Recallers Pass Number Of Names Needed For Littlefield Recall

Lawsuit Expected To Seek To Block Nov. 2 Mayoral Vote

Friday, August 27, 2010

The recall of Mayor Ron Littlefield was apparently accomplished on Friday afternoon as the number of valid signatures rose to just above the number needed.

Charlotte Mullis-Morgan, election administrator, said shortly after 5 p.m. that the office had validated 9,071 of the 14,708 names brought in by the recallers. The number needed was 8,957.

Mr. Littlefield remains as mayor until the election and either he or another candidate is selected by the voters.

Richard Beeland, spokesman for Mayor Littlefield, said if the mayor is recalled "he will absolutely run again and will run harder than ever."

Ms. Mullis-Morgan said the recall would likely mean "that we will be in court next week."

Mayor Littlefield has retained attorney Hal North to represent him.

One issue likely to be cited is whether or not state law is controlling on a recall. Under state law, the recallers would need over 15,000 valid signatures. The Election Commission recently ruled that the less-strict city charter standard applied. However, it was noted that "there are arguments on both sides."

The election panel set a deadline of Sept. 7 for candidates for mayor to apply. Mayor Littlefield will be eligible to run. Sept. 9 is the final day to withdraw.

Ms. Mullis-Morgan said the ballot has to be finalized by Sept. 11 because the office must begin sending out ballots to military overseas on Sept. 18.

A number of candidates could get in the race if it makes the Nov. 2 ballot.

Among those mentioned are state Senator Andy Berke, County Commissioner Jim Coppinger, former mayoral candidate Rob Healy, City Council members Andrae McGary and Peter Murphy, former mayoral candidate Ann Coulter and recall leader Jim Folkner.

Bobby Petty, one of the recall leaders, said the group plans to continue working to gather more names prior to the deadline on Monday at 4 p.m.

"We will work Saturday, Sunday and Monday to gather another 4,000 names," he said.

Mr. Petty said, "We didn't do this for ourselves. We did it for the taxpaying citizens and the elderly. We did it to try to get transparency and honest government."

The recall was started following a city property tax increase and stormwater fee rise.


Hamilton, Bradley Schools To Have 2-Hour Delay Wednesday; UTC To Open At 10; Other Closings And Delays

Hamilton County, Cleveland Schools and Bradley County Schools will have two-hour delays on Wednesday morning due to the threat of icy road conditions. UTC will open at 10 a.m. on Wednesday . Classes begin and offices open at 10 a.m . Chattanooga Christian School will have a two-hour delay, beginning at 10 a.m. Catoosa County, Murray County and Whitfield County ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Mayor Gee Lauds Town Staff In State Of The Town Report

Signal Mountain Mayor Dick Gee presented the annual “State of the Town” report at the council meeting Monday night. A full report was in print form. In his speech, the mayor hit on what he considered to be the highlights for the fiscal year of 2014-2015.   Ask a realtor the criteria for determining the value of a house, he said, and the answer is always “location, ... (click for more)

Rick Smith Should Not Be Paid To Leave

Taxpayers of Hamilton County should take note that a majority of the members of the school board are getting ready to give Rick Smith the buyout that he wants.  Do you agree that someone should be paid for taking the coward's way out?  Rick Smith should be fired for cause. Not paid to leave.   If you don't want the board members to pay him off, call or ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Momma Bears Roar

If I could count Hamilton County’s best educators on one hand, Normal Park Elementary Principal Jill Levine would be the biggest finger. What she and her faculty and a dazzling commitment from both her students and parents have accomplished is an educational dream. I am told people literally move to North Chattanooga just so their children will be zoned for the award-winning school. ... (click for more)

Bradley Early Favorite In Region 4-AAA Wrestling

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- We're getting down to the fun part of the high school wrestling season. All of the dual meets have been held and the State Duals are complete as well. Now it's time to see how many individuals each team can qualify for next week's traditional state tournament and that's the purpose of this weekend's regional action. The Bradley Bears, who breezed to ... (click for more)

McMasters Celebrates Senior Night With 1,000th Point

Tuesday was a special day for Claire McMasters, one that she'll probably remember the rest of her life. She was one of three young ladies who were honored on Senior Night at Grace Baptist Academy -- the other two being Katie Stead and Ebony Ransby --  and she put an exclamation point on the evening by scoring her 1,000th point to end the first quarter. Unfortunately, ... (click for more)