Perkins Proposes Safety Measures Against Crime

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Perry Perkins, candidate for Hamilton County Commission District 7, met with local law enforcement Tuesday to get direction on the recent spree of crimes in the East Hamilton area. 

Mr. Perkins said there is a need to be more proactive about the safety of the community and has developed a plan.  A former volunteer probation officer, reserve deputy, and D.A.R.E. program fundraiser, Mr. Perkins proposed several measures to reduce property crime:

Create and support neighborhood watch programs. The most effective way to prevent property crime is to know your neighbors and be able to identify suspicious activity.  

Document personal property. Citizens should record serial numbers and take pictures of their property. Televisions, computers, and other valuables can be engraved with the owner's driver’s license state and number to prevent items from being sold to pawn brokers. Pawn brokers are required by law to record a seller's license number. 

Provide law enforcement with sufficient resources and staffing to maintain the peace. The prevention and investigation of crime is labor-intensive, and local law enforcement agencies are currently understaffed. 

Most importantly, give young people economic opportunities before they choose criminal life. 

Mr. Perkins said, "If you want to prevent crime, we must build good citizens through public education and community support. If that fails, then we turn to law enforcement."

Noting that law enforcement was stretched too thin already, Mr. Perkins said, "we have it in ourselves to better our community policing programs, to watch each other's back and to become better neighbors."

Mr. Perkins will run for the Republican nomination in the primary election on May 6. The current Commissioner for the district, Larry Henry, is running for Circuit Court Clerk.

Mr. Perkins is a graduate of Tyner High School and UTC. He is a fourth-generation home painter. He began working in his grandfather's painting business in 1974, and in 2005 started his own residential painting business, Perry's Painting, Inc.  Mr. Perkins served as a reserve deputy with Hamilton County from 1978-1982 and from 2006-2011 as well as with the city of East Ridge from 1982-1987. An active member of the Alhambra Shriners, Mr. Perkins has been an associate member of the board of the Shriners Children's Hospital in Lexington, Ky. since January 2010. He also works with the Hamilton Family YMCA and served as a board member from 2006-2008. From 1992-2004, he chaired the Fundraising and Activities board for the Fraternal Order of Eagles, helping raise money for the local Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. Mr. Perkins resides in Apison with his wife, Monica.


Pending Road/Lane Closures

There will be a lane shift at 1305 Dodson Ave. for installation of sidewalk ramps beginning Monday.   This project is scheduled to be completed on Friday.   Hours of operation each day are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.   Traffic will be shifted and lanes narrowed to allow for the work to be done; motorists are advised to use caution when approaching and negotiating the work zone. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Bookseller Billy S. Arant, Jr. To Be Featured At Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

Billy S. Arant, Jr., owner of Billy S. Arant, Jr. Bookseller in Chattanooga, will be among booksellers from all over the United States participating the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair on  March 13-15, at The Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg.  As part of the book fair’s theme of Modern Literature: the truth and beauty of fiction, Mr. Arant will feature a signed ... (click for more)

Chance Loftis Set To Be Freed From Jail After Jury Finds Him Guilty Of Only Misdemeanor Charge

Chance Loftis is set to be freed from jail on Monday after a Criminal Court jury on Friday afternoon found him guilty of only a minor charge. Instead of murder in the death of 46-year-old Donald Rogers, the jury in the courtroom of Judge Don Poole found him guilty of the lesser charge of reckless endangerment. He was found not guilty of aggravated animal cruelty in the beating ... (click for more)

Dr. David Seaberg Steps Down From Position As Dean For UT College Of Medicine In Chattanooga

David M. Stern, MD, executive dean of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine at UT Health Science Center (UTHSC), and Kevin Spiegel, president and CEO for Erlanger Health System, announced that  David Seaberg, MD, will be stepping down from the joint positions of dean of the UT College of Medicine, Chattanooga, and senior vice president of the Erlanger Health System. ... (click for more)

It's Time To Insure Tennessee - And Response

Tennessee has a problem.  What is the value of saving the lives of 1,000 Tennesseans each year? That is exactly what can be expected if 176,000 Tennesseans gain health insurance through Insure Tennessee. A New England Journal of Medicine study showed that expansion of Medicaid was associated with a 6% reduction in yearly mortality for people in the 34-65 age group. Statistically, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Magic Bank Account

As the month of January is almost out the door, I am opening my email today to share a marvelous story that legend has it was printed on piece of paper found in Bear Bryant’s wallet when he died in 1983. While I don’t know that the famed Alabama football coach had this lesson in his wallet, chances are he might have if he’d read it. * * * THE BANK ACCOUNT & RULES Imagine ... (click for more)