Chattanooga Fire Department Holds Annual Fire Prevention Week Ceremonies

Monday, October 8, 2012
Fire Marshal James Whitmire, Rick Carlson with the Chattanooga Hamilton Place Rotary Club, Lt. Terry Knowles and Fire Chief Randy Parker.
Fire Marshal James Whitmire, Rick Carlson with the Chattanooga Hamilton Place Rotary Club, Lt. Terry Knowles and Fire Chief Randy Parker.

The Chattanooga Fire Department held its annual Fire Prevention Week ceremonies Monday morning at the Fire Training Center and at Fountain Square next to the county courthouse. 

Fire Chief Randy Parker and Fire Marshal James Whitmire kicked off Fire Prevention Week, which marks a series of public education events at area schools to teach children about fire safety.

Rick Carlson with the Chattanooga Hamilton Place Rotary Club announced that Lt. Terry Knowles was selected as this year’s Firefighter of the Year. Lt. Knowles was picked because of his role in an incident that occurred earlier this year. Here is a description of what happened then from Lt. Nathan Vaughn with the Chattanooga Police Department, who personally witnessed a life-saving rescue involving Lt. Knowles:

“On Sunday, May 20, a church was having a baptism service at a local pool. After the service some of the kids were swimming as the adults visited with each other on the pool deck. While the adults talked, a young child began to cry for help. He had gotten into water over his head and was unable to swim to safety. Without hesitation, Lt. Terry Knowles jumped into the pool, in his Sunday clothes (including 2 cell phones), grabbed the child and delivered him safely to the child’s parents. This action by Lt. Knowles demonstrates the professionalism embodied by members of the Chattanooga Fire Department. His immediate action serves as an example for others to follow. I am proud to call Terry Knowles a friend and I am honored to serve alongside him as an emergency responder in the City of Chattanooga.”

At the Firefighter’s Memorial Fountain next to the county courthouse, Fire Chief Randy Parker led a brief ceremony to recognize those firefighters who have passed away over the past year.

Under a rainy sky, Joe Simpson with the City of Chattanooga Pipe Band played “Amazing Grace” on his bagpipes as Chattanooga firefighters remembered those firefighters who have passed away over the past year.
Under a rainy sky, Joe Simpson with the City of Chattanooga Pipe Band played “Amazing Grace” on his bagpipes as Chattanooga firefighters remembered those firefighters who have passed away over the past year.


Weekly Road Construction Report

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County: I-24 East bridge repair over Chestnut Street at mile marker 178.6 near the U.S. 27 interchange and safety improvements on the bridges over the CSX Railroad and over U.S. 27:  Work on this project continues.  This project will repair the bridge on I 24 East over Chestnut Street at mile marker 178.6 near ... (click for more)

12th Annual Boyd-Buchanan Physics Trebuchet And Catapult Competition

$125 Million County School Building Plan Includes Shifting CSLA To Tyner Middle; Combining Tyner High/Middle; New Harrison Elementary, New East Hamilton Middle

Hamilton County School officials on Thursday unveiled a $125 million building plan that includes moving the Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts to the current Tyner Middle School, which will undergo a major renovation. Tyner Middle will move across the street into Tyner High School. Both Tyner buildings have been under-utilized for a number of years. There will also be ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Committee Says Pulling Away From County Schools Is "Feasible"

After eight months of investigating the viability of Signal Mountain establishing a separate school district, a committee of six has determined that it is feasible and would meet the goal of improving the education provided to students. The committee was also tasked with identifying obstacles and if possible to find ways to overcome them.  Results of the report were presented ... (click for more)

The Deer Decline At Enterprise South Nature Park

There are now 11 fewer deer to see at Enterprise Nature Park. The hunters snuck another one in secretly so as not to cause controversy.   I go to that park three or four times a week, and haven't seen any deer for months, and I used to see them all the time. They had to put out "salt licks" to attract deer from surrounding areas outside the park. Then they killed them ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: At Last! New Schools

In this me-me-me-only-me world of today, we-we-we-finally got a thrilling $125 million facility plan for the Hamilton County Department of Education on Thursday night. The School Board unanimously approved a well-thought-out “first Band-Aid” that will provide a new elementary school in Harrison, middle schools in East Hamilton and Howard, and a quite-satisfactory answer to move ... (click for more)