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The Perry City Council will hold a special meeting Thursday to consider its next move regarding the BioNitrogen project, which currently remains in limbo following the arrest of its now-former chief nancial ofcer/president Sept. 15 on an unrelated grand theft charge. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m., in the council chambers (located adjacent to City Hall). The city has provided a collateral guarantee for a $5 million loan for the company, but froze access to those funds following Bryan Kornegays arrest. The action came just as BioNitrogen was prepared to nalize it purchase of some 55 acres from Foley Timber & Land. This past Friday, council members and their county commission counterparts took part in a joint workshop with top ofcials from the start-up company who are working to locate their agship production plant here in Taylor County. BioNitrogen CEO/ Chairman Carlos Contreras, who is a degreed chemical engineer, opened by stating he had now assumed duties as acting president in the wake of Bryan Kornegays arrest in Hardee County. After the situation, I am stepping back in the saddle, Contreras said, addressing Korengays arrest head-on, stating it had nothing to do with this company. He has requested a leave of absence and the board has accepted. What that means is he has no authority, no signature authority and is not involved in our company business. We cannot take further action until his situation is resolved. Contreras stated the company had, as a precautionary measure, contacted an independent accounting rm to come in and conduct a forensic audit of their books. We have established an email where people can contact us with their questions, at info@ bionitrogen.com. We are excited to be a part of this project and excited to have the opportunity to bring 52 full-time jobs that will generate 250 indirect jobs to the community, he said. Contreras, a native of Bolivia who is now a U.S. citizen, obtained his engineering degrees in the states, attending college on a Rotary scholarship. He returned to his country and served as vice minister of the energy sector there and helped develop Bolivias Fine-free month at the libraryDo you have a book youve been meaning to return to the Taylor County Public Library? Now is the time as the entire month of October is ne-free month at the library.Flu shots available for senior citizensFlu shots will be available at the Taylor County Senior Citizens Center Wednesday, Oct. 8, for residents 55 and older starting at 3 p.m. Those wishing to receive the shot are asked to contact the senior center at 584-4924 no later than Oct. 6 Insurance/Medicare cards must be presented at the time of service; Medicaid patients will not be eligible for the shot. The fee for uninsured senior residents will be $20. The service is being provided by Walgreens.Basic sewing workshop offeredThe Taylor County Public Library will host a basic sewing workshop Saturday, Oct 4, at 10 a.m. There is a material fee of $5, but you bring home a great item you made, organizers said. To sign up for the workshop, visit www.3riverslibrary.com or call (850) 838-3512.Book sale set for Oct. 11The Friends of the Taylor County Public Library will hold its book sale Saturday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at the library.PAWS going Hawaiian SaturdayPAWS (Pets Are Worth Spaying) of Steinhatchee and Jena is once again going Hawaiian with an annual fund-raising event to help pet owners spay and neuter their dogs and cats. This years gala will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4, at The Landing in Steinhatchee, with dinner starting at 5 p.m. Auctioneer Gary Adkins will call for bids on goods and services, with a silent auction held concurrently, along with a rafe. Tropical attire is encouraged. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 per couple. Please contact Renee Field at 352214-6659 or Nancy Conrad at 352-498-7895 to reserve your tickets for the event. Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Religion . ................... A-7 Sports . ...................... A-8 Classieds . .............. A-9 Community . ............ A-10 Weather Wednesday 88 6920% Thursday90 7030% Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes Wednesday October 1, 2014 50 One Section53rd year, No. 40www.perrynewspapers.com News Forum Candidate #1 Niya Lawson Candidate #2 Haley Horner Candidate #3 Viva Gunter Candidate #6 Michayla Mitchell Candidate #7 Jharmara Simmons Candidate #4 Emily Arnold P aradise Candidate #5 Clara Taylor The 2014 Florida Forest Festival Distinguished Young Women (DYW) program will celebrate a Paradise is a State of Mind theme at Forest Capital Hall this Saturday, Oct. 4. Seven Taylor County High School seniors--Niya Lawson, Haley Horner, Viva Gunter, Emily Arnold, Clara Taylor Michayla Mitchell and Jharmara Simmons--will compete for the title of Taylor Countys Distinguished Young Woman and more than $3,000 in scholarships. Admission is $5 and tickets can be purchased at the door. Cindy Vees, owner of Cindy Vees & Associations, will serve as mistress of ceremonies for the 6 p.m. program. Special entertainment will be provided by dancers from Taylor Gymnastics, Cheer & Dance Studio; Casey Copeland will also be featured in a lyrical dance performance. Last years winner, 2013 Distinguished Young Woman Makenzie Cannon, will return to bid farewell and symbolically crown this years title holder. The Distinguished Young Women program is a unique opportunity for young women to showcase their achievements. The participants learn the true meaning of Be Your Best Self. Distinguished Young Women are recognized for scholastic achievement, community involvement, creativity and the quest for excellence in every facet of life. All of the young women compete in ve categories: interview, scholastic, talent, self-expression and tness, Co-Chair Sondra Jones said. We are excited for the participants. My co-chair, Tonya Benziger, and her husband Miles, welcomed the birth of their son, Samuel Joseph, on Sept. 6. Tonya oversees the production of the program and we are grateful to have assistance this year from Kimberly Shefeld. It is a great program and we appreciate all of our volunteers and sponsors. The participants have worked really hard and we hope the community will come out and support the program. The candidates are: Candidate #1 Niya Lawson Niya is the daughter of Angela Bell. Her interests include music, singing, dance and helping others. She attends Mt. Olive M. Baptist Church where she is a member of the choir, the Praise Dance Team and is president of the youth department. In school, she is a member 2014 Distinguished Young Women Program takes the stage at Forest Capital Hall Saturday, Oct. 4 Please see page 5 FINE FREE is a state of mind City council to decide fate of BioNitrogen project Thursday?Please see page 3BioNitrogen CEO/Chairman and Acting President Carlos Contreras, center, addressed the crowd at Fridays joint city-county workshop. He was joined by Vice President of Manufacturing and Design Ernie Iznaga, left, and Operations Manager Brian Samuels. Not pictured is bond specialist Donnie Cunningham. Citys stance: Trust but validate Duke Energy rst brought Taylor County to BioNitrogens attention as it helped the company search for potential plant sites in Florida. They had vetted them and introduced them to us, City Manager Bob Brown said on the heels of last Fridays joint workshop between city and county elected ofcials with chief ofcers of the company. The state of Florida has already authorized $300 million in bonds for their Hendry County project and have earmarked another $200,000 to $300,000 for improvements in the roads and rails into the site there. The company is a startup and, like most startups, has to spend a lot of money to get up and going. Once the engineering is completed and the land purchase is nalized, that will trigger the $300 million bond from Deutsche Bank, the (citys) $5 million will be repaid and any nancial risk to the city is over. The questions regarding the companys business plan and model are good if you want to invest as a stockholder, but the city is not doing that, Brown said. I like the old Ronald Reagan quotetrust but verify. We may trust you, but we always verify. We have a lot of companies coming to the development authority and even sending the city letters expressing an interest in coming here. When BioNitrogen expressed an interest, we did the verifying. All the people I talked with about the company, I found on my ownI tracked down the individual at Deutsche Bank who said the bank has set aside $810 billion in bond issues for the company to build several plants. He spoke very highly of the company. AMEC, I contacted their headquarters, one of their top executives is from Perry. I spoke with them. We veried the contacts with the biomass supplier and the co-op in Iowa. Ive seen the contracts, read them. We expect the city council to vote Thursday night whether or not to move forward. If they do vote to move forward, we have put an additional safeguard in place where all of the funds from the $5 million will be wired directly to the vendor, not to BioNitrogen.


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oil and gas industry. Vice President of Manufacturing and Design Ernie Iznaga, who is a mechanical engineer, said he has been with BioNitrogen for two years. He compared the current status of the project as we are at the end of the third-quarter and weve got the ball. BioNitrogen plans to utilize patented technology to convert biomass into urea fertilizer at a series of plants, including the one in Taylor County. According to Facilities Manager Brian Samuels, the company will take woody biomass and run it through a gasier, converting it into syngas. Additional processes will result in urea fertilizer as well as several other by-products which can be sold as well, he said. We are not just here with talks but with all the contracts and plans in place. We are working to have construction begin in the rst quarter of 2015. It has been a long journey and we are very close, Iznaga said. He also referenced the various companies involved in the planning and plan oversight, including AMEC and other leaders in the industry. We have a contract with a co-op out of Iowa that will buy 100 percent of the urea we produce for the next 25 years. It is a co-op that has $2.7 billion in assets. Our plan is real world class, with a rst class team. Attorney Donnie Cunningham, of JonesWalker, addressed the projects nancing, detailing state bond funds as well as a $300 million Deutsche Bank loan. Once the loan from Deutsche Bank is nalized, the rst action by the company will be to pay back the $5 million loan guaranteed by the City of Perry, Cunningham said. The rst draw on the funds (approximately $400,000) was approved by the city; we are ready for draw #2 to purchase the land and pay AMEC for the nal engineering plans, which is what we need to get the project nanceable, Cunningham said. County Commissioner Pat Patterson said she was in attendance to learn. When I read the article (about Kornegays arrest), I was alarmed. I want to make certain whenever we have an industry come in, they will take care of Taylor County like we will take care of Taylor County. But I also want them to be a strong community company, like Georgia-Pacic. I want the company to be involved in the community. I also want to make sure that the 50 jobs you are going to create in Taylor County that our people will have the opportunity to occupy those jobs. This will be our agship. Heres where well build the plant we will bring everyone to see. We also want to be model citizens for you, Contreras said. To the greatest extent possible, we will use local contractors. It is just good business, to hire locally so dont have the expense of bringing contractors in. I also love to hire former military personnel. One of the big draws to Taylor County was your training center and (the skills) students are coming out of that with. It is not just about the money, but the whole package, Iznaga said. Patterson: I want to make sure our people will have the opportunity to occupy those jobs BIONITROGEN Continued from page 1 Please see page 11 Taking part in the joint city-county workshop were: (l to r) Commissioner Pat Patterson, City Administrative Assistant Delois Clayton, Commissioner Pam Feagle, Councilwoman Venita Woofaulk, Commissioner Malcolm Page, Mayor Mike Deming, Councilwoman Shirlie Hampton and Councilman Alan Hall. A-3 Taco Times October 1, 2014


The local Run For Your Life Track Club will once again host two races during the Florida Forest Festival The Great Race 5k will be held festival morning (Saturday, Oct. 25) prior to the King Tree Parade, while the Kids Kilometer Fun Run is set for Friday, Oct. 24. Both events will raise funds for seven-year-old Gracie Tull in her ght against cancer, organizers said.We are trying to spread the word to get as many people signed up as possible, said Charles Praytor, ( Run For Your Life president.We are trying to promote tness and health in our community and we hope this will help. We are trying to get people to sign up before Oct. 9 so we can get all the shirts ordered for the race. The registration fee for the Great Race, on or before Oct. 9, is $20 (with guaranteed shirt) or $15 without a shirt. Registration on race day is $25 (with no shirt guaranteed). The Kids Kilometer will run a little more than half a mile through Downtown Perry. Participants will uncover prizes along the way and everyone will receive a set of runners dog tags at the end of the race. Registration for the Kids Kilometer is $10. For more information about either event, visit www.RunForYourLifeinc. org or www.GetFitPerry. com. Both events will also be costumed runs, so the runners can were costumes, Praytor said. We will have over 80 medals for the Great Race along with best costume medals for both races.A-4 Taco Times October 1, 2014 Living Island Girl puts scalloping on IFAS calendar Bettie Page and her 17-foot tunnel boat, Island Girl, took a crew of University of Florida IFAS (Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences) contacted me to take pictures of our bay scallops for the IFAS Extension Red Hats celebrate summer with a pool party By SANDY COLEMAN Wow, the energetic Sandy Toes Red Hats took off to Marcia Parkers house at Cedar Island to cool in the pool. We had an unusual array of foods, then to burn off those calories we had a dance contest to see who could wiggle, giggle and shake the best. When the heat was at 150 degrees, we bailed off in the pool to cool off. There were nine Red Hats who competed in the hilarious pool games. Have you ever tried to sit on a beach ball in the pool? Have you ever tried to swim across the pool with a l-on-g noodle between your legs? We had some ladies that lost their noodle. Game prizes and door prizes were won by: Cookie Workman, Kathy DeVitt, Betty Schombeau, Barbara Ducksworth, Peggy Parker, Cherie Rowell and Linda Brooks. We had three visitors join the sun and fun: Linda Brooks, Laura Sadler and Sattie Baker. Celebrating their August birthdays were: Vera Edwards, Cherie Rowell and Theresie Dardzinski. We welcome our newest member, Betty Schambeau. A special thank you to Marcia our queen for having 30 crazy Red Hats taking over her home, patio and pool. We even had a deputy come by and tell us we were having too much fun. See, we are all aged to perfection and really hard of hearing. So if you see us out and about, we are just funny Red Hat ladies laughing and loving life. For the Dog Days of August we dressed in our beautiful red and royal purple and stayed cool at Mamas Italian Restaurant. Our hostesses were Jo Ann Shinn, Norma Collins and Cookie Workman. There are seven birthday girls in August: Anna Bach, Judy Bell, Mary Carter, Vickie Collins, Jeanne Hlebak, Leanne Karstedt and Cookie Workman. Crazy fun games were played and the winners were Alice Lengl and Vera Edwards. Lots of love, hugs and smiles to our Perry Newspapers readers. Great Race, Kids KilometerFestival to feature 2 races hosted by Run for Your Life


A-5 Taco Times October 1, 2014 of Little Women and the yearbook staff. She plans to attend Troy University to earn her bachelors degree in social work. Her talent presentation will be a vocal performance on cups to Rather Be by Clean Bandit. Candidate #2 Haley Anne Horner Haley is the daughter of Jennifer Davis and Marty Horner. She currently attends Taylor County High School, while she is also dual enrolled at North Florida Community College as she works toward receiving her associates degree. Haley is the captain of the varsity cheerleading team, senior class vice-president, and an Upward Cheerleading coach. She enjoys Crosst at the Barnyard Gym, 4-H Cherry Lake Camp, tubing and wake-boarding, public speaking and performing arts. After graduation, she plans to attend the University of Florida to pursue a career in physical therapy. She will perform a musical skit to Its the Hard-Knock Life from Broadways Annie. Candidate #3 Viva Gunter Viva, the daughter of Vonda Whiddon and Troy Gunter, is a lifelong resident of Taylor County. Upon graduating, she plans to attend Troy University where she will major in theatre education. When Viva is not doing schoolwork she can be found in dance classes, playing the piano or singing. Viva also enjoys reading, making jewelry, helping her grandfather on his farm and participating in her church youth group. Her talent presentation will be a song and dance number to Im a Brass Band from Sweet Charity. Candidate #4 Emily Arnold Emily is the daughter of Cindy Arnold. Her hobbies include twirling her baton and horseback riding. She plans on going to college and becoming a veterinarian or an X-ray technician. She has one older sister and one younger brother. She will perform a baton twirling dance routine to Counting Stars by One Republic. Candidate #5 Clara Taylor Clara, the daughter of James and Nancy Taylor, is a senior at Taylor County High School. She is the majorette captain and an active member of the rst United Methodist church of Perry. Her future plans include attending Troy University where she will major in childhood education and family counseling. She also aspires to be a majorette in Troy Universitys Sound of The South marching band. Her talent presentation will be a baton twirling dance to Feeling Good by Michael Buble. Candidate #6 Michayla Mitchell Michayla is the daughter of Jim Mitchell and the late Sheila Mitchell. She has two brothers and two sisters. Her hobbies include cheerleading, soccer, reading and spending time with her family and friends. She plans on attending Jacksonville University to earn a bachelors degree in nursing and then continue her education to become a physicians assistant. She will perform a lyrical dance to Who You Are by Jessie J. for her talent presentation. Candidate #7 Jharmara Simmons Jharmara is the daughter of Lakechia Bryant and Gregory Simmons. She is an active member of Little Women and Taylor County High School Tumble Team. She is currently a competitive gymnastics coach and Taylor County Special Olympics gymnastics teacher. She enjoys anything sports-related, the outdoors and spending time with her family. Jharmara also attends North Florida Community College as a dual enrollment student. She is an active member of her Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church youth ministry. After graduation, Jharmara plans to attend Florida State University to purse a degree in mechanical engineering. She will perform an acrobatic routine to an instrumental medley for her talent presentation. PARADISE Continued from page 1 Candidates will sing, dance & twirl baton


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A-7 Taco Times October 1, 2014 Religion Marvin Hathccock Marvin Hathcock, 67, died Friday, Sept. 12, 2014, after an extended illness. Mr. Hathcock was born in Taylor County to Mae and the late Melvin Hathcock. He worked with Asplundiph Tree Services, Farriens and Burfords. He is survived by: one son, Henry Hathcock of Perry; one daughter, Sharon Wagonner of Indiana; three brothers, Richard (Sandi) Hathcock, Barney (Ann) Hathcock and Tommy (Sharon) Hathcock; three sisters, Annie Mae (Luke) Murphy, Charlsie Lee (Chuck) Shoaff and Charline Valentine; two grandchildren; and a host of neices and nephews. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Oct. 4, at 3 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church.Jannie Anne MillerJannie Anne Miller, 67, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. Services will be held in Georgia at River Stone Church on Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 a.m. Obituaries Homecoming planned Sunday at Lake Bird Lake Bird holds homecoming The Lake Bird Methodist Church will observe homecoming Sunday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Bro. Cricket Watson and there will be special music by his family. There will be a covered dish fellowship lunch following the service. The community is invited to attend. Faith Baptist welcomes gospel quartetFaith Baptist Church will present a performance by the River Jordan Gospel Quartet on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 10:30 a.m. Plan to come for some great gospel music, worship and fellowship, organizers said. After the service and performance, a free lunch will be served to all. Everyone is welcome. The church is located at 1439 Hwy. 19 North near the sports complex. For more information, call 584-2980.Mount Carmel hosts David and RustyNationally known singing evangelists David and Jill MacMeeken, along with the gospel ventriloquist team of David and Rusty, will be at Mount Carmel Baptist Church for a special bring a friend day on Sunday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Dinner on the grounds will follow the morning service. The church is located at 2975 Pisgah Rd. David and Rusty has received a number of prestigious awards. Gospel music fans voted them Christian Humorist of the Year nine years straight at the annual Gospel Post Fan Awards. In 2005, they were inducted into their Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Pastor Billy Gipson welcomes the community to come and bring a friend. For more information, call 584-2043. The Thomas Center Galleries is now showcasing The Heart of a Culture, an exhibition of the Santos of Xavier Colon Marrero. The showcase, which opened last week, will continue through Jan. 3, 2015, in the main gallery. Curated by Hector Puig, this exhibition features more than 25 carved Santos, representing the Virgin Mary in various manifestations. Introduced to the Americans centuries ago, the Santos tradition remains strong today with carvers (santeros) such as the 23-year-old Marrero, who was recently honored with the prestigious Fomento Medal as Puerto Ricos Young Artisan of the Year. The gallery is located at 302 NE 6th Ave. in Gainesville. For more information, visit GvlCulturalAffairs.org or call (352) 334-ARTS.Gainesville gallery features exhibition of carved Santos More than 25 carved Santos, representing the Virgin Mary, are on display at the Thomas Center Galleries in Gainesville.


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A-10 Taco Times October 1, 2014 Community A country state of mind Taylor Countys Katherine Crawford and Dylan Wilson joined fellow S.W.A.T. (Students Working Against Tobacco) members from 18 counties in Northwest Florida working to bring awareness on the effects of tobacco products by participating in International Costal Cleanup Day, Sept. 20. (Right) The students traveled to Panama City and joined in a beach cleanup effort targeting cigarette butt litter. (Left) The pair also presented a display showcasing the Floridians who die every day due to tobaccorelated illnesses. Music fans gathered at Forest Capital State Park this past Country in the Pines own Adam Brock, left, performed both days with headliners 309C and Tobacco Road rocking their unique country sound into the night. The festivities include a Mud Truck show and tours of an interactive display courtesy of the U.S. Army.


A-11 Taco Times October 1, 2014 A-11 T aco Times October 1, 2014 Ta ylor Correctional Institution is now hiring certified and trainee Correctional Officers.You may come in and apply at the institution or apply online at peoplefirst.myflorida.com Click on the drop down menu under Browse Jobs By County Select the county you wish to search jobs in and click on the search button. Scroll down to PublicSafety and Security and click on CORRECTIONAL OFFICER, requisition number 70009909. This will take you to the job description click on Begin Application Process to Apply Follow directions to apply for the position.Applicants must be at least 19 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent, willing to take a drug and physical e xam and possess a valid Driver's License.Applicants must pass a background investigation, which includes after July 1, 1981 no f elony convictions or a misdemeanor involving perjury or f alse statement, nor have received dishonorable discharge from any of the Armed Forces of the United States.In addition, a misdemeanor conviction of domestic violence prohibits employment.All other criminal charges will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Contact the recruitment office at (850) 838-4034 for more information.The Department is a drug-free workplace.The Department is an Equal Opportunity employer.If you require an accommodation to participate in the application/ selection process, please contact the hiring authority or personnel office in advance.Certain veterans and spouses of veterans receive preference in employment by the state as provided by Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, and are encouraged to apply. To contact us, call Recruitment at: (850) 838-4034 9/12-10/03, TCI SERVICES A to Z Farm and Lawn Service Land clearing, tree trimming/ removal, dump truck service, harrowing, bush hog mowing, rake wo r k, dirt leveling and complete lawn service.Call 584-6737. AZ LEGALS rfnnt b bbbbb bbbbb b bbb b bb bbbbb bbbb bbb b bb bnrb rrnfb bbb n r r n r n f rn r r rr bbb bb bbbb bbb b bbb b brnf bbbb b bb b bbb b bb b r brf b bb b bb rr bbb bbbb brf bbnr br bb b b bb bb bbb b b br fbb bbbb bb bb f bb b fn r nr rr f fr f rf bb bbb bbbb b bb bbb b bbb b b b b bb bbbr bb b bbnnr f r bftfr t bbb r bb bbb bb r bbb bbbb bb bb r bb b bbb bb bbb bbbb bb b bbb bb b b r rt bb bbbr bbb b brn bb b bbb r brr btn tnrf b b rb br r rn t f b b bb rb bb bb b rn t b b b bbb bbbbb bbb r bbb rbb bb b t t t rf ff rrf ff rrf ff f n fb r bb b bbbbb b bb bbbbbbb b bbbb bb bbb bbb bbb rffnt rbrt bbbb b btff bb btff r bb br b t b b f rt b b b trrf bbbbb b bb rn bbb bb bbb frr I concur with Commissioner Patterson. I am very concerned with the events related to Mr. Kornegay. Will Bryan be back? Commissioner Pam Feagle asked. It is an evolving situation. I have not asked him if he is guilty or not. I want him to deal with the situation and then well make a decision, Contreras said. Why not just get the $300 million and do your project? Feagle asked. The $5 million is part of the $300 million. Once we get the $300 million, then the $5 million goes away. It is a short-term obligation, Cunningham said. What most concerns me and the citizens is will we be able to look at the books and see that everything is where it needs to be? Councilwoman Venita Woodfaulk said. Certainlywe will share the results of the audit with you, Contreras said. The elephant in the room is Mr. Korengay. I understand he has taken a leave of absence. Is he a stockholder? Commissioner Malcolm Page asked. Yes, he is a stockholder. But there is a big difference in being a stockholder and running day-to-day operations, Contreras said. This reminds me of Jimbo Fisher and Jameis Winstonwhat youve done is suspended him for half of the Clemson game. I am willing as one commissioner to sit back and let you do the audit. The issue with Mr. Kornegay needs to be resolved, but I am willing to wait, Page said. Once youve resolved the issue with Mr. Kornegay I will feel a whole lot better to move forward, City Councilwoman Shirlie Hampton said. He is no longer involved today and he will no longer be involved. I am going to be absolutely crystal clear: I am the rst one to be very hard when it comes to mattersI want to be clear and straightforward. I am not going to be the head of a corporation that doesnt have in its roster people who are completely honest, Contreras said. Members of the public then took the podium to ask questions. Former city manager Bill Brynes was rst on the sign-up sheet and red questions at the panel regarding the companys reporting to the Security Exchange Commission (SEC). Youve got no cash, no sales, youve got nothing except one billion shares of stock, Brynes said. Van Edith Burford, whose property borders the land where the plant would be built, expressed her concern regarding the increased noise level the project would bring. The land you are talking about has a lot of water where is it going to drain? Into my property? I have always heard it takes a big person to step up and admit when he has made a mistake. Ill wait and see who will be the bigger person here, she said, addressing the city and county ofcials. J.T. Davis told the delegation we get upset when we think something has happened with money. I think we would all feel better if you got rid of Kornegay. Becky Jerrells, who said her property also adjoins the land being sought for the plant, inquired about pollution concerns and the use of black liquor. What biomass are you using? she asked. I have no idea what black liquor youre talking about. Our feedstock will be wood biomass, Operations Manager Brian Samuels said. Next time, look for clean jobs, Janice Blair told the local elected ofcials. I think most people have a condence issue. Most biomass conversions have a shaky history, Richard Feagle said. He also asked to review the companys business plan and said, you say you have these contracts in placegive us the numbers. Iznaga said he could not share condential, proprietary information. That would give our competitors the advantage. Dan Simmons questions the feasibility of the companys plan to utilize natural gas versus wood when natural gas is now cheaper than wood. None of us here are accountantsIm an engineer, Carlos is a chemical engineerwe are not accountants. We have accountants. I will be happy to share information with you, but we are not going to give away trade secrets, Iznaga said. On Monday, Contreras sent the following message to Brown: I feel the need to be explicit and further clarify Mr. Kornegays status with BioNitrogen. Mr. Kornegays terms of his leave of absence means that he has been relieved of all duties and that all of his authority with BioNitrogen, including nancial accounts and nancial records, were and remain suspended. Mr. Kornegays leave and suspension of all duties and authority with the company will remain unchanged as long as the City of Perrys cash collateral account remains in place. JOBS Continued from page 3 BioNitrogen CEO: Kornegay relieved of all duties