Lookout Mountain, Tn., Has 4 Burglaries In August; All Unsolved

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - by Gail Perry

Lookout Mountain, Tn., Commissioner of Fire and Police Ernie Minges said the town had four burglaries in August and all are unsolved.

He said police are still working on the burglaries that have been taking place in both the towns of Lookout Mountain, Tn., and Lookout Mountain, Ga. 

Reiterating the message that Mayor Carol Mutter recently sent in a letter to residents, Commissioner Minges urged everyone to get on a police watch list during the times they will be out of town. He praised the police department for its diligent work during this rash of break-ins.

For August, there were 95 police calls and 4,635 miles patrolled. There were 33 calls to the police department about suspicious vehicles or suspicious persons and 16 calls to 911. Checks were made on 15 burglar alarms which were all false. Police made 51 traffic stops during the month and there were no auto accidents. Responses were made to seven fire alarms which were all false, six assist citizen calls and 11 medical calls.

A number of traffic stops during the month took place and resulted in Commissioner Minges urging all residents to observe the speed limit and stop signs. He asked for walkers and drivers to be mindful of each other. He also asked for mountain stickers to be removed from any car that is sold, in order to help police identify residents. Mayor Mutter told of several requests that had been made for allowing stickers on cars of people that work on the mountain regularly. Both she and Chief Randy Bowden said that the town could easily lose control if that was done and agreed that it should not be allowed.

Joe Hailey, commissioner of parks and playgrounds, reported that CTI Engineering is still working on the plans for the tennis court replacements and repairs, and that the firm should finish this week. The scope of the project has changed from the original plans. Now three courts will be replaced and new lights will be installed for all four. Once completed, the engineering plans must be approved by the state of Tennessee. The project should be put out for bid before the end of the year, he said, and should be ready to implement when the weather allows next spring.

The public works department, said Commissioner Walker Jones, is keeping up with brush pickup. Plans for completing the walking path along Scenic Highway should be finished soon, and Corey Evans, public works director, will be getting bids on the sidewalk and various other paving projects that are needed on town roadways.

In his financial report, Town Consultant Dwight Montague first thanked County Commissioner Joe Graham for providing $12,000 to the town for completing the walkway which will join the one from Lookout Mountain, Ga. Because of this gift, “We will beat Georgia to the state line,” he said. This last portion of the path will be an actual concrete sidewalk, extending from the four-way stop at “Caldwell Corner,” along Lula Lake Road for about a block.

Mr. Montague reported good news about the city’s insurance costs. For municipalities that have been insured through the Tennessee Municipal League for seven years, each will be rewarded with some money being given back. Also, because of the city’s good record of worker’s compensation claims, the town’s premiums will go down next year.  Other positive financial news is that TML has approved a 50/50 matching grant for $1,500. It will be used to buy safety equipment for the public works department such as traffic cones and signs.  

Restricted funds that are left from landscaping Natural Bridge Park will be used next month to pay for water usage in the park. Because of the irrigation system installed for the newly planted trees, plants and flowers, the town has high water bills, with last month’s alone being close to $500, said Mr. Montague.

Commissioners also voted to authorize the mayor to sign six additional easement requests from WWTA for property the town owns.

Mayor Mutter began her report by mourning the loss of Dana Wilbourn who had been the reporter who covered Lookout Mountain, Tn. for Chattanoogan.com. He was remembered as being pleasant and thorough.

The mayor also showed the commissioners a watercolor of Navarre Pavilion that has been donated to the city. The structure was designed by Ann Aiken who did the architectural rendering. Mary Navarre Moore donated the money to build the pavilion and has had the painting in her private collection until now. The Garden Club of Lookout Mountain has also given the town posters with photographs of the parks the club was instrumental in developing. The last one that opened in April 2011 was Temple Park on West Brow Road.

Principal of Lookout Mountain Elementary School Ruth White came to the commission meeting to talk about all the activity surrounding the school this year. “We’re having a fabulous year” she said. The 'Boosterthon' fundraiser was a success, raising a $7 average for every mile that each student ran in the 'fun run.' "

A “white elephant” sale will take place at the skating rink on Saturday, and kick-off of the Hamilton County coupon book  sale will be Sept. 17 with the first PTA meeting that night. The school will keep $7 for every coupon book sold. The fall Carnival will be held Sept. 24 with a rain date of Sept. 26. Mayor Carol Mutter was invited to cut the ribbon.

Some of the money raised by the Boosterthon will be used to benefit “Feed My Starving Community.” Ms. White said that Sept. 27 at Boyd-Buchanan School, volunteers from Lookout Elementary will join others to pack boxes with food.

Thanks was given to Commissioner Graham for funds he has offered the school for updating technology. Ms. White also expressed gratitude for the town commissioners and the Lookout Mountain community for their support of the school.


The next meeting of the Lookout Mountain, Tn. Commission will be at 5 p.m. on Oct. 8. 


Police Blotter: Fighting Over Demetrius; Store Says Thief Got Sardines, Vienna Sausages

Clarissa Brooks of Woodside Street told police she was cooking supper for her children when she heard someone honking the horn of a vehicle out front - multiple times. She said she went out and found it was a white Chevrolet Tahoe occupied by Demetrius Hughes, the father of her children, and his girlfriend, Tamera Slaughter. She said Ms. Slaughter stepped out of the vehicle ... (click for more)

Convicted Sex Offender Jonathan Francis, 47, Charged With Solicitation Of A Minor

A convicted sex offender from Hamilton County has been arrested, after he went to Cleveland on Wednesday at  9:30 a.m.  to meet who he thought was a 13-year-old boy, but was actually an undercover Cleveland Police Department police detective and Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) investigator, Cody Hinson. The offender went to the scene where he expected ... (click for more)

The Swat Heard 'Round The World

If one can reach Toya Graham, the lady who whipped her boy and brought  him home from a life of crime in Baltimore, I want to give her a  nomination for my Bill of Rights Award.  This was a beautiful move and one which I call The Swat Heard 'Round the World.  Mind you, if it had been a white lady whipping her child to save her child from crime, she would ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Anti-Semitism Is Now Here

To those of the Jewish faith, the celebration of Passover every year is one of freedom. The sacred holidays, held in early April, commemorate the Exodus out of Egypt when Moses led the tribe of Israel from slavery to freedom. I believe it is one of the greatest stories in the Bible. On the other hand, the Jewish people of today are hardly free. Globally, anti-Semitic attacks in ... (click for more)

Boseman Fires Two-Hit Shutout, Ooltewah Wins 5-AAA Softball

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Ooltewah’s title drought in the District 5-AAA softball tournament is over. And the team’s youth movement played a major part in ending it. Freshman Kayla Boseman threw a two-hit shutout, freshman Tyler Sullivan delivered a two-run single in the sixth inning for insurance runs and the second-seeded Lady Owls whipped No. 3 seed Walker Valley, 3-0, Wednesday ... (click for more)

CCS Romps Signal Mountain For 7-AA Baseball Honors

They finally got to put a little icing on the cake at Chattanooga Christian Wednesday night. The Charger baseball team had cruised through its regular-season schedule in District 7-AA without a loss.  And now they've added the District 7-AA tournament championship to that regular-season title following an 11-1 whipping of Signal Mountain in the finals. CCS improves to ... (click for more)