Dalton Police Department Honors Officer Maurice Phillips, Sr. In Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Officer Maurice Phillips, Sr., killed in the line of duty in 1956, was honored during the Dalton Police Department's Public Safety Commission meeting. The May meeting was moved to Tuesday from its regularly scheduled time on the fourth Tuesday of the month in order to accommodate a ceremony marking Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and National Police Week. 

Tuesday morning’s ceremony included a procession of police officers up Waugh Street to City Hall escorted by the Dalton Police Department’s Honor Guard and bag piper Michael Whinery from the City of Chattanooga Pipe Band, Inc. Dalton firefighter Gary Stanley from the DFD Honor Guard sang the national anthem at the ceremony. Chief Jason Parker and Public Safety Commission Chairman Bill Weaver addressed the gathering and Mayor David Pennington read a proclamation declaring this week to be Police Week in Dalton.

A special recognition was made in honor of the late Officer Maurice Phillips, Sr. who was killed in an accidental shooting in December, 1956.  Chief Parker presented a folded American flag to members of Officer Phillips’ family who were in attendance.  Afterwards, the names of all Georgia and regional law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty since last May were read aloud.

National Police Week began in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy declared May 15th to be National Peace Officers' Memorial Day, and the week in which the 15th falls to be a week honoring police officers. 

Before Tuesday morning’s ceremony, Dalton Police Chief Jason Parker introduced three new officers to the Public Safety Commission. Officers Bart Chandler, Lane Bennett, and Michael Ware were all confirmed by unanimous vote of the PSC at the April meeting but were unable to attend that session.

Officer Chandler is returning for a second tour of duty with the Dalton Police Department, having also worked with the DPD from August 2001 to May 2004 before leaving to work for the Simpson Bridge Company.  Chandler also served as a reserve officer with the Cohutta Police Department from January 2010 to March 2013.  He also served for five years in the Army.  Officer Bennett is a 2001 graduate of Gordon Central High School and served as a firefighter in Gordon County.  Officer Ware is a 2008 graduate of Fannin County High School.

Chief Parker reported that the crime rate for April 2013 was nearly identical to the same month in 2012.  For the year to date, Part 1 crimes have increased by 5%.  Chief Parker reported that while there were slight increases in aggravated assault and theft in April, property crimes have continued to show the most significant rise in Dalton.   

Good news came in the area of traffic crashes.  While crashes showed an 11% increase compared to April 2012, they’re still down for the year to date by nearly 3%. 

The Dalton Public Safety Commission is comprised of Chairman William B. Weaver, Carlos Calderin, Terry Mathis, Keith Whitworth, and Kenneth E. Willis.


Chattanooga Fire Department Stations Host Halloween Open Houses

There were some early visitors to the Chattanooga Fire Department’s Halloween Open House Friday afternoon. Ashley Kuehn brought her two kids, dressed in Halloween costumes that had a definite firefighter theme. Daughter Crimson wore a Dalmatian costume while Stetson wore custom-made firefighter turnout gear. The department’s Halloween Open House is officially from 6-8 p.m. on ... (click for more)

Bradley County Mobile Command Post To Be At Downtown Block Party In Cleveland

The Bradley County Mobile Command Post will be at Friday night’s Downtown Block Party in Cleveland. The first 3,000 children to stop by the Command Post, at the northwest corner of the courthouse, will receive a Bradley County Sheriff’s Office re-usable treat bag…filled with candy. Sheriff Watson invites one and all to visit.   (click for more)

Chattanooga Area Under Hard Freeze Warning As Winter Comes Early

The Chattanooga area was under a freeze warning as winter rushed in early. The biting weather came as crew members were about to hit the water for the annual Head of the Hooch at Ross's Landing. Here is the warning: ...FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM EST /2 AM CST/ TO 9 AM EST /8 AM CST/ SUNDAY ... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MORRISTOWN HAS ISSUED ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex That Brought $3 Million Profit Exempt From Most Taxes Until 2022 Under PILOT

A downtown Chattanooga apartment complex that recently was sold at a $3 million profit is exempt from most property taxes through 2022 under a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement.   No payment of school taxes was included in the deal for Walnut Commons at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way.   The only taxes due on the property for the next eight ... (click for more)

A Vote For Education Is Critical In Tennessee

In a state where just 28 percent of eighth graders are proficient in math and 33 percent are proficient in reading according to national assessments, education is deserving of more attention in 2014 elections. Across the country, more parents are making informed decisions about their child’s education, but for Volunteer State parents without resources, choices are difficult to come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In November

As the first day of November arrives today, it is cold enough in my garden to officially certify that fall has fell! There are even signs of ice on the ground but there is a bounty crop of acorns so, in keeping with our monthly tradition, some will get shiny acorns and others will get a chunk of cold ice: A SHINY ACORN for Patriots football coach Bill Belichick for scoffing at ... (click for more)