Alexander: "Agreement Rescues 99 Percent Of Americans From Tax Increases"

Says Medicare Fiscal Cliff Has To Be Dealt With

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
WASHINGTON – Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.) released the following statement on his vote Monday night in favor of the agreement to avert the "fiscal cliff":

"This agreement rescues 99 percent of Americans from individual and estate tax increases in 2013, and then makes these lower rates permanent, providing certainty and creating jobs.

"But the Medicare fiscal cliff is still ahead of us, which is why Senator Corker and I have a proposal to deal with the out-of-control spending that will soon bankrupt the programs seniors rely on to pay their medical bills.

"If we don't deal with this during the debt ceiling debate, we are on the road to becoming Greece."


Joe DeGaetano Is New Hamilton County Republican Party Chairman

"Chattanooga attorney Joe DeGaetano has been selected as the new chairman for the Hamilton County Republican Party.   He succeeds Tony Sanders, who served four years.   Marsha Yessick is vice chair, while Gary Green II is secretary and David Queen is treasurer. Sharon Moody is vice treasurer.   ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Duplex Damaged By Fire Early Tuesday Morning

Firefighters with Walden’s Ridge Emergency Services battled a duplex fire early Tuesday morning on Signal Mountain. At 1:50 a.m., a 911 call was made reporting a duplex fire at 3522 Taft Highway. Walden’s Ridge Emergency Services (WRES) responded and arrived on the scene reporting heavy smoke coming from the two-story duplex. WRES requested a mutual aid response to the fire ... (click for more)

Judge Doug Meyer Lived A Full Life Helping Many

I was sadden to learn of the death of Judge Doug Meyer.  Judge Meyer retired from the Criminal Court bench here in 2006.  Prior to that he had been the Chattanooga city judge for several years.  As a young attorney I tried many cases in front of Judge Meyer.  Also while I was awaiting my case to be tried, I would observe him on the bench.  Judge Meyer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Blackburn Good As Gone

I didn’t know until I read John Adams’ column in the Knoxville News-Sentinel that one person who doesn't personally know UTC Athletic Director David Blackburn said he heard he has a drinking problem. I also didn’t know that “the best thing to ever happen to UTC athletics” had health problems, according to a second person who does not personally know him. It is also being said David ... (click for more)

MVP Howard Leads Bradley To Seventh Straight District 5-3A Tourney Title

Two key Bradley Central scoring sprees spelled basketball doom for East Hamilton in Monday’s District 5-3A tournament championship game at Soddy-Daisy. One, the top-ranked and unbeaten Bearettes (29-0) went on a 15-1 to close the second quarter, building a 37-20 halftime lead. Two, Bradley Central started the third period on a 22-6 run and extended the lead to 59-26 and ... (click for more)

Brainerd Girls, Howard Boys Win 6-AA Consolations

It was consolation night at Hixson High School for the District 6-AA basketball tournament and East Ridge came out on the short end in both games. Brainerd’s girls rallied for a 39-35 win in the first game while Howard’s Hustlin’ Tigers did enough at the end to hold off the East Ridge boys by a 61-57 final. The tournament concludes on Tuesday with both championship games. ... (click for more)