Larry Van Guilder of the Halls Shopper News has it, and it is the story of what may be the most memorable battle in Knox County government since the beginning of Knox County Commission in 1982.
Private citizen Lewis Cosby challenged Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale on the Hallerin Hill radio show to let him review the accounting of the Mayor’s travel expenses and the P-Card program. The Mayor said, “Come on down, I haven’t met you and would like to talk with you.”
From that point on it has been downhill for the County Mayor. Lewis Cosby is spitting mad at a comment Mike Ragsdale made to him. The County Mayor told Cosby that the county needed to “go forward” and that he could not “change the past”. Lewis Cosby saw red. Cosby may still remember the day in County Commission where under his breath Mayor Ragsdale called Mr. Cosby a “showboat”.
Now Lewis Cosby has challenged the County Mayor again, but this time he is going for the money. Mr. Cosby says that the county must be made “whole”. In simple terms, those who lived high on the hog on the taxpayers dollars should have to pay the money back. Cosby says these people should be sent a bill for their lobster lunches and other extravagances and if they don’t pay up then the bill should be turned over to a collection agency.
This battle has just begun. My money is on citizen Cosby. We sure could use more people like Lewis Cosby.