Monday, October 23, 2006

Heads may roll in Harber Affair

As people who follow Knox County politics are aware, the cat is now out of the bag in the Tyler Harber Affair. The Knoxville News-Sentinel has released 33 pages of e-mails that were allegedly stolen by Harber in an attempt to dig up political dirt on potential opposition within the Republican Party to Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale.

Apparently, the KNS decided, in Jack McElroy's infinite Godlike wisdom, that the story which has been covered for months by Betty Bean, The World, Terry Frank and Gene Patterson is suddenly worth serious mention.

The e-mails paint a disturbing picture of GOP reaction to Mike Ragsdale's dictatorial desires for total control. They also show that he went so far as to put his own loyalists in charge in order to insure that he got what he wanted, and that he used Tyler Harber to do it in an effort to appear as if his own hands were clean.

The e-mails also tie Adam Groves to the affair in a very direct way, and in at least one of the communiques Groves admits his tie to Tyler Harber but says he was trying to break it but "no one has given me an opportunity to make it happen."

After the release of these e-mails, there is no way that the Knox County Commission can avoid a serious investigation, and the fiction that Ragsdale is perpetuating that he is not being investigated is all but dissolved. Heads will roll, but it may not be the heads Mike Ragsdale would want-one of the heads may be his own.

In related news, Terry Frank is reporting that former GOP Chairman Chad Tindell has been threatened by Ragsdale hatchet man Mike Arms.



At Monday, October 23, 2006 5:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew you and Terry were onto something about this fiasco. Thanks to the both of you for your dedication to keeping up with it!

Should be interesting to see how all of this plays out in the near future.

At Monday, October 23, 2006 7:18:00 PM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

I think it will be very interesting indeed. Thank you for such kind words and thank you for reading and caring about this.


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