Police Union Backs Murphy, Smith, Tomisek For Council Posts

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

In its latest endorsements, the International Brotherhood of Police Officers local #673 is backing Peter Murphy, Ken Smith and Tom Tomisek for City Council.

The group said concerning the District 9 race, "Mr. Murphy has led the council with his strong support of law enforcement in our region and has a proven track record as the chair of the legal, legislative and safety committee.

"His efforts have gone above and beyond to provide officers with not only the needed tools to do their job but equipment to make sure they return home each night safely.

The work that Councilman Murphy has done has contributed immensely to the massive reduction in crime since he took office after his predecessor. Our city is safer with the leadership he has demonstrated."

Concerning Mr. Tomisek in District 4, it said, "Mr. Tomisek has vowed to assist police in their efforts to reduce crime in Chattanooga and provide them with the needed tools to accomplish this. Mr Tomisek has always held a strong view that if our police department is adequately funded and supported then they will be more effective in making this city safer.

"He has campaigned for a safer community and will tirelessly work to eliminate gangs and gang related crime in Chattanooga. He understands that open communication with the officers on the street is imperative to succeeding on these fronts. Mr Tomisek has the honest desire and leadership ability to accomplish these goals and the IBPO supports him completely."

In District 3, the IBPO said, "Ken Smith pledges to help his district as well as work with other council members and the mayor’s office to insure that Chattanooga becomes a safer city. Mr. Smith recognizes the amount of gang violence and violent crimes occurring while some city leaders continue to take away necessary tools like cars and precincts, reduce benefits, threaten the pension, delay funding academies, and downplay violent crimes.

"Specifically, he would take the police department off the backburner to help officers get the tools they need in order to accomplish the job the citizens of Chattanooga trust them to do."


Christmas Tree Lighting At Heritage Park Will Be Dec. 11

The East Brainerd Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Friday, Dec. 8 from 6-8 p.m. at Heritage Park. There will be refreshments, Santa, elves, carolers and much more.  The event is free and everyone is invited. (click for more)

UTC Elder Scholars Meeting Will Be Held Dec. 8

The December meeting of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga's Elder Scholars will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. in the University Center, Signal Mountain Room. This is a change in rooms and it’s on the 3rd floor and near the front stairs.  If you come up the elevator, turn left into the long hall. The presentation is entitled “History of UTC ... (click for more)

Volkswagen Stockholder Files Suit Against Automaker At Chattanooga; Seeks Class Action Status

A Volkswagen stockholder has filed suit in Federal Court in Chattanooga against the automaker, charging that its stock was over-valued and that it has not plummeted due to revelations about emissions cheating. The suit was filed in behalf of Michael Wolfenbarger by Knoxville attorney Gordon Ball and Nashville attorney James Stranch III. It seeks class action status for those ... (click for more)

Woman In Critical Condition After Being Shot In The Face Saturday Night Near O'Rear Street

A woman is in critical condition after she was shot while driving in Chattanooga on Saturday night. Just after  9 p.m. , the Chattanooga Police Department responded to reports of a person shot. Once on the scene, police located a female victim near the 2500 block of O'Rear Street suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound to the face. The victim was driving a ... (click for more)

Misconceptions About Ban The Box

Mr. Exum,  I want to invite you as a guest speaker at the NAACP General Membership meeting.  I believe we can accomplish our goals and clear up any misconceptions about Ban The Box and the role of the NAACP in a much more meaningful manner face to face.   In that vein I would like to invite you to have coffee with me at Panera Bread.  I will not make a ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Great Thanksgiving

In order for you to best understand this, last Thursday was the first Thanksgiving I have ever spent alone.  Don’t misunderstand, I had a fistful of kind invitations but I am the only remaining member of my immediate family around here and I guess I started dwelling on that a little too much as the holiday neared. Making out my “thankful” list helped, and I ate enough with ... (click for more)