Obama Mentions Dr. Jesse Register In Speech On Thursday

Friday, January 31, 2014 - by John Shearer

Are you wondering what has become of former Hamilton County Schools’ superintendent Dr. Jesse Register?

He is apparently doing just fine, according to none other than President Barack Obama.

The president mentioned Dr. Register by name during his speech at McGavock High School Thursday afternoon, citing the former Chattanoogan’s efforts to expand pre-kindergarten programs as the current Nashville Metro Schools director.

President Obama applauded Dr. Register’s proposal to fund by 2018 pre-kindergarten classes for all four-year-olds whose parents want the option. According to news reports, the Nashville expansion plan would kick off this fall with classes for 500 new students. 

Dr. Register has been the director of the metro Nashville schools – the nation’s 41st biggest school district – since 2009. Among the schools within his district is McGavock High, which was pinpointed by the president and his staff to visit because of its recent improvements in student achievement.

Dr. Register became superintendent of the Hamilton County Schools in 1997 after the merger of the county and city school systems, and served until his retirement in 2006.

Jcshearer2@comcast.net


Drivers Education Program Offers Spring Break Course

The Spring 2016 Drivers Education course will be offered March 28, 29, 30 and 31 at the Public Library Downtown, 1001 Broad St., not at Northgate Mall.  The class will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. each of those four days.  In Spring of 2015, the Tennessee State Legislature made legislative changes to restrict the use of traffic ... (click for more)

Saturation Patrols Scheduled For Super Bowl Weekend

Law enforcement agencies across the Cumberland Plateau Region and Eastern Tennessee, including the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, will be conducting saturation patrols on Saturday and Sunday. The saturations will take place from 3 p.m. on Saturday until 11 p.m. on Sunday. Patrols will take place where alcohol-related crashes and DUI arrests have occurred in the past. Officers ... (click for more)

Cleveland School Board Votes 5-2 To Terminate School Director Ringstaff Over Twitter Messages

The Cleveland School Board on Friday fired Dr. Martin Ringstaff, director of schools, for sending sexually explicit messages to an anonymous woman a year ago.  His termination is effective immediately and does not include severance pay.  The school board called an emergency meeting after Dr. Ringstaff, who is married, admitted to sending explicit messages to ... (click for more)

History Center Not Giving Out Any More Information On Past Spending Details, Current Status, At This Time

The president of the Chattanooga History Center, which has halted plans for a world class history museum near the Aquarium after raising over $10 million, said no other information will be provided at this time. Chattanoogan.com had sought details about prior spending and the salary of former executive director Daryl Black as well as the center's current status. Jo Coke said, ... (click for more)

A Missing Link In Chattanooga's Crime Prevention Program

I would like to begin by introducing myself. I grew up in Chattanooga and I love this city. As a child, the space program and lunar landings were in full swing. I dreamed of a progressive city. I grew up reading books about space, travel, and superheroes at the Bicentennial Library.  I am the only son of a local pastor and businessman. When I graduated from East Ridge High ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The School’s Search Begins

Jonathan Welch, the chairman of the Hamilton County School Board, had no idea he would be giving himself a well-deserved treat some months ago when he promised his son they would go on a mission trip together. This week has to be the first time his phone hasn’t blinked overload since a December tragedy triggered a tsunami and repeated shock waves that crashed the Hamilton County ... (click for more)