Chattanooga Deserves Complete Streets

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

In August 2013 Memphis will be recognized by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a national leader for active transportation, for adopting the country’s 500th Complete Streets policy.  Complete Streets policies work to insure that all streets are safe for every type of transportation: pedestrians, bicyclists, and car or bus riders.  They connect users to where they live, work, play, shop and go to school.  

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Tennessee Network, is inviting Mayor Burke to join the nationwide movement and champion Complete Streets in Chattanooga. 

Complete Streets policies benefit the health of communities by making active transportation the easy choice.  Businesses grow from Complete Streets policies because more people can easily get to shopping destinations by bus, car, walking or bicycling. Complete Streets improve safety by providing dedicated facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists, helping to make it safer for our children to walk, bike and be more physically active.  Active kids do better - performing better academically and developing life-long healthy, active lifestyles - making Complete Streets an important strategy for a city’s Safe Routes to School program. 

Mayor Burke, will you take up this cause like Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr. and support Complete Street polices in Chattanooga? 

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Tennessee Network, stand ready to assist you in your efforts with expertise, knowledge and hundreds of community members eager to make Chattanooga a healthier and more active place to live, work and play. 

Christy J. Smith
Tennessee Advocacy Organizer
Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Roy Exum: Guess Who Backed Kelly?

Two weeks before the August election where three members of the Hamilton County School Board were angrily replaced, the organizer of what was called “a great way for the (challengers) to raise great money to help them run smart campaigns” made a bold statement. “I'm sure the current board is well-intentioned, but the results are not there," said Paul Brock. "Leadership matters ... (click for more)

Don't Give Up Essential Freedom

Re:  Roy Exum's column "The Right to Bear Arms": I don't agree with Roy on everything but on this I am solidly in his corner.  I would add one more quote from Ben Franklin "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase  a little temporary freedom, deserve neither."   From my cold, dead hands, Ms. Clinton. Dennis Wooden (click for more)

School Board Chooses Charlotte Firm For Superintendent Search Firm; Lennon, Testerman Want To Keep Kelly

The County School Board on Thursday night voted 5-4 to choose a Charlotte, N.C., search firm to pick a new county school superintendent. Coleman Lew and Associates was selected over McPherson & Jacobson of Omaha. That vote came after board members Kathy Lennon and David Testerman started the session by saying they are very pleased with Interim Supt. Kirk Kelly and would ... (click for more)

Judge Finds Young Guilty Of Lesser Charge In Fatal Wreck On Highway 58

Judge Tom Greenholtz on Wednesday found William Henry Young guilty of a lesser charge in a fatal traffic accident on Highway 58. The judge, who heard the case without a jury, ruled the 56-year-old former TVA employee guilty of criminally negligent homicide. He had been charged with vehicular homicide. Sentencing will be in December. Judge Greenholtz dismissed charges ... (click for more)

CPA Blanks CCS, 1-0, in A-AA State Soccer Semis

MURFREESBORO - The scoring opportunities were few for both teams, but Christ Presbyterian used a shot and a deflection off a defender for a 1-0 win against Chattanooga Christian in an A-AA state semifinal match here Thursday at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex. District 12 player of the year Sarah Sievertsen scored the winning goal in the 54th minute as the Lions advance ... (click for more)

DeBord Happy To Have Kelly, Hurd In Vols' Backfield

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --  Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike DeBord, defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Larry Scott spoke reporters at Wednesday's press conference in the Ray and Lucy Hand Digital Studio. No. 18 Tennessee (5-2, 2-2 SEC) takes on South Carolina (3-4, 1-4 SEC) on Saturday at Williams-Brice ... (click for more)