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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14 January 2019

[Bess Tuggle] - Memoirs of Surviving Children: the Battle to Maintain Sound Mind & Body

For those out there contemplating writing a will, I recommend you do it before you have children.  REALLY, do it before you have children!

Most wills start out “Being of sound mind and body...”  Once you have a child you will never get either back again – your mind or your body.  The problem multiplies exponentially when you have more children, and it doesn’t get any better with age – yours or theirs.

I can remember texting my youngest, Thing 4, when he was in high school.  “Who’s picking you up from school?  Me or your brother?”  The answer was “Yes.”  

Where do you go with that?  We texted back and forth for about 30 minutes.  The answers were the same, ambiguous, bologna.  My mind was completely blown by the time we got done.  I did pick him up from school, and the whole office got cheap entertainment watching me go –crazy- over just trying to figure out WHO was getting my youngest child from school.

Another time I got stuck in court and couldn’t pick Thing 4 from up from school on time.  He was asked in the office for the phone number of alternate transport.  His answer was “Gramma.”  Okay, that’s good, what’s the number and what’s her name?  Again, he answered “Gramma.”  He couldn’t come up with a phone number or name, but his UNCLE was a teacher at the school!  His grandmother’s step-son.  They share the same last name!  Bang my head against a brick wall and hope for a little return of sanity!  It just hasn’t happened yet.

One of the Things’ favorite entertainments was swinging on vines across the creek behind the house.  Did they talk me into trying it?  Yes, they did.  That was BIG mistake. 

Twenty years ago I was in decent shape, not very coordinated, but physically more capable than I am now.  I’m not in bad shape for my age, but my coordination hasn’t improved and when I do something stupid my chiropractor –loves- me for it.

Anyway, Mama grabbed the vine, swung across the creek – it was an AWESOME ride!  I just didn’t have the coordination, or knowledge, that I had to turn around when I got to the other side of the creek to bounce off the tree.  SLAM went my back into a tree, BAM went my body into the creek, and the boys got cereal for supper that night after I managed to crawl up the trail to the house.  Fun times…

There was a whole decade that my mother was afraid when I invited her for supper.  She –knew- I was going to tell her I was pregnant again.  Not that she doesn’t love her grandchildren, but yet another one…  She’s up to 12 grandchildren now.  NOT ALL MINE!  My siblings have helped a gracious plenty.  I’m not sure that I can keep up with all the great-grandchildren, but I call my mom every April Fool’s Day to tell her I’m pregnant again.  

We don’t ever grow up.  Not in my family, anyway.  Older, yes – grow up, no.  The last time I went to visit my grandmother my cousin and I decided to short-sheet her bed.  We forgot she’s only 4’2”.  She never had a clue… 

Heaven help –my- grandmother!  She’s working on great-great grandchildren.

May the tradition carry on!!!    

Bess Tuggle

13 January 2019

[MBM] - Sunday Check-in: COV to NC BOC - "Pass"; What's Comin' Down the Pike? Odds & Ends

Aloha, fearless readers, and welcome back to your source for the REAL Story - The Chronicles!

Speaking of Aloha, Tulsi Gabbard - Hawaiian Congresswoman, Martial Artist & Iraq War Vet - has officially declared her intent to seek the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. A libertarian-leaning centrist on many issues, and even sometimes accused of having right-tilting tendencies by some in her own party, I've watched this lady's career for some time & continue to be impressed.

What does Aloha truly mean? It kind of means everything. Hello & goodbye are just the tip of the iceberg. It really means love. And compassion, empathy & commonality, and a few dozen other things probably, it's not unlike the locution, Namaste. It's a really good word that encapsulates a great culture... 

Tulsi Gabbard. Aloha!

City of Covington to Newton Co., a Political Subdivision of Georgia

TL;DR version: "we'll pass" 

Several of us have been wondering why in the hell hasn't Hunter street been reopened now that the work at the Judicial Annex is finished. Now we have our answer. It seems as if the home county was hoping that the home city would just sort of...give it to them.

As both the Mayor & the staff of the city said, this is an important thoroughfare for traffic flow purposes, especially its close proximity to the Square.  And, the fact is that this street belongs to the City of Covington, GA, USA. So, sorry, Newton Co.

Though one must at least ponder the idea that maybe, just maybe, the city may have perhaps been more prone to have done something if not for the county's power play/let's-not-play-nice-with-the-other-kids antics pertaining to the Newton Co. Rec Commission situation from a year ago. And let me be crystal clear, I have no info or intel to support this, just a thought...

10 January 2019

[Perrin Lovett] - Apples and Oranges? No, Cigars and Sugar - My Big, Fat America: Super-Sizing Cancer Risks

Greetings, beloved readers! Fire up a cigar and join Old Perrin once again for another jaunt into the affairs that shape and shake the nation. I invite the fumar cigarros out of devotion, taste, and concern for general well-being. It’s not a secret that your humble writer relishes the better leaves of Nica, the DR, and Cuber; many of these amalgams of dishonesty and fantasy are smoke-powered.

It’s hard to imagine in 2019 but there are some troglodytes around who still frown on Godly tobacco. Personal preferences are one thing. But to slander an entire species of plant is another. And, I’ve noticed one thing about many or most of the slanderers - they tend to be at least a little tubby and more than a little out of shape.

Nosir, Bub, my cigar will not harm me. Your super-jumbo slurpee, on the other hand, might just do you in. Obesity = Cancer. Health Europa reports that “According to new studies, excess body weight is an established cause of cancer, currently known to be linked to 13 cancers.” Mind you, that these were European scientists investigating American health. That’s understandable seeing as how we have a … larger problem here than they do across the pond.

The average American woman of 2018 is roughly the same weight as the average American man of 50 years ago. The average American man is now roughly the same weight (and shape) as a 1968 model Pacific Walrus (O. R. Divergens). I tried to get stats on today’s Walrus girth but it seems the last one was eaten by a couple of average modern Americans (We. R. Chubbies).

Seriously, it’s a hefty problem. It weighs dangerously on the national health. Tips the scale. A BIG deal. The obesity-derived increase in cancer risk is fat too: about 150% above the ordinary factor(s). Overall, obesity contributes (or causes) one out of every seventeen US cancer cases. All this comes in addition to the known associated dangers obesity: heart disease, diabetes, fatties in yoga pants, etc.

Of course, this being talk about ‘Murica in the 21st century, the only sensible solution is “a tax on sugary drinks.”

I say that’s not enough. Yes, we need warning labels!

“Surgeon General: This Sugar Causes Cancer.”

“Refried Lard Eating Can Cause Stomach Cancer, Even If You Do Not Bloat.”

“Warning: Soda Pop Is Not A Safe Alternative To Polonium.”

You get the point. Everyone loves a warning label. The US FDA mandated that cigars come with them, much the same as those adorning cigarette packs the past few decades. Of course, there’s a truth problem with the cigar labels. The same US government released a massive, multi-part, multi-decade medical study which shows that smoking two cigars a day imparts virtually ZERO added medical risk to the aficionado. But, then, when has Washington ever let the truth get in the way of a little communism?

Then there’s the economy of scale (no pun, really): only around one percent of Americans smoke cigars; something like 75% of Americans are overweight or obese. The masses will happily sanction something - even something healthy - if the sanctioning doesn’t inconvenience them.

I know you’re not part of the masses. And I care about you. Ergo, Dr. Lovett recommends you take two cigars and see me in the gym in the morning.

Seriously. Picture by and of Perrin.

Oh, and one more warning:

GOVERNMENT WARNING: Government is a known leading cause of death, destruction, disinformation, theft, hatred, general misery and human suffering. To Hell with it.

09 January 2019

[MBM] - What's the Problem With the Square? 1st Report on Issues & Challenges Facing Downtown Covington

Over the last few months, this writer has been following closely developments & potential problems facing the Historic Covington Square & her downtown merchants & business owners.

Please know that this is not going to be a "hit piece" or another installment in the "Blame Game" chronicles, but rather an open & honest look at what is going on, the real problems & issues being faced, and thoughts on practical & possible solutions. In this piece, dear readers, I'm wearing my Public Advocate cap as much as I am my Citizen-Journalist one.

So let's get into it.

In the last three months, four businesses on the Square have closed. Word on the street is that there are no less than five businesses either actively or quietly for sale. While both the cities of Monroe & Conyers, on either side of the home city, seem to be thriving with their downtown business districts, Covington seems to be fading. As one local resident put it, to paraphrase, it seems like things are slipping away...

And please also know that I'm not here to play the "Doom & Gloom" game, either; or, as it were, that the sky is falling. But for me, I go back to the fall of 2016, when it seemed like we were on fire & the sky was the limit. And to see where we are now, compared to then. Well, frankly, my friends, it's kind of disheartening to me.

What possible problematic issue has gotten the most volume these last couple of years? Obviously, that would be when the Square has been closed for filming or for special events. And no doubt, the Witches Night Out dust-up was actually one of the most read stories at TPC last year; however, I can't help but to think that that's an easy target. While certainly the city kind of got carried away last year with filming & closing the Square for special events, a point, off the record, that was ceded by a person with the city, those are just the flash bangs that always bring extra attention. As several have mentioned, the biggest problems facing the Square are more the systemic, everyday problems.

After having spoken with five different Square merchants the past few weeks, a definitive theme of concerns have emerged. Let's go with some bullet points.

- TRAFFIC! It's a mess. So much so that two different people whose opinions I highly value with matters such as these think that the time has come to bring back the traffic lights on the Covington Square. At this point...maybe so. The city has made it abundantly clear, at least from my vantage point, that they will NEVER adjust the lights at either the Elm & Floyd or Usher & Pace intersections (the intersections one block off the Square that feed into it & set the flow), a solution that WILL work to greatly help things in my opinion, then yes - BRING BACK THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS at Floyd & Pace, as well as Washington & Monticello.

- Traffic, Pt II. Whereas the previous point spoke more to traffic flow, a big concern for many merchants - purportedly echoed by their patrons - is kind of the opposite problem. The fact that you can't back up once you're parked at the Square. I've experienced that firsthand, as I know many of you have as well. 

- Traffic, Pt III. And this ties into the previous point, people do NOT know how the Square works. It's the C-town 500 out there with that inner lane. We need to start a PSA on getting folks trained up on how the drive on the Covington Square.

- Parking. Perhaps the biggest issue with parking is the numerous Square merchants & employees who park on the Square, sometimes for as long as 8 to 10 hours, taking away parking opportunities from patrons, shoppers & visitors. It's a problem. Something needs to get figured out there as well.

And this is without getting into the myriad of issues related to the concerns & complaints that many have with the City of Covington, the Chamber of Commerce & - most of all - Main Street Covington. That'll have to be another story for another time.

To close, it's easy to point out the problems, isn't it? The big thing is coming up with the solutions. It's become agonizingly clear that neither the city, nor the other governmental stakeholders involved, have the ability or inclination to fix things, so it will fall on the us - the People. I've got some theories & ideas, as do several of the merchants I've been in contact with. Do you? I'd sure like to hear from you. Shoot be an email at: MarshallMcCart@gmail.com or shoot me a text at: 678.712.8652

Let's figure this thing out. Together.

Thanks for reading. Until next time. 


M.B. McCart, Editor 

08 January 2019

[Bess Tuggle] - Memoirs of Surviving Children: Things 1 & 4, "the First & the Worst"

My eldest and youngest have been frequently referred to as “the first and the worst.”  The two sons in the middle were just gravy, or the icing on the cake.

Not that either of them was bad, the first or the worst.  They just trained me well.  When they ganged up together I didn’t have a snowball’s chance in Hades.  

Thing 1 loved to experiment.  Any broken appliance would be disassembled and converted into –something- else.  So glad he had a separate breaker to his room, otherwise he would have burned the whole house down.  There was one time that he jacked an old speaker from the trash along with an old turn-table (record player).  He figured out how to put up a pulley line in his room, spooled by the old turn-table, and then hook his little, plastic Army guys to the pulley.  Once the Army guys were over the speaker he’d drop them down onto the speaker, plug a –naked- cord into the wall socket, and launch them. Yup!  There went the breaker!  Glad I caught him before he tried converting a microwave into –something- else.  Not sure what would have happened, but I –am- sure it wouldn’t have been pretty.

Thing 4 fed off what he learned from Thing 1.  That wasn’t always pretty, either.

I got a call from the school.  That was a pretty regular occurrence when all four were in the same school.  At the bare minimum, it was weekly, and that was when I was lucky.

Thing 4, just barely starting kindergarten, was in the principal’s office.  He was scared silly.  He sat in a chair next to her desk, crying his eyes out when I got there.  Thankfully, we had a really good principal.  I don’t know how she held it together, but she sure did.  I was called because Thing 4 was about to be expelled from school.  In kindergarten.  He was being expelled for bringing “explosives” to school.

He’d snuck into Thing 1’s bedroom and stole some caps-strips.  For those that don’t remember, they were a long, red paper strip that you fed into a cap gun.  They were a lot of fun when you were out in the woods playing “Cowboys and Indians.”  They weren’t too cool at school.  Getting caught teaching your fellow classmates how to scratch them off with a pencil to make them pop was even worse.

When I got there the principal turned her back to us and stared at her door.  She was laughing so hard she was crying, but to Thing 4 it looked dismal.  Home we went, he got a lecture, and got to go back to school the next day.  


Bess Tuggle

06 January 2019

[TPC] - Congrats to TPC Contributor Bess Tuggle

Happy Sunday, TPCers! What a glorious day we're having in the glorious GA Piedmont. A high of 67 with nothing but blue skies & sunshine. Man, oh man, that's so nice! And obviously well deserved after the biblical rains we've been having for what seems like a year & a half.  


Just wanted to take a moment & give a shout-out to one of our contributing writers, Ms. Bess Tuggle. Bess has picked up a new writing opportunity over at Mexico Beach Strong. But fret not, Dear Readers, Bess will still be sharing her weekly "Memoirs of Surviving Children" here at the ole publication.

Bess's first piece - "A Lil' Slice of Heaven" - hit on Friday & it's an excellent read.

As some of you may know, Mexico Beach, FL holds a very special place in the heart of Yours Truly, MB McCart, as well. My wife's family has had a place there since the 1970s. I took my first trip there in 2006 & have been at least once a year every year ever since. Seeing the coverage of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Michael was tough to see for so many of us who'd come to know & love that "lil' slice of Heaven," but that can't even come close to what the inhabitants of "The Forgotten Coast" have & still are dealing with.

And that's another great thing about Mexico Beach Strong - all net proceeds are going to help the relief & rebuilding efforts. It's a good thing! 

TPC Contributing Writer 

Bess Tuggle

Congrats again, Bess! And everyone stay #MexicoBeachStrong!