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by Sharon Rondeau

Bill Haslam worked in the company his father founded and served as mayor of Knoxville, TN, before being elected governor in 2010

(Feb. 13, 2011) — On January 26, 2011, The Post & Email faxed a letter to Tennessee’s new governor, Bill Haslam, as well as to the attorney general, Robert E. Cooper, Jr., regarding the widespread corruption of public officials in his state, particularly in Monroe and Sevier Counties.

Today a reader notified us of a supporting communication to our letter which she had sent to Gov. Haslam and the response she received:

From: Redacted
To: bill.haslam@tn.gov
Subject: Corruption in Tennessee….
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2011 11:02:49 -0600

Hello, Governor Haslam.

I am writing in support of the letter Mrs. Sharon Rondeau sent (faxed) you yesterday regarding massive corruption in Tennessee.

I, too, was involved in helping the citizens of Monroe County fight the thugs in Monroe County, and I learned a lot about your state. Unbelievable!

I’m writing to ask you to get involved and help protect the citizens of Monroe County from the likes of Sheriff Bill Bivens, his goon deputies, the corrupt attorneys, and the juries that are stacked against these people…usually for crimes they didn’t commit. 70% of Monroe County is on probation, huh? Mr. Haslam, I have little to no faith in people, but I don’t believe 70% of the people in Monroe County are criminals.

Sharon did a beautiful job outlining much of the situation in her letter, so you have that. But don’t believe us, look into it yourself. Or are you already aware, and you, too, are complicit? Seems everyone else is. I made many, many phone calls and sent many, many emails to people who should have had this cleaned up by now, including the FBI, TBI, the former governor, The Corrections Institute, the TN Dept. of Health, ‘defense’ attorneys, on and on….

Please get involved, do what’s right, and stop the criminal enterprise knows as ‘Monroe County Sheriff Department’.

Thank you for your time. Have a great day.



His response:

From: Bill.Haslam@tn.gov
To: Redacted
Subject: Responding to your message
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 14:32:38 -0600

February 11, 2011

Dear Friend,

Thank you for writing to me and sharing your concerns.  I appreciate hearing from you.

After careful review of your letter, I have determined that the Department of Safety and Homeland Security is the appropriate agency to address this type of inquiry, and therefore have forwarded your letter to their office for consideration.

My administration is committed to providing effective and efficient service.  If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact my office at 615-253-6913.

Again, thank you for taking the time to write.  I hope to hear from you again on other matters of importance to you.

Warmest regards,

Bill Haslam

cc:  Commissioner Bill Gibbons, Department of Safety and Homeland Security

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  1. I think more people should be concerned about SB0257 than the status of Obama’s
    citizenship. Its really OLD OLD news.

    Mr. Haslam………….how about a comment on Lt. Gov Ramseys bill which is aimed
    at collecting dna from TN. citizens. Comments below were struck from Mr. Ramseys
    facebook page. I guess that facebook site should forwarn people that only nice questions & comments are allowed. Here they are.
    Mr. Ramsey…you introduced this bill and now I would like to know about the connection between you and congresswoman Diane Black and her husband who owns AEGIS labs and stands to benefit from this. It is common knowledge that this company is politically connected and why wouldn’t it be with Bill Frist employed there ? I guess D.C is not the only place that smells of corruption.

    Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey
    Whats up with this bill SB0257 ? Do you think we are going to put up with this without a fight? I would love to see you all try and take my DNA to store in a Govt database. Good luck to you.

  2. I have a real problem with this. See verbiage from letter from Gov Haslam copied and pasted below.

    “After careful review of your letter, I have determined that the Department of Safety and Homeland Security is the appropriate agency to address this type of inquiry, and therefore have forwarded your letter to their office for consideration.”

    I have a certified letter in my possession from the TN Dept of Safety, that states that they referred my materials to the TBI for investigation of the officials and ordeal that I wrote initially to the Dept of Safety about.
    So in essence, why would the governor’s office (a top state office) refer a matter back to the TN Dept of Safety (another state office) and to the federal officials (Homeland Security)? What exactly is this supposed to accomplish? Do we now play ring around the rosy with corrupt figures, and accomplish no results?

    Again, this type of response displays lack of leadership. It is passing the buck, while the malfeasance continues.

  3. You write such good letters. I was thinking that it might be a great idea to try to get the media involved. Maybe send a copy of your letter or a link here to any journalist you can think of. Don’t even matter how small they are but having someone in media aware.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: The Post & Email IS the media!

  4. Tell that foolish Gov. he has a job to do, and TN is his responsibility, not a Federal Gov’t’s unconstitutional department! So, I guess TN is not a constitutional state of its own? They forward crime and corruption inquiries on to the Feds? It’s always someone else’s responsiblity isn’t it? Boy, these politicians need a rude awakening!

  5. OT


    SENATE BILL 366 By Beavers AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 2,Chapter 5, Part 2, relative to including the name of a presidential candidate on a ballot in this state. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE:

    SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 2-5-204(a), is amended by designating the existing language as subdivision (1) and by adding the following language as subdivision (2):(2) Prior to the name of any candidate for president of the United States being placed on the ballot for either the presidential preference primary or the general November election, the following procedure shall be followed:(A) The national political party committee for a candidate for president for a party that is entitled to continued representation on the ballot shall provide to the secretary of state written notice of the candidates for president and vice-president seeking that party’s nomination. Within ten (10) days after submittal of the names of the candidates, the national political party committee shall submit an affidavit of the presidential candidate in which the presidential candidate states the candidate’s citizenship and age and shall append to the affidavit documents that prove that the candidate is a natural born citizen, prove the candidate’s age, and prove that the candidate meets the residency requirements for President of the United States as prescribed in Article II, Section1, Constitution of the United States.

    – 2 – 00206431

    (B) The affidavit prescribed in subdivision (a)(2)(A) shall include references to and attachment of all of the following, which shall be sworn to under penalty of perjury:(i) An original long form birth certificate that includes the date and place of birth, the names of the hospital and the attending physician, and signatures of the witnesses in attendance;(ii) A sworn statement attesting that the candidate has not held dual or multiple citizenship and that the candidate’s allegiance is solely to the United States of America; and(iii) A sworn statement or form that identifies the candidate’s places of residence in the United States for the preceding fourteen (14)years.(3) If the information required pursuant to subdivision (2) is not timely submitted to the secretary of state, the secretary of state shall not place that presidential candidate’s name on the ballot in this state.

    SECTION 2. Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 2-5-205(a)(1), is amended by deleting the period at the end of the subdivision and adding the language “and has submitted and sworn to the documents prescribed § 2-5-204(a)(2).”SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it.

    1. Half a solution. Does not contain any reference to documentation of the parents’ citizenship – This may stop Obama (because of his other allegiances), but what about the next guy with different circumstances that wasn’t born a Citizen of a foreign country?? Bad Law.

  6. This letter sounds like “secretary triage” where an assistant handled the problem and sent it to whom they thought appropriate, but of course, totally wrong in their concept of the problem. I think bosses often rely on people not really knowledgeable of problems. But persistence finally reaches the boss. Maybe it is nature’s way of filtering out real problems. If a person settles for “first response triage”, the person goes away. The Real Problems persist. I would encourage Sharon to arrange a newspaper media interview on the phone with the new Governor. She captures the details and nuances beautifully. The Governor would probably have a press secretary Sharon would arrange the interview through, and she could create a more direct line of communication. Then send a copy of the interview with “signed on receipt” by the Governor…to show that the Post and E Mail is an actual newspaper on line. She could fax the press secretary her Newspaper credentials to help validify her position. God bless her efforts….she is really a true journalist!

    1. “Then send a copy of the interview with “signed on receipt” by the Governor…to show that the Post and E Mail is an actual newspaper on line. ”

      Outstanding idea! Really excellent. No joke. This is the way to proceed. 100%. THEN see what happens, and ***follow up with a warning to his office of an editorial about his office’s silence if you don’t get a speedy reply***. CH has provided the open door for a complete follow-through. Excellent. Well done!

  7. For those of us who cannot think for ourselves – here is what we really have in Washington, DC, and elsewhere, right now, all of them pretending to be representing the good folks, known as “We The People”… Here’s the GOSPEL TRUTH FOLKS, and here’s what we have…

    (1) A bunch of self-centred idiots, living in a totally delusional bubble, who are ONLY interested in making all the money they can, for themselves, and by any means possible.
    (2) Irresponsible fools, who should be, and would be totally ashamed of themselves, IF THEY ONLY had a modicum of brain-power, or decency from within.
    (3) Traitorous individuals who quite easily continue to accept living “THE BIG LIE”, (for money), being that of obama’s usurpation of the Presidency, and of his intentional plan to bankrupt America “In-Full-Jihad-Mode”; in spite of the screaming and hollering of their Constituents, who they totally ignore, just as if they had been appointed by God, into a life-time appointment. (Editors note: believe me, “They Have-Not” on both counts).
    (4) Spending-maniacs who are actually, rapidly bankrupting our Country while maintaining their lofty position, and being quite devoid of all common sense, or the ability to even display the same responsibility of three-year-olds.
    (5) Sanctimonious, Treasonous, Stupid, Greedy, Arrogant FOOLS THEY ARE, who should-be, and will-be eventually put in jail for high crimes against the Citizens of America, and for ignoring the Constitution and their OATH OF OFFICE, as if both never existed.
    (6) What these idiots are really doing is calling our bluff, by forcing a Revolution, and if we don’t comply, then “you can well imagine what we will then have”. Better we start now by examining how life is in… Iran, Russia, Venezuela, Cuba, Palestine, Lebanon, Ethiopia, etc., as a “way of life” that is rapidly coming to America.

    If we have any intention of stopping this sheer madness, then we had damn-well better mobilize, get off our butts, and make a dedicate effort to attend a peaceful and meaningful rally such as Egypt just had, and as has been suggested by Col Riley, say on March 19th, 2011, in D.C., and as per the following link… http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/33227 . One and a half million in attendance would indeed get the kind of results we need to completely overhaul our existing, wasteful and tyrannical system, which is what our founding father were very-much aware of and trying to spare us of this agony. BETTER AGONY NOW – THAN MOST ASSUREDLY LATER. Does anybody out there agree??? TIME TO SEE THE LIGHT HERE AND NOW because it is obviously already waaay-tooooooo-late for: Iran, Russia, Venezuela, Cuba, Palestine, Lebanon, Ethiopia, etc, etc, etc…..

  8. How interesting. I myself, asked for a personal meeting with the Honorable Gov Bill Haslam, and have offered to trek to Nashville to meet with him personally, though have received no response.

    Is this because Gov Haslam is an eastern TN hometown boy, being he is from Knoxville and is fully aware of these issues, allowing “politics” to take precedence over people being harmed, due to corrupt officials? If this is so, we are all in trouble here.

    I understand Bill Haslam took Sevier County by a landslide in the last election.

    Malfeasance is not a political issue. This is not about politics. It is about PEOPLE. It matters not whether one is Republican, Democrat, Patriot, Independent, Libertarian, or Blue Blooded polka dotted Martian, this sort of corrupt conduct of officials that are meant to serve and protect, funded by our tax dollars, affects everyone. The corruption in both of these counties is eerily similar. With better communication techniques, such as the internet, this type of conduct is better exposed.

    Nice guy or no nice guy, Mr. Haslam, we who live in Tennessee and have been adversely affected by this misconduct, need leadership.

    Without fearless leadership, all here will be most deleteriously affected. No one is exempt.

  9. These guys like Haslam just don’t know what to do. When it come as to Obama’s citizenship status, they don’t have the intellectual capacity to separate fact from fiction, or marginalization from downright suppression. The fact is, a lot of politicians simply are not very bright, and many who are, are too ambitious and therefore afraid to act. But we can keep the pressure on like Sharon and others have and do. Keeping on the pressure will make them worried about re-election, and force them, like others, to do their homework. And that’ll lead to eureka moments like that that lead to laws like Arizona’s.



    Far and away our best **Birther** “Rainbow Glitter Bear” episode, number 7, is now up, and shows you how to debate this issue from where the situation is ***today***! The strategies illustrated in this cute video have worked for us time and again in recent months in every venue you can imagine. They are time and venue tested. Please check it out for Old Glory and learn how to debate “the enemy” (Obama’s words) to 100%, absolute, final defeat. Many of the ideas can be thrown at dunderheads like Haslam, also. He might just get it.

    We “Birthers” have made the pitch. 60% of the people get it. Now we need to close the sale. This shows you how to do it. God bless.

    Here’s the video at Youtube

  10. Gov Haslam is a good man. He shook my hand “in person” and I think that is the problem here writing a letter is not “in person” and some body in his office just sent a reply without him seeing. Talk to Gov Haslam in person and you will find a person who is ready to do some thing about the corruption.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: However, a letter from the media should be enough to get his attention. The Post & Email will be publishing a response from his office this week, but so far it has been disappointing. Since not all of us live in Tennessee, an in-person visit is not always possible. If there is a volunteer who will set up an appointment to meet with Gov. Haslam to discuss the rampant corruption within his state, please contact me at editor@thepostemail.com. Thank you.

    1. Why would the State of Tennesee’s Chief Executive (no matter how “Good” a guy he is) prefer intervention from Federal authorities to handling a mess “In House” the way a “Concerned” Governor would?? Seems like a “Pass the Buck” move to me. Not surprising though – Today’s political breed seem to want to avoid the appearance that there’s “Anything Wrong In My Sphere of Influence”.

  11. Incredible!! All he did was rat you out to the federal goons, who are even more corrupt than the goons in Tennessee. Just another corrupt politician. When you have no judiciary, all that’s left is tyranny.