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Clarksville-Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission controversy needs to end

Hank Bonecutter
Hank Bonecutter

Clarksville, TN – There are unanswered questions regarding the Clarksville-Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission controversy that has captured the attention of every coffee shop in Clarksville. I promise you, they ain’t talking about the sweet tea at Moss’s, or the daily special at Rudy’s Diner.

In Clarksville, there’s always something to talk about and this story is not a kids meal my friend, it’s a BIG MAC!

As a talk show host, I’m grateful to have something to talk about, but I would rather be talking about progress, not soap operas.

I would rather be talking about moving our city forward, having a “vision” for the future.

Not “he said, she said.”

We don’t have the time OR money for all of this.

“Well, why don’t you quit talking about it?  Why don’t you quit writing stories about it?”

I can’t.  It’s not over.  Got to see it through.  People have been hurt.  Rules have been broken.  Unacceptable behavior continues to rain down on the people who are actually trying to do their jobs.


When Planning Commission employee John Spainhoward confronted board member Mabel Larson on whether she had accused  him of writing an email about her, we had headlines.

When interim director Audrea Smithson was forced into a bad situation of having to protect her employee, stand up for his rights, we had headlines.

When we had the best friend of our county mayor at the center of this controversy, we had headlines.

Throw in the fact that the chairman of the planning commission was appointed by former mayor Johnny Piper, is Piper’s best friend, and has his own set of political challenges, we have us some headlines my friend.

Oh what a tangled web we weave!

This story has been very stressful.  I’ve had some interesting phone calls, both on and off the record.

But now, if this doesn’t stop, I think it’s going to get worse.

In reality, there doesn’t seem to be anything that the Planning Commission can do about the grievance filed by Spainhoward.  He may have to get satisfaction in the courts.  But in the meantime, we’re going to spend several thousand dollars to make sure that we do what’s “politically correct.”

The mayor’s have no choice.  It’s the times we live in.

I don’t have all the answers, just the facts.  We have so much more to worry about, so many good things to do, so many challenges to face.

Won’t somebody just do the right thing and let’s move on?

Probably not.

I’ll have fries with that.

Hank Bonecutter
Hank Bonecutterhttp://www.clarksvillesmotorcycle.com/
Hank Bonecutter is a retired broadcaster and media consultant based in Clarksville, Tennessee. His career includes stints at WKDA/WKDF and WKQB Rock 106FM, WLAC-AM in Nashville. He concluded his career as owner/talk show host at WJZM-AM in Clarksville. Currently the President of Bonehead Promotions, he's an advertising consultant and media strategist. An avid motorcyclist, Hank blogs about his travels exclusively at www.clarksvillemotorcycle.com and www.clarksvilleonline.com You can follow Hank on on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/dodgintheroadkill/, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/?lang=en, and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dodgetheroadkill/?hl=en  

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