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Kay Allen’s Response to Governor Deal’s Letter

Kay Allen’s Response to Governor Deal’s Letter

The Columbia County Commission recently requested that Governor Nathan Deal look into Columbia County Tax Commissioner Kay Allen’s collection of municipal taxes pursuant to her own private contract, with a view toward potentially removing her from office. This was done pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 48-5-145, “If any tax collector or tax commissioner fails or refuses […]

Throat Slash or Reputation Trash?

Throat Slash or Reputation Trash?

This week, the Metro Spirit obtained a copy of the video surveillance tape of an exchange between Columbia County Tag Office Clerk Diane Pittman Chiera and former Deputy Tax Commissioner Dwight Johnson. Last week, Chiera filed an incident report with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office claiming that Johnson entered the tag office, threatened her job and […]

Dreamer or Schemer?

Dreamer or Schemer?

A local “promoter” is running afoul of many business owners in Augusta, leaving Insiders to wonder just how many bridges one can burn in this town. A reader shared an interesting tale with us recently. While at a local coffee shop, this “promoter” was pitching his services to two local businesswomen. Within a span of […]

A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Public education in Richmond County is baffling. On the one hand, there are two of the best schools in the entire state right here in heart of Augusta-Richmond County. Of course, they are both public magnet schools and the application process is highly competitive for future students, but it’s still incredible. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet […]

Throat Slash or Reputation Trash

Throat Slash or Reputation Trash

  The Metro Spirit has obtained a copy of the video surveillance tape that goes along with the Trouble With Subject Informational Report filed January 16th against former Tag Commissioner and Assistant Tax Commissioner Dwight Johnson. In the report, Columbia County Tag Office Clerk Diane Pittman Chiera claims Johnson threatened her job, as well as […]

Scuttlebutt from Columbia County…

Scuttlebutt from Columbia County…

  (Update Friday 6:15 PM) Insiders within the CCSO confirmed they have requested the surveillance tape, but have yet to receive it and are waiting. They were told it has to be “put together” then “approved” by Kay Allen before it is released to law enforcement authorities. The past month has been an eye opening […]

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly with Fred Russell

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly with Fred Russell

Get ready Augusta. You will likely soon see “Russell for Mayor” signs popping up all over the Garden City. The idea is incredible. A little more than a month ago, seven Augusta commissioners unanimously voted to fire former City Administrator Fred Russell from a position he had held for almost a decade. The reason many […]

The Jail Report. Protecting Us All.

The Jail Report. Protecting Us All.

In Georgia recently, a majority Republican committee (chaired by a Republican) was charged with undertaking a study of the conditions, needs, issues and problems related to the expungement of, and restriction of access to, criminal records in the State of Georgia. Their findings can be read here. Read the report. Don’t rely on someone else […]

Columbia County is stranger than Augusta, for once

Columbia County is stranger than Augusta, for once

The Insider 1/15/2014 While Augusta is notorious for airing its dirty laundry out for the entire world to see, Columbia County is the complete opposite.  The Columbia County Board of Commissioners is quiet, discrete, polite and without controversy.   That usually plays to Columbia County’s favor, but the past few weeks, it’s been awkwardly strange.  […]