Hammond Hires Gobble On Interim Basis To Run County Jail

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sheriff Jim Hammond has hired former East Ridge City Manager Tim Gobble to run the county jail on a temporary basis.

Mr. Gobble, who is also the former sheriff of Bradley County, started to work today.

Sheriff Hammond said he will continue a widespread search for a jail administrator. He said he does not believe Mr. Gobble wants the job full time.

He noted that Mr. Gobble has experience running both the Bradley County and Hamilton County jails.

Sheriff Hammond said he could not leave the jail without an administrator.

He said, "There are too many people and too many issues to leave it without an administrator."

The sheriff said, “Tim Gobble has been here before. He assumed that same position after the death of Deputy Chief Richard Shockley in 2010. He knows our jail, he understands our philosophy, and his qualifications as a U. S. Secret Service agent and past sheriff of Bradley County, not to mention his people skills, is what we need right now.”

The pay for the position is around $70,000. He is not receiving any benefits except for the use of a cellphone and take-home car.


Owner Of 120 Market St. Property Sues Over Form Based Code Designation

Izzy Wise, owner of 120 Market St., has filed suit over the property's designation under the new Form Based Code. The Chancery Court complaint is against the city of Chattanooga and the City Council. The property, where a Buffalo Wild Wings operates under a long-term lease, got a commercial designation for the front portion and a residential status for the rear fronting Cherry ... (click for more)

Trac Hoe Damaged By Fire Wednesday Afternoon On Hixson Pike

Dallas Bay firefighters battled a trac hoe fire Wednesday afternoon. At  4:20 p.m. , a 911 call was made reporting a trac hoe fire at Shelton Construction at 7611 Hixson Pike. The Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department responded and reported a Volvo trac hoe fire involved in the engine compartment and cab area. Dallas Bay VFD requested the Hamilton County Hazmat ... (click for more)

Colin Kaepernick Is The Epitome Of American Patriotism - And Response (2)

As the mother, mother-in-law, sister, aunt, and former wife of present active duty and veterans several times over, it isn't the patriotism of NFL player Colin Kaepernick I question, but the patriotism of those who are attacking him. Kaepernick is the epitome of all things this country is suppose to stand for and challenge. If he's attacked for taking a stand then everything this ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: How Tenure Destroys Kids

When the California Supreme Court announced last week that it would not hear a landmark case (Vergara v. California) you didn’t hear much about it, but when Hamilton County employs almost 30 percent of teachers that are deemed to be “the least effective” by any measure, it’s time for somebody outside our classrooms to start paying very close attention. I was amazed that last ... (click for more)

Streaking Ooltewah Withstands Walker Valley Challenge

Ooltewah coach Elaine Peigen expected a tough volleyball match on Wednesday at Walker Valley. Her Lady Owls got just that. After winning the first two sets, Ooltewah came up short in the next two and held on for a 3-2 District 5-3A showdown in Cleveland to remain unbeaten in league play. The Lady Owls have now won at least 46 consecutive district matches dating to 2012. ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Sweeps Red Bank For 12th Volleyball Win

The Red Bank Lionettes and the Hixson Lady Wildcats both played non-district volleyball matches at home Wednesday and both lost, Red Bank getting swept by Signal Mountain and Hixson by Soddy Daisy. Signal Mountain rolled to its 12th win against three losses, winning easily by scores of 25-15, 25-13 and 25-7. Aubrie Johnson had 11 kills while Nicole Terfloth had 13 digs and ... (click for more)