Jeffrey Wilson Will Not Seek Re-Election For School Board; Concerned About Condition Of Brainerd High School; Activist Says Rats, Snakes Inside The School

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Veteran County School Board member Jeffrey Wilson said Tuesday he will not seek re-election for a new term.

At the same time, he said he is concerned about the condition of Brainerd High School.

He said its condition will be discussed at a meeting at Brainerd High next Tuesday at 6 p.m.

The purpose of this meeting is to answer questions surrounding the current state of the facilities, the I zone, and future plans for the school.

Mr. Wilson, who represents District 5, said, "Although I have decided to forego pursuing re-election in order to focus on parenting a young child and pastoring my church, I am concerned about the longterm outlook of the schools in this community. It is my hope that a group of like-minded individuals can come together and create a long-term strategy which will benefit our children."


Cynthia Stanley-Cash, a longtime Brainerd community leader, said the school was closed all summer for the installation of an expensive overhaul of the heating and air system. She said in the process a number of rats invaded the school and that snakes have come in after the rats.


She said, "Students are staying home because of the snakes. One was seen going up a wall that looked like a boa."


Ms. Stanley-Cash said the grounds and parking area at the high school are also in a deplorable condition.   



Man Arrested On Charge Of Damaging Car That Pulled In Front Of Him On The Veterans Bridge

A man is facing a charge of felony vandalism over $1,000 for allegedly damaging a car that pulled in front of him on the Veterans Bridge. Justin Andrew Thompson, 32, of 8112 Holly Hills Lane, was arrested in connection with the Feb. 3 incident. A woman told police she and her boyfriend were driving across the bridge toward Fourth Street when the boyfriend accidentally pulled ... (click for more)

Cabin Caretaker Finds Intruder Wearing His Clothes At Birchwood Retreat

A caretaker for a Birchwood cabin said he found an intruder at the property on Parker Loop Road who was wearing his clothes. Shane Keith Garrett, 50, of 13707 Birchwood Pike, was charged with aggravated burglary. A deputy was dispatched late Thursday morning to the cabin and he found Garrett on the porch wearing the clothes of the caretaker. The caretaker said he discovered ... (click for more)

CVB Should Share Financials With The Home Folks

The recent debate over the Convention and Visitor's Bureau's funding and budget has gotten ugly. A Hamilton County commissioner has asked questions and made comments about the CVB. The director of the CVB has organized a campaign to dismiss the commissioner's questions and comments. The children on the playground are choosing sides and nothing useful seems to be happening. It's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Haggling Must Stop

Far be it for me to suggest the Hamilton County Commission and the School Board need to spend more time at recess but it was obvious this week the two groups need to work at being better friends. We have nine county commissioners and just as many corresponding school board members to work together for the betterment of one entity – Hamilton County. Everybody who thinks that is happening ... (click for more)

Legendary Howard Coach Henry Bowles Dies At 80

Legendary Howard High Coach Henry Wesley Bowles, Sr., has died at the age of 80 after a lengthy illness. Coach Bowles was born in Chattanooga on Oct. 14, 1936. He graduated from Howard High School, class of 1955, and received his bachelor of arts degree from Lane College, Jackson, Tn. While at Lane College, he was student council president, business manager and Who’s Who among ... (click for more)

Silverdale Girls Claim District 5-A Championship

The face and philosophy might have changed, but the expectations for the Silverdale Baptist Academy girls’ basketball team remained the same. Heading into the season with five seniors and a first-year, first-time head coach in Victor Underwood, the Lady Seahawks had their sights set on winning a District 5-A championship. Wednesday night, they achieved that goal with ... (click for more)