Forum On Child Support Laws Is Dec. 13

Thursday, November 29, 2012


State Representative JoAnne Favors has scheduled a fact finding public forum to obtain information from non-custodial parents regarding their experiences with Tennessee child support laws, policies and interventions. This event will be held Thursday, Dec. 13, at 6 PM at the Kingdom Center at 730 East M.L. King Blvd.

It was stated, "This forum is being conducted in response to an overwhelming number of telephone calls and personal discussions with non-custodial parents, their parents, and other concerned citizens regarding interventions that have been perceived as being extremely harsh and unjust.  Interventions, such as incarcerations that often resulted in job losses, further exacerbating the accrual of child support payment. Because of low wage jobs, job loss, inadequate affordable housing and other factors these payments would more than likely remain in arrears perpetually. Other complaints included threatening letters still being sent after modifications had been agreed on, a parent having been awarded custody of the child continuing to receive letters demanding child support payments, revocation of driver’s licenses when child support payments are in arrears, and allegations of severe verbal mistreatment of non-custodial parents as they navigate the system. Complaints were also recently received at WTVC Channel 9 TV prompting an investigative report being produced and aired.  Representative Favors was interviewed in the television production and announced that this public forum was being planned in response to the many complaints she had received regarding child support issues."

An advisory committee will compile a report based on information provided by forum participants.

"This report will be submitted to Governor Bill Haslam, members of the Tennessee General Assembly, Department of Children’s Services, Juvenile Court system, and the company, Maximus, which contracts with the state to provide child support services. Hopefully, after analysis of the report by the entities involved, appropriate corrective action will be implemented which optimizes positive outcomes for all parties involved."   



NCBW Hosts Political Forum For Hamilton County School Board And State House Of Representatives

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Chattanooga Chapter, Inc. is hosting a political forum for candidates vying for seats on the Hamilton County School Board and the Tennessee State House of Representatives.  The forum will take place on Monday, July 9 at Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church, 1734 E. Third St. from 5-7:30 p.m. All qualified candidates have ... (click for more)

National Coalition Of 100 Black Women, Chattanooga Chapter, Inc. Announces Its Annual Fundraising Events

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Chattanooga Chapter, Inc. announced details of two of its signature events. The organization’s summer fashion show and golf tournament are two of the main fundraisers for NCBW to provide academic scholarships to high school seniors in the community, as well as other community-driven initiatives. This year’s fashion show will be held ... (click for more)

City Stormwater Board Approves Water Quality And Development Fee Increases

The city Stormwater Regulations Board on Monday recommended that the city approve water quality and land development increases sought by the Berke administration, though board members said there had not been enough time for the board and the public to study the fee hikes. Bill Payne, city engineer, said the water quality fee increase would amount to an average $11 per year per ... (click for more)

Blakemore Gets 23-Year Prison Term For Selling Heroin That Caused Death Of Red Bank Man

Federal Judge Sandy Mattice on Monday sentenced Darius Jermaine Blakemore to 23 years in federal prison for selling heroin to a Red Bank man who overdosed and died.   Blakemore, 29, had gone to trial on the case, but it was announced in the middle of the trial that both sides had agreed to the 23-year term. Blakemore had faced 30 years to life.   Blakemore ... (click for more)

Liberal Conspiracy Afoot

According to Roy Exum’s Sunday column, there are now upwards of six or seven Democrats in Hamilton County, and all of them have secretly maneuvered their way onto the boards of a couple of dozen local organizations. Unlike Republicans, some of them serve on multiple boards and some of them serve with one another on the same boards. This is outrageous. We all know that boards and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Words For The Ages

I was probably one of few people in the entire world who didn’t get caught up in the Royal Marriage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry this weekend. I got over having any semblance of ‘pomp and circumstance’ a long time ago and, as a rule, studiously avoid those apt to ‘put on airs and graces.’ By ignoring the magnificent occasion, I made a big mistake and today it is with delight ... (click for more)