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Apr 18 2018
11:34 am

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The Knoxville News Sentinel has sunk to new lows in their bizarre crusade to discredit Tim Burchett.

You may recall the KNS hit piece from a couple of weeks ago that, among other other things, accused Finance Director Chris Caldwell of hiring a "ghost" employee named Benjamin Bean.

Late Monday afternoon, Mr. Bean was leaving Chris Caldwell's residence after visiting there to walk his dog when he spotted three individuals in a red Nissan Leaf parked at a nearby Greyhound bus station parking lot. The individuals appeared to be taking photographs of Mr. Bean.

(Mr. Bean told us he was staying with a friend while waiting for a new apartment to become available after his lease ran out, but his friend's apartment doesn't allow dogs. So Chris Caldwell, who also has a dog, offered to keep Mr. Bean's dog for him, and he goes there regularly to visit and walk his dog.)

Mr. Bean approached the individuals to ask why they were taking his picture. The driver got out and identified himself as Jack McElroy (the Knoxville News Sentinel's editor) and asked Mr. Bean if he was living with Chris Caldwell, saying it would be a conflict of interest if he was. Mr. Bean said no, he was just there to walk his dog. McElroy was recording the confrontation and when Mr. Bean asked why he was being recorded, McElroy said "we need proof."

(Mr. Bean later identified one of the other individuals as Brad Mayes after being shown a photo of Mayes with another group of people.)

Mr. Bean said that he had already been interviewed by the paper for the story a couple of weeks ago, and they asked him if he was "romantically involved" with either Chris Caldwell or Tim Burchett. He told them he wasn't.

Apparently that wasn't good enough for Jack McElroy. He's now stalking a county employee to get "proof" to further the KNS agenda. This is an invasion of privacy and unethical journalism.

And Mr. Bean is understandably concerned about being followed around and photographed by people he doesn't know. So concerned that he's had to move from his friend's place (which is near Chris Caldwell's residence) to an Airbnb.

BigRedTrk's picture

Romantically Involved w/Burchett?

It simply amazes me the lengths that KNS will go to in order to find one piece of dirt on Tim Burchett. And they will take that one grain and turn it into a mudhole if given a chance.

Romantically involved? When Tim has the most awesome wife and child that ever existed on this God's green earth? You have got to be kidding me. Hang on, I have to stop laughing the tears are hindering my ability to see what I am typing.

You know, when Tim ran for County Mayor the first time, not one peep out of anyone. When he ran for re-election, the same thing, but alas, KNS took his divorce, a personal incident, granted he was a public employee of the tax payers of Knox County, but it's a personal incident nonetheless, and tried their hardest to smear Tim into the ground. Didn't work did it, kinda backlashed on the ex-wife. Now he's running for Congress, and I have never, in my life, seen so much GARBAGE coming out of certain individuals mouths, that have not got the foggiest idea of what it is they are talking about.

Bring me HARD CORE EVIDENCE of any wrong-doings that Tim has done, then we will talk about it. In the meantime, as my Daddy tells me all the time, "Don't let your alligator mouth, overload your Hummingbird a$$, as it will come back to bite you."

Bbeanster's picture

Disgusting. Kid should get a

Disgusting.

Kid should get a restraining order.

BigRedTrk's picture

I agree

He needs to, for the whole KNS staff.

Bbeanster's picture

Democrats don't have to worry

Democrats don't have to worry about being outed – nobody cares. Different story for Republicans, which is why they're always accusing each other of being gay.

I like people who work for McElroy, wish them well and am sorry that they have to kowtow to him. The only thing worse than a one-newspaper town would be a no-newspaper town, and I fear that is where we're headed. Bubba is performing an important service here (and has scooped Jack Mac on his own story, LOL!)

And that's all I have to say about that. I need to calm down about this –except I am pissed and offended beyond telling.

Average Guy's picture

McElroy may sign the checks,

but it should be clear to them by now, they're working for Allison Burchett.

BigRedTrk's picture

Working for Allison Burchett

There's no doubt about that, for sure!!!!

Jeff Bean's picture

I don't believe McElroy would

I don't believe McElroy would be out on an expedition like this unless he had a very strong reason to believe there's something going on here. Because the alleged relationship(s) are homosexual, it seems to some like the mighty newspaper editor is trying to "out" some closeted Republicans, which would be wrong. However, that's not what it looks like to me. If Caldwell is paying his lover for work he's not performing, this could be just as serious, and very similar, to the recent scandal involving the Nashville Mayor.

In the article linked to above, Caldwell publicly admitted that he forged Bean's signature and that his time cards are inaccurate. He also says the nature of Bean's work is secret (I'm not sure how that's even legal given open government laws but I'm not an attorney). If there could be a more devious reason for this employment arrangement on the taxpayer dime, I'm personally glad the paper is looking into it.

I don't know them personally and don't know if they are lovers, or even gay at all. But the story about the AirBnB seems fishy to me too. If Bean wasn't living at Caldwell's place then why would he need to move out of his friend's apartment?

Mayor Burchett is obviously worried about the potential story, as he has tweeted a link to this post. I'm also assuming Bean wouldn't have talked to this blog without the blessing of his superiors. Are the Mayor and/or Caldwell simply trying to get out in front of scandal?

cwg's picture

There is no scandal. Brad

There is no scandal. Brad Mayes is nuts.

Jeff Bean's picture

I don't know anything about

I don't know anything about Mayes but I think highly enough of Jack McElroy to believe there could be something really big going on here. Why else would the editor himself, and not some junior reporter, be out there on an assignment like this?

I think Jack has earned the benefit of a doubt and we should wait and see what it produces.

GusVol's picture

I don’t know any party

I don’t know any party involved to be quite honest, but I feel benefit of doubt is granted for everyone. McElroy could’ve been just doing his job and there’s nothing there. Or there’s something. But you already seem very judgmental of Bean, without knowing him? You’ve already called him Caldwell’s lover which hasn’t been proven to be true. You said you were withholding judgment but contradicting yourself by stating this in an earlier post.

Jeff Bean's picture

I didn't say Bean was

I didn't say Bean was Caldwell's lover. I actually said that I don't even know if the two are gay at all. I did say that if it's true that Caldwell is paying his lover, then this would be comparable to the former Nashville Mayor's situation. I defended Jack McElroy for looking into the allegations and feel strongly that everyone's giving him a hard time before hearing from him.

Honestly, I have been skeptical and judgmental of this entire post though. Why would Mayor Burchett direct all of his twitter followers to read and retweet this? Who approached rneil with this story and photo in the first place? To me, it seems like this is an orchestrated pre-spin job by Burchett and/or Caldwell, which does make me believe there could be something here.

I actually hope I'm wrong.

GusVol's picture

I see now. The wording was a

I see now. The wording was a bit off and I didn’t understand at first. But to your statement, if you were skeptical of the whole post, then you’d be skeptical of Jack as well. The writer of this blog has just stated that it occurred after work hours. So that’s one question gone for me as to whether or not Mr. Bean was working. I’m questioning everyone and everything. It seems that you have a vendetta against Burchett and Caldwell that’s clouding your judgement and not looking at all avenues in this. Like I said, there could be something there. But based on the previous article, this article, and common sense. It just seems like there’s nothing there. Maybe I’m wrong. I’m sure someone in that government building is investigating this and we will see in due time what comes.

Jeff Bean's picture

Admittedly, my judgement on

Admittedly, my judgement on this is influenced by my respect for Jack McElroy and an overall negative vibe on Burchett (although nothing close to a "vendetta"). I do not know anything about Caldwell or Benjamin Bean beyond what I've read.

I agree that the allegations probably came from his opponents, ex wife, or someone else that's not a fan. However, if the allegations are true, then I don't think it matters where they came from. If they are bogus, then I trust someone like Jack McElroy to decipher that before it gets reported.

I brought up the fact that this blog entry likely came from the Mayor, or someone close to him, for a different reason. I believe it shows that they are worried about this story and trying to sway its reception in advance. I don't fault RNeil for running it. I just find it very interesting. If there were nothing to the story, I think the County Mayor would've ignored it.

GusVol's picture

Or they could see this as a

Or they could see this as a young employee if there’s getting dragged into a political battle that’s not intended for him. But who knows, Allison..I mean, Jeff.

Jeff Bean's picture

Wow. That's two times in the

Wow. That's two times in the same thread that I've been accused of being Allison Burchett. All I've said is that I believe we shouldn't rush to judgement on McElroy and that I thought Mayor Burchett's reaction is a little bizarre, and possibly telling.

Since we are playing the accusation game now, I'm beginning to think "Gus" may work in "that government building" if you know what I mean.

GusVol's picture

It’s just a joke, Jeff. I saw

It’s just a joke, Jeff. I saw the same thing earlier and thought it was funny. I felt our conversation coming to an end, so I was just poking a little fun at the situation. I see I’ve struck a nerve so I will refrain from using myb”jokes”.

GusVol's picture

Also as far as who approached

Also as far as who approached who with what. You could ask that same question to KNS with the original article. With the mayors stepsons info, Mr. Beans, and others. It could be a prespin job or employees trying to get on with their lives by laying it all out. The more I read and think about this, the more I feel this is more mudslinging by Burchett’s opponents and/or Allison.

Bbeanster's picture

Yeah, right.My last name is

I actually hope I'm wrong.

Yeah, right. How touching.

My last name is Bean.

Yours is not. But it probably starts with the same letter.

Bbeanster's picture

Oops. Bubba already clarified

Oops.

Bubba already clarified the time of day.

BigRedTrk's picture

My last name is Bean. Yours

My last name is Bean.

Yours is not. But it probably starts with the same letter.

Don't doubt it in the least bit. That person is known to be people they are not supposed to be.

Knoxoasis's picture

Maybe because McElroy doesn't

Maybe because McElroy doesn't have enough reporters left.

Treehouse's picture

Truth

Boom

BigRedTrk's picture

No Worries.....Polls have Burchett in the Lead...

Mayor Burchett is obviously worried about the potential story, as he has tweeted a link to this post. I'm also assuming Bean wouldn't have talked to this blog without the blessing of his superiors. Are the Mayor and/or Caldwell simply trying to get out in front of scandal?

Wouldn't you think that if there, in fact, was a "scandal" that the LAST thing Burchett would do is tweet about it?

Bbeanster's picture

If Bean wasn't living at

If Bean wasn't living at Caldwell's place then why would he need to move out of his friend's apartment?

Probably because he has crazy old white men following him around and he
doesn't want to expose his friend to potential harassment.

Jeff Bean's picture

You may be right that they're

You may be right that they're "crazy" but I'm going to withhold judgement until I see the story McElroy is/was working on or at least an explanation from him on these events.

The post doesn't specify a time, only saying that it occurred Monday afternoon. If this was during County business hours, then I see nothing wrong with following an alleged ghost employee around.

I also think it's totally appropriate for a journalist to keep an eye on him if they've received credible information that he lives with his supervisor and could be in a relationship. Again, this would be extremely similar to the former Nashville Mayor's crimes. Even if it's not true, you can't fault McElroy for at least digging into it to verify.

GusVol's picture

Most of the time if a person

Most of the time if a person lives downtown, they’re given a designated parking spot (at least it is in most cases I’ve seen.), if Mr. Bean was staying with a friend and that friend didn’t have an extra parking spot for him, then it makes complete sense that his car was there overnight or what have you. That seems like information that would be needed in this story, not a excuse. Don’t get me wrong, I’m okay with investigative journalism. And I feel that this may fall in that category and not stalking. I just don’t see how this is a story, when we’ve already read about this weeks ago, but replacing the last name Caldwell for Burchett. Now you’re right in the fact that if this was during work hours, I’d like to know if he was on a lunch break or whatever, or was he walking his dog on the clock. Now if this turns up into nothing, they should move on from this kid and focus on the true target and give us that story. Not some kid who got kicked out of his apartment, staying with a friend, and was walking his dog.

Bbeanster's picture

I’d like to know if he was on

I’d like to know if he was on a lunch break or whatever, or was he walking his dog on the clock.

My understanding is this happened Monday evening, after working hours, while County Commission was in session. Caldwell was required to attend the meeting.

Bean went down to feed and walk the dogs. He was not on the clock.

Treehouse's picture

Relative?

Is Jeff a relative to Betty?

Who is Brad Mays?

Jeff Bean's picture

As far as I know, I'm not

As far as I know, I'm not related to Betty or Benjamin. I come from the less sophisticated line of Beans!

Brad Mayes is the guy that confronted Burchett about hiring his stepson in the YouTube video mentioned in the above article.

fischbobber's picture

Too many Beans here.

This thread is tough to follow. McElroy is still smarting from the time he tried to frame Burchett on campaign contribution issues and I scooped his writer literally hours before publication on this website right here. I seriously doubt he has information that would implicate Tim.

Bbeanster's picture

Too many Beans? How could

Too many Beans?

How could that be possible? ;-)
(although we got some faux beans at the table today)

Jeff Bean's picture

I'm not a faux Bean, although

I'm not a faux Bean, although I've got some relatives who probably wish I were! My Beans are from Hawkins County by way of Scotland. If we go back far enough, I bet me, you, and Benjamin are distant cousins.

fischbobber's picture

Well.....

It just gets confusing. It's like a three bean salad with five beans in it. It's hard to keep up. ;-)

I am wondering if some of these beans aren't bad boiled eggs though. Not you, of course.

R. Neal's picture

The incident occurred late

The incident occurred late Monday while the commission meeting was underway. Caldwell was at the commission meeting.

GusVol's picture

Rereading the linked article

Rereading the linked article there’s a claim that Mr. Bean was out of the country but paid for a full day? Couldn’t someone ask Mr. Bean for his passport to verify this?

Bbeanster's picture

Why do we have a right to

Why do we have a right to know where Benjamin Bean goes after working hours? Because he got tagged for 8 hours last summer when his Facebook page said he was in London? (Would love to know how one arranges such a lightning visit.) Evidently someone is combing through the social media of county employees, looking for little fish to kill. Know anybody with such an M.O.?

I've covered the courthouse for decades. If I were going to go looking for who's hooking up, fooling around, canoodling or sneaking around behind spouses backs with bosses, co-workers or subordinates, I'd have time for little else. As Billy Stokes reminded me yesterday, evidently nobody at the NS remembers how they made Tim Hutchison a cult hero – and the founder of a dynasty – by their relentless hectoring.

To borrow a watchword from Michael Avenatti,

Basta.

Jeff Bean's picture

If Benjamin Bean has been

If Benjamin Bean has been paid tax dollars for a job he doesn't show up for while living, and allegedly sleeping, with his direct supervisor (while also possibly having a romantic relationship with the County Mayor himself), the public should absolutely know about it.

If none of this is true, at least we have a daily newspaper editor willing to check it out before immediately calling the allegations "disgusting."

Jamie Satterfield's picture

A note

I had to give a speech to some honor society journalism students this week, and I thought how in the world can I inspire these kids to go into journalism today. And I started thinking about all the stories that I have done in my 30-year career that did real good - bad cops busted, wrongfully accused freed, bad judges outed, bad policies revealed, voices given to voiceless coal ash workers, the list goes on and on. And that's just me, and I'm not that good of a reporter. The News Sentinel has had on its staff some of the best investigative reporters in this nation who have uncovered all manner of corruption and wrongdoing. Journalism done well does the world good, and the News Sentinel's reporters have done and continue to do East Tennessee good. The truth is, I'd do this job for free. I have passion for it, for ethically revealing the truth so people can decide for themselves. And that's what I told those students. I have no dog in this particular stream of commentary other than to say that those of us at the News Sentinel who are laboring to do news the right way hope your brush won't be too broad.

Jeff Bean's picture

I would say why we have the

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Bbeanster's picture

Jamie, you have done

Jamie, you have done excellent work for longer than I care to think about (since I am way older than you). I'm pissed at Jack, but not at you or your colleagues.

You have done remarkable service to this town, whether people realize it or not, and I've seen it first hand on numerous occasions – the death of Andre Stenson comes immediately to my mind. I hope you keep on keeping on for years to come.

Jamie Satterfield's picture

Thank you

I learned a lot from you, lady.

Moon's picture

Like Bean...

... I'm a huge Jamie Satterfield fan. So much so that I saw her on the street one day and ran up to meet her.

Bbeanster's picture

I've changed my mind. Jeff

I've changed my mind. Jeff Bean isn't Allison. Obsessed, but not nearly mean enough. Hi, Brad.

Knoxoasis's picture

Ya know...

Looking again at that picture it appears that the reporters are in a Nissan Leaf. My dad has one of those. So I can say with confidence that if Mr. Bean wishes to lose his tail he needs only drive about 50 miles or so...

EDIT: re-reading the OP I see it is noted the car was a Leaf.

Rachel's picture

I'm primarily interested in

I'm primarily interested in whether Mr. Bean is or is not a ghost employee, and if so, who made him one?

The rest of it is just distraction.

bizgrrl's picture

Will following him after

Will following him after hours determine that?

Bbeanster's picture

This will take more space

This will take more space than I like to occupy on KV, but something's been nibbling on my memory banks. Let's see if I can keep you interested enough to hear me out:

Once upon a time in Knoxville, two men were running for the newly-created office of Public Defender. One was a Republican, Mark Stephens. He was extremely qualified and is a white guy whose wife is biracial (as well as stunningly beautiful and extremely nice).

The Democrat was Travis Brasfield.

There came a day when someone (we later found out it was the son of a local Baptist preacher) was distributing flyers trashing Stephens and his wife. I found one stuck under on my windshield at the Broadway Shopping Center.

Brasfield called a press conference to disavow responsibility for the trashy flyers.

I can't quote it precisely all these years later, but here's how I remember it:

"I'm sorry some lowlife is talking about my opponent's interracial marriage. I don't talk about my opponent's interracial marriage. If anything comes out about my opponent's interracial marriage, it won't be from me, because I would never say anything about his interracial marriage. I do not think my opponent's interracial marriage is anything we should be discussing."

I worked for the Journal then, and I remember looking across the room at my NS counterpart, Rebecca Ferrar. She shook her head. Afterward, she asked me if I'd counted how many times he said "My opponent's interracial marriage." Neither of us had a tape recorder, but we tried to total them up, and it was a bunch.

....

Still reading? Wondering when I'll come to the point, and what it has to do with this Knox Views thread?

Jeff Bean has been a KV member for about a day and a half now – since just before he started posting on this topic. Here are some excerpts from four separate posts.

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If Benjamin Bean has been paid tax dollars for a job he doesn't show up for while living, and allegedly sleeping, with his direct supervisor (while also possibly having a romantic relationship with the County Mayor himself), the public should absolutely know about it.

I didn't say Bean was Caldwell's lover. I actually said that I don't even know if the two are gay at all. I did say that if it's true that Caldwell is paying his lover, then this would be comparable to the former Nashville Mayor's situation. I defended Jack McElroy for looking into the allegations and feel strongly that everyone's giving him a hard time before hearing from him.

Because the alleged relationship(s) are homosexual, it seems to some like the mighty newspaper editor is trying to "out" some closeted Republicans, which would be wrong. However, that's not what it looks like to me. If Caldwell is paying his lover for work he's not performing, this could be just as serious, and very similar, to the recent scandal involving the Nashville Mayor.

I don't know them personally and don't know if they are lovers, or even gay at all. But the story about the AirBnB seems fishy to me too. If Bean wasn't living at Caldwell's place then why would he need to move out of his friend's apartment?

Seems pretty clear to me what's on Cousin Jeff's mind.

P.S.: Mark Stephens is still our public defender – the only one we've ever had, and a recognized leader in his profession.

danandrews's picture

I think the REAL STORY HERE

I think the REAL STORY HERE is Tim had a major story that he wanted released to the public. He also pushed hard on social media. I mean this is a big social media buzz story and it appears he decided to use his social media strength here. Randy, what I am curious about is did your web traffic spike? Would you be willing to share the telemetry?

Bbeanster's picture

Where 'bouts is this story?

Where 'bouts is this story?

danandrews's picture

Irony

Am I the only one that see's just how ironic and maybe even hypocritical this is?

Almost everything Brad Mayes is doing to Tim Burchett...was done to Brad Mayes.
(link...)

While it was done before Tim's watch and Tim did say he would clean the mess up and it looks like he did.

Brad Mayes, and with good reason, always felt anger towards Tim for not firing Salter.

I get both sides of the equation. For people who don't know the lawsuit that Brad Mayes filed and I still to this day encourage anyone who wants to go into investigative reporting to read that file (the Andrea Rudd divorce case, and Brian Hornback vs Ruthie)

Brad's case was mind blowing. you had a guy who took on the government and won. However the bad stuff took place before Tim took office. It only came to public attention after Tim took office.

However, as Betty pointed out 9 years ago. Brad's problem is he plays his cards wrong ususally with the media. Again the guy is great at finding things. However, when you go anonymous online it really hurts your credibility.

Also note, in Jack's defense. It appears we have the person in charge of our County finances, going on record, publically stating that he kept two seperate books and Time sheets for a secret mission. Which I can only guess is the TVA building possibly becoming the new school HQ as written by an awesome scoop by the Focus. Credit to Hunley my ex-boss, he has the best damn beat writer in the City County Building and I look forward every Monday to reading what is happenning in County and City government. Mike Steely busts his ass off.
So back to Jack. Um yeah, if someone is keeping two sets of books, as an ex-reporter I could totally see directing a newsroom to find out what is going on.

Please note: This post is in no way political. Nor is this post in any way a reflection on the values, beliefs or has any association with my current employer or former employer. This post is in no way an endorsement of anyone or any product except as written the good work that Mike Steely does.

The purpose of this post is to show why we as a society have gotten to this point and past events that might have lead to the original post. Please also note all information is written to the best of my ability and my memory. Any information that any individual would like to correct modify and change please send me a comment via the intercommunications of this website.
Also note it is 1:50 am and if my grammar is bad it is because I made a conscious decision to address this issue on my time and not on my employers time.

Jeff Bean's picture

Based on my reading of the

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Bbeanster's picture

Not speaking from any

Not speaking from any specific knowledge here, but Knox County historically has kept certain projects confidential, usually having to do with land acquisition for schools, industrial parks, landfills and the like, until they are a done deal. There are many reasons for this, including not wanting the seller to jack the price up.

If that is the case, I would also bet that the reporter who researched the story knew what the deal was, and maybe was even told the facts off the record.

I agree that Mayes has an old obsession/vendetta that has consumed him and made him someone I'd cross the street to avoid.

But when you dig down to the bottom of this to find the real root cause, it's that the county mayor is running for a congressional seat and there are people willing to do almost anything to stop him. Ben Bean, sadly, is collateral damage and Jack McElroy is a tool. So is Mayes, although he's probably enjoying the attention (evidently he's a Ken Burns fan) enough to make it worth his while.

R. Neal's picture

The KNS story... (link...)

The KNS story...

(link...)

cwg's picture

Mickey Mouse indeed

SMH

bizgrrl's picture

Warning to Knox County

Warning to Knox County employees. Watch out where you park your car.

Bbeanster's picture

Whatta nothingburger. Pity

Whatta nothingburger.

Pity of this is that all it's going to accomplish is to drive away the most competent, open and accessible county finance director I've known since I started covering government in 1987.

Chris Caldwell never ducks questions, always returns calls and has a knack for translating complex financial data into understandable, real life language. If he leaves this office, I'll miss him, and I'm sure a lot of other people will, too.

So here's to you, USA Today Tennessee staff and your crack investigator!

ps: I rarely say anything good about bureaucrats. But Chris is damn good at what he does and is also a very nice guy.

Now I'm off to take a shower and try to wash away the stench of this sorry piece of crap.

Bbeanster's picture

In honor of John Bean on his

In honor of John Bean on his birthday, I'll just add this:

I'm tired of dealing with chickenshit bastards.

Average Guy's picture

Fourth Estate

The free press is there to be a check on government. If the books don't reflect the work, that's the story.

The rest leaps over a line the National Enquirer wouldn't cross.

Shameful.

Jeff Bean's picture

The key point that many of

The key point that many of you are missing is that the Knox County Nepotism Policy is not just limited to blood and legal "relatives." The policy says "any other person who resides in the same household" is considered a "relative."

The policy clearly states that an official cannot "advocate, recommend, supervise, manage or cause the employment, appointment, promotion, transfer, or advancement of his or her relative to an office or position of employment within the Knox County Government."

If Bean lives with Caldwell, or has lived with him up until now, then a clear violation has occurred. Frankly, there is enough evidence here that an investigation into the matter is probably warranted.

Furthermore, if there were a romantic relationship, and Bean was being paid for work not performed, then there could be more serious laws broken. Caldwell could very well be guilty of both theft and official misconduct, both felonies, in a case that would contain many similarities to the recent Nashville Mayor's scandal.

This could be much more serious than tabloid like reporting to expose people's private lives.

cwg's picture

Bean does not live with

Bean does not live with Caldwell. Sorry, Brad.

Bbeanster's picture

If Bean lives with Caldwell,

If Bean lives with Caldwell, or has lived with him up until now, then a clear violation has occurred. Frankly, there is enough evidence here that an investigation into the matter is probably warranted.

Furthermore, if there were a romantic relationship, and Bean was being paid for work not performed, then there could be more serious laws broken. Caldwell could very well be guilty of both theft and official misconduct, both felonies, in a case that would contain many similarities to the recent Nashville Mayor's scandal.

As Johnny Majors used to say, 'If wishes and buts were candy and nuts, we'd all have a merry Christmas.'

I presume you are familiar with libel law – didn't you sue somebody for that? You'd better be real, real sure of what you're speculating about. Ben Bean doesn't meet any definition of a public figure. IP addresses are traceable.

You seem quite obsessed with homosexuality. What do you dream about at night?

cwg's picture

Bbeanster asked me to post

BB was having internet issues and asked me to post on her behalf this picture from last week's Ken Burns dinner, where a number of anti-Burchett people, including Mayes, seem to be at a table together. Will leave it to her to elaborate, to ensure I don't get anything wrong.

lynn AB etc dinner.jpg

Bbeanster's picture

From the left, there's Lynn

From the left, there's Lynn Duncan in bubblegum pink. John J. Duncan III is behind her and Reagan Matlock (son of congressional candidate Jimmy Matlock) is farther to the right, behind the smiling Allison Burchett. Mike Strickland is standing to the right and Brad Mayes, in white shirt and tie, is to the right of Strickland.

This picture was taken at a dinner for Ken Burns last Tuesday, the day after Ben Bean caught Mayes, Jack McElroy and an unidentified third man taking pictures of him leaving Chris Caldwell's condo early Monday evening. The three were seated in a car parked behind the Greyhound bus station. It was after-hours, and Bean had gone to Caldwell's condo to take care of his dog (and Caldwell's as well, since Caldwell was working late that night).

Bean had been staying with a friend who lives nearby after losing his leased apartment last fall – he'd given his landlord notice that he was moving in late October, but decided to stay on after his temporary job was extended for a few more months. The friend is allergic to dogs, so Caldwell, who also has a dog, offered to board Bean's pet at his Old City condo. After the confrontation with the three men, Bean moved into an AirB&B because he didn't wish to expose her to the people who were following him around.

Caldwell, who lives near Bean's friend and has two assigned parking spots but only uses one, allows Bean to use his extra parking place (As I said above,
Chris Caldwell is a very decent guy).

R. Neal's picture

Dots, connected.

Dots, connected.

BigRedTrk's picture

Dot's Connected.....

With BIG BOLD LINES!!! I see who I believe is the instigator of all of this....the *smiling* one. You'd think she would just disappear with as much trouble as she has been in.

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