Work To Start On New Medical Office For Lookout Mountain, Ga.

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - by Matthew Smisson
The Lookout Mountain, Ga., City Councilman David Bennett announced Thursday night that Dr. Bill Moore Smith and Davo Devaney will break ground on Dr. Smith’s new office located behind the Methodist Church.  Construction is expected to be completed sometime during the summer of 2014. 
 
The city’s accountant, Paul Johnson, met with the council to discuss the year end financial standing.
  With a new infusion of SPLOST coming in 2014, the city will continue some of its capital projects such as continuing the last segment of the sidewalk to the state line.  After explaining the city’s finances, he said the city continues to operate in the black but only by a little more than $2,000.
 
City Manager Brad Haven announced that after years of work the project to complete the city’s stormwater and sewer mapping has been submitted to the Georgia database.  Mr. Haven is also working on getting a new heating system for the public works garage.  The expected cost is around $4,500 so he will be bidding out the project. 
 
Mayor Sandy Gothard announced that the art show that took place earlier in December on the front yard of city hall was a huge success. Beginning in February on the first weekend of every month a farmer’s market-type event will take place on Saturday and Sunday on the yard of city hall.  Many of the vendors who participated in December’s event will return and are excited about the upcoming events.  City employees have recently completed painting the exterior of city hall and replacing rotten wood.  This will serve as a moderate improvement until the city’s town center is completed. 
 
Following the council meeting the council and mayor hosted an appreciation dinner for all the city employees.  Councilwoman Taylor Watson gave a toast of appreciation to all the city employees, police and firefighters.  Councilman David Bennett spoke briefly and gave out a few gifts to city employees for their years of service. 
 
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

Another Truck Wrecks On Retro Hughes Road

Another truck wrecked Tuesday afternoon on Retro Hughes Road. A different truck wrecked last Thursday at the same curve. Both were headed to a site where a new hangar is being built.  The truck that wrecked on Tuesday was carrying the doors for the hangar.     (click for more)

County Commission Extends Terms Of Magistrates Randy Russell, Sharetta Smith

The County Commission on Wednesday gave one-year contract extensions to Randy Russell and Sharetta Smith. The commission was also set to continue Mr. Russell as the chief magistrate. However, commissioners said other magistrates should have the right to apply. That vote was postponed until next week. The chief magistrate makes $5,000 more than the other three magistrates ... (click for more)

Marvelous News From Central High School

To Roy Exum:     With all the recent news of major dysfunctions within our educational system, I thought I might alert you to something better. About a year ago you ventured up Highway 58 to Central High School to represent your late grandfather, Roy McDonald, as he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus during the annual Senior Day festivities. I sort of expected ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The DA’s Cold-Case Quest

It is clearly a job nobody can do for over an hour or two, but Neal Pinkston, working in hand with precise professionals from the county’s auditing department, is intent on doing the right thing. As I watched a revolving team of four people at a time open and study envelopes of autopsy photographs on Tuesday, the scene would have made a fascinating television documentary. But ... (click for more)

District 5-3A Softball Tournament Plans Finalized By Coaches

District 5-3A softball coaches are now ready for the second season. They hope their teams are, too. At a luncheon to finalize plans for the district tournament on Wednesday, the opening pairings were set in stone and play will begin Friday with three games, each starting at 5 p.m. at the highest seeded team. Second-seeded Soddy-Daisy (24-7) will host No. 7 Bradley ... (click for more)

Johnson Homers Twice As Baylor Beats Silverdale, 4-2

There’s nothing more fun than covering a softball game featuring two outstanding teams, ones who can get clutch hits, pitch through tough situations and even make spectacular defensive plays when the game is on the line. That was the case at Silverdale Tuesday afternoon where the Lady Seahawks were hosting the Baylor Lady Red Raiders. Silverdale had gone to Baylor on April ... (click for more)