Smartt Says He Put A Temporary Stop To Annexation in 2009

Saturday, January 25, 2014

District 7 County Commission candidate Phil Smartt said he did fight annexation while serving as chairman of the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority (WWTA).

He said, "I want to set the record straight on my fight against forced annexation. As early as 2009, I was on the front lines in leading the charge against forced annexation. I met with Mayor Ron Littlefield to advise him and discuss this issue.

"While I was serving as chairman of the Waste Water Treatment Board, we actively decided to cede sewage rights to the city for the proposed annexed communities in the county.  We knew the costs would prohibit their meeting the three-year restriction. Ceding sewage rights to the city of Chattanooga meant when they annexed communities in the county they would have to provide  sewage within three years and, if not, these communities could legally revert back to being in the county.  This slowed annexation because the city could not afford to install sewage in the growth areas.

"This was my involvement in the process to slow down or stop the annexation process.  

"At that time, I felt this action by the WWTA had a greater effect than any other effort in trying to put a stop to forced annexation.  While gaining support from residents is certainly a necessary process, other ways are also equally effective."

Mr. Smartt, a former County School Board member, said, "I have spent many years serving the citizens of Hamilton County whether it be at a grass roots level, board member position, president of an organization or at any level of service it has enabled me to make changes that have always been in the best interest of the community. I understand the issues that we face in Hamilton County and will work hard to implement the changes necessary to protect the people of District 7.

"To completely stop annexation I would ask everyone to contact Mike Carter our state legislator and other state representatives and encourage them to vote to stop forced annexation in this current session of the legislature."

Click here to read Mr. Smartt's letter to Mayor Littlefield.


Garage Employee Indicted By Bradley County Grand Jury

Bradley County Chief Deputy Brian Smith announced Tuesday that a BCSO garage employee has been indicted by the Bradley County Grand Jury for theft under $500. The grand jury has returned a true bill charging Douglas Albritton regarding the taking of a set of tires that occurred in September, 2013.   Chief Smith said, “Upon taking office, we were made aware by the ... (click for more)

Cleveland City Council Addresses Students Entering The Workforce And Recent Firing Of Lt. Steve Tyson

Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland told the Cleveland City Council that employers across the state said at a conference that they had three main problems with Tennessee students entering the workforce: "They can't do ninth grade math, coming to work on time, and students passing drug tests." Mayor Rowland said he was surprised by these, especially the last one. The sister of Cleveland ... (click for more)

ChattaData Is A Real Advance For The City

This past Tuesday, the city of Chattanooga's new performance management tool called ChattaData was unveiled. As the chairman of the City Council’s Budget & Finance Committee, I am excited to witness the city putting this important information online in a way that is accessible and transparent to all taxpayers. This approach shines light on how we as a city prioritize our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Apollos Hester’s Way

East View High was trailing at halftime by a pair of touchdowns in last Friday night’s game against unbeaten Vandegrift. But the players at the Georgetown, Texas, school each have a sticker on the back of their helmets that says “TPW” which is a constant reminder that “Tough People Win.” Then there is “attitude” and that is where running back Apollos Hester steps in. In what ... (click for more)

Former Tennessee Hoop Great A.W. Davis Dies

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee men's basketball All-American guard A.W. Davis passed away Tuesday   at the age of 71 at UT Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are pending and will be handled by Smith-Reagan Funeral Home in Rutledge, Tenn. UTsports.com will be updated with details. Davis, who played for the Vols from 1962-65, earned 1965 first-team All-America ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Golf Team Second At Wolf Run Intercollegiate

The Chattanooga Mocs men’s golf team is tied for second after 18 holes at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. The Mocs and Florida Gators each shot 295 over the opening 18 to trail Illinois by 11 at 285 at Wolf Run Golf Club. The day’s docket had a scheduled 36 holes. Afternoon storms sent teams from the course prior to finishing. The remaining holes will be completed starting at 9:30 ... (click for more)