Hamilton County 911 Officer Named APCO's Tennessee Trainer Of The Year

Monday, February 24, 2014

The best 911 trainer in the State of Tennessee works right here in Hamilton County, according to the Tennessee Chapter of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officers, International.

State Chapter President Jody Clinard presented Telecommunicator/Communications Training Officer Barbara Loveless with a trophy naming her Trainer of the Year for 2013 at the Annual Awards Luncheon held in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday, February 20.  Telecommunicator Loveless was previously named the Hamilton County Communications Training Officer of the Year in 2011.

Communications Training Officer’s are a vital component of the District’s overall training plan.  CTOs sit side-by-side with trainees through approximately 1,000 hours of on-the-job training listening to every call they handle offering guidance and instruction.   

911 Director of Operations, Jeff Carney noted that Telecommunicator Loveless was more than deserving of this award “as one of the most successful CTOs we have.  She is known to be honest, supportive and up front with trainees and management alike.”  Director Carney also noted that the CTOs are “entrusted with a very critical mission which requires patience and skill, Telecommunicator Loveless exemplifies these requirements.  We are very proud of her and her accomplishment.”

The Hamilton County 911 Emergency Communications District employs more than 130 telecommunicators who answer an approximate average of 2,000 to 2,500 calls for service each day from residents and visitors in Hamilton County.  Telecommunicators also dispatch responders for all public safety response disciplines – law enforcement, fire and EMS – across 26 various agencies. 


Weekly Road Construction Report

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County: U.S. 27 (SR-29) reconstruction project from Manufacturers Road (Olgiati Bridge over the Tennessee River) to U.S. 127 (SR-8, Signal Mountain Road/Boulevard):  Weather permitting, the contractor may have lane closures throughout the project area on weeknights to perform road work.  They will also be working ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Remains Of World War II Soldier Returned To Tennessee

The remains of a World War II soldier discovered in Europe returned to Tennessee nearly 70 years after his disappearance. A French hiker discovered the remains of Pfc. Cecil Harris of Shelbyville last year near the French/German border. The hiker noticed a "H" crudely engraved into a large rock. U.S. officials excavated the shallow grave where they uncovered Mr. Harris's dog ... (click for more)

School Board Unanimously Makes Cuts To Teacher Insurance; Spouses Can Only Stay On If They Have No Other Insurance

The Hamilton County School Board on Thursday night voted to Increase the premium for spouses by $100 - a move officials said would save the schools from $2,040,000 to $3,040,000. Spouses will not continue to be covered if they have insurance available to them on their jobs. School officials said the 1,700 spouses on county school insurance last year had $10 million in claims. ... (click for more)

City Audit Hits Travel Abuses By Top Chattanooga Library Personnel; Report Forwarded To State On Possible Fraud

A report by Internal City Auditor Stan Sewell found travel abuses by top personnel of the Chattanooga Library. The auditor said he found possible instances of fraud and forwarded information to state officials in regard to "reported potential fraudulent activity" by Margaret Backus, Systems Administrator and Nathaniel Hill, Assistant Library Director. The report says, ... (click for more)

Thanks For Making The Southern Brewers Festival A Success

Now that the dust has settled I'd like to thank Chattanooga for supporting the Southern Brewers Festival and making it yet another very successful event.    For those who do not know - the SBF benefits the Chattanooga chapter of Kids on the Block and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.  As a partner helping the SBF with volunteers, sponsorships and the overall production ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)