Lake Forest Middle School Solution Still Far In The Future

Monday, September 30, 2013

Bradley County Commissioners and County School Board members went over the options on Monday for upgrading the problem-ridden Lake Forest Middle School, but any solution seems far in the future.

Vice Chairman Adam Lowe, who heads the education committee, noted that the only solution to getting the job done now is "to raise taxes." He said, "That's not going to happen."

With county bonds tied up on the Wacker project and setting up a new industrial park, the first time bond funds become available is January 2017, commissioners said. Work could possibly begin six months before then.

The commission earlier approved a resolution providing $12 million for the project as soon as the funds are available. But School Board member Charlie Rose said that may not be enough. He noted that there are 11 buildings that must be knocked down and removed before a new classroom section is built.

Commissioner Lowe said if the full board feels the amount should be higher, then it should pass a resolution to that effect and send it on to the commission.

The initial estimate had been $14 million, but it was scaled to $12 million by leaving out any furnishings.

School Board member Troy Weathers said the cost will rise by 15 percent due to inflation by the time bond funds come available.

Commissioner Jeff Yarber said of the commission resolution, "We need to call it what it is - a lot of if the stars align and if a little fairy dust gets sprinkled on it."

He noted that there may be considerable turnover on the commission, and the next commission may have different ideas.

Commissioner Yarber said passing the resolution for a project so far in the future "was like my family saying, 'In two years if we have enough money, we'll go to Disney.' "

     



Robber Hits Collegedale Credit Union

A robber struck at the Collegedale Credit Union on University Drive on Thursday afternoon. Police said a man entered the credit union about 2:30 p.m. He handed over a note that demanded money. The man said he had a gun, but did not display one. He left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The robber was described as a white male around 5'11". (click for more)

Fort Oglethorpe Arrest Report For July 25-31

Here is the Fort Oglethorpe arrest report for July 25-31: John Alan Suggs, 35, of 222 South Center Street, Rossville was arrested July 29 on charges of giving false name and false information to police and theft by shoplifting. Jennifer Lynn Joy, 37, 429 Guyler Street, Ringgold was arrested July 28 on a charge of theft by taking. Ronald Jason Hendricks, 36, of 1313 ... (click for more)

Curtis Adams: Beck, Mackey Should Be Considered For County Commission Leadership

Just think about this;  a person highly qualified applying for a job.  As he is just about finished filling out his papers for his interview, he sees at the bottom there is a place for him to check Democrat or Republican.  He would think, “if I mark the wrong one I may not get the job.” Being a real leader requires honesty, integrity, and, most importantly, fairness. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Orchids And Onions

With record low temperatures being recorded around the South, I didn’t know what I’d find in my garden on the first day of August but – sure enough -- there is a profusion of orchids and onions. The start of college football will be later this month and, with the chilly mornings, fall practice is a far cry from what it will be when the sweltering heat comes back next week. Here’s ... (click for more)

Jones, Vols Meet The Press A Day Before Fall Football Begins

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- What did  Butch Jones  have to say about Tennessee’s 2014 football team on the eve of the Vols' first practice? Find out in this transcript of Thursday’s press conference:  HEAD COACH BUTCH JONES (Opening Statement) "It's great to see everyone, and I hope everyone had a great summer. We will hold an open practice on Saturday ... (click for more)

Jane Webb Is A Fun-Loving Runner At Heart

Jane Webb isn’t one of those people who started running when she was a kid, but she loves the benefits since she restarted her running career about four years ago. She’s all about being active and doing things that are good for you,   but long-distance running never really captured her attention and she’s found that she can receive the same payoff by covering ... (click for more)