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Re: “Mother Knows Best? just really bugs me that you keep using the word "morons" when YOU are clearly the moron in all this. You OBVIOUSLY are speaking without objectively looking at the facts. Regardless of Jim's faults- his "lifestyle"....that doesn't prove Kelley's innocence. As a person who is totally 100% objective in all this, looking at the FACTS as presented in the trial, Kelley is certainly guilty...she either did it alone or with help. But she did it. KCB...YOU are the moron!!!

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Posted by OBJECTIVITY vs. EMOTIONS on 04/19/2012 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Mother Knows Best?

I've noticed that on every online article about the Jim Cannon murder, "LittleBirdy" is making sure to let everyone know that Jim had been having an affair. Okay, the guy wasn't perfect. No one is. But JIM is the murder victim here, not regarding his MURDER, Kelley IS the one with the documented history of chronic mental health problems, drug abuse and aggressive behaviors. She was also most likely losing the battle for her kids, she was very resentful towards Jim, and those with mental health issues ALWAYS blame someone else, NEVER themselves. Plus, this article clearly SHOWS that Kelley had INSIDE knowledge about the details of Jim's death LONG BEFORE the police made any of those details known.

So, let's use LOGIC and NOT EMOTIONS. Kelley had developed mental health problems, drug abuse problems and regardless of WHO'S to blame, SHE is the one with INSIDE knowledge of his murder BEFORE it should have been known, SHE is the one who's not thinking and acting and functioning "normally", and of course, she's going to LIE to cover for herself. And of course, her mother can't help but try to defend the daughter she loves. Regarding her being too small to have committed the crime....not necessarily. Even small people can be surprisingly strong when their adrenalin is pumping. Plus, Kelley had the element of surprise, & Jim was asleep and had had some wine to drink (autopsy reports). With Kelley's adrenalin pumping, Jim in a deep sleep, she could have easily had the advantage in this.

Anyway, @KCB -- you've kept using the word MORON when you didn't YET have all the facts. Frankly, it takes a MORON to pick sides based on personal bias and emotions vs. FACTS. Sometimes the people we love and trust are capable of murder. Look at the FACTS, and not your heart.

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Posted by Get the FACTS on 04/19/2012 at 6:35 PM

Re: “Financial Aid Woes, Poor Student Service Dog Tennessee State University

Unfortunately, this article accurately portrays the CURRENT condition and attitude of the financial aid department. Many students are dependent on the financial aid and bursar departments to attend college. Often when there's an error, you're kicked out of your courses, or not allowed to register for the following semester. Errors happen all the time, but their unwillingness to do anything is irresponsible. An education is the most expensive purchase I've ever brought. I couldn't imagine such gross inaccuracies in the accounting of funds when purchasing a car, home, or even a cell phone. And, then add their poor service and unwillingness to fix their mistakes. We should be treated better. I'm taken my business elsewhere.

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Posted by TRavy on 04/12/2012 at 9:37 PM

Re: “While Tennessee lawmakers line up on either side of Big Coal in legislative fights over mountaintop removal, the earth-ravaging practice continues unabated

Coal Terminals and additional infrastructure are required in the coal supply chain. Coal newsletters and coal prices show developing economies are more likely to increase their investment into & their use of thermal coal & metallurgical coal in coming years because of its affordability and to meet increasing demands for electricity and steel.

Posted by coal newsletters on 04/10/2012 at 8:43 AM

Re: “If you think it's hard to find a job these days, try being a felon

Actually in some states all the LITTLE things that can land you in front of a judge are absolutely ridiculous. Parking tickets; letting your car license plate tags expire because it doesn't pass smog and you can't afford to either get that fixed, get another car or move to another state that doesn't have smog requirements; "trespassing" living in a building after the neighbors have had the police condemn it just to get you out because you can't find another place to live in your price range in the amount of time you were given to get out....all of this in NEW YORK and other New England states, but also some of the states out West. I mean, sure, be perfect, keep a high enough paying job to live a reasonably comfortable life and never so much as jaywalk or cross a street against a light, and sure, you'll spend your entire life never having to set foot in front of a judge.

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Posted by Pamela Kennedy on 04/02/2012 at 5:43 PM

Re: “The coming legal clash between The Contributor, the ACLU and Brentwood tests the limits of free speech in Middle Tennessee

John-Your math appears to be right with the exception of one thing-you have to factor in the tips for the vendors, which could be substantial. A vendor may average $2.00 a sale-one dollar for the paper, another dollar in tip money. That would make the total monthly income for all vendors about $175,000 ($200,000-$25000), before taxes.

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Posted by For_The_Contributor on 03/21/2012 at 2:46 PM

Re: “A Killing, A Search, A Suspect?

I went to Woodbine Elementary school and was in the third grade when Kathy Jones was killed. I believe she was in the Fifth Grade. Her death made me very fearful growing up.
I've never forgotten her and the pain the family must have felt all those years with no justice.
Woodbine then and now is a very poor area. To this day the area around the KrispymKreme Doughnut location reminds me of Kathy. I pray for Justice for this little girl and am thankful for all the detective hard work in this case. Now a Grand Parent, I was extremely vigilante of my Girls safety when they were growing up. These sexual predators need the death penalty imposed upon the, for such crime. There is no rehabilitating someone like this. Kathy you have not been forgotten and our Love is with you always. I pray for Justice for her.

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Posted by Mike Gunter on 03/20/2012 at 3:17 AM

Re: “Meet Caldwell Hancock

PS: three lawyer panel acquits Mr. Hancock of all allegations of overbilling and of making unjustified statements criticizing lawyers James Kelley and allegedly "respected" bankruptcy lawyer Bob Mendes dgh ouemonstrating that his unintentionally published comment about Mendes was entirely ethically appropriate.

The Scene apologizes to Mr. Hancock and all readers offended by the piece; I offer my own personal apology as well and accept responsibility for the error.” The Editor

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Posted by Caldwell Hancock on 03/17/2012 at 8:39 PM

Re: “Number One With a Bullet

Phil Gernhard gave me "one" of my first Breaks. We all have "Demons" & in the "End" I guess, Life lost it's "Flair" for Phil..He either loved you or just moved on.. In the early 80's, Phil spent 3 years in and out of Va Beach Producing the Country/Rock band"Snuff" for Electra/ Curb.He also produced "Arrogance" during that time for Warner/Curb for my Management Company.. now ..

Don Dixon, from Arrogance, became a Great Producer, and help Produce the First two REM Albums .Phil Gernhard and I promoted Real Life's "Send me an Angel" Big, Big Hit TWICE!!! I had a Chance to move on in 1986 with" Bruce Hornsby & the Range" & Jeff McClusky & Associates, an up coming Promotion Firm based in Chicago... When I told Phil, he never spoke to me again, I guess because he felt I betrayed him...I guess, it was the best for me, but to this day, I'll always remember the Days in Va Beacn..Check out and Look in the Snuff Playlist for the Pic's...I hope that God "Sent Phil an Angel"
I'm sorry I never got to Talk to Phil after I became successful, but I helped Break many of Curb Records with JMA, knowing Phil felt my "promotional skills".... I think he always wish me well..God Bless your Soul, my old friend!! Ron Herbert March 14 2012

Posted by Ron Herbert on 03/15/2012 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Number One With a Bullet

Phil Gernhard gave me "one" of my first Breaks. We all have "Demons" & in the "End" I guess, Life lost it's "Flair" for Phil..He either loved you or just moved on.. In the early 80's, Phil spent 3 years in and out of Va Beach Producing the Country/Rock band"Snuff" for Electra/ Curb. He also produced "Arrogance" during that time ,for Warner/Curb for my Management Company.. now

Don Dixon, from Arrogance, became a Great Producer, and he helped Produce the First two REM Albums .Phil Gernhard and I promoted Real Life's "Send me an Angel" and it became a hit Twice..

In 1985, The Industry went though a Payola Scandal and Phil had to let me go from Curb Promotions...My friend, Bruce Hornby, had just got a Deal with RCA, so I joined Jeff McClusky & Associates and we promoted "The Way it Is" and I went on to help Bruce win a Grammy for Best New Artist in 1986!!JMA become the Largest Promotion & Marketing Company in America..Phil never spoke to me Again, I guess he thought i betrayed him..Whenever a Curb Record came out, I gave it a little more effort to Break their Acts, ask Bob Cantania, ..I Knew Phil would be watching..To this Day I still cared about him & The Curb Family, with Michael Lloyd ,who help produce Arrogance ....I hope God "Sent you an Angel" my old friend..

To hear Phil Gernhard's Production of Snuff, go to the Playlist on RIP PHIL GERNHARD March 14,2012 Ron Herbert PS Hey Phil, there are Hits on that record looking to be Discover SEND ME AN ANGEL

Posted by Ron Herbert on 03/14/2012 at 9:59 PM

Re: “The coming legal clash between The Contributor, the ACLU and Brentwood tests the limits of free speech in Middle Tennessee

There is something people need to know. James Redden, the poster boy for The Contributor, is not all he appears to be. People see him as a great vendor and someone with a great personality. That is a facade. I know for a fact he has taken money from vendors and has made no effort to return the funds. The reason he does this, more likely then not, is to support a drug and/or alcohol problem. He would undoubtedly fail any random drug test The Contributor would give him. Anyone that comes into contact him should tell him he needs to pay the people that helped him out back before he takes any more money for selling his papers.

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Posted by Do The Right Thing on 02/25/2012 at 10:29 PM

Re: “A City Swept Clean

What if they had taken all the money they spent on Urban Renewal and instead gave it to people to build new homes or fix theirs up and make them better? That would've worked much better.

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Posted by Warren Richard LeMay on 02/22/2012 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Jesus RX

The fact that Mercy Ministries did not see fit to tell us, her parents, that my daughter tried to commit suicide should tell you all that you need to know about what kind of operation this is... a cult, and a destructive one at that.

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Posted by Russ on 02/21/2012 at 10:45 PM

Re: “Jesus RX

I wonder if the girl who tried to kill herself was my daughter. We didn't find out about it until after the ER bill arrived...classy!

Posted by Russ on 02/21/2012 at 10:40 PM

Re: “The coming legal clash between The Contributor, the ACLU and Brentwood tests the limits of free speech in Middle Tennessee

i work for the contributor! what would jesus think about some of you? i lost my wife 2 years ago and my house and job! all because my wife didnt want to be in a nursing home! i bet you do gooders in brentwood would put ur family in a nursing home! when i got married the peracher said for better or worse! not to pawn ur wife off on a nursing home! my wife died of brain cancer! i took care of her for a year and a half till she died in my arms! even tho i have to sell the paper i no i done rite in my heart! ps have you seen a mexican selling a contributor? no you no why all you rich people hire em and put the white man ouuta of a job! i love my customers in franklin! i even love the ones who dont support me! i work in franklin on mallory lane and have my own place! im sure alot of people would rather not see me on the corner selling papers. maybe you rather see me in jail or dead! ive help people push there cars outta t5he road if they break down. ive gave people rides thats run outta gas rite in front of me! and people talk about safety issues ive seen so many people run red lights and text and fight and roll weed at my corner in there vehicles its not funny! live and let live! im not proud of what i do but before i give up on working i will sell this paper! im 45 with heart problems! if ur wiloling to hire me just come pick me upand give me a job! i said id never sell these papers! but get hungry enuff u put aside ur pride or turn into a criminal! dont judge me plz! god is gonna judge us all! i dont do drugs or drink! all of us vendors are not the same. i thank god for people who do have hearts thank you all my friends in franklin! i kept a home since i started selling these papers! i try 2 work 7 days a week! MY NAME IS FRED AND THANKS TO MY CUSTOMERS I WILL BE WARM AND CAN SLEEP IN A BED GO BLESS YOU ALL ! YOU GIVE ME A REASON TO LIVE AGAIN.

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Posted by RIDER on 02/19/2012 at 8:48 PM

Re: “A dispute goes public over an actor dismissed from a local production of Rent

RightIsRight, by his own admission to a mutual friend, Kaine has been dating Joyce DeWitt. So it's pretty obvious he's not gay.

Posted by MMDD on 02/01/2012 at 10:17 PM

Re: “To Answer Perry March

I hope and pray that they will find out what happened to Mrs. March because i think the children and her parents need that closure to be at peace

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Posted by Kelly Hedegore on 01/28/2012 at 1:08 PM

Re: “The coming legal clash between The Contributor, the ACLU and Brentwood tests the limits of free speech in Middle Tennessee

I see others question the financials of this program. I am neither here nor there as to if they should be allowed to sell papers. I do question some of the business practices of the group as a whole. The Contributor says they distribute 100,000 papers monthly at a minimum. That is $6,937.50 worth of sales tax revenue for the state. Mostly for the city since a majority of the papers are sold in Davidson County. Next is $75,000 worth of income, (100,000-$25,000 for the papers) since every vendor is a independent contractor. My W-2 showes wages of $79,789.21, and total taxes of $14,528.42 so let us use that for comparison. Each month is $14,500 in taxes toward the federal government. Now back to state government...state unemployment tax. It is capped on first $9000 of wages per person. So $900,000 worth of wages in a year (75000*12) devided by 400 vendors(Contributor provided number) is $2,250 in wages per vendor on average. $2,250 times unemployment rate of 2.7% is $60.75 per vendor. 400 times $60.75 is $24,300 in unemployment tax. Everyone that makes a wage pays this, regardless of income or standing. So to wrap up $174,000 in federal taxes/year , $83,250 in sales tax/year and $24,300 in state unemployment taxes/year. I would like to see where these taxes are collected since I am sure that some of the vendors collect benefits from the governments that collect these taxes so they can pay these benefits. Also my numbers are based on Q: What is your circulation?
A: The Contributor has a minimum monthly circulation of 100,000 copies and is the highest-circulating street newspaper of its kind in North America. Just think of the tax figures when they have a good month and now two different editions monthly.

Posted by john on 01/23/2012 at 3:41 PM

Re: “To Answer Perry March

the sheer audacity of this pig Perry March to continue to torment this family ...every time the story comes up on television it makes me interested to know how the children and grandparents of that lovely young woman are faring -but it also makes me want to fetch that murderous pig 'upside the haid' with something solid and painful. Grrr. Hopefully enough time has now elapsed and the children have reached their majority so they no longer have to be concerned about this sociopath interfering in their lives.

What frosts me the most is the virulent anti-semitism expressed by his father when he was caught - and their complete hatred for the Levines without whom March HAD no life. Janet was his ticket to success and the good life, otherwise he was simply a small-time con man who stole from even more people in Mexico, yet they had the sheer audacity to insult and demean these good people and even plot to murder them even after destroying their lives by murdering their beloved daughter? Pah!

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Posted by Eliz. on 01/22/2012 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Remembering Joey Bowker, The Bat Poet

I remember Joey Bowker growing up in my hometown of East Palestine, Ohio. He was a pretty big-time promotor at the age of 17. He had a pretty big time band come to our high school gymnasium and they couldn't figure out how or why they were there. He had a real flare for big time stuff. Until I heard of his death over the weekend I actually never realized that he had become Nashville talent. Bruce Mansfield East Palestine, ohio

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Posted by bruce mansfield on 01/05/2012 at 5:58 PM

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