Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sevierville woman reports Confederate flag, stolen and then burned X3

Via Jeffery

A Sevierville woman says she saw three people steal a flag off a truck in Gatlinburg and then set it on fire.

Kathy Leffingwell said she was spending time with her family in Gatlinburg on Saturday evening. She had stayed behind instead of taking a ride on the sky lift.

She said she saw three people walk through a parking lot, pull off a Confederate flag and then set it on fire.

"Was kind of shocked at first, it took me a minute to grasp what was going on and when I seen them I knew I at least had to snap a picture and do something," she said.

"I felt that I needed to get the picture and get it out there that people are destroying other people's property and that it's a heritage thing, not a hate thing and for someone to do that, i felt I needed to help out anyway I could."

More @ Local 8

Woman gives new Confederate flag to Gatlinburg man after his was burned

Les Goodin flies a new Confederate flag from the back of his Harley after a stranger went out of her way to give it to him. 

Goodin had his old flag torn from his bike and burned by vandals last weekend in Gatlinburg.

Kathy Leffingwell, who happened to be passing by, saw the whole thing and snapped some pictures.

"I didn't know to be mad or to be hurt," Goodin says.

Almost a week later he's still not over it. As a veteran, he flies the flag to honor those who fought in the civil war.

"I can't let it go because it's time for this racism stuff to end," he says.

More with video @ Local 8

Gatlinburg man whose Confederate flag was stolen wants racism to end

The man whose Confederate flag was stolen from his motorcycle in Gatlinburg and burned says he wants racism of all kinds to end. 

Leslie Goodin says he sees the Confederate flag as a part of history, not hatred.

"To me it's a Veterans Flag. As you see right in front of my house is a POW Flag, I have an American Flag, and I have a Confederate flag. They all three fly every day," said Goodin.

Goodin says he was out to eat in Gatlinburg Saturday night and when he returned he found his flag missing and a small piece on the ground.

"It's been waving from day one that I've owned the motorcycle. It didn't start just because of the Confederate flag stuff that's going on now," said Goodin.

More with video @ Local 8


  1. At some point this is going to get ugly, fatally ugly. People are going to defend their homes and property and some life piece of shit is going to end up dead. Then the Feds are going to try to mobilize the national guard into a Federal police force. Then it will get really ugly. It could then turn into the straw that breaks the back of all confidence in the economy. Then the urban centers will explode. Deep shit on its way my friend.

    1. Unless the WH stops stoking the fires, but fat chance.

  2. These people need to understand that at some point ,we the people and owners of the property are going to start defending our flag and shooting them

  3. They are opening a can of worms that they shouldn't be opening. And the lid won't be back on the can anytime soon.

  4. Another one too. Anybody bother your Confederate flags, Brock?

    1. No and thanks.

  5. I don't know why people aren't taking baseball bats to the MLK street signs.
    Since king was a typical phony preacher doctor,prostitute chasing,plagiarist,scumbag piece of shit and communist, it seems fitting that all the streets bearing his name are places no decent white person would ever want to go.Rot in hell michael king, his real name. In Atlanta, the masses are agonizing over a street sign named 'Forrest"
    which has been there since the early to mid 1900's. Every time I see a 'MLK'
    street sign, I think of the despicableness of this man. They have the nerve to
    be insulted by the name of a real hero and man. They should be so lucky.

    1. Idiots and they don't even know for sure if it is named after him or not. :) Brilliant and thanks.