Alexander Explains Support For Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill

Monday, January 28, 2013

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.) released the following statement on his decision to support relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy and his cosponsorship of an amendment by Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) to reduce other spending to make money available to help victims of Hurricane Sandy:

“The House of Representatives cleaned up the bill, so that almost all of it relates to Hurricane Sandy. Such emergency funding is permitted by the Budget Control Act of 2011, which reduced federal spending by $2.1 trillion.

“It would be unfair to apply one standard when voting for disaster relief for Tennesseans, and another standard for those who live in other places. It also would be unfair to change disaster rules in the middle of a hurricane cleanup.

“I’m a cosponsor of and voted for Senator Lee’s amendment to reduce other federal spending to make money available to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, but when that was defeated I voted for this disaster relief. Looking ahead, given the federal debt, I will work to budget a more realistic amount for disaster relief and to limit the federal government’s role as the insurer of last resort for natural disasters.”

In 2010, a thousand-year flood caused an estimated $2 billion in damage to Nashville and flooded 52 of Tennessee’s 95 counties. In response, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Economic Development Administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development provided more than $600 million to help Tennesseans recover.

In 2011, a series of tornados and straight-line winds hit communities across Tennessee resulting in multiple federal disaster declarations. In response, the Federal Emergency Management Agency alone provided more than $113 million directly to Tennesseans to help them recover.


Chattanooga Man Arrested For Aggravated Robbery On 5th Ave.

Toriq Quinn Johnson, Jr. was arrested for aggravated robbery on Thursday.. Police were notified of a robbery that occurred on 4010 5 th Ave. on Wednesday. They spoke with Christopher Worley, who said that earlier that day he was in front of his residence when Johnson drove up and asked him if he wanted to buy some pills. He said he told Johnson no and Johnson drove off. ... (click for more)

Georgia Man Arrested For Aggressive Panhandling On Shallowford Road

Timothy Catlett was arrested for panhandling on Shallowford Road on Tuesday. Catlett was seen at Shallowford Road and Highway 153 stopping traffic and yelling at drivers who did not stop and give money. Police said that Catlett told drivers that he was a hurt Army veteran. Though Catlett resides in the state of Georgia, he has been cited for panhandling around the city of Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Jill Levine Is An Educational Rock Star

No one has covered the Hamilton County Department of Education drama better than Roy Exum.  Thank you, Roy, but I take issue with your unnamed sources.  Professional jealousy and sour grape darts should not be anonymous.   HCDE is so dysfunctional, and there is good cause to place this public organization under a microscope, dissect it into pieces and discard all ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Cancer Is Not A Battle

I read a marvelous essay not long ago where the author urged, “Stop telling the lie that cancer is a battle … a battle implies a fair fight, and there was nothing fair about my cancer or the cancer that took the life of my friend. Those experiences were about as fair as getting hit by a car – and nobody says people lose their battles with automobiles.” Mary Elizabeth Williams, ... (click for more)

Shoulders, Hester Lead CSAS Past Lookout Valley, 10-7

Most of the regular-season district softball games are in the book and teams are trying to sharpen their skills as they prepare for the post-season in hopes of landing in Murfreesboro for the season-ending TSSAA state tournament the week before Memorial Day. Such is the case for the Red Bank Lionettes, who are hosting the 2016 Red Bank Invitational this weekend at the Red Bank ... (click for more)

McMasters Makes Tough Call To Play Volleyball At Lee

Grace Baptist Academy two-sport standout Claire McMasters envisioned playing basketball and volleyball at a small college after her career ended with the Lady Golden Eagles. So, she “looked at” Covenant College and Maryville College as two schools where she thought that would be possible to extend her two-sport status. McMasters’ recruiting shifted quickly once Lee University ... (click for more)