Hakeem Said He Plans Back To Work Task Force For District 9

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

District 9 City Council candidate Yusuf Hakeem said he plans to create a task force, ‘District 9 Goes Back to Work,’ whose goal would be creating workable plans for bringing more jobs in and getting people to the jobs that exist.”

He said as he talks with residents of District 9, he finds that crime and safety are at the top of their concerns for their neighborhoods.

“I am also a 46-year resident of what is now District 9,” he said. “I share the concerns of the people I’m speaking with.

He said that reducing crime and preventing young people from joining gangs goes far beyond putting more police on the street — although that is a priority also. “I will build trust between residents and law enforcement through my credibility with both groups,” he said. “And yes, we must put a higher value on the difficult work of the police and give them the respect and support they deserve.”

He said prevention of crime by law enforcement “must be aided by continued responsible citizen action aimed at cleaning up the neighborhoods, alongside a coordinated effort on the part of government, houses of worship, foundations and nonprofits to give our young people an avenue to what life is and can be. We know they need to belong to something greater than themselves. We must emphasize the value of education, self-respect, self-esteem and development of good work habits in maintaining a job that pays a family wage.

Mr. Hakeem said there is no need to duplicate services and programs that already exist, but that better coordination is needed between them, along with community commitment and support. “I am the candidate who can generate that support,” he said. “That’s been my record for many years of service in this district and will be again as city councilman.”


Stretch Of I-40 West Closed For Construction This Weekend

Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will temporarily close a two-mile stretch of I-40 on the west side of downtown Nashville for bridge construction. The closure is scheduled as follows for  Friday, July 30 at 8 p.m. through  Monday, August 3 at 6:00 a.m.:   I-40 will be closed from the I-40/I-65 split west of downtown to the I-40/I-65 split ... (click for more)

Lane Closures On East 3rd Street Begin Saturday

Contractor B & B Plumbing will be installing a sewer line and manhole in East 3rd Street at Holtzclaw Avenue beginning Saturday.  The project is scheduled for four days.  Hours of operation on Saturday and Sunday will be 7 a.m.-7 p.m.  Hours of operation on Monday and Tuesday will be 6 p.m.6 a.m. Detours will be posted. In order to view a map of all of these ... (click for more)

Zaxby's To Go In Across From Bass Pro Shop At New I-75 Exit 1 Development In East Ridge

A new Zaxby's will be built across from Bass Pro Shop at I-75's Exit 1 in East Ridge, developer John Healy said Thursday night. He said other restaurants and hotels are also coming to the Jordan Crossing site at the entrance to Camp Jordan Park. Mr. Healy said he hopes to make a "significantly larger" announcement soon. The East Ridge City Council, at a special called meeting, ... (click for more)

Young Man Involved In Incident That Led To A Murder Gets Diversion, Praise For Testifying

A young man who was involved in an incident that led to a murder has been given diversion and praised for testifying against co-defendants. Criminal Court Judge Barry Steelman said a conviction for facilitation of an aggravated robbery can be expunged if Dustin Hayes gets in no further trouble for six years. The judge said, "We wouldn't be dealing with 40 shootings a year ... (click for more)

Chattanooga's Memorial Day

It is recorded in the Fourth Chapter of the Book of Joshua, that after the nation had crossed the River Jordan, Joshua would receive a divine commandment to choose 12 men from among the people and tell them to take 12 stones from the middle of the river.  Each man placed a stone on their shoulder which represented one of the tribes of Israel, and served as a memorial ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: They Still Love The ‘Lickers’

When Congressman Ted Yoho (R-Fl.) introduced the 2015 version of the “Prevent All Soring Tactics” in Congress this week, he already had a bipartisan crowd of 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats as co-sponsors. That’s hardly amazing. Today there are over 280 organizations, associations, veterinary and animal advocates who vehemently support the legislation, because it is well documented, ... (click for more)