Smith Picks Up For Public Defender; Pinkston Gets Papers For DA, White For Criminal Court Clerk

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Republican Steve Smith, who is an assistant district attorney, has picked up papers to run for public defender. Democrat Ardena Garth is the incumbent.

Neal Pinkston, executive assistant to District Attorney Bill Cox, picked up to run for DA. Mr. Cox is retiring.

Brian White of East Ridge, a Democrat, is the first to pick up for Criminal Court clerk. Incumbent Gwen Tidwell is expected to run again. Rep. Vince Dean said he is running for the post.

Pam Fleenor and Joe Manuel have picked up for the chancellor post being vacated by Frank Brown. Incumbent Jeff Atherton picked up his papers.

Larry Henry, longtime County Commission member, picked up for Circuit Court clerk. Paula Thompson is not running again.

J.B. Bennett and Catherine Cate White picked up for the Circuit Court judge post now held by Jackie Bolton, who is retiring.

Circuit Court Judge Jeff Hollingsworth picked up as did Judge Neal Thomas.

Pam Hurst, veteran register of deeds, picked up her papers. 

City Judges Sherry Paty and Russell Bean have picked up.

Sheriff Jim Hammond picked up papers.

At Juvenile Court, Judge Rob Philyaw and Clerk Gary Behler picked up.

Bill Knowles, who has been at the courthouse since 1974, picked up for County Clerk.

Randy Fairbanks picked up to challenge incumbent Fred Skillern in County Commission District 1.

Incumbent Jim Fields picked up for District 2 as did Marty Haynes for District 3.

Kirkland Robinson picked up for District 4 - the seat now held by Warren Mackey.

Incumbent Greg Beck and challenger Hester Isiah picked up for District 5.

Phil Smartt, Sabrena Turner and Perry Perkins have picked up for District 7. Mr. Henry is vacating that seat.

Former County Commissioner Curtis Adams picked up for District 8.

Incumbent Chester Bankston picked up for District 9.

County Mayor Jim Coppinger picked up his qualifying papers.

Criminal Court Judges Barry Steelman, Rebecca Stern and Don Poole picked up.



County Property Taxes Are Due Feb. 28; Trustee's Office Announces Extended Hours

County Trustee Bill Hullander is reminding taxpayers that Feb. 28, will be the last day to pay their 2016 property taxes without interest and penalty.  The regular office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. As an added convenience for the taxpayer, the courthouse office and the Preservation Drive office will be open on Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., ... (click for more)

Attorneys Drop Off Dyer, Brennan Case, Leaving Them To Represent Themselves In Federal Court On Investor Scam Case

Attorneys for two Chattanooga men who were charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with defrauding a large number of investors have dropped off their case, saying they have only been paid a limited amount and the pair say they have no more funds. Magistrate Judge Susan Lee approved the requests by attorney Jerry Summers of Chattanooga and attorney Frank Lightmas of ... (click for more)

Judge Doug Meyer Lived A Full Life Helping Many

I was sadden to learn of the death of Judge Doug Meyer.  Judge Meyer retired from the Criminal Court bench here in 2006.  Prior to that he had been the Chattanooga city judge for several years.  As a young attorney I tried many cases in front of Judge Meyer.  Also while I was awaiting my case to be tried, I would observe him on the bench.  Judge Meyer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Illegals Cost Us Billions

We learned over the weekend that John Kelly, our new Secretary of Homeland Security, has just prepared two strongly-worded memos that could greatly enhance federal authorities to detain and/or deport illegal immigrants both inside the United States and those caught at our borders. All rational United States citizens know we have a horrible problem with illegals – in 2010 the annual ... (click for more)

MVP Howard Leads Bradley To Seventh Straight District 5-3A Tourney Title

(Story will be updated) East Hamilton was in trouble against Bradley Central at halftime. Then the top-ranked and unbeaten Bearettes landed a sledgehammer blow in the third period and routed the Lady Hurricanes 81-40 to capture their seventh straight District 5-3A tournament championship Monday night at Soddy-Daisy High School. Bradley Central (29-0) outscored East ... (click for more)

Moc Golfers 2-Under At Magnolia Grove Crossings

The Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team started its spring slate with two solid rounds. They started with a 286 and closed the 36-hole day with a 288. That’s good for a 2-under 574 at Magnolia Grove Crossings Course.   The two par or better 18s are the sixth and seventh of the season. All six were recorded over the last seven rounds. That puts the Mocs in fifth two strokes ... (click for more)