Speaking Of Eyesores - And Response

Thursday, September 19, 2013

The debacle of the mayor regarding the Delta Queen is very troubling.  His mean-spirited comments and lack of respectful decorum I found appalling and think it signals the need for vigilance in monitoring his decision making and communication skills.  With the public uproar it was clear he was not acting on the part of Chattanooga as a whole.

If he didn't call the historical gem an eyesore he certainly implied such.  Speaking of eysores, what has happened with the Berke family-owned crime-ridden slums that were in need of great repair?

Michael Lawrence 

* * * 

Not to mention the Old Wheland and U.S. Pipe properties that hundreds of thousands of visitors see every day, entering and leaving Chattanooga. Everyone wants to talk about impressions from this area, that property is either the first impression new visitors have of Chattanooga, or the last impression of Chattanooga if they are on I-24.  

However, the property is owned by developers that have endorsed Mayor Berke numerous times, so I doubt you will hear anything negative, about that trash pile beside I-24, coming from the mayor's office or anyone else connected with the inside group of the well connected.  

I am including a link from this site to back up my claim. http://www.chattanoogan.com/2007/8/25/112160/Andy-Berke-Has-Remarkable-Qualities.aspx 

Joey Blevins


Remembering Mitch Beard On Memorial Day

A little over two years ago, my friend Mitchell "Mitch" Beard passed away from injuries he sustained in a motorcycle accident at 24 years old. This was not as it should be. Mitch had made it through war. He was a combat-decorated United States Marine who served in Afghanistan. I first met Mitch when I was a college student at Tennessee Temple in 2004. Mitch’s parents, Steve ... (click for more)

Trump's Messaging

I have been an ardent supporter of Trump since he first entered the race.  O'Reilly's special with him last evening, which I saw very early this morning, has turned me around and left me on empty.  Thanks to Bill, he finally was successful in goading Trump to explain what he plans to do specifically to put his expressed commitments to the people in place if he is elected. ... (click for more)

Large Hole Develops In Lane Of I-24 Eastbound Over Chestnut Street; Emergency Repair Undertaken

 A large hole developed in the I-24 eastbound bridge over Chestnut Street in Chattanooga on Sunday evening. Jennifer Flynn of TDOT said, "The hole is such that we are having to close a lane to protect traffic.  This will cause a significant backup in traffic, especially given the holiday.  "This is the same bridge, but different location that we recently did ... (click for more)

12 Lost Hikers Rescued At Rainbow Lake, Edwards Point

Eleven adults and a child were briefly lost at Rainbow Lake and Edwards Point trails on Signal Mountain on Sunday. A 911 call was made at 9:45 p.m. from one of the hikers reporting the group lost sunlight hiking out of the trails at Edwards Point. Th Signal Mountain Fire Department and the Walden's Ridge Emergency Services have responded to the scene to ... (click for more)

Smokies' Hurlers Limit Lookouts To Four Hits Sunday In 5-1 Win

The Lookouts drew six walks, but only managed four hits in their 5-1 loss to the Tennessee Smokies Sunday in front of a crowd of 5,356 fans at AT&T Field.    Chattanooga's loss drops them to 22-28 through 50 games in the Southern League North Division. Tennessee starting pitcher Brad Markey was lights out early for the Smokies, carrying a no-hitter into ... (click for more)

Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Football Classic Set For Saturday at CCS

The 13th Annual Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Football Classic, presented by Great Clips, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday June 4 at Chattanooga Christian School in Chattanooga. Tennessee defeated Georgia 38-14 last June at McCallie School in Chattanooga. It was Tennessee's fourth consecutive victory in the series that dates back to the first game held at Ridgeland High in ... (click for more)