Fire All Incumbent City Council Members

Monday, April 1, 2013

With all due respect to Roy Exum, the voters are firing incumbent council members. 

Not one of the challenged incumbents have been returned to office by the voters. I call that a clue.

The voters clearly attempted to fire Jack Benson, but the fragmented field of opposition hurt that outcome. 

I also wish to correct Roy on one item. Not all of the elected newbies are without elected service. District 1 Chip Henderson has served on the school board.  The school board budget is more of a challenge.

There are so many reasons to elect Larry Grohn to represent District 4 in the April 9 runoff election. 

The voting actions of the current City Council,  including incumbent in District 4, Jack Benson, have been completely polar of the wishes of the public.

When Jack Benson attempted to derail a city commissioned gang study that identified violent crime at Hamilton Place mall, I knew Councilman Benson’s actions were for special interests and not for the citizens. That is problem, and why the public is firing the incumbent City Council members, failure to support the public’s best interest.

Then, during the height of recession and double digit unemployment in Chattanooga in 2009, this City Council voted to increase storm water fees on small business over 191 percent. I realize it takes funds to operate a city, but that ridiculous level of an increase speaks to mismanagement of the storm water system. A well-managed organization does not remain in crisis management like the city has for years. 

Then, just months after, this City Council increased property taxes 19 percent. I will never forget calling my City Council member, and they stated, “we never increases taxes in an election year.”  I realized at that point, ill equipment people ran the city budget, and the buck stops with the City Council. They have full budget authority and can amend and vote on spending measures.

Let’s face it, this city council has been the worst ever, and the last challenged incumbent is Jack Benson in District 4.  Help him pack. 

Vote Larry Grohn in District 4.

April Eidson


Vote No And Protect The Tennessee River

Gentlemen and Lady of the Commission,  I am a constituent from District 9. Though I cannot offer all but one of you my vote, I am your neighbor, and as such I pray you will hear me out regardless. When it comes to environmental issues such as this, we are all connected. Our river and valley are our responsibility to safeguard for this and future generations. It is a ... (click for more)

Trump - And Response

Hardly a day, even a moment, goes by when some news flash appears sharing what  Trump  said or did. Not catchy and cute as we might feel when we see the baby turn over for the first time or say Da, da. Instead, this grown man and our president defies child cooing and smiling and instead frowns amid growing anger that we voted for this man, a grown up not quite potty-trained.  ... (click for more)

Ooltewah High's Robin Copp Is State Principal Of The Year

Ooltewah High School principal Robin Copp has been named Tennessee’s 2017-18 Principal of the Year.   Officials said of the second-year principal, "No matter the grade level, she believes in creating student-centered schools, which are first and foremost focused on teaching and learning. To support this model, Copp has instituted a professional learning framework ... (click for more)

City Has Apparently Found Buyer For Chattanoogan Hotel

The city of Chattanooga has apparently found a buyer for the Chattanoogan hotel on Broad Street. A city board will meet next Monday to consider several resolutions. One item before the Chattanooga Downtown Redevelopment Corporation is approving the hiring of the Husch Blackwell law firm "as special counsel in connection with the preparation of a sale and purchase agreement ... (click for more)

Things Just Get Tougher For Vols -- No. 1 Tide On Horizon

The Tennessee football team returned to practice on Monday at Haslam Field with the Vols’ attention focusing their attention on Saturday’s Southeastern Conference game against top-ranked Alabama. UT will travel to Tuscaloosa for a 3:30 p.m. matchup with the Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium. CBS will televise the game, in which Tennessee is an early 34-point underdog. ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: Not A Typical Third Saturday In October

Top-ranked and unbeaten Alabama is a 34-point favorite over Tennessee this weekend in Tuscaloosa. That mere fact alone tells you this match up is anything but a typical Tennessee-Alabama game. Have the Vols really fallen that far behind Alabama in a short period of time? I believe they have. Alabama is very good, period. I joked on my radio show this week that the more ... (click for more)