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...

What's That Coming Down the Track? 

A lot going on, my friends. So much so that it'd probably be daunting if I was able to do this full time; however, as some of you know, I'm not, so it's gonna be a real challenge. With that said, I'll do my best to G.A.T.A. & make it happen!

Here are some of the things being worked on in which upcoming pieces should hit soon:

- City Manager Leigh Anne Knight. I was curious as to how much money she made (hint: it's a lot!) & how about that new employment contract? And getting to retain access to the city benefits until she's 65, even if she's no longer employed by the city? Wow! There are a couple of other items of consideration as well. BOLO for that next week.

- Speaking of C-town, what about a no-bid contract the city has had with a local company for over a decade? Many feel that there may be some fire to this smoke. And what about the various insurance policies with the city? And the county? I know at one time Massey had almost all of those. That's another one to add to the docket.

- It's been quite some time since I've had my attention turned on the Newton Co. government. That changes very soon with at least two different stories I'm working on.

- And a potential bombshell, the likes of which we haven't seen for quite sometime, that I'll just have to leave at that for the moment.

And don't forget our usual cadre - National Affairs w/ Mr. Lovett; Memoirs of Surviving Children w/ Bess (online tomorrow) & finally! - a new Kayla's Corner will be hitting next week!

The Corner - Keeping an Eye on Covington

Finally, to close on a very somber note, it's with a heavy heart I tell you that the Piedmont Bluesman, Mr. Joe Barr, went home to Glory yesterday. A true friend of mine, and one of my heroes, he was a cause du jour for me when he was unfairly railroaded by our wonderful ju$tice system, though they finally got it right & Joe was able to live the last several months of his life as a free man. Look for a piece at some point in the near future. I'm a little too emotional to do it at this time...

As always, thanks for reading. Until we meet again.

Your Friend,

MB McCart

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