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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Jackson County Commission Regular Meeting - Revised County Budget, November 23, 2015

Commissioners Ledwell and Guffey were absent.

Jackson County Commission Revised Budget as of Nov. 23, 2015
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Scottsboro City Council Regular Session - Porter and Woods Cove Road Construction Problems, Access Blocked to Hospital from Porter Road November 23, 2015

Scottsboro City Hall, 316 South Broad Street, Scottsboro, Alabama (photo by G. Morgan)


Approximately 15 people showed up at the Scottsboro City Council to express their displeasure with the road project. Video and picture compilation about the Porter and Woods Cove Road construction project. A concerned citizen's expression.

City Council Video

Friday, November 20, 2015

TVA Board of Directors Meeting Highlights, Bowling Green, Kentucky - November 20, 2015

TVA Power Fist - Fair Use for non-profit news reporting.


Highlights of the November 20, 2015 TVA Board of Directors Meeting. Unfortunately I was not able to video all of the online streaming portion of the Executives presentation because of a Certificate Problem originating from the TVA or the streaming contractor. The video is not currently available on the TVA web site. 

TVA Operational, Financial Performance Highlighted at Quarterly Board Meeting 

Board Meeting Documents

Listening Session citizen comments about the curtailment of solar power availability, jobs and assistance from the TVA. 

TVA Safety Report by CEO Bill Johnson and Financial Presentation;, including in lieu of tax statements by John Thomas CFO; debt continues to increase.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Local Delegation Visits Washington, DC - Photo's and Comments, Support of Current TVA Chair Joe Ritch

Photo by Dr. David Campbell at West Wing of the White House, Washington, DC - Face Book photo Fair Use Rights for non-profit news reporting. 

November 17, 2015 - From Dr, Campbell's Face Book page: Q& A : Garry - "Can you tell us about your visit, or at least the important points please?" Dr. Campbell - "Request to the Obama Administration to reappoint Joe Ritch of Huntsville to the TVA Board of Directors, Gary. Mr. Ritch presently serves as chair of the TVA board and was extremely important in bringing Google to Jackson County. As I suspect you know, this is a Presidential appointment which must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate." 

Dr. David Campbell is the President of  Northeast Alabama Community College and the Chairperson of the Jackson County Economic Development Authority. 

TVA Chair - Joe Ritch, Photo by TVA, Tennessee Valley Authority, 
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Chair Joe Ritch is an attorney at the Sirote & Permutt law firm in Huntsville, Ala., where he has worked since 1982. Ritch also serves as chairman of the Tennessee Valley Base Realignment and Closures Committee, and is a board member for Axiometrics Inc. and the Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation. He is formerly a trustee with the University of Alabama system and is now a trustee emeritus. He also serves as a member of the Ohio State University School of Engineering external advisory committee. His term as Chair expires when his term as director expires May 18, 2016. - See more at: https://www.tva.com/About-TVA/Our-Leadership/Board-of-Directors

Other Photos from Face Book regarding the Washington Visit.
Delegation visit with Senator Sessions; from left to right - Mayor of Scottsboro Melton Potter; Jackson County Commission Chairperson Matthew Hodges; Director of Scottsboro Water Sewer & Gas Board Roy Light; Jackson County Economic Development Authority CEO Dus Rogers; Senator Jeff Sessions (R) Alabama; unknown to the right of Senator Sessions.
Fair Use Rights for non-profit news reporting. Face Book Photo by Rick Roden, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce,

 Photo by Rick Roden, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Delegation discusses  issues with Senator Richard Shelby, (R) Alabama.
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Each organization paid for their representative's trip to Washington, DC. Jackson County Alabama County Commission, City of Scottsboro Mayor, Jackson County Economic Development Authority, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Scottsboro Water Sewer & Gas Board. Mr. Rudder Williams of the Scottsboro Airport Advisory Board and EDA Board Member paid for his own trip. I was not able to contact the Scottsboro Electric Power Board for comment as there is no online listing for their General Manager or Customer Service Representative.

Thanks to all who provided pictures and comments.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Scottsboro City Council Meeting - Citizen Comments about Mayors Surveillance Action Pointed at City Employees After Duty and During Lunch

Does a public official, such as a city Mayor, have the right to surveill an employee at their home after duty hours or while on a lunch break?  The answer is NO, unless a crime has been committed, then surveillance activity should be turned over to law enforcement.

November 16, 2015 Scottsboro, Alabama - Surveillance of City
Employees issue, comments by Garry Morgan on surveillance of city employees as ordered by the Scottsboro Mayor.

The following records have been requested from the City of Scottsboro related to the Mayors surveillance of employees. Click on image for an expanded view.

City Council Agenda

VIDEO of Full Council Meeting

Monday, November 16, 2015

Jackson County Commission November 16, 2015 New Court House Hours Announced

 Jackson County Courthouse South Side (photo by G. Morgan)
North and South Entrances at the Court House to Re-Open to A 5 day week  after the Thanksgiving Holiday. Hours 8:00AM till 4:30PM Mon. thru Fri. beginning on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.

The Jackson County Legislative Delegation provided $635,500.00 for the Jackson County Commission out of current Discretionary Funds for the county to use as they see fit. The money will be utilized for the Court Clerks, Courthouse Security, and to pay employees for the full 40 hour week. This years commission general fund income was slightly over $7 million. Next year it has been stated that the general fund revenue will be under $7 million because of a reduction in TVA in lieu of taxes.