Buses Take Displaced Patten Towers Residents To Local Hotels For A Week

Monday, June 3, 2013
Jenee McClain-Bankhead of PK Management speaks as Kimberly George of the Salvation Army, Mark Waite of the Red Cross, Amy Maxwell of Hamilton County EMS and Mayor Andy Berke stand at the rear
Jenee McClain-Bankhead of PK Management speaks as Kimberly George of the Salvation Army, Mark Waite of the Red Cross, Amy Maxwell of Hamilton County EMS and Mayor Andy Berke stand at the rear

Buses began rolling at 1 p.m. Monday taking displaced Patten Towers residents from a temporary shelter at the Brainerd Recreation Center to local hotels.

Officials of PK Management said they had lined up 108 rooms at six hotels, and that would take care of the immediate need.

The hotel stays are good for seven days. PK Management officials said they were working on more permanent plans for the residents, who had to move out when the former high-rise hotel had an electrical fire last Tuesday night.

Jenee McClain-Bankhead, north division manager for PK Management, said the firm is hopeful that the residents will be able to return to Patten Towers "much sooner" than the projected 6-8 weeks to fix the main electrical box.

She said when the firm bought the property at 11th and Market last July, it was informed that the only updates needed were about $1,500 worth of electrical work.

Ms. McClain-Bankhead said the owner of the firm is planning to make a substantial donation to the Salvation Army and Red Cross, which have been tending to the needs of the residents since the sudden exodus.

Officials said there have been 600 medical calls and 150 mental health calls to the shelters.

Mayor Andy Berke noted that a vet was even summoned to tend to two ailing cats.

He said the community had come together to meet the need, but he said it was time for the management firm to step up and shoulder the burden. 

There will be continued attention to the medical needs of the residents, with medical and social services teams visiting them, it was stated.

Waiting for the bus
Waiting for the bus

Woman Drives Into Hungry House On Highway 58

A woman drove her car into the Hungry House on Highway 58 on Saturday morning. No one was struck by the vehicle, but a child reportedly was hit by flying glass. The woman apparently stepped on the gas when she thought she was going for the brakes. (click for more)

Corker Urges Obama Administration, Negotiators Not To “Rush Headlong Into A Bad Deal With Iran"

Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged the Obama administration and negotiators for other P5-plus-one nations not to “rush headlong” into a nuclear deal with Iran just to meet a March 31 target date for a political framework agreement. Negotiations will continue until June 30 , which is the final deadline for a comprehensive agreement. ... (click for more)

Finley Stadium Needs To Grow Up - And Response

RE:  Finley Stadium Financial Picture Rosy; Beer And Alcohol Sales Approved; AstroTurf Almost Ready and City, County Pitching In $250,000 Each For New Finley Stadium AstroTurf I read a story here five days ago about a rosy future for Finley stadium. It lead me to believe that the stadium was making money and even improvements with donations.  Then we get a short ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Sunday Funnies

They say March roars in like a lion and leaves like a lamb. So as you reach for your lambs-wool sweater on this last Sunday of the month, allow me to lighten up a bit with a new edition of my Sunday Funnies. I have a delightful crowd that keeps me supplied in jokes and these are some of the best that have come my way: A WOMAN'S PERFECT BREAKFAST -- She's sitting at the table ... (click for more)

Rail Runners Win In Double OT

East Ridge Alum Alex Wells has an impressive scoring resume from high school to now in semi pro, but missing is a game-winning shot at any level.   But Sunday afternoon in a Central Basketball Association game, he did everything but hit the winner (16 points) in guiding the Chattanooga Rail Runners to a 116-113 double overtime win against visiting Bowling Green (Ky.). ... (click for more)

UTC Women's Tennis Takes 1st Win Over Furman Since 1997

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s tennis got a huge monkey off its back with a 4-3 win over Furman on Sunday.  The Mocs snapped a 24-match losing streak against the Paladins with their first win in the series since 1997. UTC had come close in the last four meetings, falling 4-3 each time.  Today’s win gives Chattanooga a 14-2 overall record as it ... (click for more)