"A popular government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives."


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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Jackson County Commission Work Session, Largemouth Bass Creel Limits Discussed - December 5, 2016

Jackson County Courthouse south side, photo by G Morgan.


Important Issue - Creel Limits on Guntersville Lake
 "...In summer, a good number of the fish that go through the weigh in process just don't make it because of the heat and the low oxygen," Carter said. "When you have thousands of fish being weighed in every weekend in these big events, even though most survive release, the ones that die have an impact...Mike Carter also cited bowfishing during the spring spawn as a possible issue...The bowfishers are not supposed to shoot bass, but after every tournament I see dead bass with arrow holes in them," Carter said. "Also, I think running airboats over the beds in the shallows is a big negative during that spawning period..."  http://www.al.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2016/06/famed_lake_guntersville_bass_f.html
Political involvement - "A meeting in Scottsboro of the Lake Guntersville Conservation group drew more than a hundred anglers as well as State Senator Steve Livingston, State Representative Tommy Haines and other local officials as well as Alabama DCNR biologists and officers...The session was aimed at restoring the bass fishery on the 69,000 acre lake sprawling across Jackson and Marshall Counties. Many said the fishing has been in a significant slump in recent years, resulting in not only reduced sporting opportunities but a decline in revenue for the many small businesses that depend on recreational activities at the lake as an economic driver."             http://www.al.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2016/08/lake_guntersville_fans_meet_to.html
Jackson County Commission Holiday Schedule


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Jackson County Commission, Court Referral Community Corrections Independent Audit to be Requested, IT Security Issues, November 28, 2016

Winter Picture of Jackson County Courthouse, FaceBook photo by J.Holt - Fair Use for non-profit news reporting and commentary. 

Reference Agenda Item 7 - The sooner an Information Technology Director is hired the better. It was revealed in this session that Jackson County has serious issues relating to information security.

Reference Agenda Item 9 - Letter of Support from the Commission to Community Corrections is conditional, depending on an independent audit within 90 days and its outcome. It will be interesting to see the outcome of this audit, or if Community Corrections refuses the audit. There are probably issues regarding Conflicts of Interest involving Board Members and the Director of both Community Corrections and Court Referral due to both organizations non-profit status and affiliations with outside organizations and profits received by the director and board members as a result of internal and external conflicts.  The continuing saga of Court Referral and Community Corrections:  http://arklite.blogspot.com/search/label/Jackson%20County%20Community%20Corrections%20and%20Court%20Referral  


Monday, November 28, 2016

Scottsboro City Council Regular Session November 28, 2016

Scottsboro City Hall, photo by G. Morgan

There will be no council meeting on December 5, 2016 due to the Christmas Parade. There will be a duel session on December 12, 2016


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Scottsboro City Council Work Session November 21, 2016

Scottsboro City Hall photo by G. Morgan


Tony Wallingsford discusses Veterans Field with Kristine Harding, KPS Architects (photo by G. Morgan).

Kristine Harding, of KPS Architects discusses bid schedule for Veterans Field (photo by G. Morgan).


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Scottsboro, Alabama Jackson County Commission Swearing In Ceremony and Organizational Meeting November 16, 2016

Jackson County Commission, from left to right: Mr. Guffey, Ms. Gilbert, Chairman Hodges, Mr. Sisk, Mr. Venable. (photo by G. Morgan)

Swearing In Ceremony


                        Commission Organizational Meeting Agenda