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How Did Williamson Strong Get Nearly 5,000 Facebook Likes in Less Than a Week? – Part 1

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As we have previously discussed, Williamson Strong co-founder and spokesman Jim Cheney admitted the group purchased Facebook advertising, even though Williamson Strong says it has no money. Mr. Cheney told Brentwood Home Page, “When we first started the page, we bought advertising on the Facebook page to promote it and got a lot of ‘likes’ from Turkey, of all places. Everything was done through the purchasing power of Facebook….” We were left scratching our heads as to how such a purchase was possible if Williamson Strong doesn’t have any money….read more

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“Artificially Inflated” Results Give Distorted View of WCS Open Records Requests

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We’ve heard a lot of talk lately about the burden imposed on the Williamson Country Schools Central Office because of all the open records requests. We’re also aware of attempts to blame and shame some of the individuals making those requests for seeking to obtain information that by law should be available to the public. We think it is appropriate to ask again what we believe is the real question in all this: What’s going on in our Central Office that has caused so many people to feel the need…read more

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Jim “Prufrock” Cheney: The Voice of Williamson Strong – Part 2

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Jim Cheney is an angry man. And we suspect he’s pretty frustrated, too. Yes, we know he’s smiling in the picture on Williamson Strong’s website, but it was taken before the August 7 election. As spokesman for Williamson Strong, he is the organization’s voice and communications strategist. Yet last summer’s school board election went terribly awry for Williamson Strong, which must have been particularly stinging for Mr. Cheney. All four of Williamson Strong’s and Williamson Secret’s candidates lost, which makes them 0-4. If you count their support for Cherie Hammond…read more

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Jim “Prufrock” Cheney: The Voice of Williamson Strong – Part 1

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Jim Cheney is co-founder and spokesman for Williamson Strong, and the mastermind behind its carefully crafted public image. (Although co-founder Susan Drury and her Service Employees International Union pals might provide PR input to the organization as well.) Some also believe Mr. Cheney is the driving force behind Williamson Secrets, a blog that launched a series of attacks against several candidates and community members prior to the August 7 election, many of which were repeated by Williamson Strong. Mr. Cheney holds a B.A. degree in Creative Writing/English, but he is…read more

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WCS High Volume of Public Records Requests: Necessary or Unreasonable?

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WCS Superintendent Mike Looney seems kind of bugged about the high volume of public records requests Central Office is getting these days. He complains that these requests are “bogging the district to a standstill” in some departments, and he estimates they are costing taxpayers “a few thousand dollars.” To fix this bottleneck—which was covered last week by Williamson Herald and NewsChannel 5—he has proposed hiring an outside agency to help sort through requests. Are these requests unreasonable? Is the motivation of the people making these requests to create a bottleneck…read more

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Rick Wimberly to Williamson Strong’s Jennifer Smith: “Put Eric Welch on the Get Him Re-elected List”

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As further evidence of an organized effort by Williamson Strong to get certain candidates elected in last August’s school board race, we move from Jennifer Smith’s June 16 email offering selected candidates “campaign help” to her email a couple weeks earlier titled “School Board Candidate Research.” This May 30 email, addressed to District 9 School Board Member Rick Wimberly and copying Mike Looney, lists candidates by district with notations after some of them, such as “NEEDS TO STAY ON THE BOARD” after Pat Anderson’s and Vicki Vogt’s names, and (gasp)…read more

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Williamson Strong Offers Campaign Help “with Dr. Looney’s Blessings”

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Having previously established that Williamson Strong spent money the group says it didn’t have, and that it uses Rally.org “to collect and receive donations,” we now turn to whether Williamson Strong was (1) politically active and (2) favored certain candidates over others. As far as we know not even the leadership of Williamson Strong has denied being politically active, so we are not going to spend any time on that one. As to whether the group supported particular candidates, in a December 18 interview with The Tennessean Williamson Strong co-founder…read more

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Williamson Strong Has Fundraising Technology, Yet Raises No Funds?

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Despite Williamson Strong’s claim that “we have no money,” WilliamsonTrue has shown in the previous two posts that this does not appear to be the case. We now turn our attention to Williamson Strong’s statement “we have raised no money.” The technology section of the group’s website includes Rally.org, which Williamson Strong says “is used to collect and receive donations.” The Rally homepage claims it will help users, “Turn your supporters into donors and collect contributions!” Why would a fundraising site be part of Williamson Strong’s technology if the group…read more

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Williamson Strong Utilized “Purchasing Power of Facebook”

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Williamson Strong bought Facebook advertising to acquire “likes.” How do we know this? In response to questions about its false Facebook  likes from Istanbul, Turkey, Williamson Strong spokesman Jim Cheney was quoted in a July 28 Brentwood Home Page article as saying that WS purchased (i.e. paid for, exchanged funds for services, used money to buy) advertising. “When we first started the page, we bought advertising on the Facebook page to promote it and got a lot of ‘likes’ from Turkey, of all places. Everything was done through the purchasing…read more

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Williamson Strong Has Paid Technology & Bought Facebook Advertising—Without Money?

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Williamson County School Board Member Susan Curlee recently filed a complaint with the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance, alleging that Williamson Strong is an unregistered politically active group. In response Jennifer Smith, co-founder of Williamson Strong, denied wrongdoing and was quoted in a December 17 Williamson Herald article as saying, “We have no money. We have no budget. We have no bank account.” She added that her group of “parent volunteers” are “in the bowels of the ship.” On its Facebook page, Williamson Strong continues to proclaim innocence, claiming victim…read more

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