“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.”
“Ye are of your father the Devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”
“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other, ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
“Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?”
“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.”
“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”
“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4) traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (5) having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (6) For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, (7) ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (8) Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. (9) But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest to all men, as theirs was also.”
2 Timothy 3:1-9
Some may already be aware that I am currently engaged in a legal battle against a former landlord named Charles Elmer Moorhouse, Jr., who from the time he was an itty bitty fella in a high chair has been known as “Bird.” The story goes that little Bird would turn his head up like a baby bird waiting for food to be placed in his mouth. Bird grew up in Polk County the son of Charles Moorhouse, Sr. (Elmer) and his wife Joyce. Upon coming of age Bird earned a college degree at UT Knoxville and wound up in a successful career with the US Postal Service. Early on he married Joy and they had two children, a boy and girl, named Walt and Amanda. Over time, Bird followed in his father’s footsteps and came into ownership of prime and valuable real estate in the beautiful, rural community of Ocoee, Tennessee.
In 2005 I began leasing property on Highway 64 in Ocoee that was owned by Bird’s dad, Elmer. In 2009 I leased Elmer’s property known as Cherokee Corners at the corner of Highway 64 and Cookson Creek Road. In mid-2011 I opened the Whitewater Grill on this property and, not long after that accomplishment, began leasing property from Bird, starting with a house, small roadside building, and a lot with an outhouse at 1025 Highway 64 in Ocoee. Eventually, I wound up leasing multiple properties from both Elmer and Bird and ultimately paid well in excess of half a million dollars in rent in addition to spending more than $100,000 improving and making additions to the Cherokee Corners property.
Of additional significance is the fact that during this long, protracted period of pumping excessive rent monies into the Moorhouse coffers there were never any landlord expenditures whatsoever toward upkeep, maintenance, or improvement of any of these rental properties. Instead, it was assumed and expected that I would cover all such expenses including an occasion when half the roof blew off of Bird’s Cookson Creek building adjacent to the Head Start facility.
The Moorhouses were also on the receiving end of the construction of a spacious, professionally-built pole barn on the go-cart track property at 1174 Highway 64 during my tenure of occupancy. Yes...it was a lucky day for the Moorhouse interests when Rick Tyler came to town and became a zero-maintenance tenant who made valuable construction additions to properties and pumped copious sums of cash into their bank accounts.
But don’t hold your breath waiting for Bird Moorhouse to ever provide context, factuality, and historical accuracy as to what has evolved into a sordid tale of unrivalled greed, spitefulness, vindictiveness, and treacherous deceit. Sadly...in addition to being an abject lover and servant of mammon...Bird is also a delusional sort of individual who fancies that he can lie, taunt, distort, and intimidate his way to victory over someone who has done nothing but bestow blessing and favor upon him in years past.
Yes...in Bird’s twisted mind he is a mighty hunter who now has Rick Tyler in his crosshairs! He has already assaulted me by smashing his cane over my head. His encore during this shameful episode was to threaten to retrieve a gun from his vehicle for the purpose of doing a more “permanent job” on me. This all occurred on June 12th, 2018 when Bird and Joy came to the Whitewater Grill so that she could blow off steam and call me everything but a white man. Bird’s assault came at the culmination of Joy’s lengthy, profanity-laced verbal assault levied unprovoked against me. (Joy Moorhouse has a well-established reputation of exhibiting a hot temper and an acid tongue...even to the point of instigating a long-running feud with her late father-in-law that served as the catalyst for leaving Ocoee and moving to Meigs County.)
On that fateful day of vengeful outburst we never got around to my giving Bird the customary 5K worth of payments for the month of June. Instead, he whipped out a prepared document informing me of his demand (in violation of a long-standing verbal contract/arrangement) that I make rapid payment of an excessive monetary sum or face eviction from the assorted properties that I continued to lease from him at that time.
The hostile, aggressive, and abusive actions of Bird and Joy Moorhouse on June 12 touched off a series of events that now feature a vicious, defamatory, calumnious assault upon my character, reputation, and prospective ability to engage in ongoing commerce in the immediate vicinity. With malice aforethought Bird now seeks to cultivate and orchestrate a social media lynch mob in hopes of bringing extreme hardship and injury upon my interests and my person. It is both fascinating and dreadful to witness the pathological component of his character as both he and his kindred-spirit accomplices engage in an online orgy of vitriolic distortion and propaganda. They are truly a sad lot...seemingly oblivious to the reality that they have become virtual monsters spewing forth hatred and marching in lockstep with a barrage of lies and unsubstantiated accusations.
What they fail to recognize and understand is that a hook as been placed in their collective jaw and they are mindlessly catapulting toward becoming a vivid example of the worst kind in the unfolding of God’s plan regarding my own long-term calling and presence in southeast Tennessee.
In my customary fashion...I will endeavor to leave no stone unturned in the rendering of this story. In so doing, proper context and background information will be provided that will leave everyone devoid of excuse should they continue to function as malevolent accomplices to false witness, slander, libel, defamation, and character assassination.
Stay tuned for more!