Ringgold Councilman Crawford Receives Certificate Of Excellence

Monday, February 17, 2014
Mr. Crawford receives Certificate of Excellence from GMA Director Lou Comer.
Mr. Crawford receives Certificate of Excellence from GMA Director Lou Comer.
- photo by City staff
Ringgold Councilmember Terry Crawford received the Certificate of Excellence from the Georgia Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association annual Mayors' Day Conference in Atlanta on Jan. 26.

The Georgia Municipal Training Institute, a cooperative effort of GMA and the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government, provides a nationally recognized series of training opportunities for elected city officials. To receive a Certificate of Excellence, a city official must complete a minimum of 120 units of credit, including nine courses from the required list and the Robert E.
Knox Jr. Municipal Leadership Institute. The training program consists of a series of more than 40 courses.  

"This is an outstanding achievement," said GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton. "We commend Councilmember Crawford for this accomplishment and for the dedication he's shown in using this valuable resource to become a more effective city official."

Based in Atlanta, GMA is a voluntary, non-profit organization that provides legislative advocacy, research, training, employee benefit and technical consulting services to its 500 member cities.

Whitfield County Landfill, Convenience Centers Announce Holiday Hours

The Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority has announced the holiday hours of operation for it’s four facilities in Whitfield County. Locations include the Old Dixie Hwy. Landfill and Convenience Center, McGaughey Chapel Convenience Center in Cohutta, Westside Convenience Center in Rocky Face, and the M.L. King Convenience Center in Dalton.     All locations will be ... (click for more)

Indie Craft Experience Comes To Holiday Market Saturday

The Indie Craft Experience will make its Chattanooga debut Saturday at the Waterhouse Pavilion at Miller Plaza, 850 Market St. Founded by Shannon Mulkey Green and Christy Petterson, crafters and advocates for handcrafted, the ICE Holiday Market will be open from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.   The inaugural ICE Holiday Market will boast an array of handcrafted gift options from more ... (click for more)

Valerie Bray Pleads Guilty In Death Of Well-Known Runner Cameron Bean

A long-time Moccasin Bend Hospital employee pleaded guilty on Tuesday morning in connection with the death of well-known runner Cameron Bean. Ms. Bray pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident with a fatality involved. Defense attorney Bill Speek said she faces one-two years on each charge at a sentencing hearing on Feb. 1 at 1:30 ... (click for more)

Officer Who Was Shot Returned Fire; Is Recovering Well; Shooter Still On Loose

Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher said Monday morning that the officer who was shot three times on Thursday is recovering well.   Chief Fletcher said the officer was wearing a bullet-proof vest and one bullet hit the vest, which protected him during the shooting.  The officer was able to return fire, although Chief Fletcher would not comment on how many bullets ... (click for more)

An Open Letter To Tennessee Electors Of The President - And Response (2)

This an open letter to the following people who are Tennessee's presidential electors this year: Joey Jacobs (Brentwood), Beth Scott Clayton Amos (Nashville), Jason Mumpower (Bristol), Susan Mills (Maryville), Liz Holiway (Harriman), Lynne Davis (Lascassas), Tom Lawless (Nashville), Mike Callahan (Monterey), Pat Allen (Clarksville), Shannon Haynes (Alamo), and Drew Daniel (Memphis).  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Abolish Bail For Poor

Our terribly overcrowded Hamilton County Jail may get some help from an unsuspected corner – the Obama administration is tackling the fact that right now over 450,000 people are in our country’s jails because they are too poor to pay for bail. It is a violation of the Constitution to “punish people for their poverty.” As the Eighth Amendment provides, “… excessive bail ought not ... (click for more)