Feb. 5, 2014 — Carter County Judge-Executive Charles Wallace says he placed two advertisements in today’s issue of the Journal-Times to explain recent public issues.
The first ad appears on Page A-3 and is in response to a news story aired by a Lexington TV station concerning a secret tape recording on which Wallace is heard using the term “cave people” in reference to the dispute over closing of the Olive Hill Health Center.
The “cave people” ad, which was paid for by Wallace, recounts the health department issue and maintains that the judge’s use of the term “cave people” was in reference to the acronym CAVE which stands for “citizens against virtually everything”.
He said he heard a guest speaker, Dr. Vaughn Grisham, use that term during the Carter County Community Partners Summit last summer in Grayson.
Wallace said he was trying to point out in his comments on the tape that a certain segment of the population often opposes any changes by government and that he and other public officials must always try to do what is best for the most citizens.
“My use of that term has been interpreted by some in a political sense to say I was comparing people to cave dwellers,” Wallace said Tuesday. “That certainly was not the case and I believe the entire matter was politically motivated.”
Wallace is seeking his fourth term this year and faces three opponents for the Democratic nomination in the May 20 primary. Two filed for the office on the Republican ticket.
The second ad appears on Page A-8 under the title of “Notice to Carter Countians.” It is being paid for by Carter Fiscal Court.
That ad recounts the decision by the Fiscal Court to negotiate a new, higher paying contract with the U. S. Marshals Service for housing federal prisoners at the Carter County Detention Center.
The ad is signed by Wallace and notarized by Debbie Johnston, a deputy county clerk. A similar statement was read aloud at a recent Fiscal Court meeting.
The ad basically says the additional revenue for jail operations has eliminated the need for the transfer of monies from the general fund which can be used for county roads and bridges.
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