Freedom of the press no longer exists for Tyrone. At least not at Tyrone's Official Legal Organ the Fayette Daily News.

In support of Barry Amos & Michael Smola, editors have quietly refused to print numerous investigative stories about Tyrone's government. Important information that the citizens need to know about such things as illegal zoning, the taking without compensation of property rights, the real story about downtown redevelopment, the dangerous water moccasin snake story at Shamrock Park and developer disecretion of an old cemetery and the mud story were thoroughly investigated by citizens, given to reporters and put on the shelf. The "good old boy" political network lives on. CITIZENS AWAKE! Vote out Tyrone's gestapo government. Elect Tracy Young, Gordon Shenkle and Don Rehwaldt. Demand the government repeal ordinance #454.

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Submitted by Tyrone Aries on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 7:37pm.

The AJC has already expressed interest in the story regarding Barry Amos and his illegal activities, as well as the apparent squashing of free speech in local newspapers. And just to save some of you the time of writing clearly erroneous responses - the law is this: if a privately owned newspaper or any private media outlet suppresses investigatory articles or free speech about Barry Amos because the editor is friends with Barry or because Barry or another town employee calls in a favor, that will subject the private newspaper to liability for violating the First Amendment under the legal theory of state action/symbiotic relationship. It is amazing how many people don't know the basics of our legal system.

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Submitted by hutch866 on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 7:53pm.

I have no stake in this but I see you throwing out all kinds of charges and accusations but I don't see you offering any proof, let's see the proof. As far as suppressing articles, if the paper chooses not to investigate, what can you do about it?

I yam what I yam...Popeye

Submitted by Tyrone Aries on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 9:45pm.

The government always tries to suppress free speech. They can't do it directly but Barry obviously has friends at the Citizen and the Fayette Daily News. I am going to take the story to the Atlanta Journal and Constitution and the major tv networks. They love these kinds of grass roots, human interest stories. I bet there would be a lot more coverage of the serious problems that Barry has created in Tyrone if the AJC were involved.

Our biggest problem in Tyrone is the same as anywhere in the country. TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT. They take our money and make promises inevitably unkept and are making money in unimaginable ways behind the scenes. I'll say it til it changes "Tyrone is corrupted" by the presence of Barry Amos.

Submitted by bladderq on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 9:25pm.

The Pit-Viper (In Norte Americana: the moccasins & rattlers) has eliptical eyes.

As far as the reference to the movie Lonesome Dove (Wasn't that a chix cowboy movie?), you won't find the Southern water snake that far West. It was a movie afterall. And could that other dude, the I-witness to the death of the waterskier in the BULLrushes, PLEASE, provide some info on Where? When? I think you saw an Urban "Legend." I'd heard the one about the kid who jumped off a bridge & was bitten so many times he was dead before he even hit the water.
Let's try to be Christain & love all God's creatures, even Eve's snake. They do serve a purpose & eat rats.

Submitted by ConfushaSay on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 11:07pm.

Bladderq, reread your own post above.

You said "let's try to be Christian and love all God's creatures, even Eve's snake."

Of course, I love God's creatures except
Amos & Eve's snake which is satan.

Submitted by ConfushaSay on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 6:44pm.

Bladderq, Do you know that Eve's snake is Satan?

Submitted by bladderq on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 10:31pm.

I certainly remember from Sunday School (Methodist) that the snake was a symbol for the Devil in the Garden o’ Eden story. But, if God is the big 3 O’s…. Omnipresent, Omnificent and Omnipotent, didn’t he know this was going to happen? Didn’t he allow it to happen? You certainly are not suggesting that the Devil is God’s equal?
You know, Judas git’s a bad rap in the way things worked out. Without his betrayal, there would have been no trial & crucifiction. Didn’t Jesus know beforehand that he would be betrayed?
NOW, if someone will produce that big news article about the fisherman in Tyronne’ fighting the snake for his catch or his life or the dead skier in the bullrushes (Baby Moses) or the death on a log flume ride, we can give some credibility to these Tyronne’ cry-babies. Looks like there are about 3 over there who care.

Submitted by ConfushaSay on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 11:09pm.

whaaaa..... whaaaa... whaaaa

Submitted by skyspy on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 9:42pm.

10-15yrs ago wasn't a little girl killed on the water ride when a moccasin fell or jumped out of a tree and bit her many times. It was a long time ago. That story has stayed with me. I had moved here just before this happened, it was shocking.

Submitted by bladderq on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 9:59pm.

Uhhh...git back to me on this one w/ some research. You are more likely to lose your legs on a ride (this summer) than to have a "water" snake fall out of a tree & happen to land in a moving ride.
But then again, a Wicken won the Mega.
I did try to find how many KIA's during 'nam were snake bite & couldn't but 5 rings an old bell.

Submitted by Tyrone Aries on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 10:06pm.

It's just a diversion from the real issues of Tyrone's incompetent governnment. There is no way a water snake fell out of a tree and blah blah blah - diversion and lie.

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Submitted by smartypants on Sun, 09/02/2007 - 11:34am.

gossip and crap.

Submitted by thelonerangerof... on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 9:59am.

When the Dollar General Store was under construction next to Tyrone Tire Co., a big rain came up. The improperly installed silt screens gave way and 6 inches of mud flowed into the office and waiting room of Tyrone Tire. Tyrone employs an environmental inspector, so property owner Wayne Adams called Barry Amos. With his usual stoic straight face Amos replied, "if it happens again, call me." Adams spent the next several days shoveling mud. Go by Tyrone Tire and let Wayne tell you the story. While you're there, sign the petition to hire a new town manager.

Submitted by Boo on Sun, 09/02/2007 - 2:53pm.

Parents don't allow your children near the public lake behind Shamrock Park. A citizen fishing in the lake this summer was besieged and nearly bitten by agressive poisonous water moccasins. Not one but many. One moccasin attacked the fish he had caught. The overgrowth around the lake has become a breeding nest. Since this is government property, the problem was reported to Barry Amos, Town Mgr. As usual Amos ignored the complaint. Other citizens investigated the necessity of a clean-up which the town would not do. They took the story to the Fayette News and the Editors just flatly refused to print it, because this story would negatively reflect on Amos.

Submitted by Tyrone Aries on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 9:56pm.

Would all of you snake-ologists please stop with the snake education? You totally miss the point. There are problems upon problems in Tyrone and when Barry Amos, the town manager, is made aware of them, he does nothing! He does not care about the citizens needs in Tyrone. Neither do those who are dumb enough to hitch their star to Barry Amos' wagon!! Tyrone is about to see a real change. There are many, many angry citizens whose lives Barry Amos has intentionally and maliciously interferred to the point of no return. Tyrone will not rest until Barry Amos is out of the town, just like he was put out in PTC and Senoia!! At least your consistent, Barry. Way to go!!

I take back the snake education comment and ask you snake folks, what kind of snake is Barry Amos??

Submitted by ConfushaSay on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 6:12pm.

Answer: The worse kind of all. A snake in the grass.

Submitted by bladderq on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 10:07pm.

You only weakened your original post by mentioning some lame snake report at the lake. You should have just said it is un-kempt. YOU tried to inflame the discussion. Sorry but most us never venture into Tyrone since the 4 lane bypass was completed 15 yrs ago. Now, I did go that way to git to Newnan while the 54 construction was going on but there is not much need now.

I look forward to your progress w/ the AJC & other media. I have had luck w/ Kevin Duffy if he is still there..

There are a couple of the other Bill of Rights you should be concerned w/... starting w/ the 4th, 6th, 8th & later the 14th. They gits trampled everyday.

Submitted by Boo on Thu, 09/06/2007 - 5:34pm.

If you want proof of the snake problem, call Lee Coleman at the Fayette News. He investigated the story.

Submitted by Tyrone Aries on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 10:15pm.

I did not make the original post about the snakes dude!

Submitted by ATLtoPTC on Sun, 09/02/2007 - 8:46pm.

Water Moccasins are not aggressive snakes. They are actually shy creatures who will choose escape over attack if given the choice. However, they WILL bite if they feel threatened, and yes, their bite is dangerous.

I grew up in GA running through the woods and swimming in the Chattahoochee with my brother and friends. I don't know of one person (friends or friends of friends) who was ever bitten by a water moccasin, even though we regularly saw them and other water snakes. Once again, let me be clear - moccasins WILL bite - but you have to really provoke them, which would be stupid!

Also, there are a lot of snakes that LOOK like water moccasins - so if you see a lot of water snakes in an area, they may or may not all be water moccasins. Of water snakes, ONLY water moccasins are poisonous - the other "look alike" water snakes in our area are not. Of course, unless you are a trained snake expert, ALL water snakes need to be treated with caution & care, but you are just as likely to encounter a non-poisonous water snake as you are a poisonous water moccasin.

Here's a link with info on water moccasins:
Is That Really a Water Moccasin?
(let's hope I formatted that link correctly.....)

Submitted by oldbeachbear on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 7:47am.

This dangerous semi-aquatic snake is truly an aggressive reptile that will stand its ground or even approach an intruder. I also went bare footed as a child in a state that has a lot more than here. They will bite and are aggressive. Not only that, they are the only snakes that can, and will, bite you under water. I've been sking when someone was dropped off in an area of willows that weren't normally used. The guy came up screaming with snakes all over him. He was dead before they could get him to the hospital. I was there. This is rare, but does happen. Ever see 'Lonesome Dove' the movie? Remember the guy falling off his horse in the muddy water and being bitten? They will be in a ball in the water.

Submitted by ATLtoPTC on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 9:54am.

According to (I love snopes for debunking urban legends!) and a FL snake expert that they contacted, there are no documented cases of a water skiier falling into a "nest" of snakes and dying of multiple water moccasin bites. I am truly sorry for your friend if this is how he met his fate, and you may need to set the record straight for others. However, experts state that water moccasins do NOT form "nests" in the water; they are solitary creatures (sorry - Hollywood moviemakers like to use a little creativity to make things more dramatic - they aren't usually in the business of being factual).

Snopes: Cottonmouth Legend

And here is a PDF of a brochure produced in cooperation with the University of Georgia, that once again states that "This is not an aggressive snake that attacks without provocation, and rarely does it strike when harassed."

Water Moccasins

However, I have no doubt that a water mocassin WILL bite when it feels its territory and safety are being threatened. But with less than one human death (on average) documented each year from water moccasin bites, I think most of us are pretty safe around local waters if we all use common sense.

I'm not saying that water moccasins are cuddly as cute little Easter bunnies, but they are a very important part of our ecosystem and should be treated with respect, not uninformed fear. All I ask is that people learn the facts and not just rumors & legends.

Submitted by skyspy on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 8:00am.

I was walking my dog on a bridge over a creek in PTC and saw a water moccasin sunning himself. As soon as he saw us on the bridge he started to strike at the bridge to get to us. They seem very aggressive to me.
I also have had a problem with a large copperhead in my yard. He stood his ground instead of leaving. He left the hard way. He was choosing to commit suicide by coming into my yard. I was just there to help him.

Submitted by ConfushaSay on Sun, 09/02/2007 - 1:07pm.

I can't believe that for 30+ years you've been in Tyrone and all you can say is "gossip and crap". You really do need to become "education" (educated).

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Submitted by Fyt35 on Mon, 09/03/2007 - 12:53pm.

Oh my God! I think what you encountered on the lake was the famous Chupacabras!

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