27 February 2018

Tuesday Morning Check-in: What's the Word Around Town? Potential Conflicts of Interests?

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Good morning, C-town & beyond, and we hope it's good out there for everybody. A few quick things to cover this morning:

  • Three days prior to last week's Newton Co. BOC meeting, Covington Councilman Josh McKelvey was given notification that his presence was once again requested by the BOC for its regular meeting on February 20th. It became readily apparent that there was going to be a push to try to remove him again two weeks after the epic embarrassment of the "quasi-judicial proceeding." Well, once again, the People rose up with local Citizens groups Citizens for a Better Newton & also the Newton Conservative Liberty Alliance (NCLA) leading the charge &  a large crowd in attendance  to show their support for the Councilman & NCRC Board member. So the BOC basically did what they did last time - nothing. This is continuing to get more and more ridiculous. 
  • Speaking of the Rec Commission, now that the facts are getting out there about the Rec Commission's internal investigation, as well as the Newton Co. HR's investigation & report, many are now wondering how there was ever a consensus to approve a 4-year settlement for the former Commission Director. And that leads to our next bullet point...
  • TPC is currently investigating the relationship & a possible conflict of interest between at least one Newton Co. elected official and a local attorney that is representing the plaintiff in a pending lawsuit against the county. We plan to have a first report on this story published either tomorrow or Thursday. 
  • As usual, lots of other moving parts as well...

Check back often & frequently, good friends, and thanks so much for reading. 

P.S. Thursday will start the new campaign of our first ever local advertiser. We're very excited about it. Keep an eye out for that as well. Thx again! - MBM