Fraternal Order of Police Announces Candidate Endorsements For Chattanooga Elections

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, announced the endorsement of the following candidates for public office in the upcoming City of Chattanooga Elections:

Mayor: Andy Berke
District 1 City Council: Tom McCullough
District 2 City Council: Roger Tuder
District 3 City Council: Ken Smith
District 4 City Council: Tom Tomisek
District 7 City Council: Chris Anderson
District 8 City Council: Andrae McGary
District 9 City Council: Peter Murphy

Districts 5 and 6 incumbents, Councilman Russell Gilbert and Councilwoman Carol Berz, are running unopposed. Officials said, "We appreciate their past efforts and look forward to an open dialogue with them during the next term."

In a written statement, Toby Hewitt, president, said, "For far too long, critical issues affecting the safety and quality of life of our citizens and public service personnel have been ignored. Many times over the past eight years the efforts of our police officers to bring attention and positive change to these issues have been dismissed, and in some cases even further aggravated, by the City Administration.  We are extremely optimistic about a brighter future for the City of Chattanooga and adequately addressing the critical issues affecting public safety should be the cornerstone in securing our future, instead of an afterthought.

"These candidates are receiving our endorsement for their commitment to partnering with us to improve public safety and the quality of life in our great city. All who live, work, and play in Chattanooga have a vested interest in the March 5th election. Now is the time to move Chattanooga forward."


Signal Centers' Children Are 3-0 Predicting Super Bowl Winner

The children at Signal Centers, 109 North Germantown Road, are again using a highly scientific method in predicting who will win the Super Bowl.  The 9th annual Super Bowl tailgating party will be on Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  The children started predicting the team winner 3 years ago and although the method changes from year to year, they hold a perfect record of 3-0. ... (click for more)

4 Bridges Arts Festival Set For April 10-12

Chattanooga’s visual arts festival returns to the First Tennessee Pavilion April 10-12. Recognized by the New York Times, the 4 Bridges Arts Festival invites guests to a weekend of "exceptional fine art and craft, local food, children’s art activities and entertainment." Artists from across the county apply for the juried show because they know the atmosphere draws a mix of ... (click for more)

Girl Stabs Boy Twice At Lookout Valley Middle High School

A female student stabbed a male student twice at Lookout Valley Middle High School on Thursday morning. Sheriff Jim Hammond the students are seventh graders. He  said the boy was taken by ambulance and went into surgery after the mid-morning stabbing.  He said the boy received a superficial wound to the neck and a more serious wound to the stomach.  However, ... (click for more)

Chief Fletcher Gives Maximum Punishment To Officer Who Fired At Vehicle That Backed Toward Him; Attorney Vows To Fight To Reverse Decision

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher has given a maximum punishment to an officer who fired four shots toward a vehicle after he said the driver backed into his vehicle with him standing behind it. Chief Fletcher sustained a finding of “improper use of force – discharge of firearm.” He suspended Officer Alex Olson for 30 days without pay – the maximum suspension allowed ... (click for more)

Shelley Andrews Will Be Missed - And Response

Shelley Andrews was one of the kindest, most thoughtful and most effective laborers in our community.  Her work with the Friends of Moccasin Bend was exemplary.  She listened, she learned and she led with dignity and class. Her brave battle with ovarian cancer was a testament to her positive spirit and commitment to her work on behalf of the people of this region. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: This One’s For ‘Grifter’

Back in October of 2013 a Facebook page called “OAF Nation” was created to “boost the morale” of the heroes who make up our nation’s military.” It was tongue-in-cheek satire, putting funny captions on every-day pictures that showed members of the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard as they defended our country. Our fighting men and women loved it. It quickly went viral and today ... (click for more)