East Ridge Judicial Forum Set Next Thursday Night

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The East Ridge Ruritan Club will be sponsoring a judicial forum on July 31.

"This will be a first-time event for our city," Jackie Fulks said. 

She stated, "We have three candidates for judge: incumbent Arvin Reingold, Cris Helton, and Ryan Hanzelik.  And, for the first time, we have two candidates for the newly elected position of court clerk; they are Richard “Cubby” Owens and Patricia Cassidy.  Each of these candidates have been personally asked about this event, were notified of the date, time, and place and accepted the invitation."

The forum will be held at the East Ridge Elementary School Gym from 6–8 p.m.  They will be greeted at the door and given a note card to write down questions they may have for the candidates.  There will be a cut-off time for these questions at 6:15 p.m., so the public is asked to arrive on time with their questions ready to write down. 

Ms. Fulks said, "Due to the time, we know and realize not all questions will be asked and answered; assistants will help review the cards for duplicate questions, etc. and the attorney will be asking the questions and moderating the event.

"Due to the type of forum this will be, and the concerns of favoritism,  we felt it would be more beneficial for an attorney to be our moderator, and we have chosen Kellyann Mulroony Johnson to assume this role and she has graciously accepted. Understanding that the questions asked of the judges may be slightly different than the ordinary questions, they will be asked under the guidance of the Rules of Judicial Ethics and these rules can be found on the internet; please, if possible, review ahead of time.  Each candidate will have a time limit to give their platforms and to answer questions; these rules will be further explained at the forum. 

"The purpose of this forum, even though it is after much of early voting, is to let the citizens meet the candidates, see them face-to-face, have the opportunity to ask questions regarding their concerns for our city court, and at the same time, be respectful and courteous to the candidates, as well as other citizens attending this event.

"East Ridge Ruritan encourages all of our citizens to attend this special event."

Portion Of Ringgold Road Down To One Lane This Afternoon

The East Ridge Police Department wants the public to be aware that Ringgold Road from Mack Smith Road to just past the I-75 interchange is down to one lane in each directions due to constructions. Citizens will want to find alternate routes where possible to avoid delays. The lane closures will be in effect until approximately 5 p.m. today.  (click for more)

International Brotherhood Of Police Officers Local Endorses Hammond For Sheriff

The International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local #673 has announced its endorsement of Sheriff Jim Hammond. The Chattanooga-Hamilton County area IBPO issued the following statement after unanimous board approval: “The International Brotherhood of Police Officers Local #673 is happy to announce its endorsement of Jim Hammond for Hamilton County Sheriff. During his ... (click for more)

Driver Will Not Be Charged In Death Of Pedestrian In Dalton Last Thursday

The Dalton Police Department will not be filing criminal charges against a driver involved in a crash last week that killed a pedestrian who was attempting to cross Chattanooga Road near the intersection with Tibbs Road. The investigation into the incident showed that the victim was heavily intoxicated at the time of the crash, police said. The  crash happened around  ... (click for more)

Former Juvenile Court Magistrate Says Gay Marriage Is "Nothing You Put In Air Quotes"

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court, who claims she was fired by Judge Rob Philyaw because she is openly gay, said Wednesday that gay marriage "is nothing you put in air quotes." She referred to County Attorney Rheubin Taylor asking her about her ceremony in marrying another woman and raising his hands to form quote marks. Elizabeth Gentzler is suing Hamilton County, Judge ... (click for more)

Avoid Underage Drinking And Other Prom Drama

My high school prom took a dramatic turn when two guys got their tuxedo jackets mixed up. One of them belonged to my date, who kindly offered to keep my wallet in his pocket. That’s the jacket another young man mistakenly grabbed off the back of a chair before heading to an underage drinking party that got shut down by police well after midnight—as kids scattered in every direction.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Sheriff’s Request

Jim Hammond will talk to members of the Hamilton County School Board on Thursday afternoon and, just like any police officer in the United States, he will request that everybody “stay in their own lane.” Some school board members tend to believe they need to help decide the best methods of protecting our children. They believe this is one of the things they were elected to do in ... (click for more)