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.

Jermichael Walton Indicted On Solicitation Of Minor Charge

A 23-year-old Chattanooga man has been indicted on two sex charges involving a minor. Jermichael Dawaun Walton, of 3200 Curtis St., was indicted for sexual exploitation of a minor by electronic means and solicitation of a minor. The indictment says he solicited "conduct that if completed would constitute by the soliciting adult the offense of statutory rape." The case was ... (click for more)

South Pittsburg Man Whose Body Was Found At Cascades Motel In East Ridge Was Homicide Victim

East Ridge Police said it has been ruled that the man whose body was found at the Cascades Motel was a homicide victim. The Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled in the death of Gino L. Pickett, 51, of South Pittsburg. During the initial investigation on Oct. 16 at the motel at 3657 Ringgold Road, the victim was found with several injuries that were suspicious in ... (click for more)

Accountability Doesn't Have To Be A Bad Word

Am I making a difference? Isn’t that the basic question we all ask ourselves, and seek to demonstrate to others?  Ronald Reagan said:  “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.”   We would argue teachers do not have that problem either.    Educators make a huge difference ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘The Right To Bear Arms’

As the worldwide debut of the much-anticipated “Hacksaw Ridge” is set for next weekend, it didn’t take long for the anti-gun fanatics to decry “a war movie.” Mel Gibson, the director of the film that focuses on a conscientious objector Desmond Doss who refused to bear a weapon but saved an estimated 75 lives, was asked about America’s gun problem as he toured to promote the film. ... (click for more)

CCS Wins, Notre Dame Falls in A-AA State Soccer Tourney

MURFREESBORO -- Chattanooga Christian sophomore Addie Henry celebrated her 16th birthday in style here Wednesday night with a goal and an assist to help CCS defeat Madison Academic Magnet (Jackson, Tenn. – 16-5-3), 3-0, in a A-AA state quarterfinal match played at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex. Teammates Kyra Duble and Olivia Hoffman also scored goals, while Taylor Price ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: Mocs Hoops Looking For Huge Season

In the midst of what is an exciting college football season, I thought we might talk some college hoops as the Chattanooga Mocs are gearing up for what could be an amazing 2016-2017 season. Coach Matt McCall returns practically every starter from last year's squad that won the SoCon regular season and tournament titles as well as a school record 29 wins. The Mocs scored wins at ... (click for more)