losses. Then you have her admitting to starting and running a business using city resources and getting paid by the city to do so. I does not matter to most of us about her porn career, we all have done stuff we may or may not do now, yet her consistent misuse of her office, that the taxpayers pay every single dime for, cannot be tolerated. The NEW city council is on the right track, abolish the office and investigate where the money went. That is what is supposed to happen when you work for the taxpayers. Good article and that is what investigative reporting is, from some of your comments I can tell you have never seen real investigative reporting and have no idea how to comprehend the truth since you've been fed only lies your whole life.

March 15, 2013 at 6:57 a.m.
jjmez said...

cooljb, those venues may not be losing money due as much to mismanagement as Chattanooga's inability to attract the righrt crowds that would bring in money. Their failure to attract the right crowds have more to do with all the hate, hostility and the belief the city is very intolerant. People from around the nation and even other countries do read the nastiness online y'all post here and on various local forums. I know this, because I'm in constant contact with family and friends scattered all across the country and as far away as Italy and other countries. They fear both the hate and spitefulness they read, and don't want to be subjected to it by traveling here. My Italian friends and family constantly fly to America mostly on business matters, but to vacation too. They're a very diverse group, and always research areas to make sure all in their group will be welcomed. So if these places of entertainment are losing money, and can't even break even, it's because of their lack being able to attrack customers.

pssst: I don't won't to overload your brain with too much info, but the Tivoli, Memorial Auditorium and the tourist industry as a whole had been losing money for decades, and long before Missy Crutchfield or Mayor Littlefield ever came onboard. It's the hate and intolerance that makes people avoid Chattanooga. You'd be surprised of the people that avoid cities like this because of their lack of tolerance, no matter how diverse the city pretends to be. People talk. From people who leave the city because of having been mistreated, to those who come visit, but never return, due to ill treatment. They talk. They spread the word the city is inolterant.

March 15, 2013 at 7:17 a.m.
cooljb said...

jjmez, if you think an article saying a wasteful office that has had numerous audits saying there is abuse is hate, well, that is your right. If you believe that people commenting that the same office is costing more than it benefits the city and citizens is hate, again that is your right. However if your family and friends read stories like, http://www.tfponline.com/news/2013/mar/15/police-investigate-2-shootings/ maybe that may have a little influence as to whether they visit or not, more than we bringing attention to an office for losing millions of dollars on projects within it's care and keeping, for what ever reason. Easy.

March 15, 2013 at 11:18 a.m.
timbo said...

Tirnanog....and she looks pretty good nude. Watch the soft porn flick, "New York Nights" to see probably the only thing Missy Crutchfield, I mean Missy O'Shea, is good at.

The Crutchfield family has been a boil on the butt of Hamilton County for over a hundred years. It is time for these blood suckers to leave us alone.

March 15, 2013 at 12:41 p.m.
mountainlaurel said...

Fairmon says: “Hell let's just buy them all a horn to blow on.”

I bet teachers, parents, and law enforcement would all support buying the horns.

Fairmon says: “The city charter does not assign that to the city although the city should enable the private sector to provide them. Most of the progress in the city has been due to private initiatives which is as it should be.”

Interesting, but your approach to city government appears to be completely ignoring one of the most important groups when it comes to city government – its residents. I’ve worked with a lot of cities and in every case its residents have been at the top of its organizational chart, which is obviously appropriate since it’s the residents who contribute a greater share of the taxes.

Personally, I don't like the way Chattanooga’s governing system is set up. I believe the most effective approach is the kind of systerm where the residents elect its city council members and city council members elect its mayor from the council membership. A city manager is hired by the city council to be the administration head of its municipal operations. The city manager provides for the overall planning and control of city programs in accordance with city council policies, directives, the municipal code, and the city charter provisions.

Working with the city council are citizen boards and commissions. The boards and commission members are appointed by the city council and represent qualified residents and electors of the city who possess the kind of attributes and experience that may benefit the operation of the city government. Board and Commission members serve without compensation.

March 15, 2013 at 12:55 p.m.
Leaf said...

If I were Missy Crutchfield, which I am not, I would be totally creeped out by TirnaNOG.

March 15, 2013 at 2:46 p.m.
TirnaNOG said...

timbo said... Tirnanog....and she looks pretty good nude. Watch the soft porn flick, "New York Nights" to see probably the only thing Missy Crutchfield

I have no desire to watch porn of any kind. But why do Americans, specificaly southerners, have such a hang up about the nudity? You can probably see more on daytime soaps and primetime tv than what is likely on some porn film these days. There are nude beaches in Greece and other parts of the world where people walk around freely in the nude and no one pays attention.

For southerners, and the bible belt in particuarly, to be home to so many pedophiles, child molesters and child rapists, statuatory rapists and other perverts, maybe it's all of your obsessions with nudity that brings the real perverts and perversionists out of th closet. They've been brought up to see the nude body as something dirty and nasty. That's why so many of you here are making such a big issue out of this. Your own dark, secret perverted desires you're trying to keep baited down?

March 15, 2013 at 3:53 p.m.
TirnaNOG said...

Leaf said... If I were Missy Crutchfield, which I am not, I would be totally creeped out by TirnaNOG.

Leaf, don't even go there. Don't even try and attempt to divert you and your friends own twisted, sick obsession on to something as innocently as giving another person a compliment. Unlike some these nasty, hateful people who post here on a regular basis, I give people, strangers even, compliments all the time just to brighten their day. I'm extremely happily married. There was nothing perverted in my compliment of Ms. Crutchfield. I just choose not to be a hateful, brooding individual who is always filled with malice or someone who gets some kind of a sick enjoyment out of degrading, humiliating and bringing down others.

And I always surround myself with positive people who see the brightness and beauty of the world rather than the sinister dark place you and your fellow posters have chosen to exist. It must really be a miserable, dreary place. That world you all have created for yourselves.

March 15, 2013 at 3:58 p.m.
jjmez said...

Just a thought: Is someone using their spouse position with the Chattanooga Police Dept. to gather information on subjects they've taken a creepy dislike to? If so, is this condone by the police department? Is it even legal? All this has really gotten creepy. If this obession with Missy Crutchfield, and for sure there are other lesser knowns that have been targeted who aren't public figures, that has been taking place for quite sometime is not out right criminal, it certainly borders on harassment, stalking and an unhealthy and unnatural obsession. Regardless, this reflects badly on the police dept. whose image has already taken a serious blow.

Why hasn't there been an investigation on the investigators? Gather and post their and theirs email conversations and derogatory comments they've made about innocent people on various local discussion forums. Turn the tables.

March 15, 2013 at 5:18 p.m.
timbo said...

Tirnanog..... Did you even read what I said? I said she looked pretty good nude. Nude doesn't bother me, I like nude.

It's not that Southerners don't like nude, it is just Southerners don't like their public officials to be in soft porn flicks in the nude.

What if Littlefield did a nude film? Do you think you would've elected twice, not to mention it's gross.
Usually being nude in a movie or caught Taking bribes (I mean gratuities ) would pretty much kill your public service career......but not if your name is Crutchfield.

You seem to love Missy so much you should get a copy of her role in that movie classic. Maybe she can do another movie. It might be called " Missy does Chattanooga."

March 15, 2013 at 8 p.m.
TirnaNOG said...

timbo, if every elected or public officials were judged by some youthful crazy experience they committed, there would be no one getting elected or working as a public official.

The wisecrack and continous cruel jokes are for no other reason than to demean and of malice intent.

I really don't care what Littlefield or anyone did before they were elected to office. I'm just not that into judging and damning people. In today's America, most all your celebrated and praised forefathers who were public and elected officials would be drunks, dope heads, womanizers, pedohpiles and child molesters. Do you really know why some say the FATHER OF THIS COUNTRY was really called the father of this country? It was a joke. He was said to have been a womanizer who fathered a lot of children. Many with his female slaves.

Thanks for the offer. However, I have no desire or interest in watchin Missy Crutchfield or anyone on video, nude or not. Especially for the degrading reason you so-called puritans are suggesting.

It's really difficult to determine who is actually the sicker individual in all this. The one who brought it all for vicious, vindictive reasons or the followers who so willingly go along.

You all really need to grow up.

I neither love nor dislike Missy Crutchfield. I don't know her personally. I do care about humanity and have compassion for anyone others have ganged up on. I am intolerant of and refuse to go along with such hate and vicious attacks as been witnessed for quite sometime now, and not just on Ms. Crutchfield, but others I know some of these individuals have attacked to. The ugly things they've said about certain individuals would nauseate any decent human being with a conscious. Someone has to have the courage to speak up. Otherwise, when it's your, my or someone else turn, who will speak up for us?

March 15, 2013 at 9:22 p.m.
Leaf said...

TirnaNOG says, "And I always surround myself with positive people who see the brightness and beauty of the world rather than the sinister dark place you and your fellow posters have chosen to exist. It must really be a miserable, dreary place. That world you all have created for yourselves."

Oh, it's not so bad, this sinister dark place. In fact, it's really not all that sinister or dark. All it needs is a fresh coat of paint, some throw pillows, maybe a little less favoritism and corruption.

March 15, 2013 at 10:29 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Well written Leaf, the issue is not about ding bat or her staff, it is about corruption. The people the seek to change the Mecca of Corruption are the most positive people I have met. The Littlefield administration has been using taxpayer resources to develop a list of people for Chattanooga Organization, and even our Little Chicago Watch.

If Melissa Turner spent more time promoting the Memorial and Tivoli, than working on Be Magazine, maybe the loses would not be one million a year.

Next week we will publish all the Mayor and EAC emails. It's all fun.

http://littlechicagowatch.com/2013/03/eac-dept-like-mayor-spies-on-citizen-advocates/

March 15, 2013 at 10:45 p.m.
Lr103 said...

If this was all about corruption then why did it become so personal?

March 16, 2013 at 2:17 a.m.
aae1049 said...

I guess when the Mayor started making lists of citizens he opposes and using taxpayer resources to do the Hoover file thing against citizen activists. That is when he made it personal

just asking here, but how is cronyism and bid fraud not personal, it's among friends, in all the cases I have seen :-) even the Waltzers were all buds.

March 16, 2013 at 7:17 a.m.
Lr103 said...

aae1049 said... I guess when the Mayor started making lists of citizens he opposes and using taxpayer resources to do the Hoover file thing against citizen activists. That is when he made it personal

Then I guess it's a good thing you don't live in Los Angeles or New York, because they use taxpayer dollars to monitor, spy on and gather information all the time about activist and regular citizens in general. A citizen doesn't even have to had rubbed some official the wrong way to spur an investigation. Since 9/11 and Homeland Security, the monitoring has become even more invasive along local, state and federal levels. There's nothing personal about that.

I recall on a certain discussion board where some posters using screen names, and with likely ties to the courts apparently, were trying to get a local citizen declared a threat because they didn't approve of their opinion pieces written to a locl online news servive. Was fair? Just? Just because someone feels threatened or insulted by another individuals opinion? Would abusing the powers of the courts in such a way had been an invasion of that individuals First Amendment Rights?

Let me ask this: When did suppose cronyism and allege bid fraud become an excuse or justification for making personal, derogatory, insulting, degrading remarks about another individual?

March 16, 2013 at 12:01 p.m.
aae1049 said...

I am A OK with all the contents of my posts, and the contents of Little Chicago Watch. There are no rules of decorum for dealing with people that run private businesses out of city officers with taxpayer resources. They should be criminally indicted, and perhaps the Feds are taking note.

March 16, 2013 at 7:03 p.m.
Lr103 said...

If the Feds do come and investigate, it should be a full scale investigation on all sides. From the accused to the accusers.

March 16, 2013 at 7:59 p.m.
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