Law Enforcement To Receive Thanks For Efforts To End Domestic Violence

Friday, October 18, 2013

Local law enforcement will be recognized for their ongoing efforts to stop domestic violence on Friday, Oct. 25, at 11:30 a.m. Sponsors of the event are Partnership for Families, Children and Adults’ Family Violence Center, city of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Hamilton County Coalition, and Greater Emanuel Apostolic Church. Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger will speak.  

Gifts of thanks will be presented to all local law enforcement departments at the Arboretum of the Hamilton Country/Chattanooga Courts Building. Special recognition will be presented to retiring Lieutenant Chris Chambers of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney General Bill Cox.

“Chattanooga and Hamilton County law enforcement work hard every day to make our community a safer place to live," said Sr. Director of the Partnership, Regina MmcDevitt.  "We are so appreciative of their efforts to protect victims of family violence and their extra efforts to work with our Family Violence Center to help these victims through what is a very traumatic time in their lives.”

This presentation is part of several community efforts during Domestic Violence Awareness Month to raise awareness of family violence and to recognize those who advocate to end the abuse. Local law enforcement assists the Partnership with hundreds of family violence cases every year. In addition, the Partnership collaborates with law enforcement officials each year to produce a 40-hour Domestic Violence Training seminar, which teaches police officers how to identify family violence and effectively handle these unique cases. Local precincts across the city and county will be in attendance to receive Partnership staff thanks and gift baskets of homemade goodies to show appreciation. 

In addition, six local law enforcement officers will also be recognized for their work; Detective Ed Merritt – Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office; Detective Greg Carson – Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office; Detective Michael Ray – Red Bank Police Department; Lieutenant Jerome Halbert – Chattanooga Police Department; Detective Dennis Waters – Soddy Daisy Police Department; and Investigator Kevin Willoughby – Chattanooga Police Department.

The Partnership’s Family Violence Center provides crisis intervention services, an emergency hotline, counseling, shelter, advocacy and referral services to more than 10,000 individuals and families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault each year. Many of these services are staffed 24 hours a day and are available to assist a client or victim in a moment’s notice. For victims seeking services, help is available by calling the Crisis Hotline at 755-2700.

 


West Village To Host Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Festival

Families are invited to a New Year’s Eve festival in Chattanooga’s newly-revitalized West Village area between MLK and 7th on Chestnut and Pine near the base of the just-opened Westin Hotel. Lights are twinkling and the spirit of the street is changing as the West Village brings a European-style experience to Chattanooga families, said officials. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, ... (click for more)

McKamey Animal Center To Hold 12-Hour Adoption Event On Friday

Home for the Holidays or Bust! That is the mantra of the staff and volunteers of local animal shelter McKamey Animal Center in Chattanooga. Volunteers and staff members are gearing up to help as many animals as possible find a home for the holidays. Shelter staff and volunteers will be staying for a "Holiday All-Nighter" at the shelter on  Friday, from noon until midnight ... (click for more)

Person Shot With Life-Threatening Injuries On The Southside Early Sunday Morning; Delivery Driver Carjacked On Southside

A person was shot on the Southside early Sunday morning. Police said the victim had life-threatening injuries. The shooting happened just before 3 a.m. at 1400 Cowart St. One resident said, "I was walking my dogs this morning in SouthSide and there has been a shooting (again) in the parking lot off of 13th Steet. "There have been two shootings in this lot in the last ... (click for more)

Bradley County Deputy Shoots And Kills Stabbing Suspect At Charleston

A Bradley County deputy shot and killed a man who was a suspect in a stabbing early Sunday morning. The Sheriff's Office said, "At approximately 11:54 p.m. on Saturday, a call was received at the Cleveland/Bradley County 911 Center to report a stabbing at a residence on Leyland Drive in Charleston. "The caller indicated a male had been stabbed and another male had fled from ... (click for more)

The Growing Monopoly

Over the last decade, five tech giants have risen to the top, and created, discovered and invented services and products that have made these companies worth billions today. Those five, of course, are Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google. Each of these companies are responsible for several products and services that we use in our everyday lives. They have devoured the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Those We All Ignore

I was in the midst of my “morning readings” the other day when a number leapt off my computer screen. Hark, heralded angels, did you know in the state of Iowa there are two (2) inpatient psychiatry beds for every 100,000 people? I’m not the best with percentages but there are some people in Iowa who aren’t getting the help they need. There are roughly 3.2 million people living in ... (click for more)