Riverbend Self -Destructs; Rats Jump From Sinking Ship? Investigation?

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EastTexican

Texarkana, TX

#1 Aug 7, 2010
First, I would like to thank the Gazette, especially Paige Alexander, for some actually pretty decent journalism. It takes some guts in a small town like Texarkana to speak truth about the political machine. Keep up the good work!
Now, when I occasionally stop laughing about the recent meeting of pompous asses known as Riverbend, followed by the resignation of the two major cities, some questions and opinions arise:
1. What checks did the starter, alternator, & overpaid water expert John Jarvis write, to whom, for what amount, and for what goods or services, that were so urgent that he didn't bother to get a required second signature, and won't discuss them with anyone?
Does Mr. Jarvis think he can spend the public's money at his discretion, without explanation, the same as if it was his own private business?
Will any of the Riverbend folks have the guts to tell the public the details of those checks?
2. Where the heck was the overpaid school and city mangaement expert Larry Sullivan? Larry, if you don't keep running things, they may not name the new water plant for you!
Just what is up with Sullivan suddenly keeping a low profile, after passing so much loud gas through his gossiping lips for so long?
Could it be, Larry, that you were afraid your name would be included in the secret plots to extort extra cash from the U.S. Army and Day & Zimmerman?
3. Are we to believe that Mayo is possibly the last person in Texas to discover that the lawyers recently hired by Riverbend were the same lawyers that represented the small cities in the bogus water lawsuit shakedown/settlement scheme?
4. Are the attorneys general of Texas and Arkansas AND the F.B.I. looking into details of some extracurricular moneymaking schemes plotted by a number of Riverbend players?
I think this to be the most logical explanation of why Larry didn't show, Branson exclaimed "No", and Mayo said "Oops, uh, yeah, I gotta go!"
In the old days, a poorly built ship would break to pieces in a storm, and as the water began to rush in, the rats would scurry to the main deck, up onto the railings, then jump into the water to escape.
Folks, I think the good ship Riverbend is taking on water fast, the boiler room is about to explode, and they're already jumping off!
Wonder how many are secretly dialing the F.B.I. number, hoping to win a get-out-of-jail-free card?
RustyRooster

Texarkana, TX

#2 Aug 7, 2010
I don't know who you are EastTexican, but I do know you are a well informed genius. You know, when you shine on a rat, he will always scurry to get away and that is what Sully is doing. He started all this Riverbend nonsense. He also maligned a good man in Bill King. What he has done to Bill has been criminal and what he has said about him has bordered on slander and libel. But the people didn't buy Sully's snake oil and now Riverbend has blown up in his face. Sully counted on the people of Texarkana to be stupid. He counted wrong.
Durrell

Texarkana, TX

#3 Aug 7, 2010
Jeff strikes again!! Sic 'em dude!

Since: Nov 07

AOL

#4 Aug 7, 2010
I think the city council has put a gag on Sullivan, just like he put one on Mr. King. I heard he just sat there and kept his mouth shut at the TWC townhall meeting.
The Cat

United States

#5 Aug 7, 2010
What other city besides New Boston has bowed out?
EastTexican

Cleburne, TX

#6 Aug 7, 2010
Texarkana, TX bowed out. Funny, there were two HUGE articles on the front page of today's gazette, by Paige Alexander, but not ONE single quote from Suddenly Silent Sullivan. Go figure.
newtothis

Spring, TX

#7 Aug 7, 2010
so how much money has texarkana texas put into this riverbend? 800k to settle a lawsuit they had won at every court level, an another 400k a year to subsdize it for how many years and to what end?
Thibdeaux

Mifflinburg, PA

#8 Aug 7, 2010
Where did all the money go? T-town and NB are the only cities that have any.
Transplant

Sherman, TX

#9 Aug 8, 2010
Your ability to opine without facts is pretty good. Thee aren't any substantiated facts but it is entertaining. If you had any connections, you would already know that it is widely rumored that the FBI and a federal grand jury in Tyler have looked at Huddleston's Wake Village empire, and it is also widely rumored that the FBI have visited with both Texarkana AR and Texarkana TX.
Just because the justice system doesn't give you the result you want doesn't mean that the justice system isn't working.
EastTexican wrote:
First, I would like to thank the Gazette, especially Paige Alexander, for some actually pretty decent journalism. It takes some guts in a small town like Texarkana to speak truth about the political machine. Keep up the good work!
Now, when I occasionally stop laughing about the recent meeting of pompous asses known as Riverbend, followed by the resignation of the two major cities, some questions and opinions arise:
1. What checks did the starter, alternator, & overpaid water expert John Jarvis write, to whom, for what amount, and for what goods or services, that were so urgent that he didn't bother to get a required second signature, and won't discuss them with anyone?
Does Mr. Jarvis think he can spend the public's money at his discretion, without explanation, the same as if it was his own private business?
Will any of the Riverbend folks have the guts to tell the public the details of those checks?
2. Where the heck was the overpaid school and city mangaement expert Larry Sullivan? Larry, if you don't keep running things, they may not name the new water plant for you!
Just what is up with Sullivan suddenly keeping a low profile, after passing so much loud gas through his gossiping lips for so long?
Could it be, Larry, that you were afraid your name would be included in the secret plots to extort extra cash from the U.S. Army and Day & Zimmerman?
3. Are we to believe that Mayo is possibly the last person in Texas to discover that the lawyers recently hired by Riverbend were the same lawyers that represented the small cities in the bogus water lawsuit shakedown/settlement scheme?
4. Are the attorneys general of Texas and Arkansas AND the F.B.I. looking into details of some extracurricular moneymaking schemes plotted by a number of Riverbend players?
I think this to be the most logical explanation of why Larry didn't show, Branson exclaimed "No", and Mayo said "Oops, uh, yeah, I gotta go!"
In the old days, a poorly built ship would break to pieces in a storm, and as the water began to rush in, the rats would scurry to the main deck, up onto the railings, then jump into the water to escape.
Folks, I think the good ship Riverbend is taking on water fast, the boiler room is about to explode, and they're already jumping off!
Wonder how many are secretly dialing the F.B.I. number, hoping to win a get-out-of-jail-free card?
EastTexican

Covington, TX

#10 Aug 8, 2010
Transplant, I'm at a loss as to why you say (quote) "Just because the justice system doesn't give you the result you want doesn't mean that the justice system isn't working."

I never said the justice system doesn't give any results that I want, or that it isn't working.

Au contraire, mon ami, I think the wheels of justice have begun to turn, and will hopefully get the result that every decent American desires: where there is a possible crime, there should be a fair investigation, exoneration of the innocent, and punishment for the guilty.

Riverbend reeks of backroom deals and illicit fortunes to be made, and I believe the truth, or much of it, will soon be exposed for all to see.

As far as the feds investigating Huddleston, that was a subject of much discussion and rumor in the past, but publicly, the F.B.I. won't confirm or deny rumors of investigations.

And regarding rumors of F.B.I. investigating the Riverbend Mafia, well, no kidding...
Bowie County Wolverine

Petersburg, TX

#11 Aug 8, 2010
newtothis wrote:
so how much money has texarkana texas put into this riverbend? 800k to settle a lawsuit they had won at every court level, an another 400k a year to subsdize it for how many years and to what end?
To what end is not knowable at this time its too well concealed. But just for a theory: Txk Tx split with Txk Ark, Tx took Wright Patman, Ark took Millwood and had separate water systems. Texarkana would naturally hire John Jarvis to run it. Then River Bend blew up, Texarkana Tx., Red River Redevelopement, and New Boston could form an alliance raise Texarkana Lake level get their man who moved to the Dallas area to broker a big deal to and sell water to the Dallas areas and everyone makes millions, except the taxpayers. Could this happen not sure but makes a theory.
EBT

Texarkana, AR

#12 Aug 8, 2010
Bowie County Wolverine wrote:
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To what end is not knowable at this time its too well concealed. But just for a theory: Txk Tx split with Txk Ark, Tx took Wright Patman, Ark took Millwood and had separate water systems. Texarkana would naturally hire John Jarvis to run it. Then River Bend blew up, Texarkana Tx., Red River Redevelopement, and New Boston could form an alliance raise Texarkana Lake level get their man who moved to the Dallas area to broker a big deal to and sell water to the Dallas areas and everyone makes millions, except the taxpayers. Could this happen not sure but makes a theory.
What an elementary collection of drivel. You apparently have no concept of the legislation under which River Bend was formed. If River Bend goes away, so does the authority. Everyone is at square one again.
The Cat

United States

#13 Aug 8, 2010
EastTexican wrote:
Texarkana, TX bowed out. Funny, there were two HUGE articles on the front page of today's gazette, by Paige Alexander, but not ONE single quote from Suddenly Silent Sullivan. Go figure.
Texarkana, TX?

Oh, my!
newtothis

Spring, TX

#14 Aug 8, 2010
texarkana tex owns all the water in wright patman now. why give control of it away to a bunch of small cities?
Observer

Sherman, TX

#15 Aug 8, 2010
This is a power-play by NB & TXK to get Huddleston out. The cancelling of their membership in Riverbend isn't effictive for a year, which gives them plenty of opportunity to rescend. Mark my words, they will rescend and Riverbend will come back. In fact, they are using the same argument about Huddleston, whom I have a very low opinion about, as they did about Bill King. It's all about TRUST.(hah!)

I wonder why nobody has noticed that Ex-mayor Jarvis is pulling $188,000 a year for managing an agency with no employees. That's $15,666 a month to basically fill out paperwork and call people on the telephone. I'd be more than happy to be micromanaged by a d-bag for that type of dough.

Dr. Sullivan is playing it smart. I think he didn't foresee the local politics and media skewering him and his 'master plan'. He wasn't prepared for elements not under his control being so forcefull.

This is all opinion, take it for what it's worth.

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