Costly Police State Explodes Inside Dover City Limits.

In a surprising twist of fate that some have called the old, “bait and switch”, the Stewart County Commissioners and the County Mayor have approved and agreed upon, with the Town of Dover, the almost tripling of the original, mutually agreed upon need of the County; a 50 bed count jail with adjacent Court Facility (that is currently being carved out of Dover’s pristine woods) to an autonomous mini-prison with 128 beds and NO Courts facility.

The new prison, as it will be considered a “prison” because to sustain itself it will have to “ship in” felons from Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville and all points in between, will be nothing more than a white elephant, a frivolous expense, and a tax burden to all Stewart County residents.  We will pay, thanks to wise decisions by Stewart County Commissioners, Mayors, and Town of Dover officials for a prison complex to be built and to be the eye sore in the heart of our precious town seat for the next generation or maybe, forever.  PNN predicts this barbed wired reflection of our society will soon house illegal aliens.  Not the children, the felons.

Its just too bad that the Officials in charge couldn’t have had the initiative and the foresight to clear the land in a more eco-friendly kind of way that would preserve the natural beauty, the good strong trees, and natural Stewart County underbrush located dangerously near the heart of our Town’s traffic.  PNN wishes more consideration would have been given by OFFICIALS to the location of the building site and its impact on the Citizens of the Town of Dover and the County who must ALL do their business in Dover and must now fight with the dangers of increased traffic and VERY HIGH INTENSITY work going on 24 hours a day seven days a week 365 days a year.

“Shipped in felons bring in $35 a day from the State of Tennessee to the Municipality that houses these prisoners,” says Stewart County Sheriff Candidate Frankie Gray.

“The problem is, it costs $50 dollars a day to house them.  On top of that, when you go from a 50 bed facility to a 128 bed facility you’ve automatically doubled your labor costs, and then some, you’ve increased your water cost, your electric cost.  Its just something you have to consider.” he says.

Using math learned in Potneck, PNN figures that 100 prisoners a day @ $50 each will cost roughly $5000 dollars a day to sustain them.  The State of Tennessee will provide Dover or Stewart County $3500 dollars a day.  PNN needs to understand who will make up this daily $1500 dollar difference?  What about water? Electric?

What happened to what the County originally NEEDED?  How did this Police State, fine seeking, and prison inmate driven mentality, worm its way into what WE NEEDED as a County?

PNN has no argument with the fact that Stewart Countians from Indian Mound to Leatherwood, from Bumpus Mills to Big Rock, or from Carlisle to Standing Rock will NOT have to process these prisoners through our County Court House as the Town of Dover sees the dollar signs all too well of the growing correctional police state and is more than willing to run these felons through Town of Dover facilities.  Speed traps generate money and so do felons.  This seems to be the mentality and the vision of the Town of Dover and it’s Alderman.  PNN questions if this is in the best interests of the residents of Dover; to actually build a prison complex (instead of a County Jail) in our County Seat.  Was there something wrong with the City Park?  Was the area adjacent to the County Shop unavailable?

All questions aside, this is a gracious provision from the Town of Dover to the County to use its Town Court’s facilities for our new County Prison.  Dover residents must be more than happy to shoulder these increased costs in water, electric, and increasingly militarized police that is needed escorting convicted felons into our Town.

PNN is watchful for when the taxes spill over, for when the County is asked to help out, for when all of the residents of Potneck listed above will see their taxes increased to pay for a mini-prison with a balance sheet to tight to risk the sanctity and beauty of our County seat.

Alas, that die has been cast.

Who hasn’t voted yet in Potneck?

RLB4

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Sheriff Wyatt’s subordinates STILL playing mindgames with Carla Sue Atkins and Vickie Lee Stout family members.

After nearly 34 years of misdirection, intimidation, and dead ends in the unsolved murder cases of Misses Atkins and Stout, Detective BJ DeRose, Detective under Stewart County Sheriff Deryk Wyatt, protégé of TBI Agent Shawn Adkins, and underling of David Hicks, is still misleading family members of Carla Sue Atkins and Vickie Lee Stout.

In what seems to be a never ending cycle of cruel intentions, Detective DeRose has recently related to family member Trish Gordon that a “new suspect” has been developed in the brutal, heinous, and cowardly double murders of the two young Stewart County girls.  That’s the good news.  The bad news?  The suspect is deceased.

PNN is mystified and astounded, after all these years, that a deceased “suspect” has been, yet again, developed.  PNN is even MORE perplexed that the TBI or, specifically, Mr. DeRose, has not announced this newly discovered “revelation” to the news media.  Channel 5 News is not reporting this.  No radio stations are reporting this.  Even the local authorities’ best news source, the Stewart Houston Times, is not reporting this blockbuster claim recently made to the slain girl’s family members.

Was this information shared with the mythical movie production company, the Cold Case people on TV, that authorities trotted out as a deflection and suggested that they might become involved?  PNN submits the answer to this question is NO.

The local TBI representatives and Sheriff Wyatt’s direct report, Mr. DeRose, will not answer, according to Trish Gordon, her repeated phone calls, her left messages, and her pleading requests for updates to the girl’s unsolved murders and when they do provide answers they give them tired, worn out stories like, “a new, deceased suspect has been developed”.  This is the third time, over the years, that PNN has heard about a new but, deceased suspect.  How PNN wishes this were true.  How PNN wishes that they, the authorities, would make these claims “official” and not leave them as rumors.

Trish Gordon has a personal request for the authorities, if they would ever return her calls.  Can the family please have the personal belongings of Carla Sue Atkins and Vickie Lee Stout returned to them?  When the girls were labeled as “runaways” by the Investigative Team of TBI Special Agent Jack Charlton and Stewart County Sheriff David Hicks no one cared about their personal belongings.  However, after the girl’s bodies were discovered, exposing the local authorities as being completely incorrect in their initial, most critical detective work, they confiscated EVERY item belonging to the girls from their room.  The family has had, literally, NO MEMORIES whatsoever from the girls since the day their poor bodies were discovered almost 34 years ago in that secluded, wooded thicket.

Its as if the local authorities wanted their memories, their notebooks, and their personal thoughts, whatever they might have been, erased from history.

All the family is left with, for the memory of their two sisters, is a broken watch.  That’s all they have.  The family wants their girl’s belongings back.  That is, if they, too, have not been “lost”.  Who has them and where are they?  Who knows the answer to those questions?  Does Shawn Adkins even know?

RLB4

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Albert Vires sets the record straight for PNN.

Former Stewart County Sheriff’s Deputy and 76 year old Albert Vires, a lifelong Stewart County resident and pillar of his community, recently sat down with PNN and set the record straight when it comes to the nearly 34 year old saga of the brutal slayings of Stewart County girls Carla Sue Atkins and Vickie Lee Stout on Federal Property in the Land Between The Lakes in 1980.

During the summer of 1980 Stewart County Deputy Albert Vires, in Dover, maintains, with clarity, that he gave a certain “person of interest” a choice.  In the interest of fairness, it will also be reported by PNN that these claims by Mr. Vires are disputed by the person of interest because he was, according now to his own well preserved 34 year old “documentation”, working at a nuclear facility in Kansas at the time.  This is the same person of interest who NEVER was named a person of interest directly after the murders or in the years that followed but, somehow, felt compelled to keep “documentation” for 33 years of where he was on September 17, 1980.

Standing in the front yard of the two soon-to-be-slain girl’s home late one night in the summer of 1980 with Deputy Albert Vires were our person of interest, Carla Sue Atkins, and Vickie Lee Stout.  Deputy Vires says he answered a complaint about an “unwanted guest”.

Mr. Vires says he told our person of interest, the one who says he was in Kansas, “You have two choices. You can go to jail or you can get in your truck and go home.  He got in his truck and he left.  I wish I would have followed him out and arrested him for drinking and driving.  He had been drinking.”

Deputy Vires further reports that our person of interest said nothing to him.  He walked around and got in his blue truck and left.  Former Deputy Vires wants PNN readers to know that this particular report occurred sometime before midnight and not at 2:30 AM as had been previously reported.  Former Deputy Vires also wants the record to show that while he can not remember the EXACT dates of these complaints from the summer of 1980, he says he filed TWO “Complaint Cards” with the Stewart County Dispatcher on duty at the time.  One of these complaints occurred at the home of the two girls when they lived behind the original Dairy Dip of Dover and one of them occurred after they moved from that location to their new address just outside of town and at the foot of the hill below the old Furnace Restaurant.

Both of these complaints were lodged in the late summer of 1980 IN Stewart County.

PNN asks questions.  Certain people of interest claim a residency of another State at the time. Did this residency include the two occasions that former Deputy Vires reports when he filed “Complaint Cards?”  Were there more occasions to visit Dover?  Were there certain places of business or people that were routinely visited that could corroborate, substantiate, or confirm these trips?

PNN believes our former Sheriff’s Deputy.  PNN believes every word Albert Vires says.  He has that kind of integrity.  You can’t be in two places at once.  You can NOT be in Kansas AND Tennessee.  Someone is not telling the truth.  Therein lies the rub.  In brutal, cowardly, and heinous acts such as the ones committed against these two young girls, these kinds of inconsistencies MUST BE resolved.  PNN submits these inconsistencies have never been resolved.

These questions should have come before a Grand Jury decades ago!

Editor’s Note: Only recently (when the TBI interrogated those asking questions about the murders) was it revealed that our person of interest was claiming he had “documentation” stating that he was in Kansas at the time of the slayings.  No one, to PNN’s knowledge, has ever actually SEEN this documentation.  The TBI neglected to mention anything about a “nuclear” facility when they interrogated us.  I do remember them, Shawn Atkins and BJ DeRose, saying they spoke to our person of interest and were satisfied that he was NOT a suspect.  To PNN’s knowledge, this would have been the VERY FIRST TIME that ANY authority had ever questioned this particular person of interest.  Notwithstanding Mr. Vires’ ever present accounts.  NO ONE HAD EVER mentioned “nuclear facility documentation” from our person of interest to PNN or any of the family of the slain girls that PNN has been associated with or spoken to.  Our person of interest had to be sought out now because he was NEVER named as a suspect by any Official at the time or in the years following the crimes.

The authorities were silent when asked about Former Deputy Albert Vires’ long standing claims.

PNN has always acted in good faith and asked pointed, direct questions when it comes to the unsolved and poorly investigated murders of Carla Sue and Vickie Lee.  We promised to leave no stone unturned.  We have kept our promise.

RLB4

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Frankie Gray makes solemn pledge to Stewart County Voters.

Stewart County Sheriff Candidate Frankie Gray has made a stern pledge to Stewart County voters that if he is elected Sheriff he WILL present the double homicides of Carla Sue Atkins and Vickie Lee Stout to the FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION for their review and he will ask for their assistance in solving this case.

Mr. Gray stated directly, in an interview with PNN, that several factors have come into play concerning these brutal, unsolved slayings.

“First of all,” Mr. Gray says, “No one knows just exactly what evidence is available to be used in the investigation.  How much of it has been lost or misplaced?  Where is it?  Why hasn’t DNA been extracted from it?”

Mr. Gray goes on to explain that, “There is a cloud or a fog that has settled over this case, for whatever reason, and it demands that a new set of eyes is needed to take a fresh look at what happened.”

PNN and Stewart County citizens have long demanded that this is a FEDERAL case as these cowardly acts were committed on FEDERAL property and Mr. Gray agrees.  Frankie Gray pledges that he WILL present this case to the FBI as one of his FIRST OFFICIAL ACTS as Sheriff.

During the lengthy interview, questions were also posed to Mr. Gray about the lack of training and direction received by Sheriff’s Deputies in Stewart County.  Specifically, how is it that a Stewart County Sheriff’s Department Deputy could believe the law allows him to “mirandize” or read the arresting rights to a 6th grader in our school system WITHOUT his parents or guardians present.  Imagine hearing that your child, your 12 year old, was threatened to go to jail without you, the parent, knowing ANYTHING about it!

The Miranda Rights are stated, as follows; You have the right to remain silent, if you choose to give up the right to remain silent anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an Attorney.  If you can not afford an Attorney, one will be appointed for you.  Do you understand these rights?

Mr. Gray states that if this is true (and it is), then reading the Miranda Rights to an unaccompanied juvenile is WRONG on many levels and it is directly related to poor and ineffective training on the part of our current Sheriff to help his staff do their jobs correctly.

Stories EXACTLY like this are all over the National news now and it is only a matter of time, PNN predicts, before ineffective law enforcement in Stewart County thrusts us into the National spotlight in a bad way.

PNN submits there is also a stagnant fog and a cloud that hangs heavy over our County’s law enforcement and it is time for a fresh set of eyes, a more compassionate understanding of our citizens, and a smarter, better trained Sheriff’s Department.

Mr. Frankie Gray pledges that this is his goal and asks Stewart Countians for their help in helping him have the chance to achieve it.

RLB4

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PNN Overwhelmed With Feedback

From Church to the grocery stores, from the restaurants to the park, nearly 100% of the feedback received by PNN has been positive, thought provoking, and enlightening.

Most of all, it has been welcomed.

PNN continues to strive to be the truthful voice of Potneck in cyberspace.  With your help, we can make it happen.  The information that Stewart Countians hold within themselves is staggering.  Thank you for sharing.  The synergistic connection we all make here is cutting edge, 21st century technology.

Being the closed, protective, and family-driven type of people that we are, we are forever vigilant in our search for justice for Carla and Vickie.  There is justice for Holly Bobo and we thank God, the Almighty, for that but there is yet to be justice for our Stewart County girls.

The WILL of a Stewart Countian is a powerful thing.  Joined together with others, it becomes an unstoppable force.

RLB4

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FRANKIE GRAY FOR SHERIFF OF STEWART COUNTY.

 GRAY

FOR

SHERIFF

THE RIGHT MAN AT THE RIGHT TIME

Vote early!

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Iconic Stewart County lady passes.

Betty Joe Wallace of Big Rock, Tennessee passed away on Friday, Aprill 11, 2014 at her home.

She was a former graduate of Stewart County High School and Austin Peay State University.  She was a retired APSU Professor with Master’s Degrees in Education and History from APSU.  She had also completed her coursework at Vanderbilt University for her Ph.D. in History.

Her landmark book, Between The Rivers, History of the Land Between The Lakes is a watershed compilation of our heritage and our culture.  The story becomes greater and more personal because of the understanding and connection that Ms. Wallace had to her community and the way she portrayed it in its purest and most beautiful form.

Betty Joe Wallace, a student of history, mastered history as she left her indelible mark on it for generations to come.

We at PNN are grateful for Betty Joe Wallace.   Through her work and her accomplishments, all of us in Stewart County have a far greater understanding of our history and who we are.

Rest In Peace

Betty Joe Wallace

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There is no substitute for good character.

There is a legend in the Clarksville Police Department.  It is a story told to rookies to motivate them to perform well in their jobs and to remind them that theirs is a greater purpose to serve.  It is a story told by the teachers in blue who hold their young policemen to higher ideals and a belief in the higher purpose of their jobs and it stands in stark contrast to what these men and women face daily in the cold, harsh reality of their chosen profession.  It is a story of what good can happen if you just do the right thing.

Along about the very same time that Carla Sue Atkins and Vickie Lee Stout were being killed in Stewart County, there was a rookie cop of good and strong Stewart County heritage patrolling the beat on the old 41A Fort Campbell Blvd.  All alone in the rough and tumble world of drugs and murder in the days when Clarks Vegas got it’s nickname, this young man was streetwise enough to know that one mistake out here and it could cost you your life.

It was late at night with little traffic on the road when the young rookie pulled over the white van for a routine stop.  What happened next is part of Clarksville Police folklore.  There were drugs in that white van.  There was a LOT of drugs.  There was money, too.  There was a LOT of money.  In fact, the occupants of the white van offered the rookie cop all of the money to just walk away.  Many people have said it was $250,000!  Take the money, they pleaded, just let us go.  It was a cool quarter of a million bucks in 1980 dollars.  Just walk away.  That was more money than that rookie had ever seen in his life.  No one was there.  No one would ever know.  Just his decision, the money, and his destiny lay in front of him.  What would you do?  He did the right thing.  He booked them!  He turned them in.  In return, he rose, over his long and decorated career, to the number two man in the Clarksville Police Department.  Clarksville, as we know, is the fourth biggest city in the State of Tennessee.  He fulfilled a dream.  He represented his family and his home with great honor and integrity.

And now this man, who has been given the utmost respect from his peers throughout his career, is asking Stewart County for a second time to give him the chance to be her Sheriff.

We will not have this opportunity again to place such an honorable man in such an important position at such a critical time in our history.

Frankie Gray is the right man at the right time for Sheriff of Stewart County.

Frankie Gray did not jeopardize his future as a policeman so long ago when he did the right thing by turning in that money and he won’t tarnish his illustrious career in Clarksville by coming home to Stewart County and not giving us the best that he’s got.

Four years ago Frankie Gray was narrowly defeated by Deryk Wyatt for Sheriff of Stewart County and Deryk Wyatt promptly failed the people of Stewart County in his four year term.  Please see PNN’s Page Two (located at top) for the top three ways that Deryk Wyatt has failed Stewart County.

Frankie Gray for Sheriff of Stewart County.  The right man at the right time!

RLB4

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Lest we forget.

Seen in the Magee Cemetery today.

David R. Ross pays his respects to two Stewart County girls.  Rare Stewart County history dating back 150 years is remembered in the Magee Cemetery.  Much of the history seen there is celebrated and remembered fondly but some of it is somber and mournful.  Its all there.

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Life is short.

In the blink of God’s eye our lives begin, they play out, and then they are over.

How did you live your life?  What legacy, what history, do you leave behind?

Find inspiration in the video below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9nAMTiQJNo

God isn’t found just in a building. God is found first, and foremost, in your heart.

God bless you all.

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RLB4

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