Dalton Detective Presents Citizen Commendation To Dalton High School Student

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Dalton Police Department presented a certificate and letter of appreciation to Dalton High School student Paola Vazquez for her help in presenting a class on crime prevention to Dalton residents. Ms. Vazquez was recommended for the recognition by Detective Brian Shirley who presented it to her in her ROTC class Wednesday morning.  The honor was approved by Chief Jason Parker in November.


In September 2013, Detective Shirley was presenting a class called “How Not To Be A Victim” to a group of adults at the Mack Gaston Community Center as part of the Sharing Is Caring program.  However, there was a language barrier between Detective Shirley and most of the group of more than 20 people.  Ms. Vazquez was in attendance with a family member and offered to help Detective Shirley by translating his presentation into Spanish.  Thanks to her help, the class was well received by the group of participants and Detective Shirley was able to share ways that they could protect themselves from crime. 


In addition to the citizen commendation certificate, Ms. Vazquez received a letter from Chief Parker thanking her for her help in the community.  


Joint Limited Residential Contractor Licensing Class Planned By Chattanooga State And CSCC

Chattanooga State’s Economic and Community Education Department is partnering with Cleveland State Community College to offer a 30-hour Limited Residential Contractor Licensing class. The class will meet two consecutive Fridays and Saturdays, March 18-19 and March 25-26 at Cleveland State’s campus located at 3535 Adkisson Dr. in Cleveland. Class cost is $449 and limited to 20 ... (click for more)

Dalton State School of Business Maintains Elite Accreditation

Maintaining Dalton State’s Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business Accreditation keeps the College in an elite group that can offer business students a higher quality education.  Dalton State’s School of Business was recently re-accredited by the AACSB International, a global nonprofit organization of educational institutions and businesses devoted to the advancement ... (click for more)

Firefighters Stop Fire At Local IHOP Restaurant

Chattanooga firefighters did not have far to go when fire broke out at the IHOP on Highway 153 in Hixson around  9 a.m.  on Friday. Battalion Chief Don Bowman and firefighters with Quint 16 had just enjoyed a nice breakfast there while having a morning staff meeting. When the firefighters returned to their fire truck and were getting ready to drive off, one of the firefighters ... (click for more)

Several Central City Schools Overcrowded, School Board Is Told

All the county school overcrowding is not out in the fast-growing East Brainerd and Ooltewah sections, school board members were told Thursday. Several central city schools are far above capacity. East Lake Elementary - with 655 students and a capacity of 493 students - is at 133 percent occupancy. Calvin Donaldson, Orchard Knob Elementary and East Side Elementary also are ... (click for more)

Innocent Until Proven Guilty, Even Athletes

From reading Randy Smith's column on the lawsuit against UT it is pretty evident that he never took a legal course in his life. I was under the impression that in this country one was innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. It appears this no longer applies to athletes(particularly black athletes) in the U.S. in 2016. I have always said that if I am picked for jury duty ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Chatt2.org’ Needs You Now

A diverse yet powerful panel of community leaders in Nashville delivered a letter to the Metro Nashville Board of Education last week. It was signed by some top men and women who represent a wide-ranking cross section of Tennessee’s largest city and includes education, business, religious and diversity superstars. You need to understand the urgency behind the letter. Davidson County ... (click for more)