21 January 2020

[On the C-town Beat w/ MB] - Anthony Henderson's New Job; Latest w/ the Rec Dept & More on Proposed Refugee Shelter

Friends, so glad you join us again. We've got the chafing dishes ready & the sterno burning, so let's dig right in! 

Anthony Henderson Now Working with Newton Co. Code Enforcement 

Covington Councilman & son of Newton Co. Commissioner JC Henderson, Anthony Henderson, it has been confirmed, is no longer working at the Newton Co. Jail but is now working with the Newton Co. government in the Code Enforcement department. Questions have been raised as to the hiring process for Mr. Henderson, and also too relating to any potential conflicts of interest as his father serves on the BOC, governing authority of the county. I'll be working to get more information moving forward... 

More Dysfunction at Newton Co. Rec Department? 
[information redacted at moment]...


Additional Information Regarding the Proposed Refugee Shelter

Last week at its regular monthly meeting, the Covington Planning Commission voted unanimously to deny a petition for a refugee shelter to be located at 7188 Turner Lake Circle. Covington P&Z Staff also recommended denial. In addition to numerous concerns about land use, increased traffic & a potential drain on the city's infrastructure capabilities & services, the commission purportedly was concerned with the proposed tenant's lack of answers or even basic knowledge of what exactly this shelter would entail, as well as being unable to answer questions pertaining to the staffing or security of this shelter (emphasis added) According to one in attendance, the lady attempting to do this shelter "had no idea what she was talking about," but apparently was already approved for a grant of federal funds. 

7188 Turner Lake Cir, owned by Mock Properties LLLP

What may have gotten lost in the shuffle with this situation (and also in part due to the higher interest given to the proposed apartments on Hwy 36), however, was that the owner of this property had to also sign off on this petition. That owner?

Ricky Mock, of Mock Properties I LLLP.


All these stories & more are very much DEVELOPING... 

- MB McCart