Public utilities are supposed to be boring. VERY boring. However, we are talking about Canton and there is nothing staid or quiet about Canton. The Blackmons and Warnocks* are fighting over the control of Canton Municipal Utilities in a way that brings to mind the old feud between the Junkyard Dog and the Fabulous Freebirds. The two sides are slugging it out in federal court right now after CMU fired Rudy Warnock as its engineer after the Blackmons took control of the board of CMU.
However, 69 pages of the text messages of Rudy Warnock were attached to the minutes of the December 22, 2016 meeting of the board of Canton Municipal Utilities before he was fired. The text messages give one a view of what is going on behind the scenes as threats as all kinds of drama takes place, including threatening to have a reporter beat up.
The text messages contain various conversations between Mr. Warnock and other Canton dignitaries. They are published at the bottom of this post. Some excerpts are published below as well.
This set of text messages discussed Michael Simmons in his role as the Madison County Piniata while he moonlights as a reporter for the Madison County Journal:
Mr. Warnock sent this text to Cleveland Anderson:
Then there is this exchange. Ouch. Mr. Warnock took a punch and threw a few of his own.
Then the gang decided to tackle some CMU policy. Apparently they wanted to make it tougher and more expensive for the media to get information from CMU. Of course, it is a little intriguing why the CMU engineer is so interested in a public records policy. Please note that there is a six week gap between this email and the one posted above. Selective disclosure?
The bunch also discuss floating a bond issue on September 22:
and again in October. There is also some talk of flipping the board of Aldermen.
Kingfish note: When will a "Document of Concern" pop up in Madison County?