Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Nathan Johnson Not Best Choice for Cherokee Judge?


A Guest Commentary By

C. R.

Nathan Johnson told a few people that he has ties to Cherokee. The ties are with Mignon Willis. Nathan is Mignon’s sister's lawyer. Nathan is handling a child support case for Mignon’s sister. Nathan, there are no secrets in Cherokee. Also, could Nathan Johnson’s hiring cost the City of Cherokee a lot of money? Rumors are floating around that Nathan is akin to one of the police officers. If so, every case the officer has will have to be handled by another judge. Way to go City Council Members Glover, Mason, Malone, and Franks. They were in such a hurry to fire and hire someone they did not do a proper back ground. Now this could cost the city a lot of money.

(More from C. R. Tomorrow)


As Cherokee Turns Part II

A Guest Commentary By

J. J. Ray

Gee-Whiz, Holy-Cow, Batman, the circus has come to Cherokee. Do the citizens even care that they have become the laughing stock of North Alabama, maybe Alabama as a whole or perhaps the nation. No, I think the former governor of Illinois has a lock on that. There is little doubt; tickets must be sold at the next event. If it weren’t so funny, it would be tragic. From the accounts, I have read and the citizens I have interviewed personally most are shell shocked that their elected officials now resemble circus folk. Primarily the clowns. There seems to be little doubt they have no use for the law and have become vigilantes dispensing justice that they decide on in secret. Sounds more like Dr. Death meets Eric Holder--now that could be a movie.

The soap opera in Cherokee probably would get better ratings than Days of Our Lives. All that is missing is Stefano DiMera, his son and the Victor Kiriakis bunch. Surely, the Hatfields and McCoys will be jealous that they have been upstaged by the “Burger King Four” as C.R. refers to them, quite well actually. Has anyone explained to them about:

Section 36-25A-1 — Purpose; short title

a) It is the policy of this state that the deliberative process of governmental bodies shall be open to the public during meetings as defined in Section 36-25A-2(6). Except for executive sessions permitted in Section 36-25A-7(a) or as otherwise expressly provided by other federal or state statutes, all meetings of a governmental body shall be open to the public and no meetings of a governmental body may be held without providing notice pursuant to the requirements of Section 36-25A-3. No executive sessions are required by this chapter to be held under any circumstances. Electronic communications shall not be utilized to circumvent any of the provisions of this chapter.

(b) This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the "Alabama Open Meetings Act”

There is actually a manual called “The Alabama Open Meetings Act No. 2005-40” which is available online and a Power Point Presentation to teach you what it is all about and they are free. No need to try and find someone to sign a check or is there anyone that Perhaps you believe you are above the law “Bad Mistake”. If I am not wrong, that’s what happened to Richard Nixon and that person with the bad hairdo, Jimmy “The Bull” Traficant. He just got out of Federal Prison.

Maybe the Attorney General should be contacted but Mr. King has problems of his own. There is of course a DA in Colbert County but I’m told that he is pro McCoy. Therefore, he would have to recuse himself. There is Chris Connolly in Lauderdale County but he is or was supposed to be prosecuting the Mayor of Leighton. “Whats up with that Mr. Connolly?"

We now have West Enders and East Enders to make news, humor or sadness depending on where you live. My suggestion would be to find an independent prosecutor like Kenneth Star, invite the media and you would truly have a three-ring circus. Then Cherokee could build a Burger King, “Wait they already voted that down or maybe it was Hardees”. Whatever, I’ve never seen folks that fear prosperity as much as the bunch in Cherokee.

Let’s sum up the activities as reported, there is vigilantism, nepotism, usurping the mayors authority, and last but not least violations of the "Alabama Open Meetings Act”. Wow Batman now that is many goings-on. Folks, if you do not start conducting city business lawfully and with common sense, you will end up like “Iron City”. Oops did I say Iron City, actually, it died.


What's up with this: We see the TotallyDecatur newspaper chose a gentleman from Franklin County for its man-on-the-street view of the floundering rail car plant. Nothing wrong with Franklin County views--it's just that only Lauderdale and Colbert are paying the extra two cents tax per gallon of gasoline to fund the project. Perhaps the honchos from Decatur weren't aware of that...