Tennessee Super Lawyer Gordon Ball Speaks To Washington Alternative Students

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Some of the greatest world changers started off pursuing the study and practice of law, including Mohandas K. "Mahatma" Gandhi, father of the independence movement in India.

Global Action Initiatives Alliance and the Gandhi Global Center for Peace continued its "Season for Nonviolence" series at Washington Alternative School this week with a visit from Tennessee "Super Lawyer" Gordon Ball, of Knoxville.

From taking on the environmental ills waged against the Pigeon River in Cocke County, Tn., to representing victims of the Holocaust, Mr. Ball has had a fascinating career in law and public service, including serving as assistant United States district attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee. And there is a soon-to-be-expected announcement of Mr. Ball for United States Senate in Tennessee.

Mr. Ball shared with students about his law career and also the lessons he learned early on as a young man who himself got kicked out of school for fighting. Education is key to overcoming violence, crime, and incarceration, Mr. Ball emphasized as he spoke with the students.

Afterwards, a student approached Mr. Ball about an interest in becoming a lawyer. GAIA CEO and Gandhi Global Center for Peace Co-Founder Missy Crutchfield said, "Opportunities to connect with local, state, and national leaders gives these students the chance to see that they can get there from here. These students are leaders, they've just made some choices in the past that have led in the wrong direction--now it's up to them to lead in a positive direction."

Washington Alternative School recently participated in a visit with Mahatma Gandhi's grandson, Arun Gandhi, and a visioning for peace and nonviolence. And the work continues as students participate in the inaugural Gandhi Global Center for Peace Student Essay Contest.

Learn more at www.gaiaworldwide.org.



NCBW Hosts Political Forum For Hamilton County School Board And State House Of Representatives

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Chattanooga Chapter, Inc. is hosting a political forum for candidates vying for seats on the Hamilton County School Board and the Tennessee State House of Representatives.  The forum will take place on Monday, July 9 at Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church, 1734 E. Third St. from 5-7:30 p.m. All qualified candidates have ... (click for more)

National Coalition Of 100 Black Women, Chattanooga Chapter, Inc. Announces Its Annual Fundraising Events

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Chattanooga Chapter, Inc. announced details of two of its signature events. The organization’s summer fashion show and golf tournament are two of the main fundraisers for NCBW to provide academic scholarships to high school seniors in the community, as well as other community-driven initiatives. This year’s fashion show will be held ... (click for more)

City Stormwater Board Approves Water Quality And Development Fee Increases

The city Stormwater Regulations Board on Monday recommended that the city approve water quality and land development increases sought by the Berke administration, though board members said there had not been enough time for the board and the public to study the fee hikes. Bill Payne, city engineer, said the water quality fee increase would amount to an average $11 per year per ... (click for more)

Blakemore Gets 23-Year Prison Term For Selling Heroin That Caused Death Of Red Bank Man

Federal Judge Sandy Mattice on Monday sentenced Darius Jermaine Blakemore to 23 years in federal prison for selling heroin to a Red Bank man who overdosed and died.   Blakemore, 29, had gone to trial on the case, but it was announced in the middle of the trial that both sides had agreed to the 23-year term. Blakemore had faced 30 years to life.   Blakemore ... (click for more)

Liberal Conspiracy Afoot

According to Roy Exum’s Sunday column, there are now upwards of six or seven Democrats in Hamilton County, and all of them have secretly maneuvered their way onto the boards of a couple of dozen local organizations. Unlike Republicans, some of them serve on multiple boards and some of them serve with one another on the same boards. This is outrageous. We all know that boards and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Is This Civil War II?

Jack Minzey, by all accounts, was a beloved professor at Eastern Michigan and, as the head of the university’s School of Education, wrote many books and papers. Some were on the Civil War – he was an avid student of our nation’s worst moment – and his beliefs how to better public education will be quoted for years. Dr. Minzey died at age 89 last month and just last week, the ... (click for more)