East Ridge Council Must Wait One More Day For Final City Court Clerk Vote

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The East Ridge City Council must wait one more day for a final vote on a city court clerk election.

Four of the five council members met Wednesday morning for a planned vote on second reading on a resolution that would delay an election for city court clerk until 2014.

The previous council, at the urging of City Manager Tim Gobble and then-City Attorney John Anderson, had wanted to have the election March 5.

City Judge Arvin Reingold had claimed Mr. Gobble had a vendetta against longtime clerk JoAnn Thomas after a run-in over the handling of a case in which his daughter was the victim of an armed robbery.

A new council majority recently voted 3-2 on first reading to delay the election.

At the meeting Wednesday, it was pointed out that "at least 13 days shall have lapsed between the first and final passage of any ordinance."

So a new meeting was set for Thursday at 8 a.m.   

Attending were Vice Mayor Jim Bethune, Council members Larry Sewell, Denny Manning, Marc Gravitt, City Manager Gobble and Interim City Attorney Hal North. Mayor Brent Lambert was not there.


Upcoming City Council Agendas

Here are the upcoming City Council agendas: Tuesday: I. Call to Order. II. Pledge of Allegiance/Invocation (Councilman Mitchell). III. Minute Approval. IV. Special Presentation. V. Ordinances – Final Reading: VI. Ordinances – First Reading: PLANNING a. An ordinance to amend Chattanooga City Code, Part II, Chapter 5, ... (click for more)

Boyd Using $11,670 Of Discretionary Funds For Public Art At Brainerd Hills

County Commissioner Tim Boyd said he was using $11,670 of his "discretionary funds" to pay the final debt owed on a piece of public art that was installed in mid-April in Brainerd Hills. County Commission members get $100,000 per year to spend as they deem fit. Other commission members appeared to have no objection to the expenditure. He said members of the Brainerd Hills ... (click for more)

Why Ferguson Matters In Chattanooga

The recent verdict in Ferguson has thrown race relations in the spotlight again. It is far too easy to get caught up in the debate as to who was right. But the plain fact is that the community lost, the police force lost and the nation lost. So why does Ferguson matter in Chattanooga? Because a police force mainly composed of whites got into a conflict with a community mainly ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Grand Thanksgiving Feast

I’m not really sure how it all came about but a few days before Thanksgiving last year, what was usually a crowded table had dwindled down to just Mother, Aunt Martha and me. Just the idea of getting dressed up made both of them tired, which happens when you are 89 and 87, respectively, and the thought of preparing the traditional feast brought only further groans so I announced ... (click for more)

UTC Men Defeat Robert Morris, 61-46

For the Chattanooga Mocs men’s basketball team, it’s good to be home. Just ask sophomore point guard Greg Pryor whose 13 points, including a trio of   3–pointers sparked a second half offensive surge as the Mocs defeated visiting Robert Morris (Pa.), 61-46 Wednesday afternoon in McKenzie Arena. The Mocs (2-3) advance to Thursday’s championship game at noon of the ... (click for more)

Unbeaten Soddy Daisy Rolls Past Rhea County

The Soddy Daisy Trojans remained unbeaten after four games in basketball, including Tuesday night's 70-31 romp over the visiting Rhea County Golden Eagles, but please keep in mind that Rhea County is still playing football and at least seven regulars on the basketball court are still trying to win a state title on the gridiron. Preston Pugh scored on a layup with 6:39 to play ... (click for more)