Judge Rob Philyaw Has A Heart For Children

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

In my career I've spent time in the courtrooms of Hamilton County's Juvenile and General Sessions Courts. As a young adolescent I spent many hours in and around the country courthouses of West Tennessee as a nerdy hobby of mind; listening to trials and being fascinated by our nation's judicial process. I should've been a lawyer. 

I'm glad that our County Commission appointed Rob Philyaw as the Juvenile Court Judge. They made a great selection.

From the first time I sat in Judge Philyaw's courtroom I could see his passion to help the children and families of our community. 

Last week Judge Philyaw spoke to a group of police and corrections officers; at which I was present. He spoke from his heart. He shared the recent accomplishments occurring in Juvenile Court. A Juvenile Drug Court is being started. Hopefully, this will return wayward children to a productive and law-abiding life. He's also been a good manager. Judge Philyaw was able to initiate and accomplish new projects by partnering with several people and groups and without increasing his budget. Yet, for each rehabilitated child the taxpayer is saved thousands from incarceration and criminal court costs.

Earlier I mentioned I was raised in West Tennessee. I'm proud to say Judge Philyaw is a graduate of the University of Memphis (Memphis State to the native folk) Law School. Memphis students often earn their legitimate college degrees while also earning a PhD in bar-b-que. Judge Philyaw testifies to this claim. 

Sitting in his courtroom, breaking bread with him and hearing him at varying functions affirms to me that our county has the right judge and manager for our Juvenile Court system.

George Jackson

Hixson

Virtue

It's becoming more and more difficult to find a "Made in U.S.A." pocket knife these days. This is America, the United States of America, the greatest nation to ever grace the face of Planet Terra, why is it so difficult to find products whose manufacture we not only pioneered, but held world dominance for generations? Ace Hardware in Red Bank keeps a small inventory and can special ... (click for more)

Judging The Sheriff Candidates

We have a decision to make on who will lead the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office - current Sheriff Jim Hammond or opponent Chris Harvey?  As you read the opinions there are some positives listed for each of the candidates.  No one is saying that either gentleman is a bad person.  You need to weigh what you want in an elected official that is in charge ... (click for more)

Man Shot On Cannon Avenue Early Saturday Morning

A man was shot early Saturday morning on Cannon Avenue. At approximately 5:30 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to 2300 Cannon Ave. for shots fired.  Shortly after receiving the call, officers learned that a victim arrived at a local hospital.  The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the right leg and is undergoing treatment. The injury is not considered to be life-threatening.  ... (click for more)

Child Playing With Cigarette Lighter Starts $25,000 Mobile Home Fire

A child playing with a cigarette lighter started a mobile home fire on Saturday morning. At 9 a.m., the Chattanooga Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire at 6561 Cassie Lane. It took four fire companies about 10 minutes to get the fire under control. The fire was contained to one bedroom. No injuries were reported. Damage to the home is around $25,000. (click for more)

Injury Ends Playing Career Of Bradley Central's Chelsie Summars

Bradley Central girls basketball star Chelsie Summars, who underwent two serious operations on her right knee that wiped out her sophomore season, has suffered a third injury that will end her playing career, Bearettes coach Jason Reuter said via text. Summars, who helped the Bearettes win district, region and sectional titles en route to the 2013-14 Class AAA state tournament, ... (click for more)

Lenoir, Kelly Sisters Of Milligan College Earn All-AAC Tennis Honors

Three former Arts & Sciences tennis players have been named to the 2014 Appalachian Athletic Conference All-Conference squad. Jackson Lenoir, Ahmee Kelly and Kayla Kelly, who attend Milligan College, were selected to the men’s and women’s all-conference teams. Lenoir, now a sophomore, helped Milligan win the 2013 league championship and reach the 2014 semifinals. The ... (click for more)