Freeway Drag Racing Cases Bound To The Grand Jury

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Charges against four men involving drag racing on Interstate 75 and Highway 153 have been bound to the Grand Jury without a hearing.

Brandon McDaniel, 23, of Ooltewah; Jack McKenley, 33, of Ooltewah; Brandon Green, 23, of Chattanooga, and Keith Ratcliff, 24, of Cleveland, Tn., appeared before General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck.

Judge Shattuck earlier told attorneys he would not go along with reduced charges due to the facts in the case.

Police said onlookers gathered by the highways to watch both races in which drivers in souped-up vehicles reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

Chattanooga Police traffic investigators said they received word of a loosely-organized illegal street racing event that occurred on the interstate in Chattanooga during the late evening hours on Dec. 27.

Police said, "This illegal street race involved several heavily modified cars drag racing on I-75 northbound near Hamilton Place Mall. It was witnessed by several people standing along the concrete barrier next to the interstate who videoed the illegal races.

"Officers later received word that more racing would occur last Friday night/early Saturday morning in the same location. Using unmarked vehicles and video cameras, traffic investigators set up a sting to record the racing and then make arrests/citations."

Four vehicles were videotaped racing on Highway 153 southbound to I-75 northbound. These vehicles slowed the traffic behind them to a crawl (less than 15-20 mph), then simultaneously accelerated to speeds in excess of 100 mph before exiting the interstate.


Walker County Arrest Report For Nov. 28-Dec. 4

Here is the Walker County arrest report for Nov. 28-Dec. 4: JORDAN        LORIE KAY   W/F     31        Officer WOOTEN      POSSESSION MARIJUANA (LESS OZ) GROSS           DANIEL         ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ANGLAND, JOSHUA JAMES  1843 BAY HILL DRIVE HIXSON, 37343  Age at Arrest: 31 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County DRIVING ON REVOKED, SUSPENDED OR CANCELLED LICENSE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY VIOLATION OF REGISTRATION LAW --- ANTHONY, MICHEAL R  7619 COVE RIDGE DR HIXSON, 37343  ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Couldn't Manage Public Education

I have been reading the buzz about Signal Mountain and other small municipalities considering a move to form their own school district within their municipal boundaries.  It is quite the comedy hour considering the notion that small cities that for decades could not even manage small sewer systems or 911 districts, are somehow going to do a better job with public education ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: School Board Can’t Wait

It took the Hamilton County School board nine months before the group hired a search firm to find a new superintendent. But you mark my words – the Department of Education will undoubtedly implode if our leaders wait another nine months simply hoping for some type of mystical salvation. In the last week Signal Mountain leaders have all but given notice they will form their own district ... (click for more)

It's Tennessee Vs. Nebraska In The Music City Bowl

 Tennessee has accepted an invitation to play the Nebraska in the Music City Bowl on    Dec. 30   at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. Tickets for the Music City Bowl will be available for purchase in the coming days via AllVols.com. "Our entire program is excited about representing the University of Tennessee at the Music City Bowl," Vols ... (click for more)

UTC Women's Hoops: Mocs Host Stetson Tonight

Coming off an 80-60 road win against UT-Martin Saturday, the UTC women's basketball team hosts Stetson tonight at McKenzie Arena at 6:30 p.m. Stetson (8-1) has won four in a row and is led by guard Biantt Saunders is six points  away from breaking the Hatters all-time scoring record currently held by Sasha Sims, who scored 1,617 points from 2010-14. In the UT-Martin ... (click for more)