Disgusted At High Crime Ranking - And Response (3)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Today I found a report ranking Tennessee as the number one dangerous state in the country. I guess we have to be number one at something but this is disgusting.  

This is not just a city problem but a state problem. Last week Chattanooga was ranked as one of the best cities to retire to because of the low cost of living. Who will want to come and live here now as the chances of being murdered, robbed, raped or mugged is higher than elsewhere in the country. 

Okay, governor and mayor, what are we going to do about this situation? 

Michael Ellins 

* * * 

Don't worry, they are on top of it. 

I just recently read where Chattanooga/Tennessee is still increasing its parks and trails. They even got a plan B. They are cutting into the pensions of the police and fire personnel. 

Makes perfect sense to me. (pardon the pun). 

Michael Burns

* * *

Well, Berkes first reaction upon being elected was to shut down the Gang Task Force as well as the prevention group The Future Is Ours. So what did he expect, that our crime rate would drop on it's own accord?  

His goal was either his ego: defeating the programs that were working for his predecessor; or getting the word "gang" out of the Chattanooga tourism arena.  

Well, the tourists hearing about our high crime rate will keep the tourism money out of our coffers.  

My main question now is this: How many lives will his ego cost us?  

Netta Hall

* * * 

The report that ranked Tennessee as the highest in crime was for last year, using FBI numbers from 2012. So that is the violent crime rate under Mayor Littlefield and the Gang Task Force, hardly programs that were working for "his predecessor." 

I watch the news regularly and Berke has done more to deal with crime in just a few months than his predecessor did in years. Berke has shut down event halls where gangs shoot at each other. He added more cops and hired a prosecutor to put gangs members away for longer.  

If you recall, Littlefield wouldn't even use the word "gang" when the first shooting happened in Coolidge Park. Littlefield held a press conference to call it a flash mob. 

So if we are going to talk about the crime rate in Chattanooga, we should understand how we got to where we are today and be thankful we have a mayor and a new City Council who are actually doing something about it.  

Samantha White
Hixson


Wine And Gun Laws On July 1

Yay! We can buy wine at Wal-Mart! That's a huge step forward in the Tennessee vice world and we are all looking forward to 8 a.m. tomorrow when we don't have to go to a store where we might be seen by someone with whom we will share a pew on Sunday. Now you can buy your bubbly with your groceries, which truly makes July 1 like the New Years of the summer. Like it's January's counterpart, ... (click for more)

Time To Target The Criminal

While we are in the mood to give up our constitutional rights, why not go after a few in our justice system that protect the criminal and not restrict the law-abiding gun owner?  I for one would be more agreeable to keeping some of these killers off the streets. I gladly welcome TSA screening at the airport, I am pleased when they ask me for an ID at the bank even though ... (click for more)

Customer At East Ridge Gas Station Shoots And Kills Robber; He Had Been Trying To Take Female Clerk With Him

East Ridge Police said a customer at an East Ridge gas station early Thursday morning shot a robber, who was then found by police lying outside the station and was arrested.  The robber has died.  His name is being withheld pending the notification of next of kin. At 1:47 a.m., East Ridge Police responded to 4011 Ringgold Road, the Marathon Service Station, on ... (click for more)

Bridge Repair Over 12th Street To Causes Temporary Lane Closure On US 27; Re-Opened Thursday Afternoon

While investigating a pothole in the bridge on U.S. 27 North over 12 th Street in the construction zone, crews discovered a potential weak spot in the bridge deck that could over time result in more damage to the bridge deck.  For the safety of the traveling public, the outside lane in this area was closed until the contractor made necessary repairs, TDOT officials said.  ... (click for more)

Travis Hale New Softball Coach At Soddy-Daisy

(Story will be updated)  Travis Hale, who spent one year under being groomed for the job, has been named the new softball coach at Soddy-Daisy High School. Hale, previously an assistant coach at Hixson and for one year the head coach at Loftis Middle School, was groomed for the job last season working under coach Wes Skiles, who has stepped down after four seasons. ... (click for more)

Alex Smith Earns All-America Honors In AAU Volleyball

Alex Smith just graduated from Grace Academy in the spring after wrapping up an outstanding career with the Lady Golden Eagle volleyball team. The season didn’t go quite as well as they would have liked as Smith suffered an ankle injury and was sidelined toward the end at tournament time. However, all the news is not bad as Smith joined 10 other players who formed a team ... (click for more)