Dalton Fire Department Promotes 5 At Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Deputy Chief Gary Baggett, Firefighters Chris Tallent, Robbie Townsend, Josh Peek, Brent Newton, Matt Vess, and Chief Bruce Satterfield pose for a photo during Tuesday morning’s meeting.
Deputy Chief Gary Baggett, Firefighters Chris Tallent, Robbie Townsend, Josh Peek, Brent Newton, Matt Vess, and Chief Bruce Satterfield pose for a photo during Tuesday morning’s meeting.

The Dalton Fire Department opened Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Dalton Public Safety Commission with the promotion of five firefighters to the rank of Firefighter II. Matt Vess, Brent Newton, Josh Peek, Robbie Townsend and Chris Tallent all had their promotions approved by unanimous 5-0 vote of the commission.

Firefighter Vess has served the department since February 2006, while Firefighters Newton, Peek, Townsend, and Tallent all joined in March 2008. 

Chief Jason Parker continued Tuesday morning’s meeting with his agency’s monthly statistical report.  Overall, crime reports for the year to date (through the end of November) were up about six percent. Part I Crimes, the most serious crimes, are being reported at nearly the same rate (1,289 reports this year compared to 1,290 reports in 2011). Traffic crashes in Dalton, meanwhile, have gone up 14% in 2012 compared to the first 11 months of 2011. 

Also at Tuesday morning’s meeting, three new Dalton Police officers had their hiring confirmed by unanimous 5-0 vote of the commission. Officers Michael Purcell and Colton Parker joined the agency after recently graduating from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center’s Regional Police Academy in Dalton.  Officer Grant Mantooth is signing on for his second tour of duty with the Dalton Police Department, previously serving the agency from March 2002 to October 2003 before leaving to work for a family business. He maintained his police certification during that time as a volunteer reserve officer with the Cohutta Police Department until October 2012.

Both Chief Parker and Chief Satterfield had happy news for the Public Safety Commission on Tuesday morning as they reported that both agencies will finish the year under budget.  


A Moment Of Stardom Competition Offers Local Singers The Chance To Win A Recording Session

The Friends of Hixson is hosting “A Moment of Stardom”, an amateur singing competition, on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. Contestants will take the stage at Abba’s House to perform in front of their community and a panel of judges.  The winner of the contest will receive a professional recording session, donated by Life Care Centers of America. Auditions will be held on Sept. ... (click for more)

Air Quality Forecast For Saturday and Sunday

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau announces the weekend air quality forecast. Friday:  52 (Moderate) Fine Particles - Air quality is forecast to be in the moderate range with fine particles predicted to be the dominant pollutant. Health Message:  Unusually sensitive people should limit prolonged outdoor exertion. Saturday:  54 ... (click for more)

Fire Displaces Family Of 3 On Kemp Drive

No injuries were reported in connection with a house fire late Saturday afternoon. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm shortly before  6 p.m.  and responded to 4605 Kemp Drive with five fire companies. Battalion Chief Rick Boatwright said the fire started in the kitchen and then spread up into the attic. The firefighters were able to bring the ... (click for more)

Michael Wilson Back In Bradley County; Due In Court On Monday

Michael Wilson is back in Bradley County, and was escorted into the Correctional Facility around 8:15 p.m. Wilson’s first appearance in court will be on Monday, at 9 a.m. in the Bradley County General Sessions Courtroom at the Judicial Complex at 2290 Blythe Ave. Wilson was arrested last week, after e ndangered Bradley County child Skyla Wilson was found safe in Colorado ... (click for more)

Pedestrians Have The Right Of Way - And Response (2)

Often I visit Gold's Gym at Chestnut and 4th Street. I  park in the theater parking lot at Broad and 4th Street.  I depend on the walk signs to get me there safely.  Most days I almost get hit by someone turning left or right coming from the exit ramp off 27 or turning right on 4th street from Chestnut. This happened yesterday as I was almost mowed down by a garbage ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Gold & Ivory Tablecloth

Not long ago, in my morning reading, I happened across an obscure tale about a special tablecloth. And, as things like this are more and more wont to do, I was instantly blessed by this story. As I tracked down its origin, I learned it originally appeared in a 1954 edition of Reader’s Digest. Written by the Rev. Howard C. Schade, who at the time was the pastor of the First Reformed ... (click for more)