The Economy Inn Debacle

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Where does one start to rank the missteps of the recent closing of the Economy Inn on Brainerd Road? What a total debacle. I would not attempt to relieve the owner of her responsibility for operating a nuisance business.

My questions relate to the manner in which our city leaders attempted to get her attention. This event occurred a week ago, and I've yet to see any reports of charges being made against her for not having a license to operate, allowing illegal activities on the grounds, or failure to pay property taxes.

So, what was the point of displacing all those residents? What crimes were they charged with? It has been reported that several were disabled, there were veterans, and families with children in school. Why were they exposed to this harsh treatment? It would seem to me that the owner could have been convinced to add a security guard and additional lighting without the inhumane treatment of the residents. Being poor and living in an extended stay motel is not the American dream.

And what about the cost to the taxpayers? The plywood and labor to install could not have been insignificant. And now the media reports that it is the owner's responsibility to remove the plywood. So all the material is a total loss to the city. 

Wanda Janeway

100 Black Men Of Bradley County Thanks Community For Support

The 100 Black Men of Bradley County would like to thank each and every individual who lent a hand in making this year’s Annual Scholarship Banquet a success.   The outstanding support confirms that the people of Bradley County are committed to helping provide the much needed mentoring and education opportunities to all of the children in our community.   ... (click for more)

Appointing Justices Is More Important Than A President Of Moral Character - And Response (2)

I'm trying hard to understand why there's been so little criticism on the part of conservatives and evangelicals towards a President that paid $280,000 worth of hush money to a porn star, Stormy Daniels, and a Playboy Playmate, Karen McDougal during the campaign.  If this had been any other president the outrage would be constant and harsh.  Where is the outrage on the ... (click for more)

City May Make It Easier For Food Trucks To Operate In Chattanooga

The City Council is considering action that would make it easier for food trucks to operate in Chattanooga.  City Attorney Wade Hinton said cities like Austin and Portland have thriving food truck operations and Chattanooga is studying those models. He said, "It's truly an industry there." He said a 2013 food truck ordinance was limited and did not allow food trucks on ... (click for more)

Magistrate Says She Was Fired Because Philyaw Did Not Want To Be Seen With Someone Openly Gay

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court said she was fired because Judge Rob Philyaw and Court Administrator Sam Mairs "wanted me gone because I was openly gay." County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said Elizabeth Gentzler was not the only gay at Juvenile Court and Hamilton County government, indicating that may be part of the county's defense. Attorney Stuart James, representing Ms. ... (click for more)

Keiser, Wigg Power Ooltewah Past East Hamilton, 9-5, in 5-3A Baseball

Frustrated by an early season hitting slump, Ooltewah left-fielder Payton Keiser broke loose with four hits, including a clutch three-run triple in a five-run seventh inning, and drove in five runs as the Owls beat rival East Hamilton, 9-5, Tuesday in District 5-3A action in horrible weather for baseball. Keiser had run-scoring singles in the second and fourth innings and ... (click for more)

Moc Golfers Finish 9th At Linger Longer Invitational

The Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team finished ninth Tuesday at the Linger Longer Invitational. The Mocs final round 300 gave them a season-best 876 total for the 54 holes. Lake Johnson led today’s effort with a level-par 72. Luke Long was one off his pace with a 73. Andrew Weathers and Oliver Simonsen carded 77 and 78, respectively, to round out the counting cards.  The ... (click for more)