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Local man shares his account of post commission meeting fracas

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Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis Jr. prevented the chairman of the Augusta Port Authority, Clarence Thompkins, from speaking on behalf of the authority at the May 3 meeting of the Augusta Commission, and it led to a brief scuffle outside the chamber which may result in assault charges against Mayor Pro T...

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  1. They are robbing you blind and it’s being allowed..every voter should be calling the state attorney and demand and investigation into the mismanagement of funds and the fraud committed by having a charity run by an elected official that cannot account for any of the money!! Demand action!! Call every state official you can get the number for and demand answers!!!

  2. “I’m from Cedar Street!”…..that’s street lingo for “I’m from the hood!”. I guess Dennis Williams had to come in and do something to improve his “cred” on Cedar Street….so he did a “Will Smith” on this guy.
    You know, you go to a city government meeting to discuss things, and wouldn’t ever expect to be thugged by an official.
    First we had Bill “the bully” Fennoy, and now we’ve got Dennis “Cedar” Williams???
    I hope Williams gets arrested and sued. That’s just ridiculous.

  3. When the city finance director says “since city funds were involved, then it was not subject to the scrutiny by either the port authority, the media or the general public” there’s a problem. Augusta and Richmond county taxpayers, aka general public, should demand to see where their dollars are going, especially those managed by parks and rec. This is compelling proof of misappropriation.

  4. As a “water person” myself and a guy who works off Cedar Street, I to would like to see a full accounting of the money spent over the past five years including what was designated and not used or went elsewhere and to whom. Why not just disclose it publicly and bring down all the emotions and confusion?

  5. The Mayor’s bullying of Commissioner McKnight who asked for the Board Chairman of the Port Authority to be able to speak led to the happenings The Mayor would not allow any discourse on finances at the Port Authority and even though all may have been just a misunderstanding and accounting principles used by the City, the outcome brings many more questions than answers. The outcome casts a shadow on the entire Commission. A full review of the finances due the Port Authority should be in the future.

  6. Transparency and the ability for citizens and businessmen to speak on an impromptu basis allows trust and proper discourse to occur. After all, they are suppose to serve the public. The actions by a commissioner to grabbed and push a citizen is unwarranted. The commission should sanction him to the fullest of their power. Certainly, the sheriffs department should investigate on behalf of the individual and the commission. There’s an old saying, violence begets violence. Fortunately, the business owner had a cool head and realized that any violence would not correct the situation.

  7. Folks, it ain’t gonna change because the same type of people with the same attitudes are going to be elected and reelected. The lemmings continue to vote the same way election after election with no research or critical thinking.

  8. The stench coming from the marble palace is getting stronger everyday. After this story posted it looks like the business owner will be charged. You want transparency,(?), not going to happen when you have individual’s stating ” since city funds were involved, then it was not subject to the scrutiny by either the port authority, the media or the general public.” Any money the city received from taxpayers is subject to scrutiny by the citizens. Kudos to the business owner who QUESTIONED where his money was going. The Marshalls office needs to release the tape of this this incident to preclude further suspicion regarding who is at fault. Springer live in Augusta – you couldn’t make this stuff up. Graft, greed etc.

  9. From the tape that was released, seems like both of them played a part. But the bigger issue is that there is clearly a section for the Port Authority listed in the proposed 2022 budget on the city’s website. And several thousand dollars are budgeted for them. If the money is not designated for them, why is it listed under their name? More shenanigans. One of our elected officials needs to start the process of getting the GBI involved, since private citizens are not allowed to do so.

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