Sheriff Employees Went The Second Mile During Weather Event

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The Chattanooga area was surprised with an abnormal winter event this week that no one apparently suspected was in the making.  While all of the Monday morning quarterbacks are busy determining who failed and what should or should not have been done, there is one thing that stands out for me, the dedication and determination of the public servants that were out in the weather doing whatever needed to be done to protect the citizens of this area.

Most  every opinion is outcome based.  There is no way to win public opinion because if there had been any other decision, the problems caused by that decision would have been scrutinized also as the wrong thing to have done.  

If the public works trucks could have gotten into some areas before the traffic jam did, a lot of our problems may have been reduced, but it did not happen that way.  The one thing I do know is how the men and women of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office worked to lessen the impact of the conditions no one could control.  I was out on the roads some and listened all day to the radio traffic of officers as they responded to call after call for help.  

In some cases, law enforcement had the same problems as the general public, they were simply unable to get where they needed to go.  Even with that, I understand there were only two corrections officers who were unable to make it to the jail for duty that day, that is dedication, others came in early for the next shift.  

I heard several deputies on the streets advise they were unable to get into an area and would be responding on foot to assist in some cases.  I know this same scenario was played out over and over in all jurisdictions by others just as committed, but I only know first-hand the dedication and persistence I witnessed by the employees of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.   We are blessed to have these men and women serving and I am proud of every one who worked selfishly all across this region in those difficult conditions and consistently do it every day.

Allen Branum, Chief Deputy
Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office

Where Is The Highway Patrol?

I am teaching my 15-year-old to drive in the North Georgia and Chattanooga area. I have warned her of the dangers of exceeding the speed limit both as a hazard to herself and in terms of receiving a ticket. What a liar I am.  Have you driven on the local freeways and highways recently? I never see any highway patrolmen helping to reduce speeding or pulling over those who ... (click for more)

Why I Am Voting For Esther Helton

I retired from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, with 37 years of state service in 2015. I graduated from East Ridge High School in 1969 and raised my son in this community. I am proud to be from East Ridge. Several months ago, I decided to learn more about East Ridge leadership by attending the City Council meetings. At the meetings, I met ... (click for more)

Mayor Berke, Lacie Stone Were At Swanky New York City Hotel While Bobby Stone Was Plying The River

Mayor Andy Berke's top advisor Lacie Stone accompanied him on a trip to New York City on April 12-13 and they ended up at a swanky spot where Ms. Stone's husband, Bobby, had taken her before. They sat at the Stones' favorite table.   Bobby Stone, who has accused his wife of having an affair with the mayor, has said that Lacie Stone told him that she and the mayor kissed ... (click for more)

Fire Displaces Family Of 7; Blaze Ruled Accidental

No injuries were reported in connection with a house fire on Saturday afternoon that displaced a family of seven. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 4:11 p.m. and responded to 3308 Dodson Ave. with five fire companies. Captain Wadie Suttles with Engine 4 said heavy fire was showing when the first firefighters arrived on the scene. As additional firefighters ... (click for more)

UTC Defeats VMI, 30-13; Mocs Seniors Gain 34th Career Win

UTC junior running back Richardre Bagley rushed for a career-high 189 yards and two touchdowns to lead the host Mocs to a 30-13 Southern Conference win against VMI at Finley Stadium before 10, 505 fans. "It's a huge confidence booster," Bagley said. "All credit goes to our great offensive line and receivers blocking down field. The coaches did a great job preparing us. Everyone ... (click for more)

Goetz Outlasts Huwe To Win Signal Mountain Pie Run

The annual Signal Mountain Pie Run is one of those races where you don’t have to be the first across the finish line to be the overall winner. It’s a prediction run, so the runner getting nearest his or her predicted time was honored with cash prizes. Gregg Sutton crossed the line next to the old Signal Mountain Junior High with a time of 46 minutes flat, which was exactly ... (click for more)