Thursday, November 30, 2017

It was all for the employees.

WLBT delved into the CMU credit card controversy last night.  JJ reported last month that CMU employees made more than a few questionable purchases using CMU-issued credit cards.  WLBT reported:


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CMU Executive Director Kenny Wayne Jones issued this statement to WLBT:

 CMU takes great pride in upholding the highest of standards in three key areas: Service to our Customers, Appreciation of our Employees, and the Highest Level of Integrity to our Company.

CMU General Manager Kenneth Wayne Jones believes, “That is why CMU continuously works to keep our systems upgraded to provide state-of-the-art technology and consistently superior utilities to our customers. It is important to stay abreast of available resources and keep our services operating at full capacity, no matter what. Most recently we upgraded to a new technology system to ensure our service area is protected under any condition with minimal interruption. I additionally know that happy employees create an environment for exceptional service to our customers. We treat our employees like family in hopes that their kindness is passed on through their service to others.”


A recent Public Records Request proves that CMU holds true to their values. “Four of our employees recently celebrated 35 years of service with CMU and we felt it imperative to honor that service. Each employee was presented with an anniversary ring to always remember their accomplishment and that we thank them for it. Therefore, you see a purchase from a jewelry store”, stated Mr. Jones. “Our employees work through very challenging environments, such as inclement weather and extreme heat conditions, and those hours worked over an 8-hour period require us to provide food for that crew. Those are some of the food charges you will see. We feel it is also important to give back and use local restaurants, not lavish steakhouses.”


Since Mr. Jones has taken the role of General Manager, employee morale is at an all-time high. Employees are participating in philanthropic local events, cleanup of local areas, and community events on their personal time. CMU employees most recently sent a large shipment of supplies to hurricane victims and continue to give back to the community.


“I am proud of the way we run our company and that our spending is minimal compared to our income. We have an exceptional team of people who follow strict standards to ensure each dollar spent is accounted for and beneficial to the growth and prosperity of our company. We welcome the opportunity to discuss any concerns or inquiries regarding our successes.”


Of course, there were charges for "lavish steakhouses" on the credit card bills.  Don't forget the charges for swanky beach resorts, men's fine clothing, and other perks.  See earlier post and copy of bills.

Stay tuned.  This is getting interesting. 

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Morale is at an all time high" since Mr. Jones is in charge. No shit. feed me BBQ, send me to Perdido Beach and let me charge my wife's jewelry to the company and my morale will improve too.

Just grab some popcorn and sit back. Won't be long and you'll see the name Blackmon over and over.

Anonymous said...

The amS constitution prohibits gifts to employees, how are they exempt? State agencies can’t find a retirement party or a plaque. Someone else has to pick up the tab.

Louis LeFleur said...

Overtime requires that meals be provided? Never heard that one before, then again, utilities have all kinds of special rules that probably include labor-related issues. Regardless, KF, I agree this is definitely getting interesting. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Who audits the CMU books?

Anonymous said...

Kenny Wayne Jones needs a good lawyer. Who in the hell is giving him legal advice?

Anonymous said...

The problem goes much deeper than Mr Jones. The board of commissioners that govern CMU are to blame for allowing this wasteful spending and abuse of tax dollars. So who appoints these commissioners?? As it turns out the Mayor and Board of Alderman for Canton appoint these commissioners. So ultimately the Mayor and Board of Alderman are to blame. The Auditor needs to look into the Mayor and Board of Alderman for they are the ones who really “benefit” by having these puppets on the CMU board of commissioners.

Anonymous said...

Alderwoman Daphne Sims runs things. Kenny Wayne is a blood relative to Dirty Daphne, Cleveland Anderson is her uncle. Daphne also is “heavy handed” with the canton school board. Dirty Daphne votes to appoint 3 of the 5 canton school board members and then she gets a nice FAT job working for the school board. Dirty Daphne has her hand in CMU and Canton School Board. Start with her and the house of cards comes down. Dirty Daphne

Anonymous said...

You mean I can’t use my CMU credit card to buy Christmas for my kids? But it’s for the kids.......

Anonymous said...

@11:01am. This is nothing new. Daphne has lined her pockets for years by appointing family members. The white vote in canton trusted her when we voted her in Office and she has let our community down. I’m ashamed of what has happened in Canton.

Anonymous said...

Canton started it death spiral when Alice Scott was voted in for mayor. Canton has been swirling around the bowl ever since.

Anonymous said...

Daphne is not the only Alderman that works for the Canton School Board, Alderman Eric Gilkey, Alderman Rodriques Brown and Alderman Daphne Sims all work for the School Board, That They Appoint. All crooks! Rumor has it those three each make over $100,000 from the school board. Where is the FBI?

Anonymous said...

They are going down the same rabbit hole you did Kingfisher and I bet they won't apologize when the find out that these are employee issued cards and only CMU incurred charges were expensed.

Anonymous said...

@10:56am. You are so right. The board of Alderman appoint CMU commissioners. One would expect them to clean up this mess but they won’t. Why? Because then who would pay for their kids and grandkids Christmas. The board of Alderman are in on the fleecing of canton!

Anonymous said...

Guest reads this page religiously, I am sure he would have had a press release if their was something to see here.

Anonymous said...

Randy Tucker has a great hotel for them to spend the holidays in. Orange is the new black

Anonymous said...

Are their no Alderman in canton with integrity? Nope all on the Blackmon’s payroll. Les even getting his car notes paid by Blackmon’s. Daphne set that up for him. Thx uncle Ed.

Anonymous said...

Stacey Pickering is going to straighten canton out. Y’all rest assure when my man Stacey is done these crooks will be in jail! Oh and don’t think for a second you can run or hide cause you can’t! Operation Credit Swip is in full swing!

Anonymous said...

My wife and I voted for Daphne and she won’t even return our calls. She won’t get my families vote next time. I’m embarrassed of Canton.

Anonymous said...

Do the alderman have credit cards?

Anonymous said...

@ 1:25 its pretty well known throughout Madison County... no one hates the Blackmons quite like Les Penn hates the Blackmons

Anonymous said...

What experience does Mr. Jones have with utilities? Seems to me like he got in over his head. I see this all to often when high paid jobs are up for grabs. I suppose it did help Mr. Jones that Cleveland Anderson, CMU Chairman, is related to him. Kenny probably had good intentions when he took the job, but the road to failure is lined with a lot of good intentions. Simply stated city employees have no business with credit cards that they can use when they feel to buy what they feel. Eating Breakfast, Lunch and dinner on the tax payers of any city or any county or any goverment is NOT legal. Buying Jewelry for employees to signify "anything" is illegal. How does this sound; ole john has been with cmu for 35 years so lets go to Basspro shop and buy him a brand new $2000 shotgun to say thank you. Lets use the city credit card to buy it. Hell its not enough that the taxpayers paid ole john $30/hr for his time, they should also buy him a new gun, or an gold ring, or a gold watch. This is madness...... Kenny you look silly trying to justify this. Kenny best thing you can do is admit you were wrong and step down. Leave with some dignity.

Anonymous said...

What experience does Mr. Jones have with utilities?

None. The job is a payoff.

Anonymous said...

WHO is going to Jail ?

Anonymous said...

While most residents in Canton are struggling to pay their utility bills CMU is spending money for all kinds of nice things, nice meals, gold rings, watches, etc. Everyone of these card holders that are violating state law should be locked up. The elected officials in Canton responsible for appointing these idiots should be held accountable too. How about us residents hire a lawyer and sue CMU for wasting our tax dollars. Jim Herring is that something you would do for us?

Anonymous said...

@3:34
Dang let's buy John a motor boat to duck hunt in with his new shotgun

Anonymous said...

CMU has credit cards and money. The city does not have money or cards.

Anonymous said...

CMU is a cash cow. Why the hell do you think Rudy wanted to get his crooked hooks into it? He managed to get inside the vault but then got his ass fired.

Anonymous said...

Please stop talking about Mr.Kenney Jones. The crook is John Wallace 4 sure. If any one need to go to JAIL, John Wallace should have been gone. Be careful what you say, because GOD got his EYES on the head and tail of CROOKS.It's is a shame how these white people set up Blacks in Canton and all around the United States. JOHN WALLACE IS the HEAD of this mess at CMU, He is the one who have gotten RICH.This is what I BELIEVE. Therefore, start where it fist began, JOHN WALLACE. NO SINS WILL GO UNPUNISHED. GOD BLESS CANTON, MISSISSIPPI.

Anonymous said...

Randy has room for John Wallace and Kenneth Jones.

Anonymous said...

5:37 can't hide that racial animosity if he tried.

Anonymous said...

If he same thing was going on under the John Wallace administration, we need to know that and we need more than rumor, 5:37. Shit or get off the pot.

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