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Something Smells

Harold, KY

#1 Sep 16, 2011
Anyone read todays paper.
WMD

Harold, KY

#2 Sep 16, 2011
I read it. Pike County should be proud! Who was the dumbass that voted against providing records.
Legendary

Harold, KY

#3 Sep 16, 2011
Read it, no big deal. Millions of dollars, so what. No bid contracts, so what. Change orders, so what. AN EXTRA HALF MILLION A YEAR IN FEES, SO WHAT! HALF A MILLION DOLLAR LOAN, SO WHAT. People need to quit talking about it and accept it!
what

Thelma, KY

#4 Sep 16, 2011
Legendary wrote:
Read it, no big deal. Millions of dollars, so what. No bid contracts, so what. Change orders, so what. AN EXTRA HALF MILLION A YEAR IN FEES, SO WHAT! HALF A MILLION DOLLAR LOAN, SO WHAT. People need to quit talking about it and accept it!
What are you talking about?
Wondering

Lubbock, TX

#5 Sep 16, 2011
What is it that UMG doesn't want the public to know??
Legendary wrote:
Read it, no big deal. Millions of dollars, so what. No bid contracts, so what. Change orders, so what. AN EXTRA HALF MILLION A YEAR IN FEES, SO WHAT! HALF A MILLION DOLLAR LOAN, SO WHAT. People need to quit talking about it and accept it!
Observer

Ransom, KY

#6 Sep 16, 2011
Wondering wrote:
What is it that UMG doesn't want the public to know??
<quoted text>
Not only UMG! Some elected officials tried to shut up Magistrate Chris Harris for asking for an audit of that outfit. Senator Ray S. Jones, Mayor Franklin Justice and their cronies spent thousands of dollars to shut him up.
There must be a lot of crap to be exposed.
Observer

Ransom, KY

#7 Sep 16, 2011
http://www.kentucky.com/2010/05/12/1261027/tv...

Posted May 12, 2010:

PIKEVILLE — A Pike County magistrate seeking re-election is the target of a so-called unauthorized campaign group that is the first formed in Kentucky since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled corporations can support or oppose candidates, not just issues, in elections.

The group Citizens for Eastern Kentucky Government has received $2,500 from The Law Office of Ray Jones & Bill Hickman and $15,000 from Utility Management Group, which operates Pike County's Mountain Water District. Ray Jones, a state senator, does legal work for UMG. They are targeting a magistrate who has been highly critical of the company in the past year.

Read more: http://www.kentucky.com/2010/05/12/1261027/tv...
Observer

Ransom, KY

#8 Sep 16, 2011
http://www.timesnews.net/article.php...

Excerpts: Published 7/2/2010

PIKEVILLE, Ky.(AP)- A Kentucky newspaper editor has agreed to drop an assault complaint after a small-town mayor accused of punching him in the face issued a public apology.
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Boggs said in a complaint that Justice was angry about an article in the newspaper and confronted him at a sports bar a couple of blocks from the newspaper office Tuesday night. The article reported that Justice's business, K.J.C. Restaurant Co., donated $2,000 to a political group that ran an attack ad against Pike County Magistrate Chris Harris earlier this year.
Unbelievable

Logan, WV

#9 Sep 17, 2011
So what is this company trying to hide? I can't wait to see what politicians(or their family members) are on the UMG payroll.
WMD

Harold, KY

#10 Sep 17, 2011
My bet is the records will never be shown. Greg May gave his legal interpretation of the law in the local paper although he is not a lawyer. He basically said the law does not apply to UMG. By the way, is the City of Pikeville also demanding records in order to make sure there people are getting a fair deal? The Mayor, City Manager, Commissioners I hope are all jumpimg straight up and down and demanding transparency for their citizens.
WMD

Harold, KY

#11 Sep 17, 2011
to answer your question unbelievable, if I understand correctly, they are not providing any info! NONE! None to State Auditor, None to Atty General, None to Fiscal Court. Millions and millions of dollars totally unaccounted for!!!!!!!
observer

Ransom, KY

#12 Sep 17, 2011
Ray S Jones, Bill Hickman and Frankie Justice just might form another 'ghost committee' and run smut ads against us for daring to question their dealings with UMG!
observer

Ransom, KY

#13 Sep 17, 2011
http://www.kentucky.com/2010/07/02/1332137/pi...

I'd like to know the connections between all these contributors to the smut ad and UMG! Why did they try so hard to hide their activities? Why did they try so hard to shut Chris Harris up? Why don't the parties want the records checked?

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Justice's company helped pay for a television ad with racy images of a stripper's behind, criticizing Harris' spending on hotel rooms and bar tabs as an officer and board member for the Kentucky Association of Counties. Harris denied the accusations that he was involved in the spending, which HAS been investigated by the state auditor's office.

The ad was yanked from the airwaves by Hazard TV station WYMT but was broadcast by InterMountain and Suddenlink cable stations.

Election finance filings by Citizens for Eastern Kentucky Government, which lists a Louisville mailing address, say the group also received $2,500 from The Law Office of Ray Jones & Bill Hickman; $1,500 from RM Johnson Engineering in Hindman; $3,000 from Rayne Ash LLC in Corbin; $2,500 from MGC Supplies Inc. in Dorton; $2,000 from Thomas Smith of Thomas Consulting of Corbin; $1,000 from bookkeeper Patricia Litafik in Phelps; $15,000 from Utility Management Group, which operates Pike County's Mountain Water District; and $500 from UMG's president, Greg May.
observer

Ransom, KY

#14 Sep 17, 2011
Why would a bookkeeper in Phelps spend $1,000.00 to unseat one single Pike County magistrate?

Why would two supposedly seperate companies way down in Corbin spend $5,000.00 to unseat that same Magistrate?

How much return did MGC Supplies' owners in Dorton expect, or were promised for, their $2,500.00

What return was expected by Ray S. Jones, His law partner Bill Hickman, Pikevile Mayor Franklin Justice, United Management group and it's president Greg May for their combined expenses in the smut ad equaling $23,500.00?
Mad as hell

Macon, GA

#15 Sep 17, 2011
Those visibly crooked 'leaders' listed above who we elected have made us look like a bunch of ignorant hillbillies who will vote for whoever promises us something. I hope every one of them gets jail time, but who am I kidding?
The likelihood of a senator and a mayor getting in trouble is not very likely at all.
Ray Jones probably has friends involved in the investigation.
It's embarrassing to the people that even after the "Screw Magistrate Chris Harris" scandal, the same crooks teamed up and literally stole the 3 to 4 million dollar airport property to build themselves a golf course and the $8,000,000.00 the former board had put put in the bank for the future of the Pike County airport is being wasted with each meeting. The new board is like a bunch of kids in a candy store.
Hard to Believe

Logan, WV

#16 Sep 17, 2011
Its hard to believe that nobody in Pikeville is even asking questions about UMG. Makes you wonder who's side the pikeville city commission is really on.
observer

Ransom, KY

#17 Sep 17, 2011
Hard to Believe wrote:
Its hard to believe that nobody in Pikeville is even asking questions about UMG. Makes you wonder who's side the pikeville city commission is really on.
The city commission, led by Dallas Layne, is on the side of the money! Little frankie is fixed for life because his daddy left him with a giant, giant fortune. He is richer than all the commissioners put together. Dallas and his wimpy cowardly cohorts on the city commission are like scared rabbits when Little frankie speaks.... because he is filthy rich..
It's sickening!
Richie rich

Harold, KY

#18 Sep 17, 2011
observer wrote:
<quoted text>The city commission, led by Dallas Layne, is on the side of the money! Little frankie is fixed for life because his daddy left him with a giant, giant fortune. He is richer than all the commissioners put together. Dallas and his wimpy cowardly cohorts on the city commission are like scared rabbits when Little frankie speaks.... because he is filthy rich..
It's sickening!
Are you serious!! How much is the city paying them?
observer

Ransom, KY

#19 Sep 17, 2011
Richie rich wrote:
<quoted text>
Are you serious!! How much is the city paying them?
Good question. We would like to know why the city commissioners kiss his ring and try to touch the hem of his garment. He gets anything he wants from them. They all have been door mats for Frankie from day one. The county judge is the same way.....subserviant. If frankie speaks, Wayne jumps. So does Senator Ray S. Jones, Jr., and the local 'news' paper editor since Frankie bitch slapped him in front of a large group of beer drinkers. We have yet to find out what Frankie is holding over the senator's head. The local 'Barney Fifes' work for him too, so forget about charges in Pikeville. We all saw that travesty come down on us..

Go slap the editor and see how fast your head gets kicked in at the jail!
Richie rich

Tomball, TX

#20 Sep 18, 2011
observer wrote:
<quoted text>Good question. We would like to know why the city commissioners kiss his ring and try to touch the hem of his garment. He gets anything he wants from them. They all have been door mats for Frankie from day one. The county judge is the same way.....subserviant. If frankie speaks, Wayne jumps. So does Senator Ray S. Jones, Jr., and the local 'news' paper editor since Frankie bitch slapped him in front of a large group of beer drinkers. We have yet to find out what Frankie is holding over the senator's head. The local 'Barney Fifes' work for him too, so forget about charges in Pikeville. We all saw that travesty come down on us..

Go slap the editor and see how fast your head gets kicked in at the jail!
This thing is really out of hand. Why is the paper not digging in with both feet.

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