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Friday, February 5, 2016

“Deep Throat” (Informant), Part 5, City of Scottsboro Employee Comes Forward - Intimidation and Request for Information

Scottsboro City Hall (photo by G. Morgan)

There has been much information gained and distributed. The information contained and facts in parts 1 thru 4 have been confirmed. There is some information that will not be distributed to protect the innocent. 

*Prior to Part 6 being published*
There is a concern regarding the fair application of policy and how actions are carried forth within the City of Scottsboro by some Department Heads and the Mayor. I have received considerable information from the "Deep Throat" informant which is confirmed. At this point we would like to know if there are other employees of the City of Scottsboro who would like to come forward and tell of their experiences regarding actions which may be considered unfair or violate policy of the City of Scottsboro, but you are scared to come forward due to retaliation. I'll assure you that all informants identification will be kept confidential. 

To the Mayor of Scottsboro and others within the City of Scottsboro, public employees or those acting in behalf of political officials, or others - I'm tired of threats and intimidation. I have filed several complaints with the Scottsboro Police Department regarding everything from harassing communications to terrorist threats. For 8 years I've had to put up with threats and defaming actions placed forth on al.com's Scottsboro forums when public information is disseminated. There is an intentional effort to block the dissemination of public information by tyrants within this city. The threats and defamation continues today. The most recent complaint of Harassing Communications was filed on January 17, 2016 - this involved a threat to kill me. The threat said specifically: "I do not want to fill out the paper work if I kill your sorry azz." SPD Case # 16-00104 (0)

If anyone can identify the person(s) who has made threats and defamed for the past 8 years, please post in the comments section, or contact me - thank you.

"Don't be intimidated,"  ( http://www.plea.org/legal_resources/?a=303 ) The conduct displayed in the above video, threats, stalking  and harassing communications are illegal. The fact that local police and prosecutors will not investigate is more disturbing. The harassment and stalking of city public employees facilitated by political officials, and confirmed by interviews with public employees in the City of Scottsboro is disturbing. The fact that police have not referred for prosecution may be indicative of an obstruction of justice.

Where there is a management style of fear and threats instead of  proven principles of leadership, it has become necessary to expose that which may cost the citizens dearly in assets, revenue and personnel. I ask you citizens of Scottsboro - Is this the political leadership you desire?

Ways to contact: 1) Face Book Messenger - Garry L. Morgan,  Scottsboro. If you will scroll down on this blog page you will notice my Face Book badge listing on the right hand column about half way down the page; 2) post a reply as a comment to this article below. I review all comment posts, list contact info and I will get in touch with you, but will not post the comment. 

This series will continue - This is a pause to demonstrate exactly what this is about, to expose corruption within the City of Scottsboro by political and appointed officials, and to allow others input who are employees of the City of Scottsboro if they desire. I'll assure you that any informants identity will be kept confidential.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

TVA Financial Report, Facts, Figures and Visual Aids About TVA Debt, Pension Shortfall and Nuclear Decommissioning Fund - February 3, 2016


Mild Weather Impacts TVA’s First Quarter Earnings
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ― The Tennessee Valley Authority reported a net loss of $37 million for the first three months of fiscal year 2016 ending Dec. 31, 2015. Net income was $118 million lower  compared to the same period last year due in part to $131 million lower operating revenues, representing a 5 percent decrease, primarily driven by weather. Temperatures in the Tennessee Valley in December were the mildest in more than 50 years, contributing to 8 percent lower sales of electricity compared to the same period a year ago.

Operating expenses for the first quarter of 2016 increased by less than 1 percent versus the same period in the prior year. Operating costs were helped by $56 million lower fuel and purchased power expense as a result of lower sales, more hydroelectric and natural gas-fired generation, as well as lower natural gas prices. Non-fuel operating and maintenance costs were $52 million higher than in the same period last year, driven primarily by nuclear refueling outages and remediation work at Boone Dam.

“TVA customers continue to benefit from the diversity of our power system, which helped keep costs lower in the first quarter, despite unusual conditions,” said TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson. “Increased output from TVA’s robust hydroelectricsystem and low cost natural gas-fired power  helped offset lower revenues, limiting the impact on TVA’s financial performance. We are also maintaining good discipline in managing our costs, which is particularly important in periods of lower sales and revenues.”

TVA’s mission of environmental stewardship includes management of the Tennessee River system for multiple benefits, including flood control. With recordbreaking rainfall in December 2015, TVA personnel worked to avert millions of dollars of potential flood damage in the Tennessee Valley during the first quarter of 2016, and worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reduce impacts on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers through coordinated use of TVA’s system of dams.
“This past December was both the warmest and also one of the wettest in TVA history,” said Chief Financial Officer John Thomas. “Guntersville Reservoir, for example, had 9 inches of rainfall on Christmas Day alone - something that happens only every 100-200 years.” (My comment - Not true, we have had at least 3 other major flood and storm events in the past 25 years in the Tennessee River Valley. We are also witnessing an increase in tornadic activity. Flooding and severe weather is related to climate change via a warming global climate according to meteorologists.)

“It is in these times that we are reminded of the value of TVA’s stewardship mission and that TVA is more than a power company,” Johnson added. “It was the dedication of TVA’s employees that helped prevent the loss of life and property across the Tennessee Valley.” (My comment: There is no doubt that TVA flood control has saved lives and property.)


Pension Plan - Quote: "Pension Fund As of September 30, 2015, TVA's qualified pension plan had assets of $6.8 billion compared with liabilities of $12.8 billion. The potential for the plan's funded status to quickly improve is limited because of expected equity performance and the significant amount of benefits paid each year to plan beneficiaries. The plan currently has approximately 35,200 participants, of which approximately 23,700 are retirees and beneficiaries currently receiving benefits. Benefits of approximately $700 million were paid to participants in 2015.
(page 52)

Op-Ed on TVA Debt
Feb. 2, 2016  TVA promises broken by Pam Sohn, Chattanooga Times Free Press
(Fair-Use Rights segment for non-profit news reporting)
TVA President Bill Johnson wants ratepayers to think the Tennessee Valley Authority has a tough choice to make: raise our electricity rates or stiff 23,700 TVA retirees and most of the utility's 10,800 current employees...First, it's important to understand that TVA is playing both ends against the middle of being a public utility as well as a nonprofit business that is ratepayer — not taxpayer — funded...TVA ratepayers are on the hook...Make no mistake: Whatever tag is put on our guarantee that retirees' pensions be met, there currently is a $6 billion funding shortfall, and we will pay one way or another...The unions charge — and rightfully so — that the utility's leaders are punishing workers while getting fat paychecks and retirement benefits themselves. Johnson drew $6.4 million in 2015, including his own multimillion-dollar bonuses for "performance incentives" and uncapped retirement packages. Four other top TVA executives each drew more than $2 million in salary and bonuses.Read the entire article at the Chattanooga Times Free Press link below.

Looking at TVA's Decommissioning Fund status they do not have a sufficient amount of funds to cover more than one nuclear reactor's decommissioning - reference, March 31, 2015 ML15098A176 http://pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1509/ML15098A176.pdf Total funds in their decommissioning fund, near $1.516 billion for 6 nuclear reactors.
TVA's cost estimates for decommissioning their nuclear facilities are low, listed at $3.5706 billion, those rates are at least 5 years old, maybe older. TVA typically underestimates costs and overestimates needs, an indicator of TVA mismanagement.

Costs of decommissioning in today's dollars, in the TVA area, are estimated at $900 million on the low side to $1.2 billion on the high side. It is estimated $6 billion dollars will be needed to decommission TVA nuclear facilities in todays dollars, $2.5 billion short in todays dollars. Plants such as Diablo Canyon's2 units in California are estimated at cost $2.6 billion - http://www.dra.ca.gov/general.aspx?id=2459 Vermont Yankee is estimated to cost $1.2 billion and take 15 years. - https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/11/26/the-long-road-decommissioning-nuclear-power-plant/k5VWUQzLKCIz2VuYs8RhoO/story.html

SACE - Southern Alliance for Clean Energy's article on TVA's Watts BarUnit 2: "...the nuclear industry is the only one that celebrates bringing a project online 37 years late and many billions of dollars over budget."  - See more at: http://blog.cleanenergy.org/2016/02/03/did-tva-stay-on-budget-with-the-new-tva-watts-bar-2-reactor/#sthash.Sduqj2vV.dpuf

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TVA Debt with Interest and Obligations
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The Bottom Line is this, TVA debt with interest exceeds assets. Combine all long term obligations, their total commitments are in excess of $61 Billion. Assets are $48.742 billion, while all TVA debt with interest is $49.748 billion, I'll write that out,
$49,748,000,000.00. To place the debt  in a visual context - TVA's weight of its debt is approximately 980,000 pounds. One billion dollars on pallets weighs 10 tons. 49x10=490tons x 2000 pounds per ton=980,000 pounds.

Picture of 1 billion dollars
Each palate is $100 Million Dollars = 1 Ton (photo credit - usagamers.com fair-use rights for non-profit news reporting and commentary)

It would take 25 semi-trucks to carry TVA's debt and interest on its debt.
(photo credit - hybridclaims.com fair-use rights for non-profit news reporting and commentary)
TVA's debt is no small matter, it is growing and does not officially reflect their unfunded pension obligations nor their nuclear and coal facility decommissioning costs. (Estimated at $10 Billion total, add another 5 semis.)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Scottsboro City Council Work Session, 2 Part Series

Scottsboro City Hall (Photo by G. Morgan)

Citizen Presentation - Rob Carlile expressed concerns about a promised abatement and contracts regarding his commercial property.

Scottsboro Mayor Potter's unsigned agreement with Carlile Properties
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Letter to Scottsboro City Council President
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Erin Dixon, Human Resource Director made presentation regarding Scottsboro Personnel Handbook

Josh Little,City Engineer gave report on Stewart and Porter Roads.

Video Part 1 - Committee Reports on Capital Projects
Council Member Keith Smith openly stated he could not agree with going forward on any of the projects at this time.

Video Part 2

Jackson County Commission Work Session, February 1, 2016

South Side Jackson County Courthouse (photo by G. Morgan)

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Monday, February 1, 2016

“Deep Throat” (Informant), Part 4 City of Scottsboro Employee Comes Forward

SHHH, secrets 
(photo credit - crop by G. Morgan -Fair use Rights for non-profit news reporting and commentary)  

I'm not really sure how to say all of this. I could give a lot of details about where we ate and what we drank but I don't think that matters.

I feel I'm not going to get in trouble myself because I took off work and what I do on my off time is my business. But I also don't hide where I'm going like some of the others. Every year we go on an annual trip to Atlanta. This trip is around Labor Day, just depending on the Braves schedule, I think they played the Phillies that day.

Some of these guys don't want their wives finding out where we are going so they purchase Braves tickets, with your game ticket stub there is no cover charge to get into the Cheetah Club. Back on September 2, 2014 we loaded up and away we went. 

Cheetah Club, Atlanta with private parking garage. Source-Google 2014 - Fair Use photos for non-profit news reporting and commentary.

We left city hall about 8-9am, and drank "lemonade" on the way. The mayor use to keep a stripper named Dawson in his phone under another name. He loved it that the strippers called him the "Governor" at the Cheetah Club.

A young black stripper in a private room was paid to "perform lude and lascivious acts“ (details edited); if you drop lots of hundred dollar bills you can do stuff like that.

End of Part 4 -“Deep Throat” (Informant), City of Scottsboro Employee Comes Forward 

 A Georgia Tech writer's comment about the Cheetah Club: "Think Twice Before a Night at the Cheetah"  http://nique.net/opinions/2013/09/26/why-a-night-out-can-have-worse-consequences-than-you-imagined/

My Comments: It is not my intent to hurt innocent families, people or businesses, but to bring facts of City Officials misbehavior to the attention of the public. For that reason, some statements and photographs from the informant are not published.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

“Deep Throat” (Informant), City of Scottsboro Employee Comes Forward - Part 3 January 30, 2016

photo by G. Morgan
Complete stories on the surveillance and mayors misbehavior, including "Deep Throat" Parts 1 & 2 and legal actions filed in the Jackson County Circuit Court.

Multi-part interview of ‘a concerned Scottsboro City Employee’ ( ‘ ‘ indicates name redacted) during the last week of January 2016 (specific date and time removed). Names have been redacted, governmental political or appointed positions remain intact.

Deep Throat Part 3

A few days after I read about the ‘shop foreman’s’ (name redacted) lawsuit being filed I saw the posting for the shop department head. I think the job had been empty since last spring when the mayor did this to the ‘shop foreman’ (name redacted) Now all of a sudden it is posted again. Am I the only person thinking, what the hell?

And the same talk is going out in the street department again that ‘the street department head’ (name redacted) and mayor have been talking to ‘the other named candidate’ (name redacted) again. An employee told me he had talked to ‘the other named candidate’ (name redacted) and he wished he had taken the job last year.

 I think the mayor is just doing this to show his power and make the ‘shop foreman’ (name redacted) suffer.

Do you care if we take a break? (My answer, “that will be fine.”)

The mayor is big buddies with ‘the street department head and the city hall department head’ (names redacte). They get away with everything. I can remember seeing ‘the street department head’s (name redacted) truck parked every day at the rec com after work. I heard him say that he worked out there. We can't use our city vehicles for personal stuff like that. You have to take your vehicle home after work and get your personal vehicle. Do you want to see a picture?

My answer, “Yes, please. Are you saying the enforcement of policies regarding city vehicles are not carried out fairly?” Informant’s answer: ”It is unfair and here are the pictures. I was told that there would be action taken against me if I abused the city vehicle policy. Then I see the mayor’s buddies getting away with whatever they want, and I guess they go and come when they want. These pictures are of ‘the street department head’ (name redacted) at the Rec Com.”

photo by informant

photo by informant

I know ‘the street department head’ (name redacted) is big buddies with ‘the personal board member – business owner’ (name redacted). I've seen ‘the street department head’s’ (name redacted) city truck at ‘the personal board member – business owner’ (name redacted) shop many days after work when I've been by there to pick up supper. Do you want to see a picture?  (My answer, Yes pictures are always appreciated.)

photo by informant

Photos provided by informant – Business name and phone number partially obscured

City employees can't do this. I think there is an ordinance, but you will have to look that up. I just know you can't use the city vehicle for personal use or drive it home if you live outside the city.

Last year the mayor started letting the ‘Fire Chief’ (name redacted) drive his city vehicle home. He lives out toward Macadonia.

I remember years ago ‘a retired street foreman,’( name redacted) could not drive his vehicle home. He only lived at Hollywood. I guess it just depends on who you are.

I have more pictures of ‘the city department head’s’ (name redacted) big boob contest. My comment, “Yes, may I make a copy of those pictures?” Informant’s reply, “Sure, would you like to have some pictures of our Cheetah Club Trip in the mayor's vehicle?" My reply: "Yes, I think that would be very revealing"

End of Part 3 -“Deep Throat” (Informant), City of Scottsboro Employee Comes Forward