Jury Convicts Bradley Man In Double Slaying

Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Criminal Court jury in Bradley County on Friday found Aaron Lawson guilty on all counts, including two charges of first-degree murder.

The convictions carry an automatic life prison sentence.

Lawson took the witness stand to say he was acting in self-defense in the 2011 slayings of  Eddie and Debbie Phillips, who were shot three times each outside their Cleveland home.

He said he was fed up with hostility between his family and the Phillips family. The couple had been involved in a custody battle over their 14-year-old granddaughter.

A sentencing hearing will be March 24.



Upcoming City Council Agenda For Tuesday

Here is the upcoming City Council agenda for Tuesday: I. Call to Order. II. Pledge of Allegiance/Invocation (Councilman Henderson). III. Minute Approval. IV. Special Presentation. V. Ordinances – Final Reading: CITY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE a. An ordinance to amend Chattanooga City Code, Part II, Chapter 11, adding Article XVII, to include regulations ... (click for more)

Red Bank Commission Agenda For Tuesday

Here is the Red Bank Commission agenda for Tuesday: I. Call to Order – Mayor John Roberts II. Roll Call – City Manager___ Mayor Roberts, ___ Vice-Mayor Pierce, ___ Commissioner Causer, ___ Commissioner LeCompte, ___ Commissioner Pope III. Invocation – IV. Pledge of Allegiance – V. Consideration of the Minutes for approval or correction: A. April ... (click for more)

Jill Levine Is An Educational Rock Star

No one has covered the Hamilton County Department of Education drama better than Roy Exum.  Thank you, Roy, but I take issue with your unnamed sources.  Professional jealousy and sour grape darts should not be anonymous.   HCDE is so dysfunctional, and there is good cause to place this public organization under a microscope, dissect it into pieces and discard all ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Cancer Is Not A Battle

I read a marvelous essay not long ago where the author urged, “Stop telling the lie that cancer is a battle … a battle implies a fair fight, and there was nothing fair about my cancer or the cancer that took the life of my friend. Those experiences were about as fair as getting hit by a car – and nobody says people lose their battles with automobiles.” Mary Elizabeth Williams, ... (click for more)

McMasters Makes Tough Call To Play Volleyball At Lee

Grace Baptist Academy two-sport standout Claire McMasters envisioned playing basketball and volleyball at a small college after her career ended with the Lady Golden Eagles. So, she “looked at” Covenant College and Maryville College as two schools where she thought that would be possible to extend her two-sport status. McMasters’ recruiting shifted quickly once Lee University ... (click for more)

East Hamilton's Briar Potter To Wrestle At MTSU

It seemed like Briar Potter made history for East Hamilton every time he stepped onto the wrestling mat these last four years. He was a four-year starter and qualified for the state meet in all of those years.   He was the Hurricanes first state medalist when he finished fourth at 106 pounds as a sophomore. He is surely the winningest Hurricane with 98 wins and he’s ... (click for more)