Neal Pinkston To Be Next District Attorney; Garth Faces GOP Opposition; Many Judges Unopposed

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Neal Pinkston
Neal Pinkston

Neal Pinkston, executive assistant in the district attorney's office, will be the next Hamilton County District Attorney.

He was the only applicant for the seat being vacated by Bill Cox as the noon deadline passed on Thursday.

Longtime Public Defender Ardena Garth, a Democrat, will be opposed by Steve Smith of the district attorney's office. He is a Republican.

Criminal Court Judges Rebecca Stern, Don Poole and Barry Steelman are unopposed, as are City Judges Sherry Paty and Russell Bean.

Chancellor Jeff Atherton is unopposed. Joe Manuel and Pam Fleenor are seeking the chancery post being given up by Frank Brown.

Circuit Court Judge Marie Williams, Neil Thomas and Jeff Hollingsworth do not have opposition. Democrat Stuart James and Republicans J.B. Bennett and Catherine White are seeking the seat being vacated by Jackie Bolton.

Democrat Yolanda Mitchell is running against Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw, a Republican.

The terms are for eight years.

Boyd Patterson, also from the DA's office, had considered seeking the DA post, but decided not to several months ago.

Mr. Pinkston never formally announced for the post, but took a low-key approach.

He was recently feted at a Republican event headed by former District Attorney Gary Gerbitz.

At another recent reception, the Host Committee included:

Barry Abbott
Mickey Barker
Mike Barto
Marvin Berke
Curtis Bowe
Tim Carroll
Mitch Carter
John Cavett
Jim Cheney
Freeman Cooper
Lee Davis
Ken Defoor
Roger Dickson
Sam Elliott
Tom Evans
Kurt Faires
Tom Gautreaux
T.J. Gentle
Gary Gerbitz
John Germ
Tom Greenholtz
Kyle Hauth
Hank Hill
Heidi Hoffecker
Bryan Hoss
Henry Hoss
Adam Izell
Bud Jackson
Steve Jacoway
John Knonvalinka
Traci Kozloski
Robert Kozloski
Stan Lanzo
Phil Lawrence
Lloyd Levitt
Marty Levitt
Mike Little
Mike Mathis
Hallie McFadden
Ben McGowan
Hugh Moore
Jay Morgan
Brian O'Shaughnessy
Bill Ortwein
Steve Parks
Ben Probasco
Scott Probasco, III
Dan Ripper
Ben Rose
Bill Speek
Jerry Summers
Jerry Tidwell
Gerald Webb
Walter Williams

Public Defender

Ardena Garth (D)

Steve Smith (R)

District Attorney

Neal Pinkston

Criminal Court Judge

Division 1

Barry Steelman (R)

Division 2

Rebecca Stern (R)

Division 3

Don Poole (D)

Juvenile Court Judge

Rob Philyaw (R)

Yolanda Mitchell (D)

Circuit Court Judge

Division 1

J.B. Bennett (R)

Stuart James (D)

Catherine Cate White (R)

Division 2

Jeff Hollingsworth (R)

Division 3

Marie Williams (R)

Division 4

Neil Thomas (R)

Chancellor

Part 1

Pam Fleenor (R)

Joe Manuel (R)

Part 2

Jeff Atherton (R)

City Court

Division 1

Sherry Paty

Division 2

Russell Bean

 



Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: AKHTAB, MALACHI SHAHADA     102 WAYSIDE DR FORT OGLETHORPE, 30741     22     Hamilton County          FUGITIVE (ARREST FOR CRIME IN ANOTHER STATE) ASHLEY, SHAWN CHARLES     10 CRABTREE CIRCLE ROSSVILLE, 30741    ... (click for more)

Woman Described As Large-Scale Ice Meth Dealer Facing Charges In Chattanooga

A woman described as a large-scale ice methamphetamine dealer is facing federal charges. Hilda Trujillo-Rojas has been ordered to be detained pending the outcome of her case. Two men who were with her at the time of her arrest were also taken into custody. Authorities said during the week of March 24, law enforcement identified a cooperating source in the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Use The Current Rail System Already In Place - And Response

Why spend $20 million or more on an unproven system to run from the Southside of Chattanooga when we already have the beginnings of a system?  The question apparently has surfaced of why the Choo Choo City doesn't have a rail line. We do have a rail line with the Tennessee Valley RR Museum and their hardware. And they already make runs from the Southside to close to Enterprise ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UAW Voices In Detroit

Today we are going to eavesdrop on somewhat of an open conversation that was held far to the north after the United Auto Workers surprisingly dropped a legal challenge with the National Labor Relations Board in Chattanooga the first thing on Monday morning. The NLRB judge certified the VW workers’ February vote to turn away the UAW at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen manufacturing plant ... (click for more)

East Hamilton Beats McMinn, 10-4, For 5-AAA Tourney's Top Seed

East Hamilton put the finishing touches on the seedings for next week’s District 5-AAA baseball tournament at Ooltewah High with a 10-4 victory over McMinn County on Wednesday at Chattanooga State. The win gives the Hurricanes (19-13, 9-3) the No. 1 seed for the tournament, meaning Bradley Central (17-11, 9-3) will be the second seed. With East Hamilton’s win, Walker Valley got ... (click for more)

Taylor Hall's Late Night Basketball Call

It was the midnight call that could change her life. It was the Seattle Storm of the WNBA calling to invite soon-to-graduate UTC senior basketball player Taylor Hall to the Emerald City for a tryout and a possible spot with the pro team. “I have never been one to show a lot of emotion, so I was pretty calm when the call did come in, “said Hall. “But my roommate ... (click for more)