Kevin Brooks Speaks At CSCC For Constitution Day

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

In honor of Constitution Day, Cleveland State Community College invited State Representative Kevin Brooks to speak to American History students on Tuesday. Rep. Brooks spoke on the Constitution and his role as an elected representative.

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is observed each year on Sept. 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787 and “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.” 

“I am passionate about history; it was my major at Lee,” stated Rep. Brooks. “I am passionate about passing this history down to the next generation. It was a personal and political thrill to be asked to carry HB 2114 (House Bill 2114), which requires Civics to be taught in all Tennessee schools.” 

Rep. Brooks continued, “Although it has been said countless times, by folks much smarter than I, it is indeed still true. If we do not study and learn from and research and glean from where we have been, we will never know where we are going in the future. We must not forget our past.”

Bryan Reed, associate professor of History, said, “Each September the Cleveland State History department hosts an event to remind students of the path taken by the founders to preserve a union of the states and secure the freedoms of the people. We appreciate Representative Brooks’ willingness to take time out of his schedule to share with our students on the fundamental principles in the Constitution.”

Rep. Brooks addressed both the class and Dr. Carl Hite, CSCC president by saying, “I have a great admiration for your president, Carl Hite. I want to say what an honor it has been to serve with you and how much we will miss you in your retirement. You all see him on this campus and you think, he’s in charge, but when you see him on my campus, the Capitol, he is incredibly well respected and has been a gift to Tennessee for many years and will be greatly missed.”

  

Chattanooga State Hosts 2nd Annual Drupal Camp

Building on the success of last year’s camp, Chattanooga State will host the 2nd Annual Drupal Camp on Saturday, Sept.13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and costs $25 to attend. Included is a box lunch and afternoon snack. Drupal is a free open-source content management system written in PHP programming language. This event is an attendee-driven; completely ... (click for more)

Unum Awards Scholarship To Signal Mountain High School Graduate

Unum awarded one of ten college scholarships to local Signal Mountain High School graduate Mary Taylor Goeltz.  “I'm so grateful that I have received this award from Unum,” Ms. Goeltz said.”I know that this scholarship will help me work towards giving back to the community in my future career.” Ms. Goeltz, the daughter of Mac Goeltz a financial manager at Unum, will apply ... (click for more)

School Board Delays Decision On Big-Ticket Health Insurance Item For 1 Week

The Hamilton County School Board on Thursday night voted to delay a vote on a new insurance plan for employees until next Thursday. Sandy Hughes, president of the Hamilton County Education Association, said, "I have a difficult time trying to think of what priority in spending is more important than the well-being of your employees and their children...You've not given us enough ... (click for more)

Man Charged In Westview Elementary Rampage Under Treatment At Moccasin Bend

The 22-year-old charged with a rampage through Westview Elementary School is under treatment at Moccasin Bend Psychiatric Hospital, officials said. Aaron Roden had been set for his first court appearance on Thursday morning. Attorney Allen Dunn of the public defender's office said the hearing needed to be delayed. A status court appearance will be Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Sheriff ... (click for more)

Black Creek TIF Decision-Who Guards The Hen House? - And Response

Citizens of Chattanooga were invited to give public comment before their own Industrial Development Board Aug. 15. They arrived to find foxes guarding their hen house.  Many thought the meeting was their opportunity to seek redress in the ill-conceived Black Creek Tax Increment Financing plan. However, they learned it was a sham orchestrated by both the past and present ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Coaches Vs. ‘Top 25’ Foes

The long-accepted measuring stick for a college football coach has been his win-loss record, with an after-glance at his win-loss record within his conference. But in Wednesday’s editions of the Wall Street Journal, writer David Everson, with the help of Stats LLC, used a much-tougher litmus test when he revealed the records of 65 major-college coaches against opponents that were ... (click for more)