Corker Votes Against Bill On Homeowner Flood Insurance

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Senator Bob Corker,  a member of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, released the following statement today after voting against S. 1926, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, which he said "delays for over four years much-needed reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program, a program that is already $24 billion in debt."

 

Senator Corker said, “Just a few months after the new flood insurance rates started to go into effect, rates that actually reflect a more reasonable estimate of the true cost of this federal program, the Senate caved to narrow parochial interests.

  If we really wanted to address the legitimate affordability concerns of some, we would have passed the Toomey Amendment, which phases in risk-based rates more slowly while providing FEMA and legislators the opportunity to consider and adopt an adequate means-testing program. We will never solve our nation’s toughest challenges if we can’t even live for a few months within the terms of the small reform measures we actually do put into law.”


Planning Commission Recommends Approval for 4-Story St. Elmo Commercial/Residential Building

The Planning Commission on Monday afternoon approved a four-story commercial/residential project near the Incline Railway in St. Elmo. A number of residents of the historic suburb had expressed concern about the height of the building near Mojo Burrito on Old Mountain Road. Paul Teruya, a developer from the Southside, said he had held several meetings with neighbors and ... (click for more)

City To Work With Developers On Utilizing Long-Vacant Infill Lots

The city plans to work with developers to utilize long-vacant lots owned jointly by the city and county, officials said Wednesday. The county is being asked to relinquish its rights to 34 lots. Paul Parker, county real property manager, said the city will be the lead agency in seeking to find developers to use the lots for new construction. The properties would go back ... (click for more)

Eric Williams Charged In Pinewood Avenue Slaying

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One Of "Worst Of The Worst" Gets 10-Month Federal Sentence

One of the men labeled as the "worst of the worst" in a Chattanooga round up was sentenced Tuesday to 10 months and three years supervised release after he plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine. Guy Wilkerson told Federal Judge Sandy Mattice, "I'm just a young father and I want the best for my kids." He said he apologized and that he knew what he ... (click for more)

What's Wrong With The City Recycle Program? - And Response (2)

Being new to recycling, I have lots to learn.  I rely on 311 and the attendants at the neighborhood collection centers to assist in building my knowledge.   Recently, I had an experience that makes me reconsidered my recycling efforts.  I loaded up my car, called 311 to verify what I could take, only to be blocked by the attendant at my neighborhood collection ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: That Billboard & Much More

Now that early voting has started and our strawberries have hopefully survived this last blush of winter, allow me to catch up on some things but, first, here’s a letter from a concerned reader I feel compelled to share: “There is something I have noticed throughout Brainerd, East Brainerd, Dayton, etc. A billboard has been put up, I believe by the Health Department of Hamilton ... (click for more)