Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Why does a councilman who puts out 800 huge signs on Commercial property need to pay outsiders to campaign for him? This tells the voters that Harold White has put Donelson and Hermitage up for sale. A real candidate of the people doesn't need to do that. But then again Harold White has never been a man of the people. I suppose if the developers can buy the councilman they can surely buy his campaign workers.

If a campaign worker for Harold White comes to your door ask them where they live and how much they are getting paid. See if they tell you one of Harold's "WHITE LIES".

Here is another Craigslist post.

Looking for Intern for Councilman Campaign
Reply to:
comm-354813***@craigslist.orgDate: 2007-06-18, 1:29PM CDTWe are looking for an intern for Councilman Harold White. We are going to go door to door in the community and would love your help. If you are interested in learning about the political field, and want to gain experience in this area, this would be a great opportunity. We need people who are excited, personable, and willing to do some walking. There will be compensation. Your job will be to go door to door with a DVD player and inform the community on what Harold White is doing. You will also be given door hangars and flyers to give to people. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.
Location: Donelson/Hermitage
it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interestsPostingID: 354813***

Saturday, June 23, 2007


The article below published in the Tennessean states that Candidate Harold White received $1000 from Gaylord's PAC. White never disclosed that money on his Campaign Financial Disclosure. Why not? Will White support Councilman's J.B. Loring's latest attempt to give Gaylord $80 million of taxpayer to build more hotel?
Read the article . Remember that White also received $500 from the Nashville Business Coalition to which Gaylord contributed $5000.

Paper: Tennessean, The (Nashville, TN)
Title: Gaylord PAC spreads $40,000 among 36 council candidates
Date: August 1, 2003
Section: LocalPage: 1B
Gifts, extension of tax break coincidental, spokesman says
By ANNE PAINE Staff Writer
Gaylord Entertainment Co.'s political action committee has donated at least $40,000 to dozens of candidates in Thursday's Metro election - months before a 10-year-old property tax break for the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center is set to expire.The Metro Council would have to approve any renewal of the deal, although top Metro officials say Gaylord has made no overtures that it intends to ask for a renewal.The councilman who represents the Opyland area, J.B. Loring, received $2,500, the largest contribution among the 36 recipients, but he said Gaylord has indicated that it will not request an extension.

Anne Paine covers Metro government. Reach her at apaine@tennessean.com or by calling 259-8071.
PAC gave candidates $40,000 since April
As of this month, the Gaylord Entertainment PAC had declared about $40,000 in contributions to candidates in the Metro elections since April.The next statement of donations is not due until well after the Aug. 7 election.
Included so far were:$2,500 to District 15 incumbent J.B. Loring$1,500 to District 6 candidate Mike Jameson.
Receiving $1,000 contributions were:At large candidates Trey Rochford, David Briley, Adam Dread, Buck Dozier and Diane Neighbors
Here are district council candidates who received $1,000:Murphy Gill, District 4 Lawrence Hall, District 5 Erik Cole, District 7 Jason Hart, District 8 Jim Gotto, District 12 Tony Derryberry, District 13 Harold White, District 14, and Ludye Wallace, District 19 Jerry Maynard, District 21 Eric Crafton, District 22 Chris Whitson, District 23 Greg Adkins, District 26 Jason Alexander, District 28 Michael Kerstetter, District 30 Lynn Williams, District 34 and Charlie Tygard, District 35.
Receiving $500 contributions were: at large candidate Roy Dale and district candidates Brenda Gilmore, District 1 Walter Hunt, District 3 Amanda McClendon, District 16 Ronnie Greer, District 17 Ginger Hausser, District 18 Billy Walls, District 20 John Summers, District 24 Karen Johnson, District 29 and Tommy Bradley, District 33.
District 31 candidate Parker Toler reported receiving $1,000, but the contribution did not appear on the Gaylord PAC disclosure form filed at the Davidson County Election Commission.
District 30 candidate B.J. Brown received $250, the report showed,Mayor Bill Purcell's campaign received a total of $900 in "in-kind" contributions, which were expenses for a fund-raiser in April at the Wildhorse Saloon.
Gaylord gave an additional $5,000 to the Nashville Business Coalition, which has contributed to several races.
Author: ANNE PAINESection: LocalPage: 1BCopyright (c) The Tennessean. All rights reserved. Reproduced with the permission of Gannett Co., Inc. by NewsBank, inc.


The money trail for political favors continues with Bill Freeman ($1000), Jimmy Webb ($1000) and Kent Burns ($500) of Freeman-Webb Investments (FWB). They purchased 90 acres from Ravenwood Country Club in Hermitage. They wanted White to rezone it for them. There was no access road into the 90 acres, so they offered to run a road through the FWB owned PineBrook Apartments (formerly Ravenwood Apartments). That would put all of the traffic onto Hickory Hill Lane and into Hermitage Hills and Stones River Estates. These roads, especially Hickory Hill Lane, already had heavy traffic problems with cars cutting through.
White held secret meetings about the Ravenwood project in the home of one neighbor. White told the press and the Council that he had held several community meetings. This of course was NOT TRUE. When the neighbors of the area found out about the project and the secret meetings they were furious. They asked the Donelson Hermitage Neighborhood Association to hold a community meeting. White and the developers refused to attend.
At the public hearing for the project at the Metro Council, Freeman -Webb brought in a bus full of residents from Pine Brook Apartments to raise their hand in favor of the rezoning. Many of them could not even speak English. The area neighbor who had hosted the secret meetings was the only homeowner who spoke in favor of the project. Many area neighbors spoke in opposition and then presented a petition of over 600 names from their neighborhood in opposition. Councilman White blew them off and ignored their pleas. Several members of the Council were very upset with White and requested that he hold a community meeting before third reading.
White held the community meeting at a church in Donelson in a crowded basement instead of in Hermitage at a public building. The neighbors had to stand up in the back of the room because all of the chairs had been taken by developers and members of Ravenwood who did not live in Hermitage. Councilman White sat in the back of the room and did not say a word. The lawyer Tom White had control of the entire meeting. Neighbors did not have their questions answered and left frustrated.
White rezoned 90 acres on behalf of Freeman Webb Investments and ignored a petition of over 600 of his constituents. See what $2500 will get you if want Harold White to rezone something for you. Harold White sold his constituents off cheap.
Neighbors still wonder if there was a secret reward for Councilman White like the secret meetings that he held? What about the campaign promise "to vote with the majority of property owners effected by any decision"? Did White forget again or was Ravenwood just another BIG WHITE LIE?


A recent trip to the internet finds a posting on Craigslist looking for workers to go door to door campaigning for the Re-election of Harold White. It says "WE" will provide you with a portable DVD player to use. Sounds like developers are willing to invest big money and hire people who do not live in the 14th District to campaign for his re-election. Are there not a multitude of well satisfied constituents who will campaign for White? Guess not.

This is a copy of the actual post on craigslist.com. Look who posted- Mike Freeman. Hmmm? As in Freeman Webb Investments that White rezoned the Ravenwood property for against a petition of over 600 neighbors.

If one of these workers comes to your door and tells you that he is a neighbor supporting Harold White, be careful. It may just be another WHITE LIE.

Volunteers needed for political campaign

Reply to:
Date: 2007-06-18, 1:43PM CDT

We are looking for volunteers for an upcoming councilman race. Councilman Harold White, of District 14 is in need of help going door to door. We will provide you with a portable DVD player, as well as some literature to hand out to the community. If you are interested, contact Mike Freeman at 615.***.9290.

Thanks and hope to hear from you soon. -Mike
Location: Nashville (donelson/hermitage)

it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

PostingID: 354827***

Friday, June 22, 2007


Councilman Harold White attempted to grant another campaign favor for Johnny Harwell from Hermitage. Harwell lives in district 12, but owns the property for Two Rivers Ford, their body shop, and the Plantation House restaurant in Donelson. Harwell had purchased the first home on Benson Road in Donelson and wanted White to rezone it Commercial for him.

Benson Road is a quiet dead-end street that overlooks the river. The neighbors who lived on Benson Road became furious when the rezoning sign was posted. They were strongly against any commercial encroachment into their neighborhood.

Harwell wanted to tear down the house, pave the lot, put up a huge fence and bright security lights. He wanted to store cars there from the body shop.

The neighbors held a meeting and invited their councilman Harold White. They expressed their opposition and asked White to represent their wishes as he had promised to do in his campaign letters. Councilman White told them that he was in favor of this lot being rezoned commercial. He told the neighbors that Harwell paid more property taxes than all of them put together. White's really upset the residents of Benson Road when he told them, "You people don't mean anything to me. You are just 33 votes."

The neighbors asked the Donelson-Hermitage Neighborhood Association to hold a community meeting for them. White left early. One hundred percent of the neighbors were against the commercial rezoning.

White sponsored the bill at Metro Council anyway and tried his best to push it through. The neighbors all came to the council and spoke against it. They submitted a petition with signatures from 100% of the residents in opposition. White ignored them, but Councilman David Briley pointed out a conflict with the SUBAREA PLAN. Briley deferred the bill and asked that it be sent back to the Planning Commission.
The neighborhood is safe for now, but it is safe to say that Harold White is guaranteed to be at least 33 votes short on August 2nd.

Look closely at the picture of the campaign financial disclosure. Councilman Harold White cannot even spell Hermitage correctly.

FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL-Cashing in for Campaign Favors

Odell Binkley was one of the first to cash in for a campaign favor. The campaign contribution limit was $1000, but this Mt. Juliet resident used his realty company to give White a little more money. While neighbors were busy creating the update on the SUBAREA 14 PLAN UPDATE, White was helping Binkley file papers to rezone two lots of residential property to commercial. Binkley got his favor and the lots were rezoned MUL-MIXED USE LIMITED although highly opposed by the people of the community.
Fleetwood residents were concerned that the lot backed up to their playground. Binkley had purchased the lot at the corner of Dodson Chapel and Central Pike where there was always a garden. He bought it from an elderly woman. She did not get what it was worth of course. Then White rezoned it for him, and now it is worth a bundle.
Binkley promised to build a beautiful Williamsburg type Village. Neighbors fear with White in office it will be a TigerMart or another huge medical office building. Right now it is a muddy lot and all of the old trees have been replaced by asphalt.
Binkley has a Harold White sign on every parcel of his property during the 2007 campaign. Wonder what favor he wants next?


Another letter Harold White sent to neighbors while running for Metro Council in Nashville in 2003. Here White tries to cover up the truth that is getting out prior to the election. He writes, "I want to humbly apologize to you for the many negative rumors circulating about my wanting to rezone property and create developments all through our neighborhood..." He goes on to write more about these rumors, "These are shameless, underhanded, scare tactics created to convince you that Harold White is somebody he is not."
The last paragraph sums it up. "You deserve more than just my word on my honesty."
The people of the 14th District of Hermitage and Donelson did deserve more. Too bad they didn't get it. After he was elected, Harold White became just exactly what he had warned the people against. He became shameless, underhanded and the user of scare tactics. Maybe the people should request a Fraud Examiner to investigate him.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

WHITE LIES to the Nashville Neighborhood Alliance

Council candidate Harold White made a lot of promises to the President of the Nashville Neighborhood Alliance, Mr. John Stern, in this letter dated May 29, 2003. White was asked to fill out a candidate survey asking him his viewpoints on issues and what he would issues he would commit to as a candidate. Instead of submitting the questionnaire, White sent Stern this letter. When all was said and done, White broke these promises made during the campaign.
In the fourth paragraph of the letter, White admits to attending rezoning meetings in the past. He just forgot to mention that he argued with neighbors who opposed the rezonings. Here comes the next big lie!! "As a member of the Council, I will always take these matters the highest level of community involvement , and ensure that all people that in every case the majority will rule."
Go to the next paragraph for the next big lie. A big lie. Like in " get struck by lightening" because White made this huge promise and not once delivered. "It is the majority of those opinions I will deliver in the form of the votes I cast in the Council. My votes will always reflect the people's choice and not mine personally." Which people? Do you mean the developers who live out of town, financed your campaign, for whom you continually ignored your constituents?
The Nashville Neighborhood Alliance is made up from neighborhoods all over the city. How soon he would break the promises made to the NNA in this letter. Congratulations Mr. White, you just lied to the whole city in this letter. By the time he was elected, he was already working behind the scenes with developer, campaign contributor and owner of the Hermitage Landfill in a deal to rezone property against the wishes of the people. You know "the people", those neighbors White promised to support.
So many broken promises. So many WHITE LIES. When you break your word and lie to the people over and over, people never trust you again.


Candidate Harold White sent this campaign letter to the residents of Fleetwood in Hermitage during the campaign of 2003. Read the big WHITE LIE in the very first sentence. " (Some have said) that I have plans to attempt to change the zoning of the Brown's Farm Property. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE. "
Oh but it was true, White was trying to cover up the truth in order to win the 2003 Metro Council election. He had been seen at community meetings during Councilman Phil Ponder's term and argued publicly in favor of Brown's Farm being developed.
At the time, Harold White was not even part of Ponder's district. He knew that the boundaries of the district were being redrawn for the next term. He was making plans to run for the 14th district council seat. If White did not have plans for Brown's Farm, why was he even in attendance? Could it be the developers that would finance White's 2003 campaign wanted him to get his feet wet?
White goes on to say in his letter to the residents of Fleetwood that "...this is a very tight race and I guess some people are desperate to win and will spread hearsay and untruthful rumors." Was he looking in a mirror as he wrote these lies?
Desperate people like White do tell lies!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The First Lies- Campaign Promises to Break

These were some of Harold White's first lies. The citizens of District 14 received it in the mail during the campaign in 2003. Let's count the lies.

1. LIE -I have lived in District 14 most of my adult life
TRUTH -Bought the lot to build his on Leatherwood Drive in 1994. Where was he before that? Maybe Wilson County or Old Hickory.

TRUTH - White was seen at Brown's Farm (Now Villages of Riverwood) Community Meeting sponsored by then Councilman Phil Ponder yelling at Hermitage citizens that Riverwood was a good thing and they needed this development.

3. LIE- "I pledge to support the wishes of the majority of the homeowners effected by any rezoning decision."
TRUTH- Harold White has never supported the wishes of the majority of homeowners on any rezoning bill. In fact he refused a petition of over 500 signatures of nearby homeowners opposed to the Villages of Riverwood, ignored a petition of 600 residents opposed to Ravenwood, ignored a petition of 100% of the neighbors on Benson Road opposed to commercial encroachment into their neighborhood, and recently ignored a majority of nearby neighbors opposed to a three-story medical office building on Central Pike in Hermitage. Let's not forget the neighbors around McCrory Creek in Donelson and the business park that was shoved down their throats.

4. LIE- "I pledge to hold regularly scheduled quarterly meetings."
TRUTH- With who, the developers? White has never held a quarterly meeting. He refuses to even have community meetings for rezoning proposals.