Thu
Jul 20 2006
02:26 pm
Twohawks's picture

In regards to houses

I know for a fact he is building one off of Tazwell pike, and also one in another sub division. I know the contractors who are building them and also the company delivering lumber to them, friends work as both places.

Anonymous's picture

It does not take a rookie

It does not take a rookie deputy to see Tim was lying through his teeth about not having built houses in several years. Kinda makes you wonder what else he lies about.

Knoxquerious's picture

According to the WBIR

According to the WBIR debate, the sheriff said he has not built a house in several years. I think there are some folks that would disagree with him about that if you were to ask around.

StaceyDiamond's picture

house

He built one for Randy Hinton in South Knoxville in the last couple of years. It was featured in Knoxville Mag this year. People watched dfeputies build it. It's huge, lakefront. Stacey

KnoxVol's picture

Neither of them get my vote.

 Remember this about Tyree:

* He was a narcotics officer in the early 1970's decade where he put dope dealers in jail.

* For those with long memories he then was a criminal defense attorney where he won a well-publicized case  where a dope dealer was accused.

 * Then he was elected mayor of Knoxville where he became a close political ally (some say cronie) of former Knoxville banker and later-convicted felon Jake Butcher.

* Finally, in the 2002 or 2004 election cycle he took (if memory seves me corrrectly) $50,000 from a right-wing Right To Life group to advocate their cause. They complained that he did nothing for them and kept the money.

 

As for Sheriff Hutchinson, I remember in the 2002 election cycle in a debate with Jim Andrews where Hutchinson said that he had increased the budget of the sheriff's office by four (that's right four) times since he had taken office twelve or sixteen years earlier.

I heard in the news media recently that Hutchinson wants the county commission to give him another massive budget increase. They said that it would amount to a $160 wheel tax increase.

We want good law enforcement but hey - where's all of that money going, Sheriff?! 

It's not a case of who's the best candidate for the job. It's a choice between picking the one who is the worse and not the one who is the most worstest.

Talk local politics at The County Seat

 

Anonymous's picture

Yea, Hippies got busted in

Yea, Hippies got busted in Fort Sanders, but a lot of LSD and coke were taken off the streets too. Tyree has never been a criminal defense attorney and the Right to Life thing is completely unsubstantiated. As for the sheriff, I wish Knox County Education had half the budget.

KnoxVol's picture

You might want to do your research first

Anonymous said this "Tyree has never been a criminal defense attorney"

It happened in the mid-1970's. I had a brother-in-law that was in the UT law school at the time. I remember hearing them talk about it. Go to the public library, research the news articles and see for yourself.

and this "As for the sheriff, I wish Knox County Education had half the budget."

The last time I heard the budget for the Knox County school system was $300,000,000. The total county budget was $500,000,000. That's 60% - which is more than half.

 

Talk local politics at The County Seat

 

Factchecker's picture

If you're doing the accusing,

It happened in the mid-1970's. I had a brother-in-law that was in the UT law school at the time. I remember hearing them talk about it. Go to the public library, research the news articles and see for yourself.

If you're doing the accusing, why don't you back up your words?  A link or something.

As for your guilt by association (with Jake Butcher) charge, that's just a dirty smear.  What did Tyree do wrong?  Worked with the governor as mayor of Knoxville?

Anonymous's picture

Touché on the budget.

Touché on the budget. Should have said budget increase % I guess. Googled and Yahood Tyree with your criminal defense and couldn't find anything at all. Post something if you find it though(not related to you). Good luck and nice plug for your site.

Anonymous's picture

I did figure something out.

I did figure something out. According to some google links, Tyree was elected mayor in 1975 and before that he was City Safety Inspector and a police officer. I don't think he had time to represent drug dealers in court. Especially after busting a bunch of them in Operation Aquarius. That would be a conflict of interests don't you think? I am not saying Tyree would be the best sheriff ever, but I just can't vote for Hutchison again.

KnoxVol's picture

They gave him a winnable case.

 

Anonymous said this: "Tyree was elected mayor in 1975 and before that he was City Safety Inspector and a police officer."

The criminal defense thing was during the brief period of time after he was Safety Director but before he was Mayor.

 

and this: "I don't think he had time to represent drug dealers in court."

He didn't have time to develop a law practice. That's for sure. That's one of the things that does not hardly pass the smell test.

I think that probably his friends in the city of Knoxville Police Department set Tyree up with a weak, winnable case against the drug dealer in order to make him look good. After all, he was their candidate.

The case was heavily reported on in the Knoxville News-Sentinel. It was the talk of the town for those who paid attention to political issues. Tyree used the publicity as a springboard for his mayoral campaign.

Narcotics officers were not very popular back then. He (and I think his supporters in the police department) wanted to show voters that he could be a nice guy. Apparently it worked since he was elected mayor.

Had he not won the case against the narcotics officers (who were the bad guys back then) it's doubtful that he would have been elected mayor.

 

Factchecker said this: "If you're doing the accusing, why don't you back up your words?  A link or something."

The 1974-75 period was a couple of decades (gee, you folks are really young) before the Internet. The news reports are archived at the Knox County Public Library. You won't find them on the Internet.

 

and this: "As for your guilt by association (with Jake Butcher) charge, that's just a dirty smear."

The voters apparently didn't think too much of him after learning of his association with Butcher. He ran for mayor again several years ago. He got only about ten percent of the vote. Before the Butcher affair he was politically invulnerable.

 

and this: What did Tyree do wrong?  Worked with the governor as mayor of Knoxville?

Butcher was only the Democratic candidate for governor and was never elected.

 

Talk local politics at The County Seat

 

Factchecker's picture

gee, you folks are really young

(gee, you folks are really young) ...

I wish, but thanks for the compliment. 

...before the Internet. The news reports are archived at the Knox County Public Library. You won't find them on the Internet.

You could provide more, like, details.  Instead of throwing accusations against the wall and just hoping some will stick in people's minds.

The voters apparently didn't think too much of him after learning of his association with Butcher. He ran for mayor again several years ago. He got only about ten percent of the vote. Before the Butcher affair he was politically invulnerable.

A non sequitur.  And so what if true?  That was then, this is now.  We should dislike him because he was a political ally of Butcher's over 20 yrs ago, or because he has been politically unsuccessful more recently?  WTF? 

Butcher was only the Democratic candidate for governor and was never elected. 

Mea culpa.  I was transposing Butcher and Ray Blanton.  It has been a few years, and I didn't even live here during most of that era.

Anonymous's picture

Too bad we only got a bunch

Too bad we only got a bunch of softball questions in the radio debate. That was pretty much a waste of 90 minutes.

Knoxquerious's picture

Cox?

Hey, i am all for the Indies. I will vote Pete Drew and donate to Broyles, but a vote for Cox is pretty much a vote for Tyree so you might as well bite the bullet. This pole will not look the same as Knox County, but everybody loves a good underdog comeback story.

Anonymous's picture

Greg Cox for Knox County Sheriff

Greg Cox is a write-in candidate for sheriff. If you're sick and tired of the partisan bickering between Hutchison and Tyree, he could be your alternative. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Greg Cox "...is waging a write-in campaign as an Independent. He is a Jacksboro police officer."

When it comes to Sheriff, Hutchison has ego, Tyree has bad finances, so why not vote for a complete stranger in Cox? He couldn't be that bad.

Factchecker's picture

You mean as in, How bad?

You mean as in, "How bad could he possibly be?"   That's a Homerism. Surprised

Tyree, bad finances?

Re RedDog, you'd have a hard time convincing me that Hutchinson legitimately won his last election.

RedDog's picture

wow - 84% to 16% Too bad

wow - 84% to 16%

 Too bad the real election is going to be just the opposite Cry

R. Neal's picture

That's true. In fact, you

That's true. In fact, you could come here and look at any of these polls, like the one for the Senate, and use them to predict the opposite and you'd be right most of the time. Unfortunately, common sense and decency seem to be in the minority. Except here at our little oasis.

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