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 CLEAR THE AIR OR MUDDY THE WATER?

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COUNCILMAN EDDIE SIMPSON

CLICK TO SEE STREAMING VIDEO - JOHNSON-SIMPSON  - AFTER COUNCIL MEETING

By: Pat Hunter

As Mayor Tony Aikens addressed routine business matters on the April 11th Lenoir City Council agenda, he asked for "Reports from members of City Council". Councilman Eddie Simpson asked to speak on "two comments" not at the beginning but at the end of the meeting. Much later during the meeting, the public would learn that his comments didn't appear to have anything to do with a committee report. Instead, Councilman Simpson used the bully pulpit to advance his agenda; front page banner "Simpson clears air on allegations".    Click to see FAMILY COMMENTS BACKFIRE 

Councilman Simpson began by saying that he wanted to respond to a News Herald article written a couple of months ago. Simpson explained that he tried to shrug it off but he felt it was time to explain his knowledge of Mr. Johnson's "allegations of alleged threats, etc. that I have been accuse of."  Councilman Simpson explained the series of events. Click to view: EDDIE SIMPSON'S 10-MINUTE SPEECH pdf. (Note: most of what was said) 

 

 CLICK TO SEE STREAMING VIDEO  Eddie Simpson...THEY LEFT OUT #10 OF THE AUDIT REPORT...

Then Councilman Simpson gave his "Summary - This is what happened as best as I recall. The threat from me never happened, unless you consider doing the right thing, and telling Mr. Johnson to be fair, and that what he did was not showing good leadership, and saying it's the "Kettle calling the Pot Black". I have no regrets on my handling of this matter. I also find it interesting what or where the source is that The News Sentinel and our critics web pages have information on "private" city documents, and when reporting certain findings especially on the audit, they left out #10 of the audit report that states; "an employee which was at that time an elected official on three different occasions, purchases were made with City funds which one was later repaid"

Councilman Simpson's comments (highlight area above) couldn't be more wrong! Lets examine his comments; factual, political rhetoric, or misinformation:

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How could anyone say that the News Herald left out Finding 10 (three purchases) when most of the 1140 word article was dedicated to Finding 10  with just a small fraction of the other article going to Finding (checks)?

        CLICK TO VIEW NEWS HERALD: Audit: City employees misused funds  CLICK http://news-herald.net/story/12814

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The Knoxville News Sentinel also included Finding 10!

What was the real purpose of Councilman Simpson's comments; was it to share his side of the story, or muddy the water?

Did Simpson really think that he could say something negative about a family member and get a pat on the back and some positive comments; I guess he found out differently? 

Finding #10 was discussed in a News Herald and Knoxville News Sentinel articles, and THE HUNTER REPORT yet, Councilman Simpson was willing to get on his soapbox and make some baseless accusations!

It's disappointing that Councilman Simpson didn't follow his own advise. If Councilman Simpson wishes for some positive feedback from the community, I suggest that he do his homework and research instead of opting to make inflammatory comments, and false accusations.    

 

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