I agree with you Edwards, its a shame that every citizen in this state is not calling for someone's head. If every media outlet was as transparent as the Times Free Press this country would still stand for the principles it was founded on. Money is the root of all EVIL, and Haslam has got it. To bad he can't tell his wife " Sorry dear,but your friend has to go!! She's wrong" People with unlimited amounts of money get greedy and loose site of the common man. To bad we've elected another one!!
Crossville, Im not so sure she does any better on the Foster/Dependant Neglect side. Watch the video and you be the judge? I do agree with several posts about the Tenneesseean. Do the Haslam's own it too, or do they just have a "contract" with them?
Thank you iarnofool, Your insight into different areas of this messed up department is interesting. Taft has served the state for 100 years and has always been the "go to" facility when ANYONE needed something!! Nashville always talks about "culture" Well lets talk about it. Anyone ever heard of James Earl Ray? Can anyone remember when he escaped from Brushy Mtn? Can anyone remember who's K-9 team they called to assist? Can anyone remember which K-9 team tracked him to the dead end where the FBI could make the capture? If not search Time magazine archives they will tell you!! Anyone remember who was touted the #1 Running back in the State in 1990? Does anyone remember who helped the state re take a CCA juvenile facility in east Tennessee that had been destroyed by violent youth? Can anyone remember the Drum Line that would march in the Strawberry Parades every year and was always the crowd favorite? I would like to encourage everyone who has retired from TYC to log in and tell your story. There has to be hundreds of you if not thousands!! Because it is a story like no other. Taft hasn't become #1 overnight, IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN #1. D--- shame Haslam doesn't take the time to see what he has, but I guess when you've never earned anything yourself it doesn't matter. Lets go RETIREES get up out of your ROCKERS you were so proud of when you retired. Join iarnofool and BARK!!!
Here is what happens when the Department HAS Taft to threaten disruptive youth with. What will they do when they DON'T have the BAD BOY facility? Guess that will be the CITIZENS of TENNESSEE'S PROBLEM!! It's evident this adminastration dosn't care.
Crossville, I'll tell you why Ms. O'Day can't answer any questions. It's because she comes from the "Private Sector" where she has never dealt with a REAL CRIP or a REAL BLOOD!! that has lived their lives since they were in diapers on the street, and survival of the fittest was the way of life. There is and always has been a way to get through to these boys, but it takes experience and dedication and a desire to help someone other than yourself. Shortly after Haslams' tenure began he brought in Ms. O'Day. Realizing she was out of her element she hired an "expert" in Juvenile Justice; Albert Dawson.
Mr. Dawson was present at a Finance hearing just before the House Government Operations hearing last month. At the Gov. Ops hearing Mr. Dawson was AWOL. Why? Because he knew Rep. Cobb, Sexton, and Turner had the answers to questions he had LIED about. Rep. Sexton even directed one of Ms. O'Days outrange to find Mr. Dawson and get him to the hearing room. After Ms. O'Day answered "I don't know" or "I don't have that information here" for over an hour, Mr. Juvenile Justice Expert Dawson was still nowhere to be found. To bad Ms. O'Days retriever didn't look under his desk!! He knew what was coming and his Boss allowed him to go hide and deprive over 200 citizens answers to the questions they deserved to hear.
I hope RepTurner and Harmon can come through, and Rep Cobb and Sexton come through!! Then we can show this Dictator style administration; Just because we come from Rural Tennessee doesn't mean you can hike your leg and use us as a fire hydrant.
Taft does the BEST JOB the numbers show it!! Leave them alone and let them help the kids who have been the fire hydrant all their lives.
Taft teaches them to be men, be responsible for their actions, get an education, stand alone and say "I can succeed by myself instead of with my Gang".
When they walk out the gate or off the Football field they can hold their head high. They've earned what they have, and I'll guarantee you none of them would hide under a desk!!!
They are Taft Tigers!!!!
Real Deal and GC, once again you've hit the nail on the head. First they say its because 25 no 28 no 37 million dollars in upgrades are needed. Then Jim Cobb, Cameron Sexton, Eric Stewart, Charlotte Burkes,Bill Harmon,Howard Upcurch, Jimmy Mckinzie, Tommy Austin, and Sam Benningfield make liars of them. Then they changed their lie. The department was not efficient enough running at 69 percent capacity. Then Eric Stewart called her out and made her admit she was skewing the numbers referring to the number of beds at each facility. What she failed to mention is the facilities were running at over 90% of the budgeted capacity. Wilder has 156 beds budgeted for 108, Woodland Hills ,the biggest joke and waste of money in state history, and Mountain View which is a very good facility have 144 beds, and budgeted for 120 WHYDC and 108 MVYDC. Taft Youth Center who all the facilities call when they have a bad boy has 230 beds and is budgeted for 96. Are you starting to see what lies this Governor is helping his wife's friend get away with?
Now they've reverted back to the 5% budget cuts the Honorable Governor Haslam has asked for. What better way to set the stage and prove that state run JJ centers don't work? Oh yea close the best one. Let the rest explode!! What they fail to mention is a level 4 student costs about 500 dollars a day to house in private provider networks. I'm sure the wont mention it either. What are their potential earnings with 400 students in private provider placements. Oh yea, they are residential!! Meaning in your neighborhood!!
If the real issue was saving the taxpayers money, they would assess the department as a whole. Pick the one who performs the worst, and move their students to Taft and save 11 million dollars a year, and help over 100 kids. This also brings the cost per day for Taft to 180 dollars. Governor Haslam and Kate O'Day may ignorant to the JJ system, its evident their something. Albert Dawson on the other hand has worked for DCS for 30+ years. He took over at Woodland Hills as Superintendent in 2006. During the time he served in this role up to mid 2011 when he sucked his way into the Dept. Commissioners slot he holds today. He sent more disruptive students to Taft than Wilder and MVYDC combined. Need Taft as Superintendent when you run the least effective YDC in the nation, Close Taft when you move to the Cordell Hull bldg. and are on the verge of retirement with a cushy 9000 dollar a month salary. If all Legislators and the public can't see what going on here they need to get an eye exam. Come on people stand from the highest roof top and scream LIAR LIAR PANTS ON FIRE!! Lets expose these modern day train robbers for what they are. Pieces of S---!!!!
Now they not only want to close Taft. They are closing the TRICOR milk processing plant and moveing it to Nashville. This is going to put at least 5 people out of work. Some of these people have 25+years. They are actually saying they can milk the cows on the farm, truck the milk to Nashville for peocessing,and truck it back cheaper. There is no way this is TRUE!! Remember the TRICOR farm gets their water and electricity free because Taft pays the bill. These 5 people arn't important to Haslam just like the 200 positions at Taft arn't. DCS isn't the only department that tells the public and faithful employees LIES. I guess CCA dosn't want to pay those utilities? I'll bet you those tanker trucks will be useing Pilot fuel though. This administration is nothing more than a playground bully running roughshod over anyone they want. I'm greatful for anyone who stands up to them. On election day hopefuly the citizens won't won't re elect a man who rapes rual Tennessee all in the name of pocket money!!
GC, This is the only adimiistration i've ever seen who say nothing about the best interest of the youth. Look at wsmv.com in Nashville and see whats happening on the foster/ dependent neglect side. Case manergers are comming forward with heads covered like people who have been charged with hanius crimes just to tell their story. The story they are telling is that of neglect and downright abuse that is happening at the hands of this administration. They are releasing kids back to abusive households and the kids are being abused again. Over 200 last year!!! I guess when Kate told Gov. Haslam there was no differance in a Dependant Neglect child and a JJ kid, she meant she didn't give a damn about either one!!! Come on Public Officials do your job! Come on Tennessean is the money Haslam paying you worth 1 of these kids lives? All of you should be ashamed!! Especially you Albert Dawson you know better. Surely you don't think your 9000 a month is worth a kids life?
Bravo Mr. Cook for once again telling it like it is!! What wasn't mentioned in this story is that Mr. Lindsey was to transfered Taft from Woodland Hills, who couldn't handle him. He was to assaultive,to destructive. When sent to TYC Mr. Lindsey becomes a shining success!!! Wonder why? My hats off to coach Worthington, Coach Smith and all the staff at this remarkable facility. Hopefully the Represenitives won't let this closeing happen. I also agree with Mr. Cook; Governor Haslam himself needs sent to Taft. I'll bet they could even rehabilitate him.