Red Bank Gives Employees Health Plan Option; Tearing Down House That Was Demolished By Tornado

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - by Gail Perry

Red Bank Commissioners at a meeting Tuesday night gave approval for an amendment to the city’s “cafeteria plan” for health care benefits. Employees will now be able to include a flexible spending account and health flexible spending account for dependent care. In addition to health insurance, this allows an employee to pick different benefits that the city offers relating to health care. It has been mandated by Congress as part of the conversion to the new federal health care law.

The cafeteria plan allows an individual to open a flexible savings account to be used for certain medical and dental expenses that traditional insurance does not cover. The money that is invested is tax-free and the accounts are active for 15 months. However, after that time, if not used, the money is lost.

It has been a good thing for employees, Commissioner Rick Causer said, after speaking with employees who have set up and used these accounts.

The devastating tornadoes in 2011 left a tree in the middle of a house at 150B Goodson Ave. The house has never been repaired and has been condemned by the city. After foreclosure, the owner of the property was the Veterans Administration. City Attorney Arnold Stulce told the commissioners that the VA realized the derelict property had lost value and so offered to release it to Red Bank as a quit claim deed. This will allow the city to tear down the structure and re-sell the land thereby getting it back on the tax rolls. The commission voted to accept the donation.

Director of Public Works Tim Thornbury told the commissioners that demolition services had been put out to bid for this house. The low bid to do the work came from Havron Contracting Corporation for the amount of $11,363.63. The commissioners unanimously approved authorizing a contract with this company to perform the work.

Another contract was approved at the meeting which will replace the city’s current information technology provider. The new contract has been awarded to Preferred Computers for IT network maintenance and support services.  It is hoped that the move will result in better service as well as saving money for Red Bank.

Finance Director John Alexander announced that a USA Cycling sanctioned event will take place this coming Saturday at White Oak Park. The series of nine individual races known as “HUB Endurance Chattanooga,” will be from noon-4 p.m. Each race is expected to take 30-45 minutes. This is the first time the event has been held in the city.

Chattanooga Railroad Book Now Due Out About Oct. 20

The new book on Chattanooga area railroads being published by had an unexpected delay and will now be out around Oct. 20, author John Wilson said. Railroads In and Around Chattanooga , with many photos by photographer Wes Schultz, will have 568 pages and 1,546 photos and maps. It will be in the same softcover, 11 1/2 x 8 format as the ... (click for more)

Judge Greenholtz Picks Up Papers To Seek Election To Criminal Court Post

Tom Greenholtz, who was recently sworn in as judge of Criminal Court, Division II, has picked up papers to run in the March 3, 2016, election. He was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam after Rebecca Stern stepped down in the middle of her term. Those picking up papers earlier were Assistant Public Defender Mike Little, Soddy Daisy Judge Marty Lasley and Assistant Public Defender ... (click for more)

Regulations As A Whole On Signal Mountain

A few years ago I was flying over Chattanooga on my way to Atlanta.  The sun had just come up and I enjoyed picking out Signal Mountain’s location, on Walden’s Ridge, in the morning light.  What was amazing was that I could not tell that a town existed under the tree canopy.  I hope that the same can be said 10, 20, or even 50 years from now.  During last ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Must Learn To Tell

On July 4th of this year, FBI agents – acting on a tip -- arrested Alexander Ciccolo, a 23-year-old with known mental problems, as he carried a duffle bag full of automatic attack weapons. Moments before, he had bought the illegal firearms from an undercover informant outside of Boston. As agents later scoured his apartment, they found bomb-making equipment including a pressure ... (click for more)

Healthy Silverdale Takes Down Grace For 5-1A Volleyball Title

With season-long injuries healed and a full contingent of players available, Silverdale Baptist Academy completed a run for the District 5-1A volleyball tournament championship by sweeping Grace Baptist Academy, 3-0, on Thursday. The game scores were 25-22, 25-20 and 25-18. The host Lady Seahawks advance to the Region 3-1A tournament on Monday at Sale Creek and will play ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Wins 7-AA Volleyball Over Notre Dame

Notre Dame and Signal Mountain seem to bring out the best in each other, at least when the sport is volleyball. These were the top two teams in District 7-AA this fall.  Signal got the top seed based on its 3-0 win at Notre Dame after the Lady Irish had taken a 3-1 match at Signal early in the season. But with all the chips on the line for the 7-AA tournament championship, ... (click for more)