County Commission To Delay Discussion On Family Planning Program

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The County Commission will not discuss the health department's family planning program next Thursday after all.

Commission Chairman Larry Henry said the topic will be delayed until Wednesday, May 18.

He said County Commissioner Mitch McClure will be absent next Thursday and requested the delay.

Chairman Henry said he acquiesced, noting that it was Commissioner McClure who brought up concerns about the program.

The commission voted Wednesday morning to reject a $581,700 state grant for the ongoing contraceptive program at the health department.

Commissioner McClure had questioned Becky Barnes, health department director, on whether the program involved distribution of "the morning after pill." She said it did.

After the surprise vote, Ms. Barnes implored the commissioners to reconsider doing away with the family planning program.

She said the health department is not involved in anyway in abortion. She said, "The morning after pill does not cause an abortion."

Ms. Barnes said the pill is a triple-dose contraceptive that can be taken the morning after a woman has sex. She said conception does not happen at the moment of sex and the pill can prevent unwanted pregnancies from occurring.

She said such pills allow families the time to choose when pregnancies will occur.

Commissioner Greg Beck was the only one voting for it. Chairman Henry initially voted for it, but changed his vote, saying he had been on the phone at the time the discussion was going on.

Ms. Barnes is to have a presentation on the family planning program on May 18.


Sign Up To Get The Latest News, Opinions From Chattanoogan.com In Real Time; Win Set Of Chattanooga Photo Books

Sign up for our Facebook and Twitter feeds and you will get the  local news in "real time." You will also be entered for a chance to win the complete set of the Chattanooga Photo Books published by Chattanoogan.com. We will give away three sets of The Remarkable Stokes Collection, Railroads In and Around Chattanooga and Paul Hiener's Historic Chattanooga to our new Facebook ... (click for more)

Fort Oglethorpe Arrest Report For June 16-22

Here is the Fort Oglethorpe arrest report for June 16-22: 06-16-17 Samuel Kalil Hutchinson, 20, of 101 Ireland Lane, Chickamauga arrested on charges of violation of Georgia’s controlled substance act, possession of marijuana, no proof of insurance, operation of unregistered vehicle, use of license plate to conceal identity of motor vehicle and failure to obey traffic control ... (click for more)

Improvements On The Glass Bridge

The glass bridge has been an embarrassing situation almost since the day of installation. At least two or three and usually more sections of glass have continuously been cracked. This creates fear in pedestrians and causes most to want to use the middle metal section. In addition, it has not been maintained for cleanliness.  I observed that both the front section and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Heroes Gather On July 14

Oliver North, whose journey as American patriot has not been an easy one, never lost hope. He once admitted he lied to Congress under oath, was found guilty of three felony counts after he followed the direct orders of his superiors, and then endured the wrath of the ignorant before the ACLU – of all sources – had the charges vacated. The former Lt. Colonel in the Marine Corps ... (click for more)

Chattanooga FC Hosts Memphis City FC Wednesday

 What a week it's been for CFC. After starting the season scoring only six goals in eight games, the boys in blue have racked up 12 goals in the last three matches, most recently shutting down FC Carolina United 5-0 this past Saturday.  Chattanooga FC returns to the pitch this Wednesday to take on interstate rival Memphis City FC in a must win game for both teams  ... (click for more)

30 Mocs On Academic All-Southern Conference Team

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga put 30 student-athletes on the 2017 Spring Academic All-Southern Conference Team, the league office announced this week.  Junior women's golfer Megan Woods and sophomore women's tennis player Sydney Patton led the way with perfect 4.0 grade-point-averages.  The spring squad consists of representatives from the following ... (click for more)