20 January 2019

[MB McCart] - The TPC Sunday Edition, 1/20/19: Murder, Government Waste, Sports & the Arts

- est 2010 -

[State of GA] 
[Newton  Co.]

(North Covington | 20 Jan '19) - 

Privetstvuyu, dear TPC comrades, and welcome back to The Chronicles. Peel you an onion, pour yourself a double Stolichnaya, grab your sickle & hammer, and get ready to meet your new Russian Overlords... 

But seriously, friends, so glad to see you once again. Another week in the books & another one begins.

Murder in C-town 

For the first time since 2017, we had a killing in the home city. And like every time a major crime occurs, the banshee screeching on Facebook began almost immediately with blame, as always, squarely falling on the Mayor & Council for ruining Covington (brown-bagging & hospitality drinks on the Square were also apparently to blame). Turns out it was a long-time Covington resident who shot his wife & step-daughter after a domestic dispute gone bad. It's sad, and unfortunate, but murder isn't a new concept. It's been around for a bit. 


Newton County Sheriff's Office (NCSO) Burning Through Overtime Money 

Well, as happens sometimes, the Covington News stole my thunder on this one, but that's perfectly okay! Though, to be honest, if it wasn't for Larry McSwain - a fellow Public Advocate & a hero of mine -  who painstakingly researches & pays for information requests all of the time, neither The News or The Citizen would hardly write about anything that potentially paints the Sheriff in a negative light. So, what's the why there?

Three Constitutional Officers decide who the legal organ of Newton Co., the paper of record, if you will, is - Sheriff, Probate & Clerk of Court. The legal organ is the one that gets paid lots of money to run all of the legals (foreclosures, notice to creditors, etc). CovNews has that status, so they don't want to rock the boat, and The Citizen wants it, so they don't really want to rock the boat either. But, I'm digressing here...

The Sheriff's Office has already, halfway through the fiscal year, burned through 99% of their budgeted overtime funding because they have so many vacancies that they can't fill. Based on my research, the NCSO starts deputies off more than the Covington Police Department does, but the CPD is almost always fully staffed. Word around the campfire is that there is not the best culture at the Sheriff's Dept. & that they have a reputation for not being a place that certified LEOs wish to work at.

By the way, according to The News, Sheriff Brown pins the blame on the Great Crash of 2008.

Arts & Culture 

Even though I've been in both numerous times over the years, the past week I made a point to get by both of Covington's fabulous art galleries: 

Southern Heartland 



The talent level we here in our neck of the woods is staggering! As I've written about numerous times, while our music scene leads one to believe there's something in the water, our art scene leaves no doubt! I'm a proud owner of multiple pieces by multiple local artists in my home, and there's no feeling like showing one off. Get by both of these galleries & support your local art scene.


- The UGA Hoop Dawgs dropped to 2-3 in SEC play after a loss to Florida yesterday. Tom Crean's inaugural year pacing the court has had its ups & downs, but I truly believe he's the right man for the job.

- Speaking of hoops, Rick Rasmussen celebrated his 300th career win as a head coach when his Newton Rams toppled Eastside last  Saturday. Rick seems like such a great guy, and is obviously a very talented coach as Newton, my Alma Mater, has become a machine & is well known throughout Georgia as one of the premier high school programs in our great state. Also, he's married to an old classmate of mine. Congrats, Coach R. Well done!

Odds & Ends

Not a whole lot to report on. Look for a couple of pieces next week on the City of Covington, the usual stuff & maybe another TPC REAL History. Several of you let me know how much you enjoyed the first run with the Wm McCart shooting of Doc Smith outside of Newborn in 1870. The next one will be in Covington from the 1890s & will not include a blood kin relative.

Thanks for reading, gang! Til next time! 

- MB McCart 

[Bess Tuggle] - Memoirs of Surviving Children: Tax Time & the IRS

It’s that time of the year, ya’ll.  Put on your big kid Underoos and suck it up.  It’s TAX TIME!

The Fright for the Night.  I’m gonna say it - The ULTIMATE bad word.


I have the utmost respect for everyone that works there.  I promise, ‘cause I don’t want a job that has to put up with folks like me, but I scared ‘em.  I Really, really, REALLY scared ‘em one time!  

IRS employees have a difficult job.  I know tax returns are tough for most of us.  Teach me the rules and we can play fair and square.  When the rules change every year and the instructions are no longer easily available, except online which is a nightmare to read and flip between schedules, all bets are off.  Wish I knew what happened to instructions coming in the mail or available at the local library, but alas, they seem to have disappeared.

One of my tax returns was refused.  Well, not really refused, but I was denied one of my deductions – my oldest son.

When it gets to the point that even C.P.A.’s can’t keep up with the changing rules and regulations we have a problem.  Believe me, I did my own tax returns for years, payroll tax returns for several different businesses that each had their own rules (back in the day, agricultural businesses had a –whole- different system from corporations and LLC’s), Unemployment returns, again for several businesses…  The system completely confounds me now.  They couldn’t –pay- me to go back to college to keep up with this crap.

Anyway, it took hours to get a person on the phone, and even more time to dig through paperwork to prove my first born was actually mine. (*Expletives excluded*)  After claiming him for 10 or 12 years I would have thought it’d be a gimme.  

I finally won my case after asking if I could send Thing 1 to the I.R.S.  If they could raise, feed and cloth him for the allowed deduction, they could have him. 

I didn’t get any takers, but they did allow the deduction.


Bess Tuggle

A jack of all trades, Ms. Tuggle has been a Covington resident since the late 70’s. She's been a K-Mart cashier, cabinet builder, vet tech, office manager for a beef cattle ranch and water well company (where she was able to hold benefits for D.A.R.E. and Scouts), a court reporter, business manager, assistant at a private investigation firm, legal assistant, convenience store clerk, landscaper and elementary school substitute teacher.  Her greatest pleasure is being a wife, mother and grandmother.  Her stories are all real, and all names will be withheld to protect the innocent, and also maybe the guilty, depending on the crime & the Statute of Limitations.  

18 January 2019

[MB McCart] - Friday Odds & Ends: COV - City Manager, No-bid contracts; 3 Ring Developments; NCSO Burning Through $$$, et al

Howdy, friends! Hope all is lovely out there. It's Friday & the weekend is finally here! Take it away Wet Willie. 

It's been a pretty busy week here at the ole publication & as I've mentioned before, expect for that to become the norm. The goal this year is to average about 10 posts a week. That's the plan & we're gonna work the plan & hopefully execute the plan. So...that's the plan.

A few odds & ends on this foggy Friday morn': 

Covington City Manager, Leigh Anne Knight
  • My piece taking a closer look at City Manager Leigh Anne Knight will be dropping next week instead of this week. I've still got some additional questions to get answered. Also, I still need to reach out to Leigh Anne to get any comments she'd like to make on what I'll be publishing.
  • As I mentioned on Sunday, Mr. Joe Barr - Bluesman & a friend of mine - cast off his earthly bonds & went home to Glory this past weekend. He's in a better place now. Look for a dedicated piece next week.
  • Exciting news on the advertising front! Starting next week, Five O'Clock Bar & Grill will be doing another TPC campaign. Big thanks to Greg & the crew for helping to support the publication, and most importantly, for being wonderful folks & having such a cool spot with such great food. 
    • And the week after that will see a new advertiser to The Chronicles, Rustic Flair
  • Another piece I've had in the works for a bit will also have to wait at least a short while - Wagner Service Solutions' no-bid contract with the City of Covington. I'll also be looking into all of the insurance policies of the city. For years most of these have been done by the Gary Massey Insurance Agency without getting other bids. We'll definitely be delving into that.

17 January 2019

[Perrin Lovett] - Declared or Not, An Emergency Situation Beyond Disaster

*ed. note - As many of you already know, TPC is all about the REAL Story. And what is the REAL Story? Well, that varies; however, one thing you can be assured of is this: we're always keeping it REAL. The usual boilerplate here: the opinions of Perrin, TPC Contributing Writer, do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicles. Having said that, I'll personally & publicly state that a good bit of everything mentioned by Perrin in this piece are sentiments that I by & large share (we diverge on a few points). If we were to do away with approx. 75% of the federal government & reduce the budget by about the same amount, I'd be willing to look at expanded immigration (even mass migration), but complete & total open borders? Never. As always, Perrin's got another superb - and important - read here. Hope you enjoy. As always, thanks for reading & ...GO DAWGS!!! - MBM


Happy government “shutdown” 2019! Please pay no attention as the US federal budget, budget deficit, and debt all continue to grow apace. In fact, it would be wonderful to pay no attention and to forget about Washington entirely. But, it’s still there. And, still marching the American nation towards extinction.

This latest temporary delay in the transfer of national resources is partly due to an impasse over The Wall. The Fence. The Slats. Whatever. Most Democrats and (honestly) most Republicans are in favor of mass third world migration into the United States. Most of the third world also shares this po$ition. The majority of the dwindling American public is (again, honestly) too stupid to notice, understand, or care.

There only a small faction of men dedicated to the idea of preserving or defending Western Civilization. Love him or hate him, in America, our stand-in champion, for the moment, is one Donald John Trump.

I’ve spent something like three-plus decades studying Trump, the man, and the past two-plus years as Trump, the 45th President. I’m still not quite sure what to make of him. With regard to the current impasse, the good news is that Trump does favor defending the border, even with some kind of physical barrier. The bad news is that he, bless his heart, still favors a brand of civic nationalist thinking about who is or can become an American. I guess we must take what we get.

So serious was Trump about his Wall, his Fence, the Slats, the Whatever, that he verbally contemplated declaring a national emergency. He floated the plausible idea of emergency military intervention. He then suggested the novel idea of emergency disaster construction. Either way, he seemed to grasp the “emergency” part. Either way, he would be correct: the largest foreign invasion in recorded history qualifies as both a (THE) martial issue and as a national disaster - any way you slice it, an emergency, and nothing but.

15 January 2019

TPC REAL History: Wm McCart Guns Down Doc Smith

Wm McCart Guns Down Doc Smith

Weekly Intelligencer 
Atlanta, GA | 13 July 1870 

*from the Covington Enterprise


"FATAL SHOOTING -- On Sunday last, July 3, Mr. D.M. Smith, familiarly called "Doc Smith," was shot near Pitts Old Mill, about 2 miles from the town of Newborn, Newton Co., by Wm McCart. Mr. Smith had struck Mrs McCart, mother of Wm, in a difficulty about her children's absence from their work on his farm (the mother & children being in his employ), a week before the shooting. William went to talk to Mr. Smith about the affair on the fatal morning, and found him in his cow pen. Mr. S said he did indeed strike Mrs. McCart & asked if he took up the quarrel. Upon receiving an affirmative reply, Mr. Smith moved as if to approach Wm who then drew a revolving pistol & fired the first ball, striking a cow, and the second wounding Mr. S in the arm & breast, causing his death in a few hours. McCart then fled & has not been arrested. The Coroner's Jury returned a verdict in accordance with these facts. -- Covington Enterprise"


Article from the July 13th, 1870 edition of the
Weekly Intelligencer

Circa 1870 revolving pistol

Fascinating bit of history there. Though my Great-Great-Great Grandfather & my Great-Great Grandfather were both named William, and both resided in Newton Co. during this time, based on my research & the particulars involved, I'm not necessarily sure it was either one of them (would have to have been the younger; however, based on my info, his mother died in Abbeville, SC before they moved to Covington in 1850. Also, he didn't die until 1915, and remained in Newton Co. (Starrsville) until he went home to Glory). At this point, I think it may have been my first cousin, possibly five-times removed, also named William McCart, originating from the Gwinnett McCarts, who did end up moving away (fleeing the authorities?) to Coffee Co., AL, at around this time, based on my research. Please know, this is pure conjecture on my part. Interesting, though, no? 

Map of Newton Co. circa 1870
Notice the large size of Newton Co. when it still included what would later become Rockdale Co. Also, no Mansfield, as it wouldn't be founded for another approx. 35 years. 

Regardless, the moral of the story is this:

Don't strike somebody's Mamma, lest you find yourself shot dead!

Hope you enjoyed that. More to come like this here at TPC. Most of these stories will not involve my family, but they will be heavy on crime & murder. 

As always, thanks for reading,

MB McCart

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[Staff Reports] - Libertarian Party Members of Georgia Attend Wild Hog Supper to Lobby for Ballot Access

Atlanta, GA - Libertarian Party of Georgia members attended the 57th annual Wild Hog Supper on January 13, 2019. The Wild Hog Supper, co-hosted by the Georgia Food Bank Association, the Department of Agriculture, and Commissioner Gary Black, is open to the public and widely attended by legislators and movers and shakers from across the state. Members of the Libertarian party attended to network with legislators and seek sponsorship for the party's proposed ballot access bill. Georgia has some of the nation's worst laws surrounding ballot access. Republicans and Democrats are granted near-automatic access to appear on ballots, while independent and minor-party candidates must collect signatures, petition, and pay dearly to earn that access.

Ted Metz, Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Georgia commented about the event: "It was discouraging to have to explain the petitioning requirements to so many of the legislators, they have no understanding of the process for 3rd party and independent candidates to get on the ballot. One Representative, who made sure to let me know that she was a Democrat, insisted that Libertarians already had ballot access. After explaining that Libertarians only had ballot access for State-wide seats and non-partisan races, and that all other positions required petition signatures from 5% of the registered voters in the prior election, she said, 'So, you can run for School Board, that's non-partisan.' This type of response is why we will continue to promote and seek sponsorship for the proposed ballot access legislation during this year's legislative session."

[TPC] - Covington & Newton Co. Health Scores

Here's a sampling of some of the recent health scores received by various restaurants in & around the greater C-town area: 

Passing Grades

Mamie's Kitchen (Hwy 278): 94-A 

Five O'Clock Bar & Grill (Turner Lake Rd): 100-A

Jack's BBQ (Hwy 278): 96-A

Tubby Tom's (Hwy 278): 93-A

Amici Covington (College Ave): 87-B 

Mystic Grill (Clark St): 95-A

Sonic (Hwy 278): 100-A

Burger King (Porterdale): 96-A

Town House Cafe (Washington St): 100-A 

City Pharmacy (Church St): 99-A 

Milazzo's (Porterdale): 85-B 

Cowboy's BBQ (Hwy 142): 100-A

Tello's Mexican Grill (Hwy 278): 87-B

Failing Grades:

Moe's (Hwy 278): 63; retest: 100-A

Wayback Burgers (Alcovy Rd): 44; retest: 87-B 

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