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CORRUPTION ON THE RISE IN DAMASCUS GEORGIA

Updated: May 7, 2022

Author: Rahn Anthoni

Direct contact: theycanttalkbutwecan@gmail.com

Cell: 678-612-3743


Updated: 5/7/22



(Left to right, top row, City Clerk Latoya Salter, City Council Member Angela Salter-Holmes, Mayor Morris Hayes Sr., City Council Member Shantan Lester, City Council Member Lisa Cox, and Bottom row Mayor Pro-Tem Willie Ware Sr.)

Damascus, Georgia -- This might be the most corrupt little town in America. The confluence of poverty and suspected political corruption has made Damascus a national emblem of a small town gone bad.


Update to the sensational events happening now in Damascus, Georgia.


Mayor Morris Hayes Sr. of Damascus Georgia, closed the account with help of Tabitha Lyles -- a clerk at The First State Bank of Blakely. Without verifying any signed documents it appears that Tabitha Lyles released the funds to Mayor Morris Hayes Sr. -- this according to the written testimony of Tammie Hawkins. Moreover, it is also alleged that Mayor Morris Hayes Sr, fraudulently took the funds without going through proper channels at First State Bank of Blakely; and councils. It is also alleged that Mayor Pro Temp Willie Ware wasn't immediately aware the funds were taken out of First State Bank. When President Nathaniel Williams was notified, he addressed the issue to Mayor Morris Hayes. At that time Hayes wrote/signed a check in the amount of $1700 for the full refund, and immediately stopped payment. Documented proof is on file. It is also alleged that on October 8, 2021 --- Mayor Hayes advised Tommy Coleman to write a letter documenting the events. Meanwhile -- the fact that the mayor retrieved funds on July 16, 2021 is easily verifiable.


Moreover, Williams -- the former President of Damascus Recreation Center was victorious in the case against Hayes by default. Williams received a settlement from The Early County Superior County Office.


According to Hawkins, the balance in the account at the time was $1786.63. Mayor Hayes received a letter from The City Attorney DREW l ECKL FARNHAM ATTORNEY AT LAW stating their firm would not be representing him, the City First State Bank, or Tabitha Lyles because of Professional misconduct. Mayor Morris Hayes has been the Mayor for Damascus for years, and according to Early County News, on Wednesday Oct. 21 at the Colquitt State Theater in Colquitt, Ga., Mayor Hayes and City Clerk Latoya Salter were presented a check from the DCA Commissioner Christopher Nunn in the amount of $600,000. The money will be used for new water lines and backflow preventers, installing water meters, and fire hydrants. The City of Damascus has been in need of these items for many years. The City Council and the people of Damascus are grateful for all the people that assisted in obtaining this grant. Early County News Article https://www.earlycountynews.com/articles/city-of-damascus-receives-community-development-block-grant/

Decrepit areas throughout the city of Damascus in need of repair.

As of today the citizens of Damascus have not received water meters, or any other items that were promised, and today -- Damascus citizens are demanding answers.

According to Sheriff William Price, there were no laws broken prior to filing the civil case. After speaking with Price he stated, “ they do not investigate officials, but he will be submitting information to the GBI.”
There is political corruption happening even in small towns like Damascus, Georgia.

After reaching out to Atlanta Attorney Chris Carr's office, who then referred me to the City of Damascus Attorney, Tommy Coleman. We are still awaiting a response regarding the allocation of the $600,000 grant. If anyone has information as to where the dollars have been spent in the great city of Damascus, please comment below. The former committee of Damascus Georgia’s Recreation Center had the intentions to do great things with the funds especially considering, they had no support from Mayor Hayes. Allegedly, because of personal conflicts against President Nathaniel Williams. Mayor Morris Hayes decided to dismiss the recreation center. According to the site, the recreation center is still to no avail. The former recreation committee had honorable intentions to make a better life for the children and citizens of Damascus. If you don't like what is happening in Damascus, it is time for the good people in the community to cast their vote for a new Mayor!




Forwarded message --------- From: They Cant Talk But We Can Inc. <theycanttalkbutwecan@gmail.com> Date: Tue, Apr 26, 2022 at 3:27 PM Subject: Re: CITY OF DAMASCUS To: Lisa Nutt <NuttL@deflaw.com> Cc: Damascus (cityofdamascus@att.net) <cityofdamascus@att.net>

I appreciate your letter, and it was only a public records request. According to the citizens of Damascus it is alleged that the City of Damascus is being looked over compared to other surrounding Counties. I'm informed by the people because they are the citizens of Damascus. The Mayor works for the people, and someone in the office should reach out to the citizens so they can know what's going on in their Community. In closing I pray things are communicated to the people in the future. I will continue to reach out to whomever will help the citizens. I will reach out to The New Order Human Rights Organization so they can keep an eye on the Allege situation. The citizens are our first concern. Please send me information regarding the meetings and I will get that to the human rights organization here in Atlanta. Thanks


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Real Issues (The Grease)


Allegedly on April 16, 2021, The recreation committee for the City of Damascus was terminated. The committee asked Mayor Morris Hayes Sr. and councils if they could take their funds out of the account, and all agreed.

Mayor Morris Hayes pictured above


The City of Damascus Recreation Department is a non profit launched on April 19, 2019. The committee agreed to pay dues in the amount of $10 each month. There were no funds being received through the City of Damascus Recreation Department from Splash.


In November 2019 the committee asked if they could change the names on the account at The First State Bank of Blakely, and Mayor Morris Hayes Sr. signed papers to take his name off the noted docs. The City of Damascus Recreation Department added Tiffanie Ricks as Treasurer and Monique Stevens as the Assistant Treasurer; according to Tammie Hawkins, the City of Damascus Recreation Department Secretary.


According to Tammie Hawkins, the balance in the account at the time was $1786.63.


Mayor Morris Hayes Sr. closed the account with help of Tabitha Lyles -- a clerk at The First State Bank of Blakely. Without verifying any signed documents it appears that Tabitha Lyles released the funds to Mayor Morris Hayes Sr. -- this according to the written testimony of Tammie Hawkins. Moreover, it is also alleged that Mayor Morris Hayes Sr, fraudulently took the funds without going through proper channels at First State Bank of Blakely, and councils. It is also alleged that Mayor Pro Temp Willie Ware wasn't immediately aware the funds were taken out of First State Bank of Blakely by Mayor Morris Hayes Sr., with the assistance of Tabitha Lyles.


When President Nathaniel Williams was notified, he addressed the issue to Mayor Morris Hayes Sr.


Mayor Morris Hayes Sr. wrote/signed a check in the amount of $1700 for the full refund, and stopped payment on the check the very same day it was written. Proof of this is on file. It is also alleged on October 8, 2021 --- Mayor Morris Hayes Sr. advised Tommy Coleman to write a letter which is also on file. The letter was written after the fact, when the Mayor fraudulently took the funds out of The First Bank of Blakely on July, 16, 2021.


This is abhorrent behavior of an elected official of public office, and the citizens of Damascus and surrounding areas should know what is happening here.


In releasing this information, we are attempting to protect our community and especially the kids. We reached out to Aaron Hatchers', They Can't Talk But We Can -- because we've seen the hard work. This organization honored (Sugar) a special needs child in our community. A civil lawsuit is being filed in the Early County Court. Rahn Anthoni's -- THEY CAN’T TALK BUT WE CAN, INC – They Can't Talk, But We Can Inc. is a nonprofit corporation providing advocate services for the child or youth with physical, emotional, behavioral, or learning disabilities. theycanttalkbutwecan.org



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