Check todays Knoxnews.com there is another story as well.....CAN I SAY!!!! WE TOLD YOU SO!!!!!! SHAME ON O'DAY!!!!
Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. Albert Einstein
It is amazing at the lessons that other children and families learn when the Tigers and the fan club(staff and limited family)travel to schools to play football. As a fan, I am frequently asked questions by the other teams fans, both young and old. The smiles on the boys face also come from seeing new faces, especially female faces.
I can't talk about Taft football without including the kind and generous people that prepare meals for the Tigers, at every school. There is an awesome family in Whitwell that I have especially grown fawn of, the owners of a pizza place in Whitwell. They continue to bring pizza to the Tigers until they can't eat anymore. The local church that makes pep rally signs to hang on the fence and care packages with letters of encouragement included. The First Baptist Church of Pikeville has an amazing group of ladies that cook a home cooked meal, fried chicken and all the fixing and wonderful desserts. Then fellowship and lots of words of encouragement and support.
I have to agree with those that too see that closing Taft will only cause the highest risk boys in the state of Tennessee to have a much lower rate of success. GO TIGER!!!
It really amazes me that Crissy and Bill can boldly talk about reading to the children in the state. It actually makes me sick to my stomach. Can all the children at Taft read? Do they not deserve the attention? Do you think the children at Taft have been given positive influence from the community or government? The only thing most children at Taft know about government is foodstamps and public housing.
On the public housing issue....I have been told over and over that I coukd not survive in most of the students at Taft's neighborhood aka HOOD. Just the other day I was told "I would like to do better but my momma don't have the money to move so when I leave I will go back to the hood and do what I have to do to survive and help my momma". I told this student that I have always felt that DCS fails the hightest risk children by returning them to their same neighborhoods. But even with this obsticle Taft has the fewest children return to custody. That to me says alot.
I was also told "that women in Nashville is stupid and should be fired if you lied about one of us you would probably be fired". And the funniest to this topic was "this place don't need 37 million dollars worth of work." Even our limited educated children can do math better than our DCS Central Office.
Just a few thoughts into the issues the children want to discuss. And is anything being done about the stress that these children are facing daily with not know if they will be sent back to where they did not feel safe before coming to Taft?
Ms. O'Day the practice of DCS is to maintain the lowest level of disruption(stability is what they need O'Day and Haslam) possible!!!!
I still believe that O'Day needs to come in an spend some time as a new officer at Taft. The Taft boys can see straight through a lie. They also get very upset when they are lied to, so I wonder how long she could handle it on campus before leaving in fear?
It is always awesome to hear that a child has turned his life around. I wonder if Lindsey requested a face to face with O'Day if she would continue to deny him the way that she denied him a graduation ceremony?
Ms O'Day....the offer still stands....but i did notice we didnt see you today.......come on show us you have the guts......2nd shift awaits your presance here at taft
justsaying94...according to the Tn.gov website there is only 250 jobs being created at the new prison. I believe that the decoy to move Taft staff that cooperates is a decoy to terminate the ones that don't. It would be easy to terminate staff in the first 180 days for not being fit for the job after all they prefer and do work best with children. My challenge stands
StrongHaslam has said over and over in a nut shell that people of Tennessee want Tennessee ran like a business. In business faces and names do not matter only the botton dollar. I voted for Haslam and support many of his means. This one is a bad decision. Does anyone know who his insurance company is? Or O'Day's? I am sure Chrissy and Kate have discussed it over tea. We may be able to better Bledsoe county and its people with that information.......Funny thing is to all of this....I have told many of students at Taft that "prison is a money making business. Keep going at the rate you are going and a many of dollars will be made off of you." Dang they thought I was not telling them the truth until now. Now they see who wants the best for them and it is not the stock holders. Again I stand behind my challenge. Strong
In the meeting yesterday, Ms. O'Day answered that she had not signed a contract for the female care. But she never said what it would cost nor did she identify where or who she would send these troubled girls to live with. But it sounds like someone in Nashville has been shopping.....a girl doesn't shop and not buy for herself