HOUSING BUREAU COORDINATOR JOB DESCRIPTION

PURPOSE:                           

Represents PFHA as Coordinator with the City of Pigeon Forge, establishing a working relationship to execute the duties related to RFPs received for Events scheduled at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge

QUALIFICATIONS:

Reporting Skills, Thoroughness, Organizational Skills, Attention to Detail, Research Skills, Problem Solving, Customer Focus, Quality Focus, Cooperation Skills, Proactive, Dependable, Strict Confidentiality, General Math Skills, Initiative, Excellent Communications/Writing Skills

REPORTS TO:  

President of the PFHA and/or Executive Committee

JOB DUTIES:

  • Maintain a quality computer/lap top with high speed internet access to connect to the City’s Software Program to provide quality service. 
  • Work closely with the City’s Representative. 
  • Prepare work to be processed by gathering, sorting, organizing, and recording data, information and documents. 
  • Research and resolve processing issues Resolve complaints by investigating, then referring to the City’s representative for guidance  
  • Complete all responsibilities in a timely manner 
  • Maintain accounting for the City and PFHA in rebates for Event Owners and subsequent fees for PFHA  
  • Prepare and present reports to the City and to PFHA as required 

*Note, this job is considered a full time contractual position. The HB candidate will report to the PFHA President and Board of Directors and work closely with the City of Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism.  The beginning pay would be $24,000.00 per year.  If interested, please send resumes to Kristy Becker, PFHA President at Kristy.becker@titanicsales.com along with any questions they may have about the position.*


  

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Hello PFHA Members, Greetings 2014

Hello PFHA Members,

The 2013 year is coming to an end and 2014 is just around the corner. We at PFHA hope that 2013 has been a good year for you and that your membership in the PFHA has offered many benefits for you and your business.

As we enter a new year with new challenges and opportunities for the hospitality industry we look forward to working with you to accomplish exactly what our new PFHA Mission Statements states: ”To be the unified voice and a resource for information, collaboration, and education that enables Pigeon Forge hospitality establishments to advance and protect our industry.”

The key phrase in the PFHA Mission Statement is “unified voice” and we need your continued support and membership in order to remain unified and strong as there is strength in unified numbers. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to continue your membership and support in the PFHA as we want and need you to be a part of our unified voice!

For more information about the PFHA or a membership application please visit www.PFHospitality.org. You will also find a PFHA membership application, benefits page, a 2014 calendar of events, an invoice as well as other PFHA information attached to this letter/email for your convenience. Remember that we must receive your application and payment prior to March 1, 2014 in order to retain voting privileges so get your application/payment in today!

Thank you in advance for your continue support of the PFHA and we look forward to seeing you at our January Membership Meeting on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Mainstay Suites Hotel in Pigeon Forge.

Below is our 2014 PFHA Membership Committee should you want to speak with them or help support our goal of 300 members in 2014!

Donna Huffaker/The Pottery House dhuffaker@old-mill.com (865)453-1900

Ken Maples/Comfort Inn and Suites kenlmaples@aol.com (865)548-3615

Candra Carroll/Riverstone Resort and Spa ccarroll@riverstoneresort.com (865)659-5597

Kristy Becker/Titanic Museum kristy.becker@titanicattraction.com (865)868-1197 x 1308

Pam Smith/Bluff Mountain Adventures duoclass@aol.com (865)599-4080

Judy Ann Ellison/Assn. Coordinator judyann@3681900.com (865)368-1900

 

Thank you, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The PFHA Board of Directors & Staff

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Lets Get Social

Come and join us for a look into the relationship between
entrepreneurs/ small businesses, and the evolving phenomenon of social media. We
will explore the common misconceptions and expectations of social media in business, as well as,
the potential impact of properly employing social media followed by a question-and-answer session.
Registration Information
Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Location: RiverStone Resort and Spa
212 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Cost: $25.00 per person and includes lunch.
Registration: 1) Visit Walters State’s website: www.ws.edu/community-ed > click on course catalog
and registration> then search by key word Social Media.

2) OR copy and paste the following link into your web browser

https://registration.xenegrade.com/wscc/courseDisplay.cfm?schID=7994

3) OR contact Amanda Hill at (423) 798-7946 or Amanda.Hill@ws.edu

Dr. Anita Ricker
Dr. Anita Ricker is currently the Assistant Dean of

Community Education. Dr. Ricker has been with Walters State for 19 years. Her job over the last 7 years has been to focus on serving the needs of business and industry by providing corporate training solutions. She holds a BS in computer science, a Masters in Business Administration and a doctorate in Private and Post-Secondary Leadership. In addition, she holds numerous certifications and serves as a TN Center for Performance Excellence examiner.

Mike Reaves
Mike Reaves is a Grammy-award winning producer and engineer from New York, whose clients include Warner Bros., Sony, Atlantic, and MCA Records, and

has produced artists including Mary J. Blige, Justin Timberlake, Jessica Simpson, Wu-Tang Clan, Bon Jovi, & Kansas. Mike has dozens of RIAA-certified platinum albums to his credit, and has developed Media Arts curricula for Full Sail University, the Producers Institute of Technology, and Walters
State
Community College.

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Lodging Revenue 101 Seminar

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Back To School Donations Needed

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Computer & ServeSafe Classes Available

July 24 & 31: Microsoft Excel 2010 Level 2 (8:30 am -12:00 noon)

Students will learn how to use multiple worksheets and workbooks efficiently, and they will start working with more advanced formatting options including styles, themes, and backgrounds. They will also learn how to create outlines and subtotals, how to create and apply cell names, and how to work with tables. Students will save workbooks as Web pages, insert and edit hyperlinks, and learn to share workbooks by email. This course also covers advanced charting techniques, use of trendlines and sparklines, worksheet auditing and protection, file sharing and merging, and workbook templates. Finally, students will learn to work with PivotTables and PivotCharts. Course fees are $100.00 for both sessions.

 

July 25:  Excel 2010 Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts (9:00 am -12:00 noon)

Join us to learn how to create, manage, rearrange, and compare large amounts of data. In this 3 hour, “hands on” course students will explore Pivot tables and Pivot charts, and how they are used to compare large spreadsheets and workbooks. Each student will leave with an understanding of how Pivot tables and Pivot charts work and a 6 page quick reference card. Course fees are $59.00

 

August 07: Microsoft Outlook 2010 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

No one likes doing things the hard way when you can use a shortcut or simple trick to get the same end result. Why should this be any difference when working with Microsoft Outlook? In this course you will learn some of the simple tricks and shortcuts that Outlook has to offer and make your life easier. What you will learn: quick key commands, calendar meetings, filtering emails, and much more. Course fees are $59.00

August 12: Understanding Your I-Pad (9:00 am -12:00 noon)  

You have just purchased your first brand new I-Pad, but unsure of how it works or all the available features? We can help!! In this 3 hour “hands-on” course we will explore the I-Pad from beginning to end with apps and how to install them, working with iCloud, notes and reminders, contacts, syncing, Facetime, and so much more. You will leave with a better understanding of your I-Pad and a 6 page reference card. Don’t have an I-Pad, but want to learn to use one?? Don’t worry if you don’t have an I-Pad, several will be available for use during class. Course fees are $59.00

August 14 & 21:  Microsoft Excel 2010 Level 3 (8:30 am -12:00 noon)  

This course builds on the skills and concepts taught in Excel 2010: Level 2. Students will work with advanced formulas, as well as lookup functions such as VLOOKUP, MATCH, and INDEX. In addition, students will learn about data validation and database functions such as DSUM. They will learn how to import and export data, and how to query external databases. Finally, students will learn about the analytical features of Excel (such as Goal Seek and Solver), running and recording macros, SmartArt graphics, and conditional formatting with graphics. Course fees are $100.00 for both sessions

September 9 & 10: ServSafe Sanitation & Safety (4:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

Servsafe Sanitation & Safety course is based upon the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation program. It includes a study of the HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) system and training in all areas of food safety relevant to a food establishment. Federal and state laws, rules, and regulations governing food service operation are emphasized. This course is designed to help the student develop an understanding of the basic principles of sanitation and safety and to be able to apply them in the food service operations. Managers need to know food safety and the critical importance of its role. And they need to learn how to share food safety knowledge with every employee.

Course Fees: $149.00- includes book & exam.

 

Location:      Walters State Community College

Sevierville Campus

1720 Old Newport Hwy.

Sevierville, TN 37876

Registration:  For online registration visit our website www.ws.edu/community-ed  and enter one of the following promo codes: Chamber, PFHA, or AAL, or contact Amanda Hill at (423) 798-7946 or  email Amanda.Hill@ws.edu .

Number of Seats20 (Register early to save your seat).

REGISTRATION FORM

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Meet the Candidate Responses 2013

Below you will find candidate responses from “Meet the Candidates 2013″,  for the sake of consistency, the candidates responses have been listed in alphabetical order by their last name.

Candidate Name:  Joyce Brackins

Personal/Family Information:  Lifelong resident of Sevier County/Pigeon Forge; was married 44 years to the late Woody Brackins; four (grown) children, five grandchildren; reside at 224 Mountain Vista Drive in Pigeon Forge; Phone 865-453-4996

Occupation/Experience:  Retired co-owner/operator of Brackins Landscaping for over 20 years; Pigeon Forge City Commissioner for over 11 years; past member of the Pigeon Forge Planning Commission; member Pigeon Forge Library Board

Community Involvement:  Resident of Pigeon Forge since 1957; member of the Pigeon Forge Library Board; Pigeon Forge City Commissioner; member of First Baptist Church Pigeon Forge and Sonlight Sunday School Class; past member Pigeon Forge Planning Commission; past board member of the Sevier County Health Improvement Council; graduate of Leadership Sevier

PFHA Question #1:

What is fueling your desire to serve the next 4 years on City Commission and what specific goals would you like to accomplish during this term?

 

Answer:

I have been a resident of Pigeon Forge since 1957 and have watched Pigeon Forge grow from a small-unincorporated community to the busy tourism city/destination that it is today.

 

I am honored to be a resident and city commissioner of Pigeon Forge and love Pigeon Forge as well as the people of our city. I care very much for our city and the wellbeing of our citizens.

 

I have represented Pigeon Forge as a city commissioner since 2001 and want to continue that service to support the completion of several important projects and goals. I also have love and passion for our city and a strong desire to see it progress in a positive direction that will benefit everyone.

We have several major projects ongoing (that I fully support) such as:

ü LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge

ü Wear Farm City Park

ü New wastewater treatment facility

ü New mass transit/trolley facility

ü Greenway trail project

ü Possibility of the Ripken Ballpark Complex

 

These projects need our continued support to full completion as they will be incredible assets to our city and will benefit our residents, businesses and visitors for years to come.

 

I also have several important goals that I continue to focus on and support:

ü Additional alternate routes (west side connector) and better overall traffic flow

ü Safety/security of all citizens, businesses and visitors

ü Expanded city services for our citizens and businesses

ü Responsible growth/development of existing and new business to expand our tax base, thus keeping our taxes low

ü Fiscally/financially responsible city and department budgets

ü Responsible growth and investment in our city advertising campaign to strengthen our economy and keep Pigeon Forge competitive with other tourism destinations

 

I also support working in a cooperative manner to make our city mutually beneficial for residents as well as the business community. Working together for common good is what Pigeon Forge has done for years and we must continue to seek shared interest in an effort to collectively move our city in a positive direction. Together, we can and will move Pigeon Forge forward!

 

PFHA Question #2:

Tourism and hospitality related services are the 2nd largest industry in the State of Tennessee and the predominant producer of jobs for Sevier County. What are your feelings toward the amount of the City Budget that is invested in tourism and are you committed to finding ways to grow this investment?

 

Answer:

We currently allocate and invest about 21% or $9,000,000 (+/-) of our total general fund (city) budget in advertising.  Our research shows that for every $1 we (Pigeon Forge) invest in tourism advertising we receive $51 in return. That is a staggering return on investment and proves that further responsible investment in our advertising campaign will pay off and provide increased revenue for our city budget. We recently grew our advertising budget in fiscal year (2011/2012) by $500,000 and we are enjoying the results of that increased investment today, as last year (2012) was a record year in gross receipts for Pigeon Forge!

 

The state of TN just increased its ad budget from $4 million to $12 million annually (an increase of $8 million) as they too see the benefits of responsible investment in tourism advertising.

 

I am absolutely in favor of finding ways to grow our tourism-advertising budget, as it is an investment in our future! Tourism is the foundation of Pigeon Forge and our economy. It is very important that we continue to invest responsibly in our economy in order to be competitive! Further research shows that our tourism economy saves each Pigeon Forge household about $4,000 per year in taxes and our tourism driven economy is the very reason that we continue to enjoy these tax savings and/or low taxes in Pigeon Forge.

 

PFHA Question #3:

This past year the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism has completed an agency review and taken requests for proposal from competing agencies meeting the criteria provided. How do feel about this process, the recommendations the task force provided, and the action taken by the existing council regarding these reviews?

 

Answer:

The agency review process was a very good and needed procedure that should be conducted every 3 to 5 years with all professional service providers regardless of the service provided. Therefore, I support this review process with all professional service providers to our city.

 

I am very comfortable with the recommendation provided to the commission by the tourism task force/committee in the work session(s) as well as the documentation made available for our review.

 

I supported the recommendation of the task force and voted to accept their recommendation on both the traditional and digital agencies and/or professional service providers. The full commission voted to adopt the recommendation of the tourism task force (4 yes & 1 no on traditional advertising – 3 yes & 2 no on digital advertising) and I am glad the recommendation(s) passed as we are realizing the benefits and results of both professional service agencies today. Again, we had a record year in 2012!

 

PFHA Question #4:

What are your feelings about our existing Tourism Development Zone and your ideas about the future growth within the zone?

 

Answer:

The Tourism Development Zone Act (TDZ) was created by the state of Tennessee specifically for cities/counties that needed financial support and incentive(s) to develop “public use facilities” such as LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge.

 

The Pigeon Forge TDZ was created in 2004 by Pigeon Forge and approved by the State of TN. There are 6 TDZ’s across the state of TN: Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga and Memphis.

 

The TDZ will enable Pigeon Forge to collect the state of Tennessee’s portion of the sales tax (from a designated tax basis) within the TDZ for 30 years to help repay the bonds issues to build LeConte Center and provide other infrastructure improvements within the TDZ.

 

Therefore, it is imperative that we encourage and support development and thus tax growth within the TDZ as well as throughout our city. Some of this growth is already occurring and/or in the planning stages such as The Island development, The Ripken Experience development and other existing business growth and new business development within our TDZ. The Pigeon Forge TDZ covers a vast area of the Pigeon Forge parkway so our TDZ will generate a vast amount of taxes to retire the bonds within the 30-year period.

 

The TDZ and LeConte Center will also generate business and tax growth for businesses outside the TDZ so it will actually benefit all of Pigeon Forge.

 

Bottom line, a city must invest in its future and encourage economic growth. The TDZ Act provides a great opportunity for Pigeon Forge and many other cities in Tennessee to grow their economy responsibly in partnership with state government.

 

The future growth within our TDZ looks very, very promising and I fully support this financially responsible opportunity and investment for our city.

 

PFHA Question #5:

Multiple public projects such as the LeConte Center, trolley transfer hub, wastewater treatment facility, Wear Farm Park, and the Ripken Experience will be inherited by the next Commission, what are your thoughts on each of these projects and are you supportive of the current and future investment required for their success?

 

Answer:

I support these projects as well as their full completion (Ripken Experience yet to be determined and/or still in discussion and planning phase at this point).

 

LeConte Center is already booking major events that will bring thousands of new visitors to Pigeon Forge.

 

The trolley transfer hub will most likely be funded by grant money and will enable Pigeon Forge to provide enhanced mass transit service, as LeConte Center and our overall growth will require.

 

We recently approve a new wastewater treatment facility that will provide service for our city/growth for and estimated 50 years and this facility is much needed to allow us to grow responsibly and timely. State of TN law requires water and wastewater treatment to be self-sufficient.

 

Wear Farm City Park just opened to rave reviews and is providing state-of-the-art sports facilities for our residents and visitors. Wear Farm City Park (in conjunction with the Ripken Experience) will enable our city to grow into a top-notch sports tournament destination as well as provide our local sports teams the best facilities possible for play.

 

As mentioned above in my answer(s) to question #1, these projects will be fantastic assets for our city and will greatly benefit our residents, businesses and visitors.

 

All of these projects have been and/or will be funded by way of grants; private/public partnerships or bonds and all have very good revenue sources to repay any bonds issued to fund the projects.

 

The TDZ will also play a big part in the repayment of bonds for some of these projects such as LeConte Center and the Ripken Experience.

 

Conclusion:

Thank you very much for this opportunity to provide information about myself as a candidate for re-election to the Pigeon Forge Commission and also to answer these important questions about our great city.

 

I love Pigeon Forge and if re-elected I will to continue to put Pigeon Forge first and foremost throughout my 4 years of service. I pledge to always remember that I serve at the pleasure of the citizens; businesses and voters that elected me to represent all citizens of Pigeon Forge. I will continue to be very mindful that I am accountable and answerable to the taxpayers of Pigeon Forge and I promise to invest our taxpayer dollars responsibly and wisely for the betterment of our overall city!

 

With the above stated, I humbly ask for your support, trust and vote in the May 14th election. (Early voting is April 24th through May 9th)

Together, we can and will move Pigeon Forge in a positive direction!

Thank you,

Joyce Brackins

 

Candidate Name:  Donald (Don) L. Denney                                                              

 

Occupation / Experience:

·       U.S. Army Military Veteran            

·       Retired Since 1994                                                                          

  • Thirty-three years employment with a publishing company

               (Duties ranged from Computer Programmer to Administrative Services Manager)

 

Community Involvement:

· Past Board of Directors Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center

·       Past Chairman Sevier County Health Improvement Council

  • Past President Pigeon Forge Lions Club             

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PFHA Question #1:

What is fueling your desire to serve the next 4 years on City Commission and what specific goals would you like to accomplish during this term?

 

It’s unfortunate that the recent liquor-by-the-drink referendum created division in our great city. The referendum has been decided.

 

If I’m elected, I’ll strive diligently to bring unity back to our prestigious community. There’s too much work to be done for us to be fighting among ourselves. Conflict resolution will strengthen our relationships. Diversity is a great thing when there is a clearly defined common goal. Unbiased teamwork will restore unity to our churches and our business community. I’d like to be part of the healing process.

 

PFHA Question #2:

Tourism and hospitality related services are the 2nd largest industry in the State of Tennessee and the predominant producer of jobs for Sevier County. What are your feelings toward the amount of the City Budget that is invested in tourism are you committed to finding ways to grow this investment?

 

  1. The City Budget should responsibly address tourism & hospitality financial needs. These are critically important to our local economy.

 

  1. I am strongly committed to growing and sustaining our economic investment.

 

PFHA Question #3:

This past year the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism has completed an agency review and taken requests for proposal from competing agencies meting the criteria provided. How do feel about this process, the recommendations the task force provided, and the action taken by the existing council regarding these reviews?

 

I consider this effort an excellent proactive movement. Agencies will be able to cooperate in promoting area tourism and can still retain unique and individual products and services. It can be a win, win arrangement.

 

PFHA Question #4:

What are your feelings about our existing Tourism Development Zone and your ideas about the future growth within the zone?

 

I support specialized zoning. It allows the City to maintain balance and offers businesses specific rules for construction and use. Our City must continue attracting unique enterprises that will encourage visitors to consider coming to Pigeon Forge. The TZM will allow the city to do this and still retain control and balance of future growth.

 

PFHA Question #5:

Multiple public projects such as the LeConte Center, trolley transfer hub, wastewater treatment facility, Wear Farm Park, and the Ripken Experience will be inherited by the next Commission, what are your thoughts on each of these projects and are you supportive of the current and future investment required for their success?

 

LeConte Center – This is a beautiful facility and is a credit to our city. This will offer opportunities for large events that have not been possible before. This will open up new possibilities for our City.

 

Trolley Transfer Hub – Transportation during peak vacation season is a critical issue. The trolley system benefits residents and visitors. It is an efficient and economical means of transportation. We must continue to search for effective means of traffic control.

 

Waste Water Treatment Facility – If our community is to grow and remain healthy we must provide adequate sanitary services.

 

Wear Farm Park – This project reflects the strong support our community has for our youth. It’s an excellent investment in our future leaders.

 

Ripken Experience – It’s an honor for our City to be chosen for this prestigious sports complex. The planned sports events will provide additional variety to the things our City has to offer.

 

 

Candidate Name:  Jess Davis

Occupation/Experience:  UT Accounting Degree, Second Lieutenant Army Infantry, Special            Officer Knoxville Police Department, Operated Buffet, Theater and Hotel in Pigeon             Forge for over 26-years, Two Time Alcoa Rotary Man of the Year, Alcoa Gideon            Treasurer, Produced Top Rated IPR Rodeos (10 years), Knoxville Bear Semi-pro       Quarterback (2 years), Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni

Community Involvement: 24-year Member First Baptist Sevierville, Board of Directors of Two Evangelist: Henry Linginfelter (25 years) and Chuck McAlister (10 years), Coach Youth Football (10 years) and Youth Baseball (2 years), Strong supporter of several local charities including Boys Club because I worked my way through college at the Knoxville Boys Club and YMCA

Wife:  Linda for 33 years

Daughter:  Jessica, Duke University Graduate

Son:  Jason, UT Graduate

Granddaughter:  Skylyn

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Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association

 

I really appreciate your invitation to attend the Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association’s “meet the candidate community gathering,” but I must decline because I had stated that I would not campaign if LBTD was voted in.  I did this to bring all the attention that I could to that issue.  Many people in our group that were against it have offered several ideas for me to get around that statement so that I could campaign, but I don’t want people to think I don’t mean what I say.  Believe me, I would love to jump into that race and be able to personally inform the citizens about all of the things that have gone on behind the scenes involving our government that we have learned through that referendum process and information that people have been bringing to me.  If I were elected I would call for a State Controller audit to get to the bottom of all these issues so that the citizens will be protected.  The average person would be shocked.  Politicians that abuse their power and authority for themselves and their buddies really, really bothers me and as  a 26-year long Pigeon Forge business owner and family man, I am very concerned that we taxpayers, hoteliers and our children will pay the consequences of these back room deals, in fact we already are and many people just don’t realize it.  I hope you have the courage to do as you said in your letter and provide these “unaltered” answers to your attendees and I do appreciate your call to me.  I have sent this to The Mountain Press and Knoxville News Sentinel so that they will understand that I’m only answering questions and not campaigning for myself.

 

So as I said, I will not campaign but when asked questions I will answer and if attacked I will defend myself if I feel it’s necessary.  Since I am officially a candidate of record these questions asked me gives me the opportunity to share why I am so concerned about what is going to happen to us in the future, if our officials aren’t held accountable for their past actions.  Just merely stating that you are going to be positive and Pro-Pigeon Forge does not give an official the right to ignore their responsibility to totally and completely inform the public about important questions involving their previous actions.

 

Answer I.        The answer to your first question is that number one: these back room deals that we have learned that our City Officials have been involved in must stop.  A few people are benefiting tremendously at the expense of the rest of us taxpayers.  Number two: even  City employees are suffering from these back-room payoffs that has diverted millions that could have been used to bring Pigeon Forge City employees state pension plans in line with Gatlinburg and Sevierville.  Number three: I’m very upset about how a lot of people have been mistreated by our government officials such as our Pastors, Commissioner Robinson, other business people or anyone that has stood in the way of their personal plans or their buddy’s plans.  All citizens should be treated the same from developers to residents.  Number four: Greg Johnson’s News Sentinel column recently pointed out that our City Management spent two and a half times it’s revenue last year, blowing Obama off the map because he only did one and a half times.  Finally, number five: we must do a better job for our Firemen and Policemen.  They are our first line of defense and now their burdens are about to become much bigger with alcohol.  They do not need to be our City Management’s own personal “booger patrol”, their lives are at risk every day.

 

You can’t move forward on important City issues without having trust in your officials and once you have found violations of that trust, or if they refuse to fully answer the questions that the public is entitled to, then that trust can never be repaired.  Remember, absolute power corrupts absolutely.  If Commissioners who are not willing to be held accountable are put back into office then they will have absolute power indeed.

 

Answer II.       The answer to your second question is that there is no question that big dollars need to be spent on promoting our town.  But it must be done efficiently and without the appearance of impropriety.  Right now there are many questions about the use of Bohan and USDM that have not been fully answered.  For example, why are there no recorded sales of any ad money from USDM coming back to the City, as required, prior to Commissioner Robinson’s inquiry into that money to the City in 2009?  Why is there no record of these millions of dollars not being reported prior to 2009?  Why was Randal Robinson personally threatened with financial ruin by a USDM representative if he persisted in questioning them?  Why was no one at the City or Tourism Department able to explain who Toll Free Fulfillment was or what we got from them for their $10,000 a month payment that they were receiving prior to Commissioner Robinson inquiring into them?  It may be that only an outside audit will clear this up.

 

Answer III.      The answer to your third question is that to avoid any appearance of impropriety or self dealing this review should have been conducted completely by an outside organization of impeccable credentials.  There are just too many questions about missing ad money, who are the real owners of Bohan, USDM and Toll Free Fulfillment and if they do or do not have any ties with Pigeon Forge Officials or even if the study was thorough enough in comparing all the bidding.

 

Answer IV.      The answer to your fourth question is that I am extremely apprehensive about the TDZ  for two reasons.  A former Sevierville alderman who I have the deepest respect for has told me in detail how this is going to erode the tax base in the future and it will be one of the biggest mistakes Pigeon Forge has ever done and he said years from now we will see what he is predicting based upon his experience in Sevierville.  Secondly, I have firsthand knowledge of how some back room deals by City Officials have already used the TDZ to their personal benefit just like the Premier Resort City Status has been in the past.

 

Answer V.       The answer to your fifth question is that the cost of the Wear Farm Park and the wastewater treatment plant cost go hand and hand.  Our water bills as businesses and home owners are going through the roof and will go even higher to pay for a sewer plant that we don’t even have.  Soon payments will start on the $40,000,000 plus bond issue.  I understand that the original architectural plans were trashed when it was learned that another $15,000,000 to $20,000,000 would have been needed on the highly technical, no-smell process.  Now I understand that much of the technical aspect of this plant to give it the no-smell capabilities is now being taken out of the plans and also the capacity has been lowered.  A City of Sevierville government person had previously told me that Sevierville could carry all of the sewage for us at a reasonable fee if we tied into their trunk line at the city limits.  If this was looked into, and not blocked as this as Sevierville Official told me that Pigeon Forge City Management had done, we could possibly get out of this $40,000,000 plus sewer plant expense. City Management has had six years to solve this problem.

 

Wear Farm is a great park that comes with a great price.  We could have a lot of great things if we are willing to pay a great price.  Commissioner Robinson warned them years ago when they bought it that they were buying a pig in a poke, and so they did.  It had wet lands that had to be dealt with in a very expensive way that drove the cost up, all of which could have all been avoided.  The former parks next to the community center could have been expanded at a much lesser price not to mention the fact that they razed them too early for no good reason, which denied use of them through the 2012 season.  This didn’t need to be.  Also the former ball field location is the most sacred historical place in all of Pigeon Forge because that is where the first Wear settlement was and now its going to have a sewer plant wrapped around it.  What a shame.  This did not have to be.

 

As for the events center, it is a beautiful looking facility, but based on the convention center’s operating losses for Gatlinburg and Sevierville we had better get ready to duck.

 

Many of these projects are involved on the Teaster parking lot and adjoining lands.  To remove any question of improprieties moving forward, I think we must know what has gotten us to the point that we are at now on these projects.  To do that questions must be completely and fully answered.

 

1)  Why did  City Management pay 17.5 million for the 35 acres Teaster parking lot land that they had appraised at 7.5 million  Doesn’t the law prevent government from paying more for land than its appraised for?  Why was there no public discussion on this purchase price?

 

2)  Why were 150 million in projects on the remaining lands of the Teaster property promised to Florida developers to settle the 35 acres condemnation lawsuit initiated by City Management? Who authorized this condemnation and why?  Who authorized the settlement terms and why?  Why was so much given to them in that lawsuit settlement?  Was it done to keep the public from knowing about another possible secret deal between City Management and the original Belle Island developers?  Is this what former Mayor Whaley meant when he told me in my office in front of a witness that the reason they were not able to pay a reasonable price on my farm for the City sewer plant site was because of what the City had done on the Teaster parking lot property?  What was this thing that they had done and why?  If there is no substance to these rumors then why can’t all of this be explained?

 

3)  Why has our City Government refused to turn over a complete copy of the publically requested missing document to that lawsuit (Ex. F), supposedly a deal between the City  and Belle Island?

 

4)  Why did the City Commission conduct a closed door meeting to discuss a settlement on the second lawsuit with the Florida developers, then informed Commissioner Robinson that their meeting was not going to take place so he would leave, but they held the meeting making it an illegal meeting?  So why didn’t they want him there?  Was it in this meeting also that Belle Island developers received a payoff in the form of a management fee over the convention center development?

 

5)  Was there another deal prior to this one by the same parties that the State Controller’s office ruled improper?  Is so what was it?

 

6)  Regardless of which side of the LBTD issue that you were on why did our Commission request the State Legislatures to change the law and allow an early referendum after the citizens had clearly said “no” twice before and after these Commissioners had publicly stated that they had no control or influence over the State?  If they say again that it was because of a secret deal to get LBTD on Belle Island that they heard about, then why did they deny the existence of that plot after they were provided first-hand testimony to their involvement in the plot and proof presented that such an attempt had been in process as verified by two other creditable sources.

 

Some people say spending taxpayer money is moving forward.  Anyone can spend money, but how can our town move forward with trust and confidence in our City Officials if these questions aren’t answered?  It will only get worse if these questions are allowed to go unanswered.  It is not enough to simply say that you are going to be positive and move forward without answering these questions because moving ahead could mean more of the same back room deals that has created all of this enormous spending and in the end will cost the citizens and us hoteliers.

Jess Davis, Citizen

April 8, 2013

 

Candidate Name:  Kevin McClure

Personal/Family Information:  Lifelong resident of Pigeon Forge; married to Megan McCarter McClure; two children Sydney 10th grade at PFHS and Morgan 6th grade PFMS.  Parents John and Johnnie Faye McClure; Barbara McClure; Grandmother Irene Whaley; reside at 306 White Cap Lane in Pigeon Forge, Phone-865-659-4645

 

Occupation/Experience:  Assistant Director of Facilities, Sevier County Schools, Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and served on City Council since 2005, Vice Mayor since 2007

 

Community Involvement:  Member of First Baptist Church of Pigeon Forge, Pigeon Forge Touchdown Club, Pigeon Forge Planning Commission member, and 2005 graduate of Leadership Tomorrow. I support all Pigeon Forge Athletics and Academics proudly

 

PFHA Question #1:

What is fueling your desire to serve the next 4 years on City Commission and what specific goals would you like to accomplish during this term?

 

Answer:

Since I first ran for public office, I have always said the same thing. I love this city with all my heart and the folks who live and own businesses here. I have never lived anywhere else and want to see the city move forward in a positive direction.  Several current projects that are evolving that I fully supported are:

*Wear Farm City Park

*LeConte Events Center

*Trolley Facility

*New wastewater treatment plant

*Ripken Experience (In negotiations)

 

Other goals I will continue to focus on are:

*Improve infrastructure (water, sewer, and roads)

*Expand fire and police presence to protect our citizens and

Overnight guests

*Promote tourism, responsible growth, and development

*Keep taxes low

*Maintain premier resort status

*Spend/invest your tax dollars efficiently

*Maintain our phenominal community services

Community center, public library, parks and greenway trails

 

 

PFHA Question #2:

Tourism and hospitality related services are the 2nd largest industry in the State of Tennessee and the predominant producer of jobs for Sevier County. What are your feelings toward the amount of the City Budget that is invested in tourism and are you committed to finding ways to grow this investment?

 

Answer:

I am absolutely committed to finding ways to grow our tourism budget.  My voting record will prove this.  Fiscal Year 2011-2012 the board agreed on a 3-2 vote to put an extra $500,000 in our advertising budget. (I voted for).  Since that time we have reaped the benefits as in 2012 was a record year in gross receipts for Pigeon Forge.  I feel it takes a team approach consisting of the Department of Tourism, Tourism advisory Board, ad agency, internet marketing firm, city administration and city commission to achieve top return on the dollar. Tourism is our livelihood.   We don’t need to bite the hand that feeds us as this is what keeps our city services and taxes low.  Our competition is increasing their budgets, and we must do the same to remain competitive in the market.

 

PFHA Question #3:

This past year the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism has completed an agency review and taken requests for proposal from competing agencies meeting the criteria provided. How do feel about this process, the recommendations the task force provided, and the action taken by the existing council regarding these reviews?

 

 

 

 

Answer:

I feel as though this was a very fair process.  Folks on this committee had over 100 years of experience in tourism, and I fully supported their recommendation. The commission voted on a 3-2 vote on digital advertising and a 4-1 vote on traditional advertising.   Competition is always good.  We agreed to look at this every 3 years. All professional services not only in tourism but in other fields of service should also be looked at.   I feel this process enforced that we have the best team in place for our city’s success.

 

 

 

PFHA Question #4:

What are your feelings about our existing Tourism Development Zone and your ideas about the future growth within the zone?

 

Answer:

The State of Tennessee created this act in 1998 for the purpose of increasing state tourism and related economic development by providing financial mechanisms for the development of convention centers and other similar public use facilities that will attract and serve tourism destinations stimulating economic benefit to state, counties, and cities.  The city of Pigeon Forge started this process in early 2000  and was approved by the state in 2006.  The TDZ will enable us to recoup a larger portion of sales tax within the zone for 25 to 30 years to help relieve the bond issue to LeConte Center, and infrastructure improvements within the zone. It’s pretty simple and common sense will tell you, grow the zone with high quality development, which will generate more revenue and keep our taxes and services low for our residents and business owners. Growth within the zone looks very reassuring.  It’s proceeding with The Island, Ripken,  and our existing businesses. LeConte center is already attracting new people and will greatly benefit the TDZ.

 

 

 

PFHA Question #5:

Multiple public projects such as the LeConte Center, trolley transfer hub, wastewater treatment facility, Wear Farm Park, and the Ripken Experience will be inherited by the next Commission, what are your thoughts on each of these projects and are you supportive of the current and future investment required for their success?

 

Answer

I’m in full support of all these projects.

 

LeConte Center- double digit bookings have already taken place and will bring in thousands of new visitors to our city. I’ve visited many centers across the country and by far our facility is the most appealing

 

Trolley Transfer Hub- we outgrew our old facility and this is definitely a welcome. Most of these funds come from mass transit grants. Some of our residents take full advantage of this using it for transportation to and from their jobs.

 

Wastewater Treatment Facility- At our April 8th meeting we approved construction of this facility along with an alternate to construct an operations building.  Our existing plant was nearly 40 years old. This plant is state of the art and needed for future growth.  It will be paid for out of our existing water and sewer rates. This will allow our town to grow 50% its current size.  We have a strong fund balance (8 million dollars) in our water and sewer fund.

 

Wear Farm City Park- this project is something our residents and guests need to take full advantage of. Another great addition to our city.  118 acres with room to grow.  Also the new home to the Pigeon Forge Little league football players and cheerleaders. Businesses will also greatly benefit with traveling softball and baseball teams coming to play here.

 

Conclusion:

I want to give a special Thanks to the PFHA for allowing me the opportunity to answer these questions.  As I said earlier I love this city with all my heart and if elected I will continue to move it in a positive direction. The City of Pigeon Forge is in good economic and financial standing with healthy fund balances along with an impressive AA Bond rating.    I will continue to represent the residents, business owners, and voters in a fair manner.  My door is always open and I’m available anytime. 

 

Lastly, I’d like to ask for your support, and vote in the May 14th election.  I’m proven, positive, and most definitely PRO Pigeon Forge. 

Thank you,

Kevin McClure

 

Candidate Name:  Jay Ogle

 

Occupation / Experience:  Self-employed partner in several local tourism based businesses including Firehouse Golf and the MagiQuest building and shares in the day-to-day operations; Pigeon Forge Planning Commissioner for five years; Pigeon Forge Industrial Development Board Member for two years; Former Assistant City Planner for Gatlinburg; Sevier County High School Graduate 1990; Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UT Knoxville in City Planning with a specialization in Economic Development.

 

Community Involvement:  Lifelong resident of Pigeon Forge; Pigeon Forge Planning Commissioner; Pigeon Forge Industrial Development Board Member; Member of First United Methodist Church Sevierville; Graduate of Sevier County Leadership Tomorrow

 

PFHA Question #1:

What is fueling your desire to serve the next 4 years on City Commission and what specific goals would you like to accomplish during this term?

 

I have grown up in Pigeon Forge and my family has deep family roots in this community.  I am proud of Pigeon Forge’s success and I’m running to have an opportunity to give back to our city that has been so good to my family and me.  If elected, I want to work cooperatively with the other commissioners, residents and the business community to continue building on this incredible success story.

 

My goals if elected would include: responsible budgeting; open and accessible government in considering all issues; keeping taxes low by encouraging tourism growth; responsible development while protecting our neighborhoods and quality of life; development of a new Boys & Girls Club; enhanced police and fire protection for safety and security; delivering excellent city services; and exploring methods of attracting new jobs and visitors to Pigeon Forge.

PFHA Question #2:

Tourism and hospitality related services are the 2nd largest industry in the State of Tennessee and the predominant producer of jobs for Sevier County. What are your feelings toward the amount of the City Budget that is invested in tourism are you committed to finding ways to grow this investment?

 

Tourism and hospitality is our economic foundation and being both a resident and business owner keeps me keenly aware of its costs and benefits.  We currently invest about $9,000,000 annually on advertising/promotion for the City.  When you consider that research shows for every $1 the City invests in tourism advertising/promotion we receive approximately $51 in return, this is a great investment!  This investment increases revenue in our economy and provides great benefits to residents such as jobs, comparatively low tax rates and overall excellent city services.  I fully support finding responsible ways to grow our tourism advertising/promotion budget to remain competitive in the tourism and hospitality industry!

 

PFHA Question #3:

This past year the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism has completed an agency review and taken requests for proposal from competing agencies meting the criteria provided. How do feel about this process, the recommendations the task force provided, and the action taken by the existing council regarding these reviews?

 

I’m glad the Department of Tourism and Agency Review Task Force/Committee conducted the agency review as I feel it is something that needs to be done periodically. This process will ensure we are getting the most from our professional service providers.  I also support the review process on “all professional service providers” to make sure we are receiving the best service, product and price for our taxpayer dollars. A periodic review will keep all professional service providers aware of possible competition. The members of the Agency Review Task Force reviewed the information and documentation provided by the competing agencies and made a collective recommendation to the Commission, which they approved.  I would support this process again as a fiscally responsible approach to handling all of our professional service providers.

 

PFHA Question #4:

What are your feelings about our existing Tourism Development Zone and your ideas about the future growth within the zone?

 

The Tourism Development Zone (TDZ) was created by the state to allow certain cities to use the state’s portion of sales taxes collected within the zone to fund infrastructure improvements and public use facilities.  If you review the map of the TDZ, it encompasses a large portion of our existing parkway commercial corridor.  The major public investment requirement of the TDZ was to build a public use facility within the zone to encourage economic development.  This September, the beautiful new LeConte Center will open and fulfill this state requirement. 

 

Any increase in sales taxes generated within the TDZ will help repay the bonds for the LeConte Center and other infrastructure improvements.  Therefore, it is important that we continue to encourage and support development within the TDZ. 

 

The TDZ is currently experiencing significant economic growth with the nearing completion of the Island Development’s Phase 1. Also, the ongoing discussions with the Cal Ripken Baseball Experience, if successful, could yield a tremendous economic boost not only to the TDZ, but also the entire city.

 

PFHA Question #5:

Multiple public projects such as the LeConte Center, trolley transfer hub, wastewater treatment facility, Wear Farm Park, and the Ripken Experience will be inherited by the next Commission, what are your thoughts on each of these projects and are you supportive of the current and future investment required for their success?

 

I support each of the listed projects and I’m committed, within a fiscally responsible budgetary framework, to making sure they have the resources necessary to be successful:

 

LeConte Center – By serving over the last two years on the Industrial Development Board which has overseen the development of the LeConte Center, I can tell you that this is a beautiful and well designed building that is already being well received by event planners across the country.  This building should be an economic engine for years to come.

 

Trolley Transfer Hub – This facility would enhance the efficiency of our existing trolley system.  It’s my understanding that grant monies should be available to help fund this facility.

 

Wastewater Treatment Facility – The City Commission has gone ahead and approved the renovation and construction of the new wastewater treatment plant.  It utilizes low smell technology and should handle the city’s growth for an estimated 50 years.

 

Wear Farm City Park – This beautiful new park is a tremendous asset to the city and is already being well used by residents and visitors.  The new baseball fields will have an economic benefit to the City by hosting tournaments and being an attraction for our visitors.

 

Cal Ripken Baseball Experience – It’s my understanding that negotiations are still ongoing, but if they were successful, this would be a great community and economic asset for the city!

 

 

Thank you for providing this opportunity for all the candidates to provide information about them and answer these important questions about the future of Pigeon Forge.  I truly feel blessed to live, work and raise my family in such a beautiful, safe and friendly city!  I believe that I’ve got the right mix of business and government experience to be very effective in representing all the residents and businesses in the city. I am firmly committed to keeping taxes low by investing our taxpayer dollars wisely and never forgetting your trust in making decisions.  I want to respectfully ask for your support and vote in the upcoming May 14th election. 

Sincerely, Jay Ogle

 

Candidate Name:  Randal Robinson

PFHA QUESTION #1:

What is fueling your desire to serve the next 4 years on City Commission and what specific goals would you like to accomplish during the this term?

 

WHEN FIRST ELECTED AS A CITY COMMISSIONER FOR THE CITY OF PIGEON FORGE, I UNDERSTOOD MY ELECTION WAS A REFLECTION THAT PIGEON FORGES CITIZENS WANTED CHANGE. CITIZENS WANTED A LEADER OWING NO ONE FAVORS OR FEELING THE NEED TO PATRONIZE NEPOTISM OVER HONEST FAIRNESS IN DECIONS COMING BEFORE THE CITY COMMISSION.

 

THE CITIZENS WANTED A COMMISSIONER THAT WOULD ASK THE HARD TO ASK QUESTIONS,QUESTIONS AT TIMES SURE TO DRAW UNFAVORABLE REBUKE. THE CITIZENS SAID THEY DID NOT WANT ANOTHER ” BLANKET YES VOTE ” ON THE CITY COMMISSION,BUT SOMEONE WILLING TO FORGE FOR THE IN-DEPTH TRUTH BEFORE CASTING VOTES. MANY CONSTITUENTS HAVE EXPRESSED WHILE MUCH HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED OVER MY LAST 4 YEARS SERVING THE PIGEON FORGE COMMUNITY,MUCH MORE REMAINS TO BE ACCOMPLISHED AND THAT THEY WANT ME TO CONTINUE THAT WORK.

 

AS A SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE, IT IS MY HONOR AND DUTY TO CONTINUE SERVING OUR COMMUNITY, MY VOTES ARE THEIR VOTES. MY DEVOTION TO THAT VERY RESPONSIBILITY HAS NOT QUIVERED, NOR SHALL IT GOING FORWARD.

 

THE CITY HAS GROWN THROUGH A TOUGH ECONOMY AND CONTINUES TO DO SO. THIS GROWTH HAS ADDED REMARKABLE DEBT TO THE CITY. CURRENTLY THE CITY HAS BEEN ABLE TO PAY THE INTEREST ON THOSE DEBTS, BUT NOW ACTUAL PAYMENTS TO SOME VERY LARGE DEBTS ARE AT HAND (APP. 8 MILLION IN NEW PAYMENTSTO BE PUT IN NEXT YEARD BUDGET).WORKING WITH CITY STAFF WE MUST FIND CONSTRUCTIVE MEANS TO SUPPORT GROWTH AND AT THE SAME TIME HONE IN COSTS SO THAT UNNECESSARY TAX INCREASES, NEW TAXES AND OTHER GOVERNMENT MEANS TO SUPPORT SPENDING DOES NOT OVERBURDEN CITIZENS AND BUSINESSES UNNECESSARILY. I REALIZE HOW HARD IT IS FOR BUSINESSES TO TAKE HOME PROFITS. THE CITY IS ALLREADY COLLECTING A 1% GROSS RECIEPTS TAX (THAT MULTIPLIES TO APPROXIMATLY 10% OF PROFIT). I HAVE PUSHED HARD TO DO AWAY WITH THIS TAX. I FEEL THIS TAX IS KEEPING SO MANY BUSINESSES FROM LOCATING IN PIGEON FORGE. I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK TO DO AWAY WITH THIS TAX.

 

I FEEL TRANSPORTATION IS A CRITICAL CHALLENGE FACING PIGEON FORGE COMMISSIONERS . I HAVE SPOKEN WITH SO MANY VISITORS THAT SAY THEY WILL NOT RETURN BECAUSE OF TRAFFIC PROBLEMS . WE MUST FIND MONEY TO BUILD PULL OFF AREAS FOR THE TROLLEYS TO LOAD AND UNLOAD WITHOUT LONG LINES BEHIND THEM. MAILBOXES NEED TO BE MOVED BACK TO BUSINESS PROPERTY LINES TO DO THE SAME WITH THE MAIL CARRIER. THE WEST END CONNECTOR IS CRITICAL TO OUR INFASTRUCTURE. WITH THIS NOT ONLY DO WE IMPROVE TRAFFIC FLOW,WE WOULD HAVE THE NEW SEWER LINES THAT GOES WITH THE ROAD AND WE WILL BE ABLE TO DO AWAY WITH 8 OR MORE SEWER PUMP STATIONS THAT  WILL SAVE MILLIONS IN THE FUTURE.

 

MANY AREA COMPANIES PROVIDING JOBS TO OUR CITIZENS HAVE REDUCED OR FROZEN WAGES, REMOVED BENEFITS AND BONUSES, LAID STAFF OFF PERMANTLY AND MORE. OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS YEARS THE CITY HAS INCREASED WATER/SEWER BY 113% , ADDED  NEW TAXES AND INCREASED PROPERTY TAXES.WE MUST ASK OURSELVES , IS THE CITY GETTING THE BEST DEAL ON CONTRACTS ACROSS THE BOARD AND AS CITY COMMISSIONERS WHAT STEPS CAN/MUST WE TAKE TO ENSURE CONTRACTS STAY IN THE BOUNDS OF THEIR ORIGINAL BID. THESE ARE TWO MEASURES TO REDUCE TAX PAYER BURDEN.

 

PFHA QUESTION #2:

Tourism  and hospitality related services are the 2nd largest industry in the State of Tennessee and the predominant producer of jobs for Sevier County What are your feelings toward the amount of the City Budget that is invested in tourism are you committed to finding ways to grow this investment?

 

TOURISM IS PIGEON FORGE’S BREAD AND BUTTER, I HAVE NO ISSUE AS TO WHAT WE HAVE BEEN SPENDING, BUT I AM FULLY COMMITTED TO MAKING SURE WHAT IS BEING SPENT IS EFFECTIVE (NOT LINING THE POCKETS OF A FEW) EXAMPLE:10 THOUSAND DOLLAR A MONTH ANSWERING SERVICE(WITH NUMBER PROVIDED FROM BILLING)THAT TOOK ME 1 MONTH OF CALLING TO GET ANSWERING SERVICE TO ANSWER PHONE.  WHEN I CALLED I WAS TOLD THERE WAS NO OFFICE, NO PAPERWORK AND HAVE YET TO FIND A HOTEL OR MOTEL WITH A HIT FROM THIS MONEY SPENT (OVER 1 MILLION DOLLARS).  SERVICE WAS STOPPED AND EXTRA MONEY WAS CREATED TO INVEST IN ADVERTISING AND WE NOW HAVE AN ANSWERING SERVICE, THROUGH CITY,   THAT WE CAN COUNT ON AND  CONTINUE TO BUILD ON.

 

 

PFHA QUESTION #3:

 

This past year the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism has completed an agency review and taken requests for proposals from competing agencies meeting the criteria provided. How do you feel about this process, the recommendations the task force provided, and the action taken by the existing council regarding these reviews?

 

I FEEL THE TASK FORCE HAD LIMITED RESOURCES AND TIME IN WHICH TO DRAW ITS RECOMMENDATIONS.  I WAS DISAPPOINTED TO HEAR THAT MONEY OR CHARGES WERE NOT DISCUSSED, WITH THIS BEING A 10 MILLION DOLLAR INVESTMENT.  IN THE FUTURE WE MAY BETTER SERVE THE PIGEON FORGE DEPARTMENT OF  TOURISM, LOCAL BUSINESSES AND TAX PAYERS INTERESTS IF WE EXPAND THE USE OF SUCH TASK FORCES.  HOWEVER, THERE IS A NEED TO BROADEN THE SCOPE OF PEOPLE SERVING ON THESE TASK FORCES.  WE MUST FIND WAYS TO BROADEN OUR REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS REACH ALLOWING FOR INCREASED POOL OF APPLICANTS TO SELECT FROM.  SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESS GROWTH, WE OWE IT TO OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES TO USE EVERY MEANS THE CITY HAS TO DISSEMINATE FUTURE REQUEST FOR PORPOSALS TO SUCH APPLICABLE APPLICANTS, WHEN WE SUPPORT SUCH LOCAL PROVIDERS WE ALL WIN.

 

PFHA QUESTION #4:

 

What are you feelings about our existing Tourism DevelopmentZone and your ideas about the future growth within the zone?

 

CURRENTLY THE TDZ IS SEEING SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO OVER THE NEXT 4 YEARS.  OUR JOB NOW IS TO LOOK AHEAD PAST THIS SPURT OF GROWTH.  IT’S TIME FOR LOCAL CITIZENS AND BUSINESSES TO COME TOGETHER, TO MEET AND DISCUSS THEIR CONCERNS AND IDEAS FOR THE DIRECTION AND FUTURE GROWTH OF THE TDZ.  I HAVE PROPOSED THE IDEA OF THE CITY HIRING A HIGHLY QUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL TO PROMOTE AND LURE BUSINESSES THAT WOULD ENHANCE THIS ZONE AND ALSO TO USE THIS INDIVIDUAL TO PERSUE AND OVERSEE GRANTS FOR ALL DEPARTMENTS.

 

PFHA QUESTION #5:

 

Multiple public projects such as LeConte Center, trolley transfer. wastewater treatment facility, Wear Farm Park, and the Ripken Experience will be injerited by the next Commission, what are your thoughts on each of these projects and are you supportive of the current and future investment required for their success?

 

LECONTE CENTER:  I COULD NOT VOTE FOR THE LECONTE CENTER WITH THE WAY IT WAS PROPOSED FOR A VOTE (TIED TO AN UNDISCLOSED  LAWSUIT), APPROVAL OF BRIDGE OVER JAKE THOMAS ROAD, APPROVAL FOR NEW BILLBOARD, TRANSFER OF VALUABLE CITY OWNED PROPERTY, UNBID MAINTANCE CONTRACT AND OVER 10 MILLION DOLLARS TO BE PAID TO PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL,  ALL BUNDLED TOGETHER. THESE PROJECTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN APPROVED AND LECONTE CENTER IS NEARING COMPLETION, IT IS ALL OF OUR JOBS TO ENSURE IT’S SUCCESS.  EVENT CENTER ALL OVER THE STATE HAVE BEEN RECORDED IN “THE RED” AND THE CHALLENGE IS TO SHOW THAT PIGEON FORGE CAN BE DIFFERENT.  WE HAVE HAVE BUSINESS MINDED INDIVIDUALS THROUGHOUT PIGEON FORGE.  WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EMBRACE THE LEADERSHIP AND KNOWLEDGE THIS COMMUNITY POSSES TO MAKE THE LECONTE CENTER A SHINNING SUCCESS STORY.

 

WASTERWATER TREATMENT PLANT:  RECENT CHANGES WITHIN PIGEON FORGE HAVE PROMISED SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH THAT I BELIEVE WAS NOT ENTIRELY CONSIDERED UP TO THIS POINT IN THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS.  WE MUST ENSURE GROWTH CONSIDERATIONS ARE REFLECTIVE OF RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AND “WILL NOT” EXCEED THE CURRENTLY DISCUSSED PLANT PRIOR TO ITS PROJECTED END OF LIFE (EOL).  WE DO NEED A NEW PLANT, LETS MAKE SURE WE ARE GETTING THE RIGHT ONE.  WE DON’T WANT TO REPEAT THE CYCLE OF WRONG ON A SYSTEM THAT’S PAST IT’S EOL AND REJECTING CONNECTIONS TO BUSINESSES BECAUSE OF ADDED EXPENSE TO THE CITY OR THE SYSTEM’S INABILITY TO HANDLE THE ADDED WASTE.

 

WEAR FARM PARK:  I WORKED DILIGENTLY TO SLOW THE PROCESS OF BUYING THE WEAR FARM PROPERTY. I FELT WE NEEDED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WETLANDS, FLOODWAYS AND FLOODPLAIN.  WE DIDN’T SLOW THE PROCESS AND IT HAS COST DEARLY. A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF THIS PROPERTY IS UNUSABLE.  WE WERE LEAD TO BELIEVE OVER 1 MILLION GALLONS A DAY, OF WASTEWATER FROM THE NEW SEWER SYSTEM, WOULD BE SPRAYED ON THIS PROPERTY.  TURNS OUT THIS PROPERTY HAS TOO MUCH WETLAND, FLOODWAYS AND FLOODPLAINS TO BE USED FOR PROPOSED USAGE AND NUMBER OF PARKS.  CONTRARY TO WHAT RUMORS HAVE LED YOU TO BELIEVE, AFTER PROPERTY WAS PURCHASED, I VOTED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH NEW PARK AND NOW IT IS TIME TO MAKE SURE OUR CITY STAFF IS  USING EVERY MEANS AT THEIR IMMEDIATE DISPOSAL TO PROMOTE THE USE OF THIS PARK AND THOSE DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR IT’S MAKETABILITY ARE EFFECTIVELY CONTINUING THE PARK’S SUCCESS.

 

CAL RIPKEN EXPERIENCE:  THIS WILL BE A BIG EVENT FOR THE CITY, LOCAL BUSINESSES AND THE CITY WILL BE IT’S BENEFACTORS.  HOWEVER AFTER READING SEVERAL PRESS ARICLES FROM MYRTLE BEACH, (WWW.MYRTLEBEACHONLINE.COM/2012/11/04)  I SEE THAT CAL RIPKEN EXPERIENCE HAS CHANGED FROM AN OPEN BOOKING TO AN EXCLUSIVE “ONE COMPANY”,  TO BOOK HOTEL ROOMS.  I TOTAL OPPOSE THIS BOOKING METHOD (ALL HOTEL BOOKINGS SHOULD BE CITY WIDE).  WHEN THE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM CAME BEFORE CITY COMMISSION THEY STATED THE NEW SOFTWARE PURCHASE WAS TO MANAGE BOOKINGS FOR THE LECONTE CENTER, CITY SPONSORED EVENTS AND COULD BE USED FOR SUCH THINGS AS THE CAL RIPKEN PARK.  EITHER BRINGING IN AN OUTSIDE BOOKING AGENCY OR USING A LOCAL VENDOR FOR SUCH APPEARS TO VIOLATE WHAT HAS BEEN SHARED WITH THE PUBLIC IN ORDER TO GAIN THEIR SUPPORT.

 

THANK YOUFOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WITH YOU AND OUR CITIZENS OF PIGEON FORGE.  IT HAS BEEN MY PLEASURE TO SERVE SUCH A FINE CITY THE PAST FOUR YEARS AND I’M DEEPLY GRATEFUL FOR THOSE VOTING FOR MY RE-ELECTION IN ORDER TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY AGAIN.

 

SINCERELY,

 

 

 

RANDAL ROBINSON, CITY COMMISSIONER

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Servsafe Sanitation & Safety Certification Training

ServSafe Sanitation and Safety Certification Training May 2013 - Click to Download

Servsafe Sanitation & Safety course is based upon the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation program. It includes a study of the HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) system and training in all areas of food safety relevant to a food establishment. Federal and state laws, rules, and regulations governing food service operation are emphasized. This course is designed to help the student develop an understanding of the basic principles of sanitation and safety and to be able to apply them in the food service operations. Managers need to know food safety and the critical importance of its role. And they need to learn how to share food safety knowledge with every employee. For more information and registration contact Amanda Hill at (423) 798-7946 or Amanda.Hill@ws.edu

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Dates: May 13 & 14, 2013
Times: 5:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Location: Walters State Community College – Sevierville
1710 Old Newport Highway
Sevierville, TN 37876
Conner Short Center (CAPE) 153

Fee: $149.00 (includes book and exam sheet)
Number of Seats: 20 (Register early to save your seat).
Instructor: Chef Catherine Hallman, Walters State
CEU: 0.8

 

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MICROSOFT EXCEL 2010 SPREADSHEETS & GRAPHING 101

Excel FLYER – Spreadsheets Graphs - Click here to download PDF

MICROSOFT EXCEL 2010 SPREADSHEETS & GRAPHING 101

 

Excel Spreadsheets 101

Come explore the powerful tools of Microsoft Excel 2010. In Spreadsheet 101 students will create two spreadsheets and will be introduced to formulas and basic functions. We will also cover formatting, saving, and updating data in this quick introduction to Excel. Each student will leave with a basic understanding of Excel 2010 and a reference card for quick tips and tricks. Join us on May 15th from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm for this “hands-on” session.
Excel Graphing 101
Got data, then why not display it with graphing. Graphing can be a powerful tool by allowing numeric data to be represented visual in an easy to read format. In Graphing 101 students will create a basic chart such as a column, bar, or pie chart. Then we will explore some graphing options like 2-Y axis graphs and formatting. Each student will leave with an understanding of Excel Graphs and a reference card for quick tips and tricks. Join us on June 12th from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm to explore the world of Graphing.

For more information and registration contact Amanda Hill at (423) 798-7946 or Amanda.Hill@ws.edu

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Dates: Spreadsheets 101- May 15, 2013
Graphing 101 – June 12, 2013
Times: 8:30 am- 12:00 pm

Location: Walters State Community College – Sevierville
1710 Old Newport Highway
Sevierville, TN 37876

Fee: $59.00 per course (includes 6 page reference cards)
Number of Seats: 20 (Register early to save your seat).
Instructor: Dr. Anita Ricker
CEU: 3.5

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Restaurant Space for Lease Dandridge TN

I am one of the owners of a building in Dandridge that is at a main intersection – corner of Gay and Main Streets (Hwys 92 and 139)  in historic downtown Dandridge. Dandridge is within 2 miles of the intersection of Interstates 40 and 81.
The restaurant space is in a charming 1820s general store building that has been totally renovated and modernized. The available space is approximately 3,000 sq. feet plus a porch that has temporary seating in good weather.  The kitchen is fully equipped. Seating is for about 150 or folks, including a back room that has a fireplace and is good for private parties. The front porch adds additional seating, approximately 25 – 30 folks.
 
Restaurants have done well if they offer consistently good food. The location pull regional customers, plus lots of tourists.
Contact info is 865-397-3977 work, 865-368-9097 cell, and 865-397-7131 home.
Sincerely,
Barbara Garrow
Dandridge General Store
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