The Housing Authority of the City of Covington is looking at a total of $61,901.20 in "questionable costs" between the dates of January 2013 and September 2016 after an investigation into the authority's financial department was initiated due to suspected employee theft, according to an independent forensic audit report from Yeager & Boyd (Y&B), an account firm out of Birmingham, Alabama.
UPDATE Friday, Feb. 10: Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis identified the male victim as James Adams. Davis did not release Adams' age at the time of his death. He also said the cause and manner of death were still being determined.
Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Covington Greg Williams tendered his resignation Tuesday night effective 30 days from then, Landis Stephens chairman of the housing authority's board of commissioners toldThe Covington News.
The forensic audit report for the Housing Authority of the City of Covington has been turned over to the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority; however it has not been released to the public.
The City of Covington City Council met Monday for its 2017 council retreat. The meeting, held at Covington fire station 22 on Alcovy Road was a day-long affair attended by the city council, mayor, city manager and various city employees.
Jack Philips, owner of The Cork Boutique and Gifts and Irish Bred Pub and Restaurant in downtown Covington, came before the Covington City Council last week to express his interest in volunteering for one of the city's various committees. However, he also expressed concern about illegal dumping at his businesses.
In a $40 decision of whether or not to shop at a local car dealership versus an out-of-town dealership, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston made the deciding vote Wednesday night to support a local business.
A $10.6 million road widening project began in December, 2016 and will take approximately three years to complete. The work will start at exit 93 on Interstate 20 and extend to Sims Chapel Road on State Route 142. Work will also be done from Harland Drive to Avenue of Champions on Alcovy Road.