Paula Thompson Will Not Seek Re-Election As Circuit Court Clerk

Thursday, July 18, 2013
Paula Thompson
Paula Thompson

Paula Thompson, who was elected as Hamilton County’s Circuit Court Clerk in 2002, told her staff and judges at the courthouse on Thursday morning that she plans to retire.

Ms. Thompson said she will not be a candidate for re-election next year.

In a statement Thursday, she said, "Today I wish to announce I will not seek reelection to the office of Circuit Court Clerk of Hamilton County and plan to retire at the conclusion of my current term of August 31, 2014.  I am announcing this today to allow others, who may wish to run for the office, time to prepare a campaign.

"It has been a great privilege to serve the public, alongside my co-workers, over the past 47 years. I cannot express my appreciation to the voters and taxpayers of Hamilton County for allowing me the opportunity to be their Circuit Court Clerk.  I further appreciate the support they have given me during my career of public service working in the Sessions Court Civil Division and Circuit Court offices."

She has been employed with Hamilton County government for 47 years.

Ms. Thompson was a longtime employee of the office when she ran in 2002 after the retirement of Judy Medearis.

Ms. Thompson has been under fire recently by members of the County Commission over the handling of her budget.

She went before the commission in March saying she was facing a budget shortfall and asking for the return of $192,194 in excess fees that were turned over to the county earlier. Commission members told her she needed to cut staff and get employee salaries in line.

Latest County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ASHFORD, LARRY  3718 JUANDALE TRAIL CHATTANOOGA, 37406  Age at Arrest: 64 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga GAMBLING PROMOTION GAMBLING DEVICES --- BATTLE, FREDRICK LAMAR  HOMELESS CHATTANOOGA, 37407  Age at Arrest: 52 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga DOMESTIC CRIMINAL ... (click for more)

Upcoming City Council Agenda For Tuesday

Here is the upcoming City Council agenda for Tuesday: I. Call to Order. II. Pledge of Allegiance/Invocation (Councilman Hakeem). III. Minute Approval. IV. Special Presentation. V. Ordinances – Final Reading: FINANCE a. An ordinance to amend Ordinance No. 12953 known as “the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget Ordinance” so as to appropriate $11,530.17 from the ... (click for more)

We Can Do Something About Mass Shootings - And Response

A friend posted his observation this morning that there was paranoia about reasonable gun laws. I know his heart is saying we have to do something about these mass shootings. Then while scanning the morning news shows I watched a pile o’ pundits from Al Sharpton to Donald Trump pontificate on doing “something” about the problem. Personally, I think there are plenty of gun control ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Banjo Boy’s Secret

There is a wonderful email now making the rounds that shows Billy Redden standing in front of the Walmart store where he now works in Clayton, Ga. There is nothing remarkable about the picture because Billy’s looks have changed considerably in the last 40-odd years. But back in the early 1970s, his face was memorized by millions upon millions of people and he was universally known ... (click for more)

Arkansas Ground Game Pounds Tennessee, 24-20

(Story will be updated) KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – At least Tennessee didn’t blow a double-digit lead late. Arkansas needed only the first half to wipe off the Vols’ 14-0 lead before 101,265 fans at Neyland Stadium and went on to dump Tennessee, 24-20, Saturday night in Southeastern Conference football action. Tennessee blew a lead last week when Florida scored late in the ... (click for more)

Baylor Runs Past McCallie, 38-14

"The offensive line played an amazing game tonight. The best they have played all season, no doubt about it." Baylor senior Ryan Parker who rushed for three touchdowns and had 11 tackles For Baylor senior quarterback Wil Austin, it's a birthday present long to be remembered and described often to his kids and grand kids. Austin, who turned 18 today, ran the Baylor offense ... (click for more)