Fort Oglethorpe Study Committee To Begin Work

Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The city of Fort Oglethorpe Charter Study Committee, which was established by House Resolution 1027 and Senate Resolution 693 to review "the validity of and potential changes to the city charter," will name 14 committee members and release a schedule of open community meetings within the next few weeks, officials said Tuesday.

 

The panel was launched after the Fort Oglethorpe City Council abruptly dismissed City Manager Ron Goulart, Police Chief David Eubanks and Public Works Director Jeff Long.

 

 “This is an opportunity for citizens to express their concerns and work with the study committee to review the city charter and potential changes regarding leadership and operations,” said Senator Jeff Mullis (R – Chickamauga), who sponsored SR 693 in the Georgia State Senate.

 

“We want to make sure the citizens of Fort Oglethorpe are protected from governmental abuses and that responsible parties are held accountable for their wasteful or embarrassing actions. The purpose of reviewing the City of Fort Oglethorpe’s charter is to ensure a good government that is responsive to the needs of its citizens,” said Rep. Tom Weldon (R – Ringgold), sponsor of HR 1027.

 

Fort Oglethorpe business owner Steven Cooper has been selected to serve as chairman of the study committee. The remaining positions on the study committee have been chosen by the legislative delegation and will be announced in the next few days. The committee includes registered voters, verified city residents and business owners. Committee members will serve without compensation or reimbursement.

 

The city of Fort Oglethorpe Charter Study Committee will publicly report its findings and recommendations no later than Dec. 31.



Latest Bradley County Arrest Report

Click  here  for the latest Bradley County arrest report. (click for more)

Kitchen Fire Displaces 2 People Monday Night

Chattanooga firefighters responded to an apartment fire shortly after 9 p.m. Monday night at Royal Arms Apartments, 314 McBrien Road. Captain Kevin Carpenter with Quint 13 said the first firefighters on the scene found a small kitchen fire and extinguished it with a portable water extinguisher.  Captain Carpenter said two people were displaced by the fire, with one of ... (click for more)

General Bell: This Government Shutdown Is Outrageous - And Response (3)

The day before yesterday two Army Apache Attack Helicopter pilots were killed in a crash during training at Fort Irwin, Ca.  The pilots and their unit were preparing for a future deployment to combat operations.    As a result of the government shutdown, none of the spouses or families of these pilots will receive a dime from the United States Government in immediate ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Making A Difference

It was about 50 years ago when the late writer Loren Eiseley penned an essay called “The Starfish Thrower” so it’s been one of my favorite stories for almost as long. It tells about a man who walks up to a young boy on a beach, this just after a strong storm had washed hundreds of helpless starfish onto the shore. The boy was picking up the stranded starfish and, one at a time, ... (click for more)

East Hamilton's English Suspended For Tonight's Bradley Game

East Hamilton boys’ basketball coach Rodney English has been suspended from his coaching duties and will not accompany the team to Cleveland for tonight’s District 5-3A game against Bradley Central. English, who guided the Hurricanes to the 2017 boys’ state tournament in the program’s best season since the school opened in 2009, was suspended by East Hamilton principal Gail ... (click for more)

Ooltewah's Second-Half Rally Dumps East Ridge, 66-54

East Ridge launched an all-out 3-point blitz against Ooltewah on Monday night at Catherine Neely Gymnasium. The Owls, who trailed 2-0 before the game even started due to Cam Chambers’ technical foul because of dunking in warmups, weathered that storm. They whittled an 18-6 first-quarter deficit down to 27-23 at halftime. Ooltewah took its first lead at 31-30 on Kobe Smith’s ... (click for more)