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- Lawsuit against Gordon's mayor heads to court Thurday May 6, 2014 at 1:50 PM EST Seven people in Gordon are asking a judge to remove Mary Ann Whipple Lue and order her to pay damages and court costs.
MAYOR OF GORDON GA.
GORDON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Multiple people were kicked out, and the mayor adjourned Monday's city council meeting early.
Council met with several big issues up for discussion, including an update on the city's insurance situation and moving forward with paying the man who conducted the city's financial audit.
However, about 30 minutes into the meeting, audience members started speaking out against Mayor Mary Whipple-Lue, something that's become common in recent meetings.
The mayor started throwing people out. That's when two ladies in the audience got into a verbal argument after one claimed the other was filming her.
Eventually, Gordon police escorted both women out of the building. The mayor then called for the meeting to be adjourned.
Councilman Terry Reese mentioned Bill Baskett, the auditor, had come all the way from Atlanta to make a presentation on his findings and move forward in his investigation, so the mayor decided to put the meeting back in session.
City attorney Joseph Boone told her it wasn't the best idea to do that, since starting a new meeting without advertising it could be a violation of the Open Meeting Law.
Racial tension continues
One lady who was escorted out of the meeting told some members of the audience they were racist, and audience members fired back, saying "You are!"
It's just another incident in a string of several in the town that involve accusations of racism.
One man we spoke with says he travels to small towns all over Georgia that are in similar situations. He says the only reason people don't support Whipple-Lue is because she's black.
"What I saw here tonight is no different than what's happening in Quitman, what's happening in Meigs, what's happening in Dawson, what's happening in Davisboro, what's happening here of course," George Boston Rhynes says. "It's everywhere that there's a black mayor in power. If they're newly elected, this is what is happening."
City gets one more month before insurance runs out
Before the abrupt adjournment, Boone informed the mayor and council they have an extra month before the city's insurance runs out, because they weren't given enough notice the insurance wouldn't be renewed.
He says since the insurance company sent a non-renewal letter instead of a termination letter, the city was supposed to be given more notice.
The original date that non-renewal status would have kicked in was May 1st. The city now has until the start of June to find another provider.
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