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Monday, August 19, 2019

Sheriff Puckett and The Jail

Folks, the whistleblower is taking a beating over Sheriff Puckett and approximately 8 jailer positions that have been dropped from the SO.  Back in the day the SO was under a Federal Consent Decree that has since been removed.  Sheriff Puckett knows his job and by now knows the number of spaces needed to adequately support his mission.  The sheriff unlike previous sheriffs goes to work every day, knows his mission, and works hard to ensure his mission requirements are met.

The whistleblower knows because she has been there and observed the operation first hand.  Not everybody is going to be happy with the new sheriff and the actions he takes.  Look around you and ask yourself if this county is better off now than it has been in years past.  The answer is yes.  The FBI and ALEA have taken down some pretty dirty politicians across the State of Alabama that should please all of us.  Some folks will never be happy because it isn't enough.  Well! That's tough.  We the citizens bring corruption to the forefront; we are not the judge of the outcome.  If the whistleblower can accept that, so can you.

As for the District Attorney Scott Anderson, he is doing his job.  He is working for us, the citizens.  It is his job to inform the public and get the best results possible for the actions he takes.  We have a new beginning with positive actions coming out of Morgan County.  You don't like the way things are going or have gone in the past.  Let your voice be heard but don't blame everybody around you because you don't like the outcome of certain actions.  You have a voice so use it.  Build a blog, go to the commission meeting, meet the sheriff, or sit down and talk to the DA.  Don't blame the whistleblower because you are not happy about outcomes that are beyond our control. 

This blog is a response to comments not suitable for the blog because it references previous information not worthy of this blog.

There are more things going on in the jail that require attention involving bonding companies that have come to the forefront as well.  The SO is aware of the issues and we expect that those issues will be resolved as well.  All bonding companies should be treated equally.  We see the same issues as we did in the past with one of the bonding companies.  The SO knows about the issues and those concerned and has done the right thing.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Time keeps on slipping into the future

Folks, time keeps on slipping into the future.  Things are looking up for Morgan County.  We are looking forward not backward.  We have a great sheriff, staff, deputies, and employees in the SO.  The DA is doing his job and the State Attorney is working along with the FBI to clean up Alabama.

We need a lot of attention to ensure that those politicians, sheriffs,  and others elected to positions of power can no longer cheat the citizens of our state.

Keep up the good work.  There is still a lot of work to do.

We can only hope that someone is looking at the city of Falkville as well.  The sewer system stinks, we believe the selection of the Chief of Police stinks, and you can't believe what you are being told.

We found that some were so desperate that they would do anything to get what the want.

To hear it told, everybody who applied for the job was told they had the job.  So! What happened?  Maybe fear. What is obvious is that the city wanted one man.  The man who was the previous chief's right-hand man.  Time will tell what is really going on in the sleepy little town of Falkville.

Stay Tuned.





Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Moving Right Along

Folks, we have been away for a while so we wanted to update you.  The loss of my son, my brother, my mom and my dad has taken a toll on me and my family but we are working and sharing the load as a family.

We lost our beach house in hurricane Michale and have been busy putting it back together.  We are almost furnished and that is very exciting.  We are staying up with current events in Morgan County and around the state.

It appears that the State Attorney General is weeding out a lot of corrupt politicians to include some sheriffs that should never have been reelected.  Sometimes it takes longer for their true colors to surface.

Lord, it is hard to believe that a man would skim his own church out of greed.  Go on a mission overseas.  Some of these politicians have no ethics, no morals, and no decency at all.

Alabama sheriff charged with scamming food bank, church


In this July 7, 2006 photo, Pickens County Sheriff David Abston speaks with reporters about a jailbreak in Carrollton, Ala. Court records show Abston was arrested Friday, June 14, 2019, and is pleading guilty to fraud and filing a false tax return. He is charged with scamming a food bank and his own church to pocket thousands under a law that let state sheriffs profit from feeding prisoners. (Dusty Compton/The Tuscaloosa News via AP)

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Morgan County Sheriff Takes Action

Folks, According to local news outlets Sheriff Puckett realized that he was missing a few steps in conducting background checks on those who purchase concealed weapon permits and took the appropriate steps to swiftly correct the issue.

The key is that Sheriff Puckett's office was conducting the NCIC required checks but the NIC check was not being completed. 

Our sheriff went to great lengths to ensure that he corrected all shortfalls and deficiencies.

It is difficult to catch every single shortfall when taking charge of a new post.  The sheriff took office on or around 17 January 2019.  Thank You! Sheriff Puckett for going above and beyond when the issue was found.





Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Oh, Look! A Conviction!


BLOGGER COMMENTS:  It's not much but it'll do.   For now.  There will be others.  Looks like the Fed's best weapon is tax evasion.  After all, that's what they got Al Capone with.

Former Pickens County sheriff pleads guilty to scamming church, food bank

Monday, July 22, 2019

Another Fine Mess

Blogger Comments:  This story is a good read.  Some of the poorest counties in Alabama had the highest rate of prescription drugs.  Prescription drugs are killing Alabama citizens.  Who do you blame the drug companies, the physicians, the users?  It's time to hold those accountable for making and distributing opioids to citizens as if it were candy.  

https://www.al.com/news/2019/07/where-the-opioid-epidemic-hit-hardest-alabama.html

Where the opioid epidemic hit Alabama hardest
Updated Jul 21, 8:31 PM; Posted Jul 21, 7:50 AM
According to new data obtained and shared by the Washington Post, a now-closed pharmacy called D&L Pharmacy in rural south Alabama received more than 1.3 million prescription opioid pills between 2006 and 2012. Gilbertown, located in Choctaw County near the Mississippi line, claims fewer than 200 people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. It’s not near any population centers.Yet more than 1.6 million pain pills moved through Gilbertown over that span. That’s nearly 1,500 pills per person per year - nearly double the per capita rate of the next highest town in Alabama.
The Washington Post obtained the pain pill prescription data from the Drug Enforcement Administration. It tracks the path of every hydrocodone and oxycodone pill sold legally in the United States between 2006 and 2012, tracing movement from manufacturer to distributor to pharmacy.
More than 76 billions pills were distributed across the country during the timeframe. More than 1.7 billion of those pills made their way to Alabama.
Gilbertown’s small population explains some of its ballooned opioid rate, but the opioid epidemic in Alabama seemed to disproportionately hit rural areas, and specifically towns in rural, predominantly white counties across north Alabama.
Of the top 10 cities and towns by opioid rate per capita, only Gilbertown is in south Alabama.Yet more than 1.6 million pain pills moved through Gilbertown over that span. That’s nearly 1,500 pills per person per year - nearly double the per capita rate of the next highest town in Alabama.

The Washington Post obtained the pain pill prescription data from the Drug Enforcement Administration. It tracks the path of every hydrocodone and oxycodone pill sold legally in the United States between 2006 and 2012, tracing movement from manufacturer to distributor to pharmacy.
More than 76 billions pills were distributed across the country during the timeframe. More than 1.7 billion of those pills made their way to Alabama.
Gilbertown’s small population explains some of its ballooned opioid rate, but the opioid epidemic in Alabama seemed to disproportionately hit rural areas, and specifically towns in rural, predominantly white counties across north Alabama.
Of the top 10 cities and towns by opioid rate per capita, only Gilbertown is in south Alabama.
Here's the cities and town that had the highest rate of opioids between 2006 and 2012.

Four of the top 10 Alabama cities or towns for opioid rate are in Walker County, which had the highest rate for any entire county in Alabama during the timeframe from 2006 to 2012. According to the data, each year 140 pills per person went through Walker County, a coal-mining region just northwest of Birmingham.Pharmacies in Walker County received nearly 9 million pills a year there, in a county with fewer than 65,000 people. David’s Discount Pharmacy in Sumiton, Alabama, led the way in Walker County. It received more than 9 million pills between 2006 and 2012. Sumiton has a population of just over 2,600 people.
More than 458 prescription pain pills per person per year passed through Jasper, the largest city in Walker County. It’s the only city with a population over 10,000 and an opioid rate higher than 270 pills per person per year, according to the data.
That means, in some ways, Jasper was the epicenter of the opioid problem in Alabama. No other large Alabama city made the top 28. No county saw more prescriptions per person than Walker County. And no county seat in Alabama saw more prescriptions per person than Jasper.
The federal data is also broken down by individual pharmacy. And while the pharmacies in larger cities tended to see more business and more pills moving through the door, Walker County also made that list. 

David’s Discount Pharmacy in the small town of Sumiton in Walker County was third in the state in terms of total prescription opioid pills received from 2006 to 2012. The pharmacy appears to be closed. The pharmacy with the most total prescription pain pills was Senior Care Pharmacy in Northport, in Tuscaloosa County. It was the only pharmacy in the state to receive more than 10 million pills over the time frame, according to the data. Representatives from that pharmacy have not responded to AL.com’s request for comment.
The Alabama pharmacies with the second- and fourth-highest number of pills for are located in Huntsville and owned by the same person. Propst Discount Drugs and Star Discount Pharmacy collectively received 17.5 million pills. A representative of the pharmacy referred questions to the owner, who is out of town. He has not yet responded to an email from AL.com.
All of the top five pharmacies in terms of volume were in north Alabama.
By just about any measure, the opioid epidemic in Alabama hit hardest in poor, rural and white areas in north Alabama, in a seeming band stretching across the hilly stretches from Georgia to Mississippi.
Among the top 10 counties in opioid prescriptions per capita, only Covington County near the Florida Panhandle is in the southern half of the state. And none of the top ten counties are less than 80 percent white.

The biggest hot spot can be seen in rural northwest Alabama, near Mississippi, starting with Walker County and moving northwest through Winston, Marion, Franklin and Colbert counties.
These are the top five counties in the state in terms of hydrocodone and oxycodone pills per person per year, and they form an unbroken region in the northwest corner of the state.
Washington County in southwest Alabama had the lowest rate in the state. Pharmacies there only received 9.1 prescription pain pills per person per year.
In general, Black Belt counties also had low rates. Wilcox, Lowndes, Greene and Coosa round out the five counties with the lowest rates, according to the data.

In 2017, Alabama had the highest opioid prescription rate in the country, nearly twice as high as the national average, according to the federal government’s National Institute on Drug Abuse. And that rate had even declined from a few years earlier. In 2011, Alabama providers wrote nearly 144 prescriptions for every 100 people.While opioid prescriptions are now down nationwide, including in Alabama, problems remain.
Last year, Alabama had the highest proportion of Medicare recipients receiving opioids in the country, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. And signs point to serious misuse. One Alabamian received 56 opioid prescriptions in a single year, ordered by 25 prescribers and filled at five pharmacies, according to the report.
Alabama has had a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program since 2006. It’s a database created to keep track of prescriptions in Alabama, to prevent prescription drug abuse and misuse by patients and overprescribing by doctors. But with the state’s abysmal track record on opioids over the past decade, state leadership has called for improvements.
In 2017 Gov. Kay Ivey convened the Alabama Opioid Overdose and Addiction Council, which developed an action plan that, among other things, recommended funding to strengthen the Alabama Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.
In the meantime, insurers began stepping in. Beginning in May of this year, Alabama Medicaid began limiting the daily dosage amount of opioids allowed on claims. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama stopped covering OxyContin for most of its members.

Really! Who Cares? We do.

Blogger Comments:  Does anybody believe that politicians care if they have been indicted by the government?  It is sad to say but it is hard to believe that they care.  Corrupt politicians will continue to commit crimes/ethics violations until the state makes an example out of them.





This is an opinion column.
How does this work? Really?
How can a person who sits on an important public board continue to serve on that board after being charged with three ethics crimes, including using that very position for personal gain?
How?
How can someone charged with voting on board issues on which she had a financial interest continue to get a vote at all, along with all the benefits and privileges of serving on the board?How?
How does someone charged with soliciting illegal payments from people who did business with the board continue to go on as if it is business as usual? How can the whole process drag on and on and on and on?
Sherry Lewis was president of the Birmingham Water Board when she was charged with – among other things – accepting fancy meals and other benefits for herself or her family from a water works contractor and a subcontractor.
The Alabama Attorney General’s office investigated and a Jefferson County grand jury charged her with three felonies.
That was 19 months ago. Nineteen months in which she continues to travel across the country at water customer expense.
She just got back from Denver, for a conference in which she spent $3,543.28 -- $455 in meals over three days -- to cheer on the BWWB’s pipe tapping team. Rah!
In the 19 months since she was indicted she’s been reimbursed for $6,543 in travel, including another conference in Vegas. Throughout that 19 months since she has continued to receive her $1,000-a-month salary.In the 19 months since she was charged, most importantly, she continues to influence the decisions of the board while her own future is in doubt.
How does that even work? And now she wants it to work longer.
Lewis maintains her innocence. And now her lawyers have asked Jefferson County Circuit Judge Clyde Jones to stay all the proceedings in her case – to hold on and wait – until her two co-defendants, Jerry Jones and Terry Williams, can be tried on unrelated federal charges in August.
Just wait. Just wait.
The federal charges against Jones and Williams came in May, 17 months after Lewis and the other two were indicted on state ethics charges. Her trial has already been twice delayed.
Now she wants to wait it out again, with trips and board pay – paid by the customers her alleged crimes slapped in the face – continuing to roll in.
Lawyers for the Alabama Attorney General’s Office asked for and received a hearing to argue over the stay, saying Lewis was charged with serious crimes, and “the public has a strong, compelling interest in resolving the criminal charges against Lewis” that would be harmed by the stay.Jones set a hearing for Monday morning.
Prosecutors did say they would be more open to the notion of a stay if Lewis were to agree to a complete leave of absence from the water board as a condition of her pretrial release, and if she gave up her board pay.
It is a good proposal, a reasonable proposal. An overdue proposal.
For no matter what happens in the federal cases of Jones and Williams – they are charged with wire fraud and conspiracy in a scheme prosecutors say involved fake invoices to the BWWB – the one sure thing is that Sherry Lewis should not still be serving on the board.
It is an affront to the people of Birmingham, and yet another slap in the face to water customers.
It’s just too bad it took a prosecutor to make that point.
John Archibald, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is a columnist for Reckon by AL.com. His column appears in The Birmingham News, the Huntsville Times, the Mobile Register and AL.com. Write him at jarchibald@al.com.

Friday, July 19, 2019

Today is the last day of the first of your life and my life too

BLOGGER COMMENTS:  The blog has come to the end of a chapter but not the end of the book.  The blog's continuing mission and reason for its existence is to investigate, research and publish the idiotcy, the mendacity, dishonesty, and corruption of the people we foolishly persist in electing.  There's enough out there to keep the blog busy forever because We The People tolerate their behavior.  "Ah, what the hell.  It's just Alabama."  So we're going to carry on, one small voice among all the noise.


What a change this proposed deal would be

Blogger Comments:  What a fantastic deal this would be for Sumter County.  Sumter County has struggled for years with a lack of resources.   We can only pray and hope this wonderful deal goes through for the county.  Jobs and prosperity are what each county wants.  

Maryland company eyes $175 million Sumter County project

Sometimes its good for everyone to know your name. Sometimes it isn't.

Folks, we have a beautiful state and quaint cities and towns within the state.  Each entity seems to do their own thing their way.  Sometimes it seems that politicians push the envelope to see what they can get away with.

Not all politicians are bad but there are enough bad ones to be concerned about.  We need to pay attention to how our leaders run our towns and cities.  Are the leaders operating within the scope of duties and responsibilities?

Many of the folks in Falkville believed that when the previous chief left things would get better but have they?

When a leader boasts that he has scored with multiple women when he was an officer in Falkville you know you are living in a good ole boy town.  Yet he remains in office.  The difference in little town drama and big town drama is that in small towns everybody knows your name.

Our Mayor went so far as to send an individual white powder.  Yet, the people of Falkville still vote them in office.




The citizens can set back and whine or they can demand change.  Falkville isn't a growing city and not much is being done to improve the standard of living.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Here We Go Again

We have seen some things going on in Falkville lately that are concerning.  When a city contract is let and calls for workers compensation insurance the city should ensure that the contractor has workers compensation before the contract is let and definitely before the building is 2/3 of the way torn down.

We have seen issues and concerns for quite some time.  Favoritism is no way to run a town's business.

Most people do not wait until they have mostly completed their contract to run out and purchase workers compensation.  It doesn't matter if you have one worker or 10 if the project requires workers compensation.  Is that an ethics issue?  We think so.

What else is going on in our quaint little town that needs to be addressed?  A lot...