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Friday, August 18, 2017

Rebuilding and growing our county

Blogger Comments:  Sheriff Ana Franklin has done a lot to destroy the image of our County.  It's true that she can't be blamed for everything wrong in our county but she deserves a lot of blame for tarnishing our good reputation.  For the first four years, she had the people of our county believing that we had massive problems with METH.  I am not minimizing the war on METH it was/is a serious problem.  However, Franklin claimed she busted more than 1000 METH labs one year.  In reality, the lie was an egregious lie because the entire state had not reported the number of METH labs that year that Franklin claimed for Morgan County only.  I blogged the State statistics in previous blogs and the enormity of Franklin's lies.

Franklin has been engrossed in controversy since taking office in January 2011.  She has been blasted all over media for her infamous drug bust, firing of employees, multiple lawsuits, and investing in the Title Marts with Greg Steenson, and her ex-lover Steven Ziaja.  

Once Sheriff Franklin is indicted for her crimes she has committed, our beautiful county can begin the healing process.  We are very disappointed in the fact that our first female sheriff has disgraced not her reputation about our communities and our county.  Franklin holds out hope that because she is a woman law enforcement will be soft on her.  You do the crime you should do the time man or woman.  Ask any number of inmates and ex-inmates that have been in the MCSO jail if the jail was soft on them.  You will find that Sheriff Franklin has only been soft on drug dealers, manufacturers, distributors, and murders.  Many of which have spent more time outside of the jail as they have inside the jail.  Some of those inmates worked on both Sheriff Ana Franklin and Judge Howell's house.  Want to know why Sheriff Ana Franklin is so angry with ex-warden Leon Bradley? Bradley knew about the inmates that were being sent out on work release, some of which were very bad people. 

Long: Morgan County must grow, 
  • By Evan Belanger Staff Writer

    Morgan County Commission Chairman Ray Long on Thursday said local officials must find a way to grow the county’s population in order to bolster sagging revenues.
    “We’re missing something that keeps us from being a place where everybody wants to run to live,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of vacant land, but I don’t really know what’s holding us back.”
    Long pointed to key economic indicators that suggest the county should be growing. He noted its 4.1 percent unemployment rate, down from 6.1 percent in January. The statewide unemployment rate is 5.4 percent.
    He also pointed to the recent announcements that Wolverine Tube plans to re-open, creating 250 jobs, and Dynetics Inc. plans to open an aerospace facility in Morgan County.
    “We’re getting jobs off that, but we’re not moving people in,” he said, adding the county needs more rooftops to generate tax revenue.
    According to the Alabama Center for Real Estate, housing starts were down during the first half of 2017, falling from 177 last year to 92 this year. 
    Long said he and area mayors have been working together in an attempt to address the slow population growth. For the time being, those efforts have focused mostly on identifying obstacles, he said.
    “Before we can actually change the trend, we’ve got to figure out what the problem is,” he said.
    He said Decatur must find a way to stop losing residents and growing communities such as Priceville must find ways to be more attractive to people from outside the county. Much of the residential relocation in recent years has been between cities inside the county, he said.
    From 2010 to 2016, Morgan County lost 474 residents, falling to 119,012, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
    Over the same period, Decatur, the largest city in Morgan County, lost 611 residents, dropping from 55,683 to 55,072. That’s a decline of about 1 percent of the city’s total population.
    Meanwhile, a projection from the Alabama Center for Business and Economic Research predicts Limestone County will surpass Morgan County in terms of population by 2040.
    That report predicts Limestone County will pick up 46,834 residents between 2010 and 2040. That’s a population increase of 56.6 percent for a total of 129,617 residents.
    Long said local officials discussed that study with University of Alabama officials during a meeting with mayors several weeks ago and plan to meet with them again.
    Decatur City Council President Chuck Ard said city, school, utility and development officials are aware that growth is essential and that they are working to stimulate population growth with an array of projects, including two new high schools, new sewer access along Beltline Road, and a study to determine the feasibility of a sports complex and event center on Alabama 20.
    “I don’t think there’s a silver bullet out there. It’s going to be several different things,” he said.
    Meanwhile, Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling set a goal of growing the city’s population by 1,000 residents by 2020. That population growth, he estimated, would support the construction of 500 new homes in the city.
    “We need some developers to step up, but I do think we are right on the cusp,” he said.
    Trinity Mayor Vaughn Goodwin said much of the county is primed for growth, noting the ongoing construction of a 36,000-square-foot athletic facility there, new recreational soccer fields, and the possibility of a new school in the future.
    “The key is schools and quality of life,” he said, noting a surge of new home construction when the new Priceville High School opened.
    From 2010 through 2016, Trinity’s population grew 8 percent. That’s about 154 new residents in the town of 2,164 people.
    Long’s call to action comes as the county faces a particularly lean budget year. The commission will consider later this month a proposed budget that calls for cutting $310,000 from nonprofit appropriations. It predicts a 3.4 percent decline in revenue.


    1. Dee, Pam and Larry all just got religion praying the lords gets them out of the mess they helped cause. I hope they are in a cell side by side with Ana. it will takes years to clean up here.

    2. It's hilarious what law enforcement (not just Ana) calls a meth lab. I could go to WalMart and spend $200 on everyday items I need which would include cold medicine, lithium batteries, and some coffee filters and all of a sudden I'm carrying a mobile meth lab. Even if I'm only going to use the items for their intended purpose only. Law enforcement gets more federal funding the more drug busts they make, so what they tend to do is find a way to fudge the numbers. Common way to fudge them is to lower the standards as to what constitutes a meth lab which is likely what Ana does.

    3. The shame here is Ana had to clean up a meth lab in her own daughters new home a few years ago. Yes folks it is true. Reckon what happened to them grand babies. Ana, how about you talk about your family instead of Glenda's. Her grandson went to the military while your own son in law makes Meth. How many people covered up when they blew the roof off making meth? While it is a sad story, our meth issue in morgan careful of who your thugs talk about...

    4. Well damn, glenda blocked my comment. I admit it was against Ana, lol. Glenda's not biased that's for sure....