Dalton Police Department Year-End Honors Announced

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Dalton Police Department’s annual employee awards were announced at the agency’s Holiday Dinner at Ryman Hall. The awards ceremony capped the event which was held Friday night.

The Officer of the Year was Detective Jason Thompson, a member of the department’s drug unit.  The Non-Sworn Employee of the Year was Betty Nix, who is a records technician.  Both the Officer of the Year and Non-Sworn Employee of the Year awards are nominated and voted on by agency members. 

In addition to those honors, there were several honors selected by the agency’s supervisors. The Division Commanders Award is presented to an outstanding employee in each of the police department’s divisions.  In the Patrol Division the honoree was Officer Jason Robinson.  In Criminal Investigations, the Division Commander’s Award went to Detective Chris Tucker.  In the Support Services Division, the award went to records technician Vickie Vess.  And in the Administration Division, Chief Jason Parker selected Assistant Chief Truman Whitfield as the honoree. 

The department’s Leadership Award was presented to Sergeant Matthew Locke, the operations supervisor in the Criminal Investigations Division.  The Innovation In Police Services Award went to Lt. Chris Cooke.  And the PTO Award, given to an outstanding Patrol Training Officer went to Officer John Edwards.  


PHOTOS: Mark Making Christmas Party

Mark Making held its annual Christmas party. (click for more)

Chattanooga Zoo Hosts Winter Camp

The Chattanooga  Zoo’s Winter Camp begins on Dec. 22 and will be offering a series of one-day education adventures covering themes such as animal adaptations, hibernation, and more. Winter Camp campers can choose to participate on chosen days or sign up for the entire series of programs. Camp takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Winter camp dates are as follows: Dec. 22, 23, 29, ... (click for more)

Erlanger To Proceed With Manager Bonuses In 2 Steps; Considering Employee Performance Incentive Plan

Erlanger President and CEO Kevin Spiegel said Wednesday night that the hospital plans to proceed with $1.7 million in manager bonuses in two steps. Current participants in the incentive program will receive 50 percent of the approved 2014 performance plan this month. The remaining 50 percent will be paid to the management group in July 2015. At the same time, Mr. Spiegel ... (click for more)

Caldwell Arrested In Rapes Of 2 Women Over 60 In Brainerd, Hixson

Investigators have made an arrest in the rape cases that were reported last weekend. Taken into custody was Derrick Dewayne Caldwell, 30. He is charged with two counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated burglary. Police said two women over 60 years old were raped in Brainerd and in Hixson in separate incidents. (click for more)

A Letter To The NAACP

I believe when a "unarmed" man is evil, he will try to beat a police officer on his head in hopes to knock him out, in hopes to kill him. We saw the bruises on the officer's face.  This evil force tried to take his gun away from him , Proof was in the autopsy.  Why did Michael Brown  try to take his gun away from him? Exactly, to kill the officer.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Last Day Of School

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This story first appeared in the Chattanooga News-Free Press in the early 1980s and every year since then I have been asked repeatedly about it. It is easily the most famous story I have ever written – copies have been sent to me from numerous foreign countries -- and it may be the easiest story I ever wrote. All I did was write what the noted religious psychologist ... (click for more)