Sabrena Turner Has Already Done A Lot For District 7

Thursday, February 20, 2014

As one who has worked very hard on the issue of forced annexation across the state for more than 15 years, I want to thank Sabrena Turner for all she has done for our cause, especially in Hamilton County’s 7th District. 

Had it not been for her personal efforts and the efforts of a small, determined group, thousands of residents and property owners in Hamilton County would have been forcefully taken into the city of Chattanooga five years ago. If that had happened then, the city would have already collected millions of dollars of taxes from its victims. But Sabrena and Hamilton County Residents Against Annexation decided not to be victims of forced annexation—they decided to fight.

When I initially met with Sabrena and other concerned property owners in 2009, I told them this was a fight that would last for years rather than weeks or months; that the fight would be in the courts and at the ballot box. I told them that their group needed to raise a lot of money. I was overwhelmed at the effort they put into it and the success of their money-raising efforts. But they didn’t stop there. 

The struggle against forced annexation is also a political struggle at both state and local levels. I am delighted that Sabrena Turner is running for Hamilton County Commission, District 7. We desperately need people in local government who know what it is like to challenge the powers at be without being intimidated by them. We need people who have the courage to stand up and lead the fight, not just join it later on when the political winds shift a bit.

I have no doubt about Sabrena’s courage, judgment, and integrity. I am thankful that she has been in this struggle against forced annexation in Hamilton County from the get-go. I wish her success in her campaign, and success in representing the citizens of District 7 once she is in office

John Avery Emison, president of Citizens for Home Rule, Inc.


Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more on issues than personal attacks. (click for more)

Not Everything Has Been Done To Save Hutcheson

I am a resident of Walker County and I have a personal belief that a hospital ranks equal to other basic services a community should offer (like police, fire, emergency services, school systems, government, etc.). I am not privy to all the management and financial conundrums concerning the feasibility of maintaining and growing Hutcheson, and as a private citizen I don’t believe ... (click for more)

Additions And Improvements At Camp Jordan Arena Coming Soon

Additions and improvements are coming to Camp Jordan Arena in the near future. At the Thursday night meeting of the East Ridge city council, approval was given for buying new playground equipment. It will come from Gametime, a locally-based company. The VP of Marketing lives in East Ridge and made a proposal to set up the playground at Camp Jordan so his company could use it for ... (click for more)

Teenager Killed In ATV Accident Thursday Night

Damon Lee Jones, 15, was killed Thursday night in an ATV accident in Walker County. It was reported he was riding with a 17-year old, when they tried to enter a church parking lot, but ran into a cable barrier. The accident happened on Dunwoody Road in LaFayette. The other rider, identified as Timothy J. Wallin, was not injured.   (click for more)

Freeman-Led Owls Whip Cleveland, 30-14, To Win 5-AAA Title

Junior Rashun Freeman's stunning versatility stole the show Friday night. Freeman caught a touchdown pass, returned a punt for a second score and had one of three Ooltewah interceptions as the fourth-ranked Owls whipped Cleveland, 30-14, to win the District 5-AAA championship in front of a near-capacity crowd at James N. Monroe Stadium. “I practice hard and that shows ... (click for more)

Baylor Beats Father Ryan For D-II State Volleyball Title

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Friday was a magical day for the Baylor Lady Red Raider volleyball team. Facing arch-rival Father Ryan for the fourth time this season, Baylor evened the score at 2-2, but the last time at Siegel High School was the sweetest as it came in the championship match of the D-II Class AA state tournament. Father Ryan had a huge group of students in its ... (click for more)