County Commission Unanimous In Denying Longevity Pay For Magistrate Ables

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

The County Commission voted 8-0 on Wednesday to deny longevity pay for Magistrate Larry Ables. Commissioner Fred Skillern is recuperating from back surgery and was absent.

Magistrate Ables, when he recently was replaced as chief magistrate by Randy Russell, requested longevity pay based on his higher pay in the chief position.

Chairman Larry Henry said that brought on a discussion of whether the magistrates are even entitled to longevity pay.

County employees get longevity pay after five years of service under the county handbook.

Mr. Ables recently completed five years as a magistrate.

However, Commissioner Joe Graham said the magistrates operate on a year-to-year basis. He said, "I don't see how anybody can build up any longevity pay if it's year to year. They are on a contract for a year, then they continue if they can get enough votes for a new contract."

Chairman Henry said the commission had never dealt with the longevity issue for magistrates and needed to make a ruling.

County Attorney Rheubin Taylor said compensation of the magistrates is under the purview of the commission and they are not under the county employee handbook.

Magistrates make $61,443 per year, and the chief gets $66,443.

Commissioner Greg Beck said the request by Magistrate Ables had raised a number of questions about the magistrate program.

He said, "I am beginning to think of the workability of the program. We have got a lot of judges over there and a lot of time."

He added, "I think we can start taking a look at the possibilities for the future."

There are four magistrates, who set bonds and sign warrants at the county jail. Their main focus is nights and weekends.    


Early Voting Numbers In Tennessee Up Over 19,000 For 4 Days

Early voting numbers in Tennessee are up over 19,000 after four days. Hamilton County up 1,974 -helped with the increase. There were 3,949 after four days in August 2010, and 5,923 currently. Bradley County is down 690 and Rhea down 197. Marion County is up by 74. Kerry Steelman, administrator of elections, said, "It's exciting to see these numbers. This is the kind ... (click for more)

Latest Jail Booking Report From Hamilton County - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADAMS, JOSEPH LEBRON 1209 INDIAN AVE APT A ROSSVILLE, 30741 28 Chattanooga VIOLATION OF PROBATION (DOMESTIC ASSAULT) ALLEN, TONEY TYRONE 1011 E 8TH STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37403 25 Chattanooga POSS.A FIREARM DURING COMMISSIION OR ATTEMPT TO CO DRUGS GENERAL CATEGORY FOR RESALE TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE VIOLATION ... (click for more)

Pickle Ball? - And Response

Collegedale has done some wonderful things for its residents.  The Greenway is a perfect example of money well spent on helping to give her residents the opportunity to improve their lives, at least from a health standpoint. Having taught at Wolftever Creek for a decade plus, I was fortunate to have opportunity to take my classes on walks from time to time.  It provided ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Say It Ain't So, Larry Joe!

Larry Joe Wheelon, the tainted horse trainer who was charged with 18 counts of aggravated animal cruelty when his barn was raided in April of 2013 and some animals were sored so badly that they could barely walk, finally went to a court hearing in Blount County on Wednesday and his steps toward Judge Tammy Harrington’s bench were decidedly heavy. My goodness, yours would have been ... (click for more)

Stone Leaves South Pitt For Coaching Positions At Boyd-Buchanan

The possibility of a career move was definitely in Wes Stone’s future. The one he took wasn’t necessarily on his radar screen just a few weeks ago. Stone, assistant football and head baseball coach at South Pittsburg, has left the Pirates for teaching/coaching positions at Boyd-Buchanan. The 38-year-old Stone, who already is working with the Bucs’ football team as a defensive ... (click for more)

Soddy-Daisy's Wright Commits To MTSU Baseball

Soddy-Daisy’s Andy Wright, a rising senior and dual-threat player, has made a non-binding verbal commitment to play baseball at Middle Tennessee State University. Wright, a pitcher/third baseman, chose the Conference USA Blue Raiders over Belmont, Air Force, Navy, UT-Martin and Carson-Newman. “I’m glad to get this (decision) off my back so I can enjoy my senior year,” Wright ... (click for more)