City Council Backs Mayor's Decision To Appeal Ruling That Officers In Tatum Case Can Go Back To Work

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution backing the decision by Mayor Andy Berke to appeal the decision of an administrative law judge putting two city police officers involved in the Adam Tatum incident back on the force with back pay.

After hearing three days of testimony, Hearing Officer Kim Summers said in a 30-page opinion that the decision by Police Chief Bobby Dodd to fire officers Sean Emery and Adam Cooley should be overturned.

The incident, in which the inmate of a Salvation Army halfway house suffered several injuries, was caught on a video that was widely distributed.

Councilman Moses Freeman said, "We've had a travesty of justice." He said the decision left many in the community "feeling frustrated and disappointed."

He said citizens "are ashamed of their behavior and what they've done to our community."

Councilman Freeman said the actions of the officers and the ruling "give us a bad reputation. It is harming our good name and our brand of Chattanooga."

He added, "It will be a good day when these men will be terminated permanently. We just want to see justice prevail."

A grand jury failed to indict the officers and federal authorities decided not to bring charges.


Decisions Must Be Made Jointly, Signal Council Told During Orientation Session; Deliberations Must Take Place In Public

If a Signal Mountain resident contacts a town council member about a problem, it’s perfectly reasonable for the lone politician to try to get the problem corrected, council members were told during an orientation session. However, town attorney Phil Noblett told them, there’s a right way, and a wrong way,   to go about that – and the wrong way can lead to serious ... (click for more)

Dog Saves Woman From Fire At Highway 58 Area

A homeowner reported that her dog saved her life early Friday morning. At 12:52 a.m. , the homeowner called 911 reporting a fire at 8411 Providence Road (Highway 58 area). The Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived reporting a log cabin with flames coming through the roof. Firefighters worked quickly to contain the fire, but it was a challenge due to  ... (click for more)

Don't Be Quick To Discard Common Core

Let's not be too quick to discard Common Core. A recent article in the Tennessean on  Sunday detailed Common Core successes the Kingsport, Tennessee school system.  I encourage you to read it.  The article also noted that Tennessee was recently ranked as one of the fastest improving states in education after implementing portions of the Common Core curriculum ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UVa --Time For Change

The University of Virginia is, by any measure, one of the finest universities in the world. I have long admired it, whether covering dozens of sports events, cavorting with countless friends, or benefitting repeatedly from the surgical skills of the late world-class humanitarian Frank McCue. But today there is a terrible pall over “Mr. Jefferson’s university” – no, make that a ... (click for more)

Football Mocs Receive No. 8 Seed For FCS Playoffs

The hugs, high fives and first pumps by the Tennessee at Chattanooga football players late Sunday morning let everyone know in Moc Nation that the Blue and Gold had received a highy-coveted seed and would be hosting a second round NCAA FCS playoff game Dec 6 at Finley Stadium at 1 p.m. "When the television announcers called our name as the No.8 seed (out of eight ... (click for more)

Missouri Hangs On, Turns Back Tennessee, 29-21

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Missouri pin-pricked Joshua Dobbs’ bubble of invincibility Saturday night at Neyland Stadium. The nationally ranked Tigers drove a stake in Tennessee’s heart with Maty Mauk’s 73-yard touchdown pass to Jimmie Hunt in the fourth quarter, held Dobbs in check most of the game and beat the Vols, 29-21, before 95,821 fans on a chilly night on the banks of the Tennessee ... (click for more)