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Tennessee strikes again

2004-03-17 22:31:41.456029+00 by Dan Lyke 13 comments

Dayton Tennessee is trying to alter state law so that it can keep homosexuals out of the county:

Commissioner J.C. Fugate, who introduced the measure, also asked the county attorney to find a way to enact an ordinance banning homosexuals from living in the county.

"We need to keep them out of here," Fugate said.

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comments in ascending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2004-03-17 22:37:02.505446+00 by: aiworks

Why do I have this eerie feeling that this has to do with some childhood scaring from his last name looking/sounding like "faggot"?

#Comment Re: made: 2004-03-17 23:02:10.06786+00 by: David Snyder

Egads.. It has been a tough day for me as the admin for "rheacounty.com".... the hits are scrolling by faster than I can read em (Yes, I watch log files from time to time... I lead a boring life). So far only one general hate mail because I live in Rhea County, I'm sure there will be more.

Last year the county did some similar nonsense by making english the official language of the county.. it did not pass the second reading.

I'm personal friends with one of the commissioners and went to high school with 2 others. I don't know if they were at the meeting, I'm pretty sure there are 12 commissioners, and only 8 showed up.

This all could be yet another commercial endeavor. The Scopes evolution trial errupted here in 1925 it worked to greatly broaden the tourism trade in the county and "put rhea county on the map". The whole thing was thought up by Earle Roninson, "the hustling drugist" (the Robinson Drug Store is still in Dayton), and George Rappleyea, and engineer with the Dayton Coal and Iron Company.

Looks like Dayton is going to be back in the spotlight.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-03-18 00:38:18.073912+00 by: meuon

of fun.. And I've been driving my big black truck, with all the funky stickers on it, including a big )^( symbol.. into downtown Dayton lately. Guess I'd better practice my pig squeeling!

#Comment Re: made: 2004-03-18 00:49:28.795492+00 by: meuon

I wonder if they realize what percentage of their population will have to leave town.. Hmm..

#Comment Re: made: 2004-03-18 03:26:47.624358+00 by: polly

the department of human services does a LOT of business up in rhea county...repossessing kids from meth lab homes, abusive homes which included but not limited to physical, emotional, and incest abuse. i'm not aware that rhea county would be considered a "haven" for homosexuals. in fact, as backwards as rhea county is, i'm sure they wouldn't want to live there!

#Comment Re: made: 2004-03-18 15:31:11.799923+00 by: ziffle

If they would just outlaw Christianity instead - then they would be getting somewhere! What can we say about a view of life that requires the leader to die to demonstrate 'best practices'? (how does the passion movie end?)


#Comment Re: made: 2004-03-18 17:16:08.554321+00 by: mkelley

I've read somewhere, that Rhea is the # 1 source for Meth in the entire USofA. Maybe they need to tackle that before they try any social legislation.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-03-18 17:26:28.887114+00 by: Dan Lyke

Aha! Now we know the real reason: it's protectionism. If you had those "gay people" moving in, then you'd have a huge market for alkyl nitrites and MDMA, and your meth labs would be obsolete. All those facilities in all those sheds behind trailers would have to retool, with huge capital costs, and the redneck biker culture that's associated with meth would be replaced by large upscale dance clubs.

And you'd have to retrain your local emergency responders to deal with dehydration rather than shotgun injuries.

That'd just be awful.

#Comment Re: ooohhhh, dan made: 2004-03-18 21:00:48.359186+00 by: polly

dehydration instead of shotgun injuries? what a hoot! although the "druggist" of dayton, tn might appreciate the extra money he would get from the increased sales of K-Y jelly and bottled name brand water, i.e, evian.

actually, rhea county, bledsoe county and sequatchie county are considered meth lab hotspots and recognized as the captitals of meth making. probably because they are all married to each other. after living in bledsoe county for 3 years, i realized that the family tree has no branches, it just goes straight up...a lot in inbreeding in these 3 counties and they keep in these 3 counties..no outsiders allowed.

#Comment Re: Let's get real Graysville should be sent to hamilton county then you could get rid of a lot of the gays (at least two couples) and at least half of the meth. labs go to juvenile court some thursday see how many of the dids are out of GRAYSVILLE! made: 2004-03-19 15:53:41.30454+00 by: jack6457

#Comment Re: made: 2004-03-19 17:41:42.832065+00 by: Dan Lyke

There's some backpedaling today as representatives from the county did their best to reinforce stereotypes about backwoods Tennessee:

County attorney Gary Fritts said the initial vote triggered a "wildfire" of reaction. "I've never seen nothing like this," he said Thursday.

But Fritts said it was all a misunderstanding.

"They wanted to send a message to our (state) representative and senator that Rhea County supports the ban on same-sex marriage," he said. "Same-sex marriage is what it was all about. It was to stop people from coming here and getting married and living in Rhea County."

#Comment Re: live in Rhea County? made: 2004-03-19 21:52:46.787257+00 by: polly

rhea county/dayton MIGHT have 5/6 redlites, one grocery story and a walmart. it does have a mcdonald's, not sure if KFC is still open. lots of ducks & canadian geese, bonafide red necks & hillbillies practicing inbreeding, meth labs, itinerant farm workers who do NOT speak english, the county supports these farm workers & their children in the schools....lots of pumpkins in the fall, known for its strawberry festival (little known about the strawberries that are imported from california when the crop is bad-lol), and pumpkin festival....other than that, who would WANT to live in rhea county?

#Comment Re: made: 2004-03-19 21:57:55.667053+00 by: markd

i realized that the family tree has no branches, it just goes straight up

I've always enjoyed the term 'family wreath'