Political Puffery

Saturday, January 25, 2014
Phil Smartt in his 1/25/14 posting stated that he was on the front line of the fight against annexation, that the WWTA's board decision to cede the sewers in annexed communities had a greater effect than any other effort to stop forced annexation, and that by taking this action made it cost prohibitive for the city and if the city could not provide sewer service the communities could revert back to the county.
All these statements at best can be described as political puffery that demeans and ignores the grass roots work of the people in the affected communities.

Fact 1) The Hamilton County Residents Against Annexation held many informational community rallies. Numerous members of County Government were there to speak,as well as provide counsel and support. Mr Smartt chose not to be involved.

Fact 2) What stopped the annexations in their tracks for years were the 12 lawsuits filed in 2009 by the residents and HCRAA. Mr Smartt was not involved.

Fact 3) In October 2009 HCRAA began lobbying County Government members to have the WWTA cede the sewers to the city. This was done for two reasons: a) it was the right thing to do as the costs for bonds, maintenance, manpower,and additional sewer lines might cause the City  to rethink their actions. And b) if they were not ceded the city was off the hook for the entire sewer provisions as outlined in the Major Inter Local Agreement. The ceding of the sewers was finally accomplished in December of 2009. Mr Smartt was one of the many involved.

Fact 4) Mr Smartt met with then Mayor Littlefield to advise and discuss the issue. The City to this day is still litigating the reimbursement that WWTA wants for ceding the sewers 

It is a sad moment when one who was there on that front line for years sees the hard work of the people being usurped by an individual for political gain.

Ken Carey
Hixson

EPA Overreach Jeopardizes Jobs And Increases Energy Prices

The latest round of regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency are difficult to rationalize. The EPA’s planned greenhouse gas rules will jeopardize low-cost electricity relied upon by local governments, small businesses, farmers and manufacturers – a regulation whose impact will be felt by much more than just energy producers and utility companies – but throughout the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Lamenting ‘The Last Day’

I wasn’t at Fenway Park yesterday but I know what happened. Yes, it was No. 2’s last game of a great career, and more Yankees fans than usual were packed into Boston’s holy ground to see Derek Jeter’s swan song. But what I know happened has become an almost sacred rite, when towards the final out of the last game of the season Red Sox radio announcer Joe Castiglione will read a ... (click for more)

EPB Says Bottom Line Is It Owes City $17,049 For Street Light Billing; DePriest Says Figure Is Starting Point For Talks With City: EPB To Ask Dismissal Of "Frivolous" Lepard Lawsuit

EPB officials on Tuesday morning released a report by Mauldin & Jenkins, the independent accounting firm charged with analyzing the process errors that led to questions about billing for public street lights, that gives a bottom line figure that EPB owes the city of Chattanooga $17,049. Harold DePriest, EPB president, said that is a starting point for ongoing talks with the ... (click for more)

Family Makes Treasure Trove Of Early Chattanooga Photographs Available For Book; Stokes Collection Has Been Passed Down To Descendants

A treasure trove of Chattanooga photographs that have been passed down in the Stokes family for generations has now been assembled in an upcoming book. Chattanooga Around The Turn Of The Century: The Remarkable Stokes Collection will be published by Chattanoogan.com. Pre-orders are now being taken for the book, which includes over 700 photos on large-size pages. Publisher ... (click for more)

Baylor Impressive In Volleyball Sweep Of Signal Mountain

Baylor coach Sarah Lail paused briefly before saying that she's seen her Lady Red Raider volleyball team play better than they did on Monday, but they did just about everything right as they celebrated Senior Night with an impressive 3-0 victory over the Signal Mountain Lady Eagles. It was a meeting of two of the top three teams in Chattanooga -- too bad that Ooltewah couldn't ... (click for more)

Basketball, Wrestling Mocs Host Ball N' Brawl

It’s party time in the Scenic City. Chattanooga’s team is sending some of its best to close down 3rd Street on Friday, October 10, for Ball N’ Brawl. This inaugural event features the men’s and women’s basketball programs along with the wrestling team. “This was an idea coaches Heath Eslinger (wrestling) and Will Wade (men’s basketball) came up with,” Director of Marketing and ... (click for more)