East Ridge Mystery

Saturday, February 9, 2013

As a citizen of East Ridge, and this being an opinion page, I feel that I must state my opinion and that of a vast majority of other East Ridge citizens that are informed and involved and concerned about our great city.

After viewing and listening to Mayor Brent Lambert's interviews on the various local news stations, it is very clear that he and Councilman Larry Sewell have been more concerned about keeping an over-paid lawyer and a city manager that violated policy on several occasions than their concern for the citizens of this city, who should be their primary focus. Concerned citizens have wondered why they both have done their best to retain the $150,000 or more a year former city attorney and a city manager who had violated city policy and caused much embarrassment to our city. What is it that we as concerned citizens do not know?

Mr. Gobble has repeatedly made the statement that we came in with approximately a $900,000 surplus. Well, if Mr. Whitson had had a tax increase and a sanitation fee increase, he also would have had a surplus and conceivably still been here. Mr. Gobble was also quoted that he implemented the recycle program. A lie. The recycle program was implemented under Mr. Whitson. Mr. Gobble apparently felt that it was more expedient to spend monies in areas that did not benefit the citizens, who foot the bill, instead of buying recycle cans. The recycle program is an excellent program and has helped with the tipping fees, bringing down cost. The recycle program brings in money; maybe not enough to pay for the program, but it is good for the environment and has a growing popularity with the citizens. I know, I know he spent what was budgeted, but he didn't mind spending money for other projects that citizens do not benefit from, but couldn't or wouldn't go to the council to let them know that the recycle program was getting so popular that we needed to find funds to purchase more recycle cans for the waiting list of  citizens.

Again, I wonder why is it that Lambert and Sewell have made it very obvious that they were and are more concerned about retaining the over-paid lawyer and city manager. What is it that we aren't privy to what makes these two individuals care more about them than the citizens who pay the taxes to fund the city?

Glen Pope Taxpayer, Property owner, Voter
1913 Close Road
East Ridge



Helping Those Left Behind

All year long a small group of sweet little elderly ladies do all they can to help the forgotten Gold Star wives and mothers of our servicemen and women that died and left them barely hanging on with an embarrassingly small subsistence check.  It is even worse at Christmas when the pain of not having enough to enjoy a Christmas dinner, much less small gifts for even children, ... (click for more)

Stories That Choke Me Up

I've struggled over the years to come to grips with my personality flaws. Ask anybody who knows me, I have more than several. The one in particular that we will address today, ladies and gentlemens, is my propensity to tear up way too quickly. I'm the guy who chokes up every time that pitiful rain soaked teddy bear crawls over to the curb and dies in that tracking device commercial. ... (click for more)

Sheriff's Office Investigating Shooting On Ridgestone Drive At Ooltewah

Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the  7200 block of Ridgestone Drive in Ooltewah early Saturday on a call  of a person who had been shot.   The incident happened around 3 a.m.   T he injured person was transported to an area hospital with a non-life threatening injury.  The facts surrounding the shooting ... (click for more)

Get Emailed Headlines From Chattanoogan.com; Like Us On Facebook, Twitter For Instant News

We send out headlines each day of the latest Chattanooga news.  Our news headlines have links that take you to the stories with a click. We also send out special emails if there is a highly significant local news story breaking so you will be aware of it quickly. To be added to the email headline list, just email us at news@chattanoogan.com In addition, like ... (click for more)

Stoker Beats Ensign At End To Win Wauhatchie

Rodney Stoker is hard to beat and it doesn’t matter if it’s on a road or a slick trail on the side of Lookout Mountain. The 41-year-old Stoker won the Sports Barn Turkey Trot 8K on Thanksgiving and he made his return to the 33 rd annual Wauhatchie Trail Run on Saturday a successful one as he caught 10-time winner Tim Ensign in the final quarter mile to win the challenging and ... (click for more)

Commerce Wins Bradley Invitational With Four Champs

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – The host Bradley Bears were the two-time defending champs in their own Bradley Invitational this weekend at Jim Smiddy Arena, but they weren’t able to make it a three-peat. The Commerce Tigers, a powerhouse Class A team from Georgia, had a slim three-point lead going into Saturday afternoon’s medal rounds, but after winning all four of their championship matches ... (click for more)