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Another indictment ahead: Dollar Square still not paying rent

By   /  February 3, 2010  /  News  /   Comments

Tweet The Dougherty County district attorney gave downtown businessman Tim Washington a choice in December: Either sign a note to pay the city $40,000 that was stolen from taxpayers to equip his Dollar Square store on North Jackson Street — or be convicted of fraud. Jefferson chose to pay up. But Washington isn’t paying the [...]

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Cleaning up after Hurricane Don

By   /  December 26, 2009  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

Tweet By Tom Knighton I guess it was all just too much. Seven hours into jury deliberations, former Albany City Commissioner Don Buie changes his plea to guilty in what has been described as a “teary-eyed” confession to Judge Denise Marshall. As a result he gets a year in jail, has to pay $5,000 in [...]

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Former felon Don Buie is a felon once again.

By   /  December 25, 2009  /  Outlook  /   Comments

Tweet Albany’s downtown manager, who was fired this summer shortly after being hailed by City Manager Alfred Lott as being capable of managing $6 million in city redevelopment funds, pleaded guilty Tuesday to nine felony corruption charges. As a Dougherty Superior Court jury deliberated the case after telling Judge Denise Marshall it was deadlocked, Buie [...]

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With Buie gone, let’s tackle more corrupt officials

By   /  December 25, 2009  /  Outlook  /   Comments

Tweet Give me a downtown director, Albany City Manager Alfred Lott insisted in 2007, and then you can hold me accountable for what happens downtown. But until you do that, I’m not responsible, Lott said convincingly. Assistant City Manager James Taylor passionately sang the same song to downtown stakeholders, who pleaded otherwise. The stakeholders lost. [...]

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Cleaning up Downtown: ADICA, Buie, Woods

By   /  December 17, 2009  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

Tweet Clearing the Woods:   Just the beginning By Tom Knighton Lajuana Woods has resigned from the ADICA board. Don Buie’s trial has started. Shanon Buie, Nicole Brown, and Tim Washington have all pled guilty. It’s easy to think that this whole mess is behind us and that everything is just fine. I mean, those who [...]

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Oh, Buie! NEW REVELATIONS OF CITY HALL CHICANERY SURFACE FROM DON BUIE’S ESTRANGED WIFE

By   /  December 17, 2009  /  Government, News  /   Comments

Tweet When Shanon questioned Don about the deposits, Don told Shanon that it was a mistake, the bank was incompetent, and he was going to call the bank president and take care of the issue.” – Fred Wimberly, Georgia Bureau of Investigation NEW REVELATIONS OF CITY HALL CHICANERY SURFACE FROM DON BUIE’S ESTRANGED WIFE AND [...]

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Editorial: some in Don Buie case only get slaps on the wrist

By   /  December 10, 2009  /  Tom Knighton  /   Comments

Tweet Nicole Brown and Tim Washington seem to be getting slaps on the wrist, probably in an effort to make sure fired Albany downtown manager Don Buie goes to prison for a long, long time. Both will pay restitution, Washington in accordance with a promissory note he had signed with ADICA and Brown will pay [...]

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Our Perspective: Albany City Commision Candidates need to commit to end public corruption

By   /  August 27, 2009  /  Outlook  /   Comments

Tweet cor·rup·tion [kuh-ruhp-shuhn] – noun 1. the act of corrupting or state of being corrupt. 2. moral perversion; depravity. 3. perversion of integrity. 4. corrupt or dishonest proceedings. This fall’s Albany City Commission races aren’t any more critical than any other, really; indeed, every local election is and has been important to a community’s success [...]

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Our Perspective: Dougherty County Taxpayers group well-grounded

By   /  August 25, 2009  /  Outlook  /   Comments

Tweet There’s a lot to be said about an organization that sticks with its mission. And there’s a lot to be said about an organization that gets better with age. To the Dougherty County Taxpayers Association, whose mission is to educate and engage the citizenry while providing oversight and pursuing local government reform, we say [...]

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City scandal: Call in the FBI

By   /  August 19, 2009  /  Outlook  /   Comments

Tweet Written by Richard Thomas. The Federal Bureau of Investigation should be called in by our district attorney and local governmental authorities to investigate Don Eric Buie and all allegations surrounding his tenure at ADICA and, if appropriate, go back as far as Albany Tomorrow Inc. By allowing the FBI to investigate this matter, the [...]

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