Dan Wade Retiring As County Public Works Administrator

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Dan Wade is retiring as Hamilton County public works administrator after 27 and a half years in the post.

"I intended to work until I died, but I developed neuropathy in 2008 and it has gotten progressively worse," he said.

Mr. Wade, 77, was county judge and then county executive for Rhea County before he was appointed by former County Executive Dalton Roberts.

He is originally from Chattanooga, the son of city police officer and detective L.G. Wade and Blanche Friederichsen Wade.

He said the Friederichsen is Swedish - "at least I had an uncle they called 'Swede'."

Mr. Wade attended Central High School, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He was All-City in all three sports.

County Mayor Jim Coppinger praised Mr. Wade for his "vast experience and knowledge. He will be sorely missed."

He added, "I am proud that he will have the opportunity to retire and live comfortably, but we will have a void to fill."

County Mayor Coppinger noted that not only will he have to find a new public works administrator, but he also will need to find someone to represent the county as a lobbyist in Nashville as Mr. Wade has done for a number of years.

He said he has begun interviews for both posts.

County Mayor Coppinger said the county lobbyist will be from outside county government.   

Mr. Wade was paid $117,357.  


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ABBOTT, JEREMIAH JASON  HOMELESS ,  Age at Arrest: 35 years old Arresting Agency: Collegedale Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s) --- ANDERSON, JACOB QUINTON  1101 NORMAN CHAPEL ROAD NW CLEVELAND, 37312  Age at Arrest: 21 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga DRIVING ... (click for more)

Firefighters Respond To 2 Fires On Mountain Creek Road

Saturday morning was busy for many Chattanooga firefighters. Shortly after 9 a.m., the Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm for a house fire in the 3500 block of Mountain Creek Road. When the first firefighters arrived on the scene, Battalion Chief Chris Willmore said the attached garage to the house was engulfed in flames and was spreading rapidly to the house. As ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Ballooniac’ Fined $25K

The Calgary Stampede is one of the biggest events in Canada and every year it draws well over 1.5 million people to one of the most beautiful places in the world. It started in 1912 as a big rodeo event and today it lasts 10 straight days. A highlight is the chuck-wagon races, where $4 million of advertisements are sold on the wagon’s canvas covers and there are pancake breakfasts ... (click for more)

Mocs Finish Third At Furman Intercollegiate

The Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team finished tied for third at the Furman Intercollegiate. They did so behind senior Wes Gosselin’s runner-up performance.   Gosselin shot a career-best 10-under 206. It’s the eighth time a Moc has finished 10-under or better, the first since Stephan Jaeger’s school-record 203 (-13) winning the 2012 NCAA Bowling Green Regional   ... (click for more)

Columbia Academy Stymies Soddy-Daisy 4-2

Soddy-Daisy won two games in the Ooltewah Invitational on Friday and hoped to carry that momentum over to Saturday’s contest against Columbia Academy at Tom Higgins Field. But the Trojans ran into junior left-hander Baylee Dees. Dees, who transferred to Columbia Academy from Page prior to the current school year, limited the Trojans to two hits and a run over six innings. ... (click for more)