For more on the continuing meltdown in the Knox County Trustee's Office click right smack here.
And no, I am not enjoying this despite what anyone thinks. It does not please me to have to write stories that the county's tax collector (the person who is supposed to deposit a billion in coin each year so we actually have a county) is now under investigation by the TBI.
Huh? What's that you say? The TBI?
Yeah, read between the lines in today's story – again, click right smack here.
The law director's office can't do it (since it's criminal in nature), the sheriff's office won't do it (because they don't want people screaming “conflict of interest”) and the district attorney general won't do it (because they're tired of Trustee John Duncan III and his office attorney Chad Tindell coming to their office nine times a day begging them to drop it).
So, where does that leave us? Yup. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
It's funny, how early yesterday, they hadn't been contacted by the local peeps. Yet later in the day – when I got it on background and able to use for the Screams from da Porch blog – I start hearing that they've been contacted, it's then that the spokesperson freezes up and says “no comment.”
I don't think I need to tell you what “no comment” means.
OK, with that said, a buddy of mine was lamenting for Zach Brezina today. Brezina is the guy who works in the Trustee's Office and is accused of taking tests for some of the employees.
My question for him is whether he's been taking tests for the trustee all his life? Did he take his SAT test for him, too? Heh.
Anyhoo, my buddy is like: "I feel bad for that guy."
And I'm thinking: "Why? He's the freakin' hero of this story?"
My buddy: "Huh?"
Me: "Yeah, he's obviously the only one smart enough to pass a test in that office."
With that said, Brezina this morning stroked a check to the county for $6,000, reimbursing tax payers for his interest free loan – I mean bonus – the Trustee's Office gave him.
And speaking of that. Funny how all of a sudden everyone is cutting checks so quickly. I'm guessing that the money is coming from the trustee's campaign money. It more than likely would not be illegal.
But it would show the absurdity of how politicians use campaign coin.
At this point, though, I think we've moved beyond absurdity.