Postal Service, Chattanooga First-Responders To Hold Emergency Exercise On Wednesday

Friday, May 17, 2013

A full-scale emergency exercise, including employee evacuation, will take place at the Chattanooga Mail Processing & Distribution Center (P&DC) on Wednesday, at 3:45 p.m. for approximately 3 ½ hours for the purpose of testing the Postal Service and the city of Chattanooga’s coordinated emergency preparedness response plans in the event of an actual biohazard alert.

The exercise will combine efforts with the Postal Inspection Service; Chattanooga Police and Fire departments and Hazmat/Decon Team, Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency and Office of Emergency Management/Fire Communications, Tennessee State Police, FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department, Tennessee Department of Health, American Red Cross of Southeastern Tennessee, Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority and 911.

The emergency preparedness exercise is slated to begin at 3:45 p.m. and last approximately 3½ hours. The exercise is expected to temporarily interrupt lobby services and Post Office Box access at the Chattanooga P&DC from approximately 3:30-4:45 p.m. Authorities advise the public that this is only an exercise, not an actual emergency.

The Chattanooga Mail Processing & Distribution Center is at 6040 Shallowford Road, Chattanooga, Tn. 37421. 

The United States Postal Service is committed to keeping its employees and customers safe. Regular testing and evaluation of coordinated emergency response plans with local first responders greatly assist in this mission.


Tennessee Highway Patrol Announces Cinco de Mayo Traffic Safety Enforcement Effort

The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will increase patrols and conduct specialized traffic safety enforcement during the Cinco de Mayo holiday in an effort to reduce serious injury and fatal crashes across the state. State troopers will observe this year’s Cinco de Mayo holiday period between  12:01 a.m.  on  Tuesday  through  midnight  on  ... (click for more)

Clay Bennett To Speak At Next Meeting Of Chattanooga Humanist Assembly

Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Clay Bennett will be delivering a speech on “The Comedy of Politics” at the  May 10th  meeting of the Chattanooga Humanist Assembly.   Mr. Bennett is known internationally for his poignant, on point editorial cartoons that have won him multiple awards through a long and distinguished career.   The Chattanooga Humanist ... (click for more)

Man Convicted In 1997 "Cold Case" Murder Gets 22-Year Prison Sentence

A man found guilty of a 1997 Chattanooga murder long after the crime was committed was sentenced on Monday to serve 22 years in prison.   A Criminal Court jury last October found Adolphus Hollingsworth guilty of second-degree murder.   Judge Rebecca Stern set the sentence in the case involving the slaying of Victoria Carr Hollingsworth.   The state ... (click for more)

Brian E. Hoskins, 29, Dies In East Brainerd Motorcycle Crash Sunday Night

Brian E. Hoskins, 29,  died in a motorcycle crash in East Brainerd on Sunday night. At approximately 10:07 p.m., the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 8776 Igou Gap Road. It was found that t he motorcyclist left the roadway for unknown reasons. He was pronounced deceased on scene by HCEMS. I nvestigators are working to determine the cause of ... (click for more)

Injustice Is Terrible, But Shouldn't Lead To Rioting - And Response (2)

Injustice is terrible.  Period.  I am totally wowed, amazed, and grateful that the six officers have been charged in Baltimore.  Justice will be done like with the officer that shot the man in the back.   That being said,  I don't understand why, when atrocities like this happen, protests and marches can evolve into terrible rioting.  Fortunately ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Red Meat To A Mob’

The city of Milwaukee is among the Top 20 Most Violent in the United States. It ranks No. 4 in poverty for cities its size, and is home to the most “make sense” sheriff in the world. I spent most of my morning reading to find out more about Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke because his is a voice we should have been listening to some time ago. He startled all of us on Friday ... (click for more)