Going Forward - And Response

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Congratulations to all members of the City Council.  Mayor Berke’s inauguration speech made it clear that every Chattanoogan is part of positive movement for our city.

Now that they are sworn members of the Council (was that a long oath or what?)  how are the people who were candidates for office not so long ago going to coalesce into a working unit?  Seven of them are new to public service and to each other.   It would be nice for them to issue separate statements about how they are going to meet challenges as a group. 

Most of us know the representative from our district, but not those from others, and they will have to be a team to get things done.  As a unit, they will make important decisions for our city.

Council members, please consider this request.  

Robbie Moore

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I think we will find the teamwork you suggest with the election of Mr. Hakeem as Chair and Mr. Henderson as Vice-Chair on unanimous votes. A good start for diversity of opinion and civility.

Well done, Council.

Mark Rudisill

Smoking And Shooting - And Response

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Sharia's Threat To Constitutional Law

This past month, G.O.P. hopeful Dr. Ben Carson went from upstart political novice to a red-hot topic of political debate with his outspoken pronouncement of never endorsing a Muslim for President.  He later (I believe) clarified his position when he stated more clearly that he took a firm stance of no Muslim should become President of the United States because of his (the doctor’s) ... (click for more)

City Council Approves 8-Story Height For Proposed Building Behind The Chattanooga Choo Choo

A day after the Planning Commission rejected  a seven-story apartment building on the 1200 block of Cowart Street, the City Council approved a building that could rise to eight stories behind the Chattanooga Choo Choo. After the meeting, Jon Kinsey, former mayor and Choo Choo managing partner, said, "We are not planning an eight-story building. We just went through the ... (click for more)

Lee University Social Media Threat Suspect Identified, Charged And In Custody

Lee University student Olayinka Opaso, from Nigeria, 18, confessed on Tuesday to a senior Lee University official about his involvement in the Yik Yak post describing potential threats to Lee University students. Opaso was immediately placed into custody by the campus security director, Matt Brinkman. Mr. Brinkman transported Opaso to the Cleveland Police Department where ... (click for more)

Hixson Sweeps Central For First Region 3-AA Volleyball Title

It was a rematch of last week's District 6-AA volleyball final on Tuesday night at Hixson for first place in Region 3-AA. The results were the same as last week, but the second time around wasn't nearly as close as the Hixson Lady Wildcats played one of their best matches of the season in sweeping the Lady Pounders by scores of 25-14, 25-14 and 25-22. Hixson earned its spot ... (click for more)

Ooltewah Defeats Walker Valley, 3-1, For Region 3-3A Title

(Story will be updated) Ooltewah wasn’t about to let Tuesday’s volleyball match against Walker Valley go to five games like the previous two played out. So, the Lady Owls (44-11) stopped the action after four games to claim a 3-1 victory and nail down their third Region 3-3A championship in four years at Edward M. Foster Gymnasium. Game scores were 25-17, 25-20, 17-25, ... (click for more)