Bo Patten Running For Seat On Signal Council

Wednesday, May 29, 2002

Bo Patten announced he will be a candidate for the Signal Mountain Town Council this fall.

Mr. Patten said, "This decision to embark on this task has come after long consideration and it is not something that I will undertake lightly. I believe that it is time for fresh and responsible leadership on the council.

"I know that I can be a strong, responsible voice on the council.
I'm for fiscally responsible town government, including reasonable alternatives to further property tax increases. I'm for keeping our streets and neighborhoods safe. I'm for keeping this the small town it was founded as, and I am against any commercialization of the mountain.

"Being a 'homegrown' boy, growing up in Signal Mountain schools, I am for Signal Mountain education. If elected I will help our school board and county commissioner to fight for a Signal Mountain high school. I believe that our residents deserve a high school, and will do what I can to help bring one to this mountain. That is responsible government.

"We, as town residents, along with the council, need to focus some of our efforts on preserving the overall quality of life for our town. In this preservation I believe we need to explore such projects as building sidewalks along Taft Highway and other busy streets so our school children, joggers, bikers, runners, and walkers can feel safe while traveling. Together we can make a better Signal Mountain.

"I promise that I will be the people's voice on the council.
I'm calling my campaign 'Keeping in touch with you.' A major part of my campaign will involve going door-to-door and talking with fellow residents. I want to learn their input and ideas for better living on Signal Mountain.

"It is my pledge that if elected, I will maintain this theme. I will keep going door-to-door, and I will keep on learning my fellow residents concerns. I am going to gladly give out my telephone number and e-mail address to make myself accessible around the clock. If our residents have concerns, I want them to know that I will be accessible to them 24 hour a day. That is responsible government. That is why our council is elected.

"It's not always convenient for residents to make it to town meetings to voice their concerns, so I pledge to bring their government to them. My 'door will always be open.' I will be there around the clock for my fellow residents. I want to serve them. That is my pledge.

"Bo - it's a name you know. It's a name you can trust. Bo Patten is your voice on Signal Mountain."

He said he is endorsed by current Town Councilman Stephen Ruffin.

Mr. Patten lives at 496 Barrington Road.

He graduated from Baylor School in 2000 and in 1996 received the Baylor School Community Service Award.
He attended the Presidential Classroom's World Leader Summit in Washington, D.C.

He is currently attending UTC seeking a degree in Mathematics with a minor in Economics.

Mr. Patten attended Signal Mountain Elementary, Thrasher Elementary, and Signal Mountain Middle School.

He can be reached at 423 364-8300.

Missing HCSO K-9 Located Safe And Sound

A missing Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office K-9 was found safe and sound on Thursday. It was noted by deputies, that she was very anxious to get back to her handler and family.  K-9 Deputy Kada, a 50-pound, female Dutch Shepherd went missing late Thursday afternoon from her handler's residence in East Ridge. It is believed she may have traveled as far as the Belvoir or Marlboro, ... (click for more)

Fort Oglethorpe Arrest Report For Oct. 2-8

Here is the Fort Oglethorpe arrest report for Oct. 2-8: William Eric Hackney, 38, of 553 Haggard Road, Ringgold was arrested October 1 on charges of driving while license suspended, no proof of insurance and unregistered vehicle. Caren Ann Anderson, 46, of 219 Briar Road, Soddy Daisy was arrested October 2 for theft by shoplifting. Laura Elizabeth Gann, 33, of 1056 ... (click for more)

Regulations As A Whole On Signal Mountain

A few years ago I was flying over Chattanooga on my way to Atlanta.  The sun had just come up and I enjoyed picking out Signal Mountain’s location, on Walden’s Ridge, in the morning light.  What was amazing was that I could not tell that a town existed under the tree canopy.  I hope that the same can be said 10, 20, or even 50 years from now.  During last ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: An Unfortunate Sentence

There was a most unfortunate line in a recent email written to me and, in retrospect, I should not have included it in some examples of the huge response regarding the bicycle lanes now being installed on Broad Street. I’ll admit I misread the line because I feel certain I know what the writer was trying to convey. As a matter of fact, I received enough of an outcry I want to clarify ... (click for more)

Healthy Silverdale Takes Down Grace For 5-1A Volleyball Title

With season-long injuries healed and a full contingent of players available, Silverdale Baptist Academy completed a run for the District 5-1A volleyball tournament championship by sweeping Grace Baptist Academy, 3-0, on Thursday. The game scores were 25-22, 25-20 and 25-18. The host Lady Seahawks advance to the Region 3-1A tournament on Monday at Sale Creek and will play ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Wins 7-AA Volleyball Over Notre Dame

Notre Dame and Signal Mountain seem to bring out the best in each other, at least when the sport is volleyball. These were the top two teams in District 7-AA this fall.  Signal got the top seed based on its 3-0 win at Notre Dame after the Lady Irish had taken a 3-1 match at Signal early in the season. But with all the chips on the line for the 7-AA tournament championship, ... (click for more)