Chester Heathington Has Been In Training To Lead The City

Sunday, February 24, 2013
As a young man growing up in Chattanooga’s segregated Westside community, mayoral candidate Chester Heathington learned the racial boundaries for African Americans.

Schools were underfunded and learning materials were outdated. However, the neighborhood thrived because the merchants, preachers and professional service providers looked just like him and lived next door.

Changing attitudes fueled by the Civil Rights Movement opened doors for change and new opportunity.

Heathington left Saint Francis, a segregated Catholic grammar school to enter the newly integrated Notre Dame High School and the rest is history.

He went to war to protect our country. Upon returning home from Vietnam, Heathington got hired by city government, graduated from Cleveland State Community College with an associates of arts in law enforcement and UTC, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice.

He is a former small business owner. His community services activities include being past scoutmaster of Troop 922 and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration volunteer.

Robert Chester Heathington, Jr. said he wants to couple his experience as a former firefighter and department of public works employee to retool city government, roll back the sewer rates, reduce crime, and create an efficient operation at City Hall.

His plans call for creation of a veteran’s affairs office, placing a moratorium on annexation, developing a housing infrastructure bank and building a city-ran homeless shelter with wrap around services to address the variety of needs of these citizens.

Heathington is a member of Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He says he is running to make a difference for safe streets and freedom from fear. He believes the voice of the people must be heard at the table of government. He says it’s up to you to vote responsibly and elect a candidate who shares your conservative core values.

Remember that early voting ends Febr. 28 and Election Day is March 5.

Quenston Coleman


Why Is Congress So Bad?

As of April 11th, according to Gallup polling, Congressional approval stood at twenty percent.  Let's think about that. Eighty percent of Americans disapproved of the way the United States Congress operates! Then, at the next election, we send the same people back expecting a different outcome.  Why?   We seem to vote for folks who say they want to work ... (click for more)

Fake Science Of Man-Made Beliefs - And Response

In Chattanooga last Saturday approximately 1,000 people joined a faith-based group calling itself "March for Science - Chattanooga" who demanded that you and me pay for their special beliefs in fake science.  Their sincere, deeply held beliefs are found on their Facebook page.  And, they are not alone.  Thousands of other people of similar faith marched in various ... (click for more)

Erlanger Has Surge In Revenue; Admissions Up Over 12%

Erlanger Health System reported substantial growth in revenue and effective cost management for the third quarter. Net income from operations of $8.5 million exceeded prior year by $7 million and also exceeded budget by $1.3 million.    The health system had an 8.8 percent increase in total net revenue. Officials said the quarter generated strong EBITDA (e arnings ... (click for more)

Trenton, Ga., Woman Gets Workhouse Time, Lengthy Supervised Probation In Hit-And-Run Death Of Man On Moped

A Trenton, Ga. woman was given a four-year sentence following a lengthy hearing in the December 2012 hit-and-run death of a man in St. Elmo. Betty Mundy will serve 11 months and 29 days of the sentence in the workhouse and then be under a lengthy supervised probation, Judge Barry Steelman said.  She was charged in the death of 56-year-old David Joe Bruce. She pleaded ... (click for more)

Defense, Pitching Sparkle In Owls' 4-0 Win Vs. Mustangs

Strong defense meant more for Ooltewah than any other aspect of Monday’s key District 5-3A prep baseball game against Walker Valley at A.C. “Bud” Ball Field. ** Owls center fielder Jake Sullivan made an ESPN-worthy diving catch in left-center that probably saved two runs in the first inning. ** Pitcher Daniel Willie picked off a Mustangs runner at first base in the ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Ooltewah Shuts Out Walker Valley, 4-0