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
Chattanooga


Sterling Jetton Really Is Sterling

Sterling really is.  I have known him for over 40 years.   He is the person who the county needs for this position. Honesty, integrity, work ethic, knowledge and experience.  Charlie Rucker (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Very Silly Apology

It didn’t get a lot of attention, as well it should not have, but when I heard Japanese giant Mitsubishi was offered an apology for heinous war crimes that took place during World War II, I thought it was an ill-conceived publicity stunt. But, no, in a solemn ceremony last month hosted by the Museum of Tolerance at the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, that is exactly what ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Is Among 8 Cities Selected By Bloomberg To Join What Works Cities Initiative

Bloomberg Philanthropies has announced that Chattanooga is among the first cities selected to participate in What Works Cities - a $42 million initiative to help 100 mid-sized American cities enhance their use of data and evidence to improve the lives of residents. The mayors of Chattanooga, Kansas City, Louisville, New Orleans, Seattle, Tulsa, Jackson, Miss., and Mesa, Ariz. ... (click for more)

Major AT&T Outage Strikes Chattanooga, Surrounding Areas; Glitch Is Fixed

When AT&T subscribers tried to use their cell phones in North Georgia this afternoon, they got a message saying “Emergency Calls Only.”  On Signal Mountain, a terse “Network Busy” message popped up when they tried to use their phones.  They are not alone.  According to news reports in The Tennessean in Nashville and numerous other news sources, AT&T ... (click for more)

UTC Football: First Practice To A National Title

Monday was the first day of pre-season practice for the UTC football team with 33 days to the season opener with Jacksonville (Ala.) State and 159 days (Jan.9, 2016) to the FCS title game in Frisco, Texas. The last time UTC played in Texas was half a century ago at North Texas State (Denton) in 1966.   “The first day of practice is always exciting as it’s the start ... (click for more)

Jones Press Conference Kicks Off Vols' Preseason

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Coach Butch Jones held his preseason football press conference on Monday at Neyland Stadium. Jones heads into his third season with visible enthusiasm after the Vols finished off the 2014 season with an impressive win over Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl, following that up with another nationally ranked recruiting class. "In terms of our football team, we ... (click for more)