Project Phoenix Exposed: Complex Shenanigans 

Project Phoenix Exposed: Complex Shenanigans 

Read the report Lenawee County Commissioners don’t want you to see.

Wondering why you haven’t seen the report for that new fancy sports complex that’ll add a nice shine to our good ol’ county? There are good reasons. 

A final draft of Crossroads Consulting’s report has been making the rounds, and I got my hands on it, and it shows that the proposed facility is far from the slam-dunk that the county is advertising. It was published on September 1. 

It’s not the final report—that will be formally presented to the commissioners tonight, October 20, minutes before they decide whether to move forward with the project. It’ll be stunning to see commissioners speed-read through 128 pages—someone should call Guinness World Records just in case—but the report’s depth won’t be an issue. 

According to recent media reports, the document is still in its draft form as of earlier this month, though the commissioners have all the information they need to move forward. 

That’s all well and good, but do county residents have all the information they need? Why isn’t that information public? 

See the problem? 

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Video: Tecumseh Herald Reporter Displays Unprofessionalism And Bias At School Board Meeting

Video: Tecumseh Herald Reporter Displays Unprofessionalism And Bias At School Board Meeting

“Greek Sailors on a Venetian Canal” by Friedrich Nerly

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

News reporters are supposed to be flies on the wall – observe and report, and if you’ve done your job right, no one remembers you were there. But The Tecumseh Herald reporter Kerry Hamilton Smith was anything but a fly at Tecumseh Public Schools’ organizational meeting Monday evening. Instead, she was a proverbial bull in the china shop of journalistic integrity.

Near the end of the meeting during the public comment portion, a terse back and forth between TPS board president Tim Simpson and vocal board opponent Bill Swift culminated with Simpson saying, “This whole town is tired of your BS,” to which Smith, the Herald‘s reporter, seconded, vocally saying to Swift, “It’s true. It’s true. It’s absolutely true.” You can watch the interaction in the timestamped (48:13) video below.

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Welcome To Tecumseh, Mr. Washington, Please Pardon Our Peculiar Propensity For Pageantry

Welcome To Tecumseh, Mr. Washington, Please Pardon Our Peculiar Propensity For Pageantry

“Laocoön” by El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

A lot changed last week.

We’re searching for our third superintendent in two months. Good job, everyone.

We’re a laughing stock.

A media frenzy has descended upon the town — and why wouldn’t it? It’s a straightforward story. Drop in for a few hours, shoot some B-roll, get a few hard-hitting quotes, and you’re back at the station with a burger and fries by noon. Easy as apple pie. If you wanted to go the extra mile, close the 45-second segment with a few sound bites from a fiery school board meeting and you have your whipped cream and cherry, too.

But our situation is far from easy and far less tasty.

Investigations. Backstabbing. Money down the drain. We’re about as distracted and directionless as a toddler in a Toys-R-Us. More accusations are flying in town than fingers at a Five-Finger Discount Symposium hosted by the Kleptomaniac Association of America. And, just as it would be hard to finger who stole what from the electronics section of a struggling Sears, we, too, have many unanswered questions.

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TPS Interim Supt. Rhoades Asked Police Chief To Remove School Resource Officer

TPS Interim Supt. Rhoades Asked Police Chief To Remove School Resource Officer

Photo by Anthony Alaniz

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Tecumseh Police Deputy Chief Brett D. Coker confirmed Wednesday, March 27, Tecumseh Public Schools interim Supt. Ryan Rhoades contacted him to remove TPS Resource Officer Chad Rodgers over “unsubstantiated rumors.”

“The interim superintendent did call and ask that officer Rodgers be removed as the school resource officer,” Coker said in a phone interview. “I told him, obviously that we needed to have a meeting on that. We met later that day and hammered everything out, and Chad’s reinstated without any issues.”

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Turmoil Ravages Tecumseh Public Schools As Principals, Teachers Fear Retaliation

Turmoil Ravages Tecumseh Public Schools As Principals, Teachers Fear Retaliation

“The Fall of Phaeton” by Sir Peter Paul Rubens

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

There are few places for children as political as the gym. Friends, enemies, cliques, and out-groups congeal here. Rumors slip past heated negotiations of lunchtime trades before dodgeballs replace lunch tables. It’s a microcosm of Darwinism, survival of the fittest. For those deficient in school’s societal expectations, the gym is purgatory. It’s political for parents, too.

Last night’s Tecumseh Public Schools board meeting took place in a gym—awkwardly lit with a sound system as unqualified for its job as Supt. Ryan Rhoades. Maybe the problem wasn’t the sound system, but the hushed discussions among board members, conversing with one another in private during an open meeting, tip-toeing toward an Open Meetings Act violation.

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My Top 10 Horror Movies Of 2018

My Top 10 Horror Movies Of 2018

It’s a chilly January evening as I finish my year-end list of exceptional horror movies. Picking 10 standout films seemed more difficult this year than last. Does that mean extraordinary horror was hard to find or was horror in general operating at such a high level that it was difficult to choose just 10 for this list? Honestly, I don’t know, and I don’t care. Horror and genre filmmaking is on a rampage with audiences and critics alike finding box-office gems within the traditional confines the of horror label.

This list is in no particular order because it’s difficult to accurately compare the timely #MeToo themes of Revenge with the comedic joyfulness of Tragedy Girls. I do have my favorite, but you’ll have to ask. 

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