Supporting Dr. Tom McCullough For City Council - And Response

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Following the 2010 census, all local governments were required by the state to adopt new district plans.  Most Hixson residents have enjoyed solid leadership from City Councilwoman and Council Chair Pam Ladd.  Pam is Hixson High graduate, longtime Hixson resident and former business owner located in Hixson.  I have always found Pam to be accessible and open-minded, and will miss her representation.  I wish her continued success.   

After being consumed by District 1, my neighborhood and a few other longtime District 3 residents are in some unfamiliar territory.

 District 1 represents the westernmost border of Chattanooga or the general areas of Red Bank and Lookout Valley to the Georgia border nearly 30 miles away. 

With the next city-wide election just a few weeks away, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to vote for a man who is no stranger to District 1 and the Hixson community.  Dr. Tom McCullough has been a leader in local education for over 40 years.  I have been fortunate to know him as my principal, my boss and friend.   

Please join me by voting for Dr. Tom McCullough City Council, District 1 on Tuesday, March 5.  Don’t forget, early voting begins Feb. 13.

Michael S. Kirk
Hixson

* * *

Mr. Kirk:

Is this the same Tom McCullough that practically bankrupted the Christian school in East Brainerd?

The same Tom McCullough that didn't punish football players who drank and did nothing to stop the illegal recruiting that his teams did?

The same Tom McCullough whose teachers drink while on field trips?

These are just a few examples of what you're supporting. I dont know what is best for Chattanooga, but I know that Tom McCullough is not.

Mark Stephens


Mark Stephen
Mark Stephen

Thank You District Five Residents

Dear Residents of District Five, Thank you for affording me the opportunity to represent you for nine years as a member of the Hamilton County School Board. The goal of educating of our children must be one of our greatest priorities. I look forward to working with our new school board member and members of the community to help our young men and women succeed in school ... (click for more)

Shine The Light On IDB Board Members

The recent news that IDB member Chris Ramsey is not a city resident makes me wonder what kind of accountability do these people have to the taxpayers? I've posed the question before: Who is on the board? Since it is such a mystery as to who is on the board and whether they are even legitimately qualified to sit on the board, how can they be trusted to handle millions of taxpayer ... (click for more)

Rhasean Lowry, 34, Charged In Death of 3-Year-Old Girl

Rhasean Lowry, 34, was arrested for abusing a three-year-old girl, and then criminal homicide after she died. Last Tuesday, the Chattanooga Police Department was called on a suspected child abuse case. Lowry took the victim to a local hospital and he stated the victim fell down steps. Doctors advised that the victim’s injuries were the result of blunt force trauma consistent ... (click for more)

City IDB Member Who Made Motion For $9 Million Black Creek TIF Had Not Lived In City For Years

A City Industrial Development Board (IDB) member who made the motion to approve a controversial $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) had not lived in the city for years, City Attorney Wade Hinton confirmed. Chris Ramsey, a BlueCross BlueShield official, was not present at an IDB meeting on Tuesday morning. Five other board members were. Citizen Helen Burns ... (click for more)

Silverdale Dishes Out 3-1 District 5-A Volleyball Victory

Silverdale Baptist Academy’s volleyball team served up a four-set victory over District 5-A rival Chattanooga Schools for the Arts and Sciences on Tuesday. The Lady Seahawks got a combined 17 service aces from Molly Rumfelt and Caroline Couch and posted a 3-1 win over the Lady Patriots at Silverdale. The set scores were 25-15, 25-18, 22-25, 25-11. Rumfelt, the only senior ... (click for more)

Uninspired Ooltewah Sweeps Soddy Daisy In Key 5-AAA Match

It's a real challenge for a high school volleyball team to get up emotionally and physically to play the same team two matches in a row, especially when the first one was somewhat lopsided. But that was what the Ooltewah Lady Owls had to do Tuesday evening when they visited District 5-AAA rival Soddy Daisy. Ooltewah improved to 12-2 overall and 4-0 in 5-AAA with the three-set ... (click for more)