April 1st projected death rate in the U.S. by August: 240,000 “even with blanket nationwide adoption of stringent mitigation efforts” April 7th projected death rate: 82,000. April 8th projected death rate: 60,415. May 11th projected death rate: 137,000 and largely attributed to increased mobility/states re-opening. May 13th projected death rate: 140,000 Wash your hands frequently. … Continue reading For the Sake of Humanity
For most of our marriage, my husband and I have tried to keep each of our vehicles for at least 10 years. We've also paid our car notes off as quickly as possible. That approach has played a big part in our strategy to live debt free. And while we aren’t quite 100% there yet, … Continue reading Not Sweatin’ The Furlough
They told you their stories. You ignored them. They told me their stories. You covered for him. They took their stories public. You attacked them. Even so, they rallied again, more united than ever, until the truth could no longer be contained. No, they were not a handful of anonymous, disgruntled employees. They were over … Continue reading They Were NOT Anonymous
2018 Follow Up to an original post from 2014 entitled "My Email to the City Manager: Our Treatment of Ms. Lori Holt and the Heitman Family" It has now been 7 years since Alex Heitman died. With the current events, it would seem appropriate timing to repost this. It was, after all, a turning point … Continue reading “Leadership by deception isn’t leadership. It’s fraud.” ― DaShanne Stokes
In our little town, few things get politicians more excited than the word “grant.” Even though grants are nothing more than redistributed taxes, they are hailed as free money that will finally solve some dire necessity. You know, like a $1 million fountain/splash pad. Meanwhile, true needs continue to go unmet. Though I’ve regularly pointed … Continue reading $7 Million Free Money!
As we've seen in the news again today, active shooter incidents are not going away. Instead of arguing over laws and religion and instead of waiting on the government to protect us, what if we all decided to take a literal stand by refusing to be passive victims? If you read no further down this … Continue reading WE DON’T HAVE TO BE VICTIMS
On the evening of July 25, 2011, (some 15 months before I would be elected) I attended an Oak Ridge City Council meeting as a citizen. At the same time this meeting was occurring, Alex Heitman’s body was being discovered after a day-long search by his family for his whereabouts. I would learn of Alex’s … Continue reading Alex: My Friend, Whom I Never Met