Monday, February 27, 2006

County Clerk

You know about the computer rift that started between Shemwell and Fowler? Basically, there was a charge that the office is not modern enough. As far as that goes, what questions would you ask these fellows? Remember, there is no Rep. running in the fall so the May Primary is all she wrote.


Blogger blaps said...

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12:51 PM, February 28, 2006  
Blogger farmhandy said...

farmhandy said...
I read the Todd County Standard weekly and am never surprised at what I read a news. The dog and pony show that seems to continue in Todd County is depressing. There is no wonder the county is in the shape it is in. I read several weeks ago what was in the paper in reference to the Clerks Office in Todd County. I am a bit amazed that a candidate for office would come out of the "gate" swinging like Shemwell did. I also read what Todd County Funeral Home owner Hessy was reported addressing at the fiscal court meeting many months back. I sort of thought that was a bit far fetched for Shemwell to do until I investigated myself and learned that Hessy was approached by people in the public to address the issue. And I noticed the next week that some Lois Powell on Davis Mill Road responded to the alligations in the paper by writing to the Editor. And I then learned that her good Louise Layne's husband from Goodletsville, Tennessee responded as well to the paper maybe to the New Era. (I should say a bit under handed and sneaky) At any rate I am amazed that none of the fine "Chrisitan" people from Elkton or Goodletsville have responded to the smashing that Shemwell did to Billy Fowler and his staff. I don't know Hessy very well but I do know Billy Folwer and I know that Billy does a fine job as Clerk and his staff is always willing to help and do not seem to be put out by doing their job. I also learned that Shemwell sold the funeral home to a company in Texas. I wonder if he will try to privatize the Clerks office? And who is to say that if he ran the coroner office like he did that he wouldn't try to sale car insurance out of the clerks office. I wonder what Johnny Knuckles or Linda Marklin would think about that? Would that be right? I also noticed in the article that Shemwell claims to be a deacon of 25 years at the Elkton Baptist Church, that is great but isn't there some sort of morality that goes along with such a position in a church? Slamming Fowler is not very deacon like to me. A scriture comes to mind " beware of false proffits for they come to you in sheeps clothing but inwardly they are raving wolves" We need to have men that care about the community and seeing it grow in office because Elkton is almost a has been town. IT IS TIME FOR ALL OF US TO WAKE UP IN TODD COUNTY...

4:33 PM, March 03, 2006  
Blogger rumrunner said...

Mr. Shemwell certainly didn't come out "swingin", he came out givng answers to questions asked. Many times the truth hurts, and it certainly is time for the citizens of Todd County to take notice and elect a working government. Not one that bickers, whines, complains, gripes, and points the finger at others for their own incompetence. As for the Hessey aligations, he's kind of biten his nose off to spite his face. Mr. Fowler would be hard pressed to answer questions concerning the workings of his office, as his staff runs and maintains the office, not Mr. Fowler. He's probably been in the office more since Mr. Shemwell announced his candiacy, than he has in the past 3 years! Good competion never hurt any election. Isn't that Mr. Fowlers' opinion when he decided to run against Mr. Turner? As far as the questionabilty of Mr. Shemwell's "Christianity", no one has the right to judge, God knows his heart and that's what matters there. Wake up Todd County and elect a man that really cares about Todd County and it's government!

4:47 PM, March 06, 2006  
Blogger farmhandy said...

He did not come out swinging? What would you call it. Billy Fowler has always done a fine job with his office. I am surprised that someone could honestly say that Shemwell 'really" cares about Todd County and the government. I am not a business person but look at the amount of money that Shemwell sends to Texas every year. I am sure over $1,000,000.00 a year. Figure out how much that has hurt our county. And why would he want to leave a job making surely near $100,000.00 a year for one that pays $70,000.00. It sounds like to me he wants to work both at the same time. So who would run the office? I am not questioning his "christianity" that is between him and God. But should a "christian" not exemplify Christ? I read in the Bible "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" I understand that Shemwell does not speak to Fowler anymore and avoids him at all cost, and I also understand that he has never spoken to and won't raise his hand to wave at Hessey. Now, I am no judge, you are right, I am only seeing the facts. WAKE UP!!!

7:55 AM, March 11, 2006  
Blogger webbster33 said...

I think a few people telling us to "WAKE UP" need to get off the farm and out and about a little bit. All money "raised" in Todd County stays in Todd County, as all taxes paid to Todd County are paid based on money earned here.

If Mr. Fowler's office is doing such a fine job, then why do I hear so many complaints from people that go into his office all of the time? Most of the complaints are about the deed research and how the records are a mess. Also, how hard it is to research a deed. All of this mainly due to keeping the good ol boys in office who don't see a need to advance our County to the the 21st century and computerise the records.

9:08 PM, March 12, 2006  
Blogger YoungBlood said...

I have tried not to "chime-in" on the debate over Fowler and Shemwell but, I can not sit by and watch as "farmhandy" continues to distorts facts and make unsubstantiated inuendos. Lets take a look at some of them:To say that Hessy was approached by people, Well, was this an organized group of people with a particular agenda or was it some neighbor just "gossiping"? To say that Lois powell or Louise Layne were being sneaky, well how sneaky can you be when you send your letter to the paper to be published for thousands of readers to see and attach your name to it? As far as "farmhandy's" remarks about the fine Christian people in Goodletsville and Todd County well, maybe the fine Christian people of Goodletsville and Todd County don't see it as a smashing and maybe they AGREE with Mr. Shemwell. "farmhand" is correct in writing that Mr. Fowler and his staff are always willing to help but, a quick study of history, Biblical or collegant, will show us that even the best trained and skilled armies lose when there is no leadership. "farmhandy" also tries to make a snide little remark about Mr. Shemwell selling his business to a firm in Texas. This is really a "below the belt" punch that one usually only finds in the national elections. Mr. Shemwell obviously made a good business deal. He and Mr. Pearson have worked hard for many years building up their business, they donated back to the community financially and socially, and I am glad to see they got a chance to enjoy the "fruits of their labors". As far as "farmhandys" statement about Mr. Shemwell sending over a million dollars a year to Texas I would have to question where "farmhandy" got acess to Mr. Shemwell's or his businesses financial records. Hmm, quoteing specifics, without facts or poof, with the intent to harm someone, could be some liability in that one "farmhandy". Besides, building up a business and being able to sell it for a profit; well isn't that the kind of fiscal leadership we have been lacking in Todd County? That statement was like saying "Don't buy a Toyota because its a foreign car company" lets just forget about the billions of dollars it pays in taxes and wages to Americans and our government. Have you ever been outside of Todd County "farmhandy" those people are nice too, just give them a chance. "farmhandy" makes refrence to Privatization of the clerks office. Where did that come from??? How does selling your business have anything to do with privatizing a county government office. Once again "farmhandy" should check his/her facts and see that under our Commonwealth's laws this couln't be done even if he wanted to. Car insurance out of the Clerks office, that statement is so asinine it needs no more comment. "farmhandy" made the statement that Shemwell "CLAIMED" to be a Deacon in Elkton Baptist Church. Well, unless soemthing has changed Mr. Shemwell IS a Deacon at Elkton Baptist Church. As far as the other remarks of "farmhandy's" about Mr. Shemwell's Christianity well, "farmhandy" was right when he/she said "thats between him and GOD" so why does "farmhandy" keep commenting on it????

I'm friends with Fowler, his family and the people in his office. I think they are all good people.

I'm also friends with Shemwell, his family and the staff at Latham's. They are all good people.

I have not yet deciede which I'm voting for. When I do I'll vote and keep it to myself but, PLEASE if your gonna make a comment make it of fact not fiction and half-truths. Thats the thing sickens us about politics........

11:48 PM, March 12, 2006  
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6:10 PM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger local-undertaking said...

I am so proud that Todd County has such a news blog, though it did surprise me. I have lived here in Todd County for almost 3 years. I am proud to be part of this community and I am thankful for the friends that I have made. I am overwhelmed by the comments that have been made on the blog though. Let me first say that the Election and campaign between Mr. Fowler and Mr. Shemwell has nothing in my opinion to do with either funeral home. Mr. Shemwell's issues and or problems with me should not come into play with this election. Mr. Shemwell has never spoken to me, befriended me, or attempted to create any sort of working relationship with me. This I have to say truely dissappoints me. For the record also let me say that I did not publish or have published my letter to the fiscal court. I also need to say that my decision to present to the court the publics concerns were strictly for the protection of the public, and for the fairness of everyone involved. My decision to do so was not a personal issue with Mr. Shemwell. I have no personal issues with anyone at Latham Funeral Home as they have not ever recognized me, spoken to me and will not raise their hands to wave in passing. Mr./Ms. Youngblood let me assure you that the people that approached me were from all areas of the county and to the best of my knowledge they had no connection with each other. I am here for only 2 reasons that is to serve God and this community. Political strife is something that I try to avoid. It only causes hurt feelings and many times shows the ignorance of people. I believe in Todd County and I pray everyday that we will see growth here and good changes for our government. As I have said many times we certainly need locally owned business' here, because that is the backbone of our community. Locally owned business' need the communities support. I want to use the example of Wal Mart, Wal Mart has done alot publically and financially in the communities where they have stores and are active socially, but what have those stores done to towns such as ours, where we don't have one. Look at the small towns all over the country, large corporate business has destroyed the little man. Due to the vast majority of the proffits going to the home office city as in the case of Wal Mart, Arkansas. We have a beautiful town and alot to offer independent business people, we need to focus on the growth of our county and work together to make Elkton a better place to live and do business. A very wise man told me once that "when you sling mud you loose traction" I firmly believe him to be correct. Instead of arguing and fighting about the election I think we need to support and vote for the candidate that we feel is best qualified for the position not only in the office of Clerk but all offices. I want to invite anyone that has questions regarding the fiscal court meeting that I attended almost 1 year ago to visit with me anytime. Obviously, it was no issue for the court, but I feel as though I did my duty as a citizen, I let by gones be by gones and move ahead with my mission, dreams and desires. I ask for God's blessing on this county and this upcoming election and every man and woman that has decided to run and represent our home.
Shane Hessey

6:12 PM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger YoungBlood said...

Dear Mr. Hessey, Please let me apologize publicly for any refrence I may have made in my blog that offended you. I am sorry you got caught in the middle. As I stated in my blog I hate when people start using half-truths and inuendos. If your gonna tell a story tell the whole story.

Mr. Hessey, I, as anyone who wants to see our community grow, THANK-YOU for the investment you have made in our community. You have been nothing less than an asset to the Elkton-Todd County community. You are EXACTLY what Todd County needs. Someone willing to invest their money, time and talents into helping our community grow.

Once again I am sorry and I apologize if anything I wrote offended you......

7:16 PM, March 13, 2006  
Blogger interestedin06 said...

Wow, never thought a County Clerk's race could get so heated in such a small amount of time. I mean really. The postings on this blog don't have anything to do with the question that was posted regarding how the candidates would balance the budget and if it would be possible to turn over excess fees to the county. I think that it would definately be possible to turn over excess fees to the county, wasted money, space and time are the causes for the shortage of excess fees. It has nothing to do with anyone's character or whether they are a deacon or not. It has to do with how well they can run an office. An elected office is just like running a business, and if a business is run efficiently then you have a profit, if not then you lose money. Running any elected office is just the same, if the office is run efficiently then a profit can be made and excess fees can be turned over to the county at the end of the calendar year.

As far as farmhandy smashing Mr. Shemwell as he has done, I am appalled that someone would actually post comments such as his. Todd County is in the shape it is in now because of the people we have elected over the past several years, not because of people who actually care about seeing growth in our county and therefore have decide to take an active role.

I'm also disgusted at the insinutation that farmhandy made reagarding Mr. Shemwell's morality. This comment doesn't even deserve my time to disagree with it. Anyone who knows Jimmy Shemwell knows that morality is the last part of his character that could come into question.

10:42 AM, March 14, 2006  
Blogger city boy said...

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4:08 PM, March 19, 2006  
Blogger city boy said...

Farmhand, I agree with you about Todd County needing to wake up. WE NEED A NEW CLERK. Have you ever had to deal with the Clerk's office? If you need to find a lost title, you will be told that it cannot be done. That is ludicrous. That is one of the appointed jobs of his office.

I have personally sat in Mr. Fowler's office and had to instruct him on organizational skills because his were so lacking. He even lost a State Form I filed with his office, which is in violation of a Commonwealth Statute. If I felt it would do any good, I would file a formal complaint with the State Election Board.

As far as the budget is concerned, efficiency is the watchword. Modernization of the computer system would help. When talk of not having the money to modernize the computer system arises, what would happen if one of the assistant clerk positions was eliminated and there was an additional $20,000 or more available. In order for us to move into the 21st Century, we really need someone in the office that can take us there, rather than maintaining the old paper filing system currently in place.

Overall, this county is so focused on antediluvian methods, it is a wonder that anything is ever accomplished at all.

4:47 PM, March 19, 2006  
Blogger city boy said...

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4:47 PM, March 19, 2006  
Blogger interestedin06 said...

City Boy I beleive that you have hit the nail on the head when you said we need a new clerk. I agree 100%, we definately need to move into the 21st century and we need a new clerk in order to do this. I agree that the budget depends on how well they can manage it, removing one of the office positions would definately help to keep the budget in check and also help to provide enough money to purchase a computer system to keep the books on. How great would it be if we could have all the records online and you could search and print deeds and mortgages online, without having to even go to the clerk's office.
I just hope that the people of Todd County can see past friendship and small town politics and elect a new clerk that will work for the county.

12:04 PM, March 20, 2006  
Blogger southernlady said...

At least people are interested in what's going on now--that's a start.

12:45 AM, April 06, 2006  
Blogger webbster33 said...

That's a great point "interestedin06". It's not about friendship. Billy Fowler seems to be a great guy. But, we can't keep electing good guys. We need to elect people who will do their jobs and improve the office.

11:09 PM, April 26, 2006  

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