Gary Behler Follows Through

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

How encouraging it is to see a politician run for office and announce specific improvements they want to make as for their reason for running.  What's even more encouraging is to see them immediately move to fulfill that commitment.  Gary Behler as Juvenile Court clerk has done exactly that.  In fact, he has implemented a system that will probably be used as a model for maintaining Juvenile Court and Child Support records across Tennessee.

Gary Behler is an example of what can be accomplished when we elect leaders with ability, dedication and integrity to serve.  Yet he wasn't even mentioned by name in a recent editorial for his accomplishment.  The implication was that it is a disgrace that it has taken so long to correct the problem.  We must remember that he did it in his first term in office.  He followed years of a politically dominated office that claimed it operated as a "well oiled machine," yet had records stored in boxes to the ceilings in buildings across town and didn't even have e mail. 

Gary brought the department into the 21st Century in his very first term, yet the editorial didn't even mention his name.  Too many times only the failures make the news.  It is refreshing what Gary Behler has done, and like the song says "we sure could use a little good news tonight."

Bobby Wood

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Enforce The Bond Forfeiture In Padgett Case

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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)

CCS Wins, Notre Dame Falls in A-AA State Soccer Tourney

MURFREESBORO -- Chattanooga Christian sophomore Addie Henry celebrated her 16th birthday in style here Wednesday night with a goal and an assist to help CCS defeat Madison Academic Magnet (Jackson, Tenn. – 16-5-3), 3-0, in a A-AA state quarterfinal match played at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex. Teammates Kyra Duble and Olivia Hoffman also scored goals, while Taylor Price ... (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)