"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."


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Jackson County Commission Work Session, City of Chattanooga Presentation on Sewer Sludge - or JUSTIFICATION OF A PATHOGEN BOMB? Sand Mountain Citizens Express Concerns on Health and Environment, October 16, 2017

Jackson County Courthouse South Side, photo by G. Morgan

Photo Credit - AlzheimerDisease TV - Fair Use Rights for non-profit news reporting and commentary.

Big News Item -"OWWW THAT SMELL" (the continuing saga) - Sand Mountain Citizens express concerns regarding health and environment from sewer sludge spreading. Previous articles on Sewer Sludge and my reports on my field investigation of the problem. More information regarding documentation should be received toward the end of this week. City of Chattanooga made a presentation regarding this issue. 

Previous articles and more info on this issue: http://arklite.blogspot.com/search/label/biosolids%20sewage%20sludge

Mad Cow Disease (BSE) 
"Disease-causing proteins can evade sewage treatment procedures."
"Prions, the infective particles behind diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), can breach standard sewage treatment methods, new research shows.The discovery raises the possibility that the rogue proteins, which are infamously hard to detect, can jump one of the most important barriers that safeguard human health."

The bottom line is this, a failure to adequately and scientifically evaluate and assign an accurate risk factor to this dangerous practice. Deaths and sickness have occurred from sewage sludge application. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2094820/  



                                            PART 2 VIDEO
Citizens express concerns about the spreading of sewage sludge near their homes, sickness reported, foul smells, large amounts of disease carrying flies, creeks/streams with no life.
This citizens says it is about the money, our safety and health doesn't matter. The stench is horrible, large amounts of blood on the ground attracting predators at the sewage sites. photo by G. Morgan

Dumping of the sewage from Chattanooga has been occurring since 1995,killing fish, poisoning wildlife and contaminating wells. This citizens has the documents, the photos and other evidence of negligent and dangerous applications of sewage onto farmlands and pumping into abandoned mines.
photo by G. Morgan
We are worried about our children.
photo by G. Morgan
If you don't believe us come and see for yourself. We have to live here, you don't.
Photo by G. Morgan
Rare cancers reported and other sickness. photo by G. Morgan
The creeks are contaminated, no signs of life. When we were children we used to swim and fish in the creeks on Sand Mountain, not now, it will make you sick. photo by G. Morgan
City of Chattanooga employee attempts to answer citizen's questions. Commissioners look on.
photo by G. Morgan

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Jackson County Commission Meeting October 10, 2017

Jackson County Courthouse North Entrance, photo by G. Morgan

It was disclosed that the trees for the City of Scottsboro's beautification/renovation project on the downtown square will be from Florida and will cost $36,000 - they are guaranteed to live, hahaha, seriously. Shrubbery will cost approximately $14,000, there was no indication if the shrubbery was guaranteed to live or die. Previous shrubbery was allowed to deteriorate and go for months untrimmed.


Note cost of renovation of heating and cooling system, $1.1 million dollars. Minimum work will cost approximately $100K, including engineering cost should be near $125K-$150K. This is a 1967 system, the air cooling, heating and handeling system been recommended for replacement and upgrades for the past 25 years. Costs have rose 100% in those years as a result of past commission's neglect.


                                            Video Capture Photos
Jackson County Buildings Maintenance Chief informs commission on air, cooling and heating system problems in the courthouse. Original air system dating back to 1967. Controls and actuators, obsolete systems are not efficient nor are parts available. It was recommended 25 years ago that the system needed to be upgraded. Plans have been submitted and pushed aside for 25 years, now the cost appreciation is at the 100% level. Comprehensive plans for upgrades have been discarded by previous commissions.

Commission seated, the new Chair leads meeting, 'Ya' in it with both feet now Mike, good luck. :)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Scottsboro City Council Regular Session - Budget Approved October 9, 2017

Scottsboro City Hall, photo by G. Morgan

FACEBOOK Live video link for report section. 

Current Budget approved for $21.256 million total, in accordance with state law 90% of the budget was approved tonight for $19.112 million.


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Scottsboro City Council Work Session October 2, 2017

Scottsboro City Hall, photo by G. Morgan

Occasionally I will provide a live Facebook video from the delegation and report segment at the City Council Meeting, this is the Facebook URL of that segment.

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From this point on I'll be providing a few video-auto photo captures from the meeting.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Jackson County Commission Work Session October 2, 2017

South Side of Jackson County Courthouse, photo by G. Morgan

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I'll be providing a few video auto-photo captures in my blog posting.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Jackson County Commission, Regular Session 2 Part Video, Budget Approved, Mr. Matthew Hodges Last Session as Commission Chair September 25, 2017

Jackson County Commission Chair Matthew Hodges, this was his last session. Photo by G. Morgan

Incoming Jackson County Commission Chair, Mike Ashburn. Photo by G.Morgan 

Previous article about Mr. Hodges resignation: 

Article about Governor Ivey's appointment of Mr.Ashburn:


2017 - 2018 Jackson county Commission Budget, all agencies and offices. The Budget is balanced, line one reflects the General Fund.
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Governor Appoints Interim Jackson County Commission Chair Effective October 1, 2017

Mike Ashburn (Credit - unknown photo of Mike Ashburn from web - Fair Use for non-profit news reporting) Mr. Ashburn will replace current Jackson County Chair Matthew Hodges on October 1, 2017 Mr. Ashburn is currently the Director of the Jackson County Emergency Management Agency

Current Chair Matthew Hodges recently resigned due to taking a full time job in Huntsville, Al. Mr. Hodges resignation date will be September 30, 2017.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Scottsboro City Council Work Session - High School Marching Band Competition Info, September 18, 2017

Scottsboro City Hall, photo by G. Morgan

October 21, 2017 The Scottsboro Band Boosters will host a Marching Band Competition.
more information to follow. Thus far it was reported that 6 teams have signed up for the competition, 7 minutes and 35 seconds into the video the presentation of the Band Boosters begins.
The 2017-2018 Scottsboro High School Marching Band (Fair use for non-profit news reporting, Scottsboro High School Marching Band.)