Bankston Says Whiskey Production In Chattanooga Won't Fly On Economic Argument; Explains Position On Setting Commission Pay

Sunday, November 25, 2012
Chester Bankston
Chester Bankston

County Commissioner Chester Bankston said he does not go along with the argument that whiskey production should be allowed in Hamilton County in order to give the economy a boost.

He said, "If they say it's going to help the economy, they're wrong. If you look at the 10 jobs and compare it to the indigent costs caused by alcohol at places like CADAS and Erlanger, there's no comparison.

"That costs the taxpayers millions of dollars."

He added, "If the only argument is for the economy, then we shouldn't be doing it."

Commissioner Bankston said he won't sign a letter urging the local legislative delegation to include Hamilton County among the counties where whiskey can be produced.

At last count, there were five of the needed six signatures on the letter.

But Commissioner Bankston said he did sign a letter that would allow members of the County Commission to set their own salaries.

He said he did so because the way it stands now every time county employees get a raise, the commissioners and the county mayor get one too.

"There are times when the employees need a raise and the commissioners and county mayor should not get one. The way it is now, it's automatic," he said.

He added, "I didn't sign it so I could give myself a raise."


HCSO Issues Narcan To Personnel To Protect Against Accidental Fentanyl Overdoses

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has launched a program to protect deputies who might come into contact with fentanyl.  The Sheriff’s Office is one of the few law enforcement agencies in this area issuing Narcan to its officers. In powder form, Fentanyl, a drug classified as an opioid, which can be absorbed through the skin and accidentally inhaled, and has become ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Issuing Narcan To Its Officers To Combat Effects Of Fentanyl

With a rise in use of opioids like heroin and fentanyl, the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has launched a new program to protect deputies who might come into contact with fentanyl.  The Sheriff’s Office is one of the few law enforcement agencies in the area issuing Narcan to its officers.   Authorities said, "In powder form, Fentanyl, a drug classified as ... (click for more)

Make America Good Again - And Response

“No people can be great, who have ceased to be virtuous.”   Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784) Last week I witnessed first hand the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. As I observed the happenings within the Quicken Arena, the one theme that continued to pop up again and again, was  Make America Great Again .  Of course, that being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Keep Mike Carter’s Genius

Mike Carter, who has just been chosen as the “Best Overall” member of the Tennessee Legislature by a group known as the Tennessee Forum and “Legislator of the Year” by Citizens for Home Rule, is truly both. A lawyer and then a Sessions Court judge for 8 ½ years, he is overwhelmingly favored to win a third term during next Thursday’s election and rightly so. While it is laudable ... (click for more)

Dunbar Promoted To Head Wrestling Job At Ooltewah

J.D. Dunbar had been promoted to head wrestling coach at Ooltewah High School. Dunbar, an assistant with the Owls’ mat program since 2012, becomes a head coach for the first time at the high school level. He replaces Bryant Blackmon, who recently resigned. The 36-year-old Dunbar is also the school’s strength and conditioning coach and assistant head football coach on ... (click for more)

Another Big Week For Chattanooga Football Club

More than 10,000 fans gathered at Finley Stadium last Saturday to see a 5-3 penalty kick win over Miami United.   CFC keeper Gregga Hartley made a save and scored the winning penalty kick, helping his team to advance to the national semifinals on Saturday.  They will host Sonoma County Sol at 7:30 in the comfy confines of "Fort Finley"  Chattanooga is the top ... (click for more)