It Wasn't "Vandalism" On Signal Mountain

Monday, January 13, 2014

I am a resident of Signal Mountain and, specifically, a resident of the immediate neighborhood in which the alleged/reported “vandalism” referred to in the article, “Signal Weighs Ouster Of Dorsey As Town Manager; Failure To Require MACC Director, Other Employees To Do Their Jobs Primary Reason For Council’s Displeasure, Mayor Says”  The article reports the mayor’s comments:

 “Another failure on Mr. Dorsey’s part, according to Mayor Lusk, is his lack of monitoring of vandalism of a piece of town property on the brow, near the intersection of South Palisades and Wilder – where some neighbors had talked openly about their desire for a ‘better view’ – that left the area an eyesore pocked with unsightly stumps and felled trees.  Neither the city manager nor the employees responsible for oversight of the property bothered to check to see whether the temporary no trespassing signs erected at the site had put an end to the amateurish clear cutting, the mayor said.”  

While I do not know all of the circumstances and should keep my mouth shut, I simply cannot.  ‘Vandalism,’ I would suggest to you, seldom is committed by a father and his Eagle-Scout-candidate son in broad daylight over several days with manual labor for which permission has been sought.  To classify this as vandalism, a crime, is grossly irresponsible; and to describe a service project in a state of partial completion as pock-marked is equally irresponsible and insensitive. (Additionally, the account in the article is at the very least incomplete.)

I don’t wish to deny our mayor his political agenda.  He need not, however, ride an Eagle Scout candidates effort to his political victory. Both the ,ayor and TheChattanoogan.com should retract their remarks publicly and apologize to the child and his family.

Albert Finch


Healthcare Debated For Real

Healthcare is never debated for real until one of us needs healthcare and quickly. I thought what I was experiencing was a stroke. Lost nearly complete control of one side of my body. Ignored it. Thought it only a pinched nerve. Went to my chiropractor the next day for my usual "adjustment." Dr. Lewis, my chiropractor, noticed my facial distortion, left side, and suggested that ... (click for more)

Roy Exum - Wrong Never An Option

In the Navy SEALS, there are two ways you should ever do a task: “The right way” and “Again.” We as a society admit failure when we take the much-besmirched path of “the lesser of two evils” because the destination will always be “wrong.” It’s true: ‘start wrong-end wrong’ happens every time. Evil, no matter to what degree, is always wrong and when the Hamilton County School Board ... (click for more)

3 Separate Shootings Early Sunday Morning Leave 1 Critically Injured, Another In Serious Condition

Chattanooga Police responded to three shootings, early Sunday morning. Jelani Sorrell, 33, was injured in the first shooting.  Chattanooga Police officers responded at 1:26 a.m. to a person shot at the Sky Zoo Night Club.  Upon arrival they were able to locate Sorrell suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Sorrell was transported to a local hospital in critical ... (click for more)

Home Damaged By Fire In Lookout Valley Sunday Afternoon

A home was damaged extensively by fire Sunday afternoon in Lookout Valley. At approximately  3 p.m.,  the Chattanooga Fire Department dispatched multiple companies to  1203 O ’ Grady Drive in Lookout Valley for a smoke investigation. First arriving units found a large two-story house involved with heavy fire and smoke. An initial interior attack was ... (click for more)

UTC's Arnold Scores Lone Goal In Women's Soccer Win

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga freshman Chloe Arnold’s goal, late in the match proved to be the game winner as the Mocs defeated Western Carolina 1-0 Sunday afternoon in Southern Conference women’s soccer action.   Chattanooga improves to 3-6-2 on the year and 1-1 in SoCon action while the Catamounts move to 3-7-1 overall and 0-2 against the league.   “Hard ... (click for more)

Mocs Volleyball Sweeps UNCG For First SoCon Win

After falling in back-to-back matches at home for the first time since 2014, the Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team rebounded with a convincing 3-0 (25-23, 28-26, 25-18) sweep over UNCG in Maclellan Gymnasium  on Saturday  night.   Following the win, Chattanooga improves to 8-8 overall and 1-1 in the SoCon this season while UNCG falls to 8-6, 1-1 in the conference. ... (click for more)