Sad Day In Hamilton County

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

As I read the story of Chief Parsons in the CTFP I thought back to 1980 when I first met Jim Hammond. He was chief under H.Q. Evatt. I met him at a prayer breakfast at Sambo's on Brainerd Road. I had been a police officer in Chattanooga in the 1960's. Jim struck me as a good leader with strong character and standards. Over the years I always believed he would make a good sheriff for this county. I have supported him each time he has run for office and recommended him to my friends.

Over the past few years he has been in office Jim has gradually changed. When he was chief under H.Q. he spoke for the department and not a "spokesman." What troubles me about the story of Chief Parsons is that he has been let slide several times. In this story is seems he was accused of  having committed six offenses plus lying. Bad enough for an underling but a chief?

As I remember other instances in the Sheriffs Department there seems to have been a gradual change as now it maybe okay to harass employees and be untruthful if you are a captain or below.

The man I met years ago may have changed over the years to being just another politician. Today everyone wants transparency but no one is willing to step up to the plate. Just one question: What does it take to get fired from a political job? 

N.D. Kennedy Sr.
Ooltewah


Roy Exum: Our Insult To Israel

I am deeply saddened that over two dozen members of Congress – all Democrats – will be boycotting a speech by Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, when he speaks in Washington tonight. I am also offended that the President of the United States will not receive Netanyahu prior to the speech – a customary gesture on such occasions – because he claims it is too close to ... (click for more)

Remembering Dr. Jack Willke - And Response

When I first became active as a Right-to-Life leader in 1975, Dr. Jack Willke (and his wife, Barbara) were the preeminent leaders at the National level.  Rarely did you see one without the other. They literally wrote the book used by Pro-Life activists everywhere, The Handbook on Abortion . I carried it everywhere and studied it over and over. Their books sold ... (click for more)

County Commission Votes 5-4 In Favor of Middle Valley Neighborhood Walmart

The County Commission on Wednesday voted 5-4 to allow a Walmart Neighborhood Center at Middle Valley Road and Thrasher Pike. Voting in favor were Jim Fields, Chester Bankston, Greg Beck, Warren Mackey and Joe Graham. Opposed were Marty Haynes, Sabrena Smedley, Tim Boyd and Randy Fairbanks. Commissioner Haynes, the District 3 representative where the project is located, ... (click for more)

1 Killed, 1 Seriously Injured In Hixson Pike Crash

One driver was killed and another seriously injured in a Hixson Pike crash on Wednesday morning. At approximately  6:23  a.m., the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 6600 Hixson Pike for a traffic crash.  Officers discovered that two vehicles collided head on.   One driver was pronounced deceased on scene.  The other driver was transported ... (click for more)

Double Overtime Thriller: Central Boys Going To State

For all the folks who came to Chattanooga State Tuesday night for the Class AA sectional battle between Livingston Academy and Region 3-AA champ Central, they got their money's worth and more. And they even got some free basketball to boot. Needing a couple of overtimes, the Purple Pounders will be heading to Murfreesboro and MTSU's Murphy Center next week for the TSSAA State ... (click for more)

Blackman Blazes A Trail To State By Bashing Bradley, 55-35

(Story will be updated) MUFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Class AAA state champions are still alive and well. Blackman raced past outmanned Bradley Central, 55-35, Tuesday night in a Class AAA sectional victory that blazed a path right to the boys state tournament at nearby Middle Tennessee State University starting on March 11. The Blaze (24-5) will be making their fourth ... (click for more)