Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: CMS Says Alert System Is Failure; Candidates Visit NC

Feb 14, 2020

Friday, Feb. 14, 2020

The death knell has sounded on the Crisis Alert System at CMS.  CMS officials say it doesn’t work but the company disagrees.  The Town of Matthews is back in the good graces of CMS.  CMPD Chief Kerr Putney says he’s set with all he needs for crowd control at the Republican Convention, and hot off his New Hampshire primary win, Bernie Sanders comes to Charlotte. 

Clockwise from top left: Glenn Burkins,; David Boraks, WFAE; Erik Spanberg, the Charlotte Business Journal; Nick Ochsner, WBTV

On this Valentine’s Day edition of the Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup…

Who’s right? CMS says their crisis alert system still doesn’t work, and they want their money back. But that company, Centegix says they fixed our school safety alarms. We’ll talk about what happened this week.

In other CMS news, the town of Matthews has made up with the school system, saying it no longer wants to form its own municipal charter school…. AND CMS is requesting more money from the county to finish its 2017 bonds projects. The county wants accountability. We go through the details.

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney told City Council that Charlotte already has the crowd control powers the department needs for the RNC, and that he wouldn’t be asking for additional ordinances for this summer’s convention. We’ll discuss what he told council.

And hot off his win in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders is headed for the Queen City. Mike Bloomberg was also in North Carolina this week and scored a new endorsement from Mayor Vi Lyles.

We’ll take you through those stories and much more on the Local News Roundup, on the next Charlotte Talks.


Erik Spanberg, managing editor for the Charlotte Business Journal

Glenn Burkins, founder and publisher of

Nick Ochsner, WBTV news reporter 

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE