Putnam County is plagued by a widespread sense that public officials are corrupt and lack the competence to protect them during a terrorism threat.

November 2001 Putnam Pit Reader survey finds:
  • Little trust of local public officials
  • Low performance expectations of area law enforcement
  • Overwhelming disbelief of DA Gibson’s assertion he never used cocaine


By GEOFF DAVIDIAN
Putnam Pit editor


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 22, 2001) –
One hundred percent of the Putnam Pit readers participating in an online survey said official corruption and incompetence are problems in Putnam County.


The survey, which asked six questions and was on The Putnam Pit’s web site for two weeks, revealed that readers overwhelmingly disbelieve District Attorney General Bill Gibson continued assertions that he has never used cocaine, while just slightly less than 90 percent said they lacked faith in the abilities of either Cookeville Police Chief Bob Terry or Putnam County Sheriff Jerry Abston to protect them from terrorist attacks.
 
 
 


Just 5.2 percent of respondents think public officials enforce the laws properly.


According to results tabulated today, more than half the respondents answered “yes” when asked whether they were afraid to provide information regarding local corruption to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
 

Although District Attorney General Bill Gibson swore under oath Oct. 4 in a federal deposition he had never used cocaine, not one respondent to our survey believed him and 5% said even if it was true it would not matter.
 

Here are the questions and answers by percent:


 
 
Are official corruption and incompetence problems in Putnam County?

 
 
 
Do you trust public officials to enforce the law?

 






 


 
 
Are you afraid to give information about political corruption to the FBI?
Is Putnam County Sheriff Jerry Abston competent to protect citizens against terrorism?

 



 

 


 
 
 
Is Cookeville Police Chief Bob Terry competent to protect citizens against terrorism?
 

 
DA Bill Gibson says he never used cocaine. Do you believe him?

 

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