Work Continues On Repairing Jaycee Towers After Fire

Displaced Residents To Spend Another Night At Red Cross Shelter

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Repair crews are making progress at Jaycee Towers following Monday’s fire, but the residents will not be able to return to their homes Tuesday night.

After conducting a fire and life safety inspection Tuesday, Fire Marshal Beau Matlock said that more will have to be done before he considers the building safe for habitation. Chief Matlock said the sprinkler system is operational, but they will not be able to verify that the fire alarm system and emergency lights are working until power is fully restored.

EPB repair crews have reportedly finished their part of the repairs, but a private contractor is still installing new wiring and making other repairs.

“They are working as fast as they can get the repairs done,” said Chief Matlock, “and we’re hopeful that the residents can return to their homes at Jaycee Towers within the original completion estimate of 72 hours.” That would be around noon on Thursday. Chief Matlock stressed that unforeseen problems could still cause a delay in the estimated completion time, but that is the best estimate at this time.

In the meantime, the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee is making plans to take care of the displaced residents for another night at the shelter set up at the South Chattanooga Recreational Center. The Chattanooga Salvation Army will be providing meals for everyone at the shelter.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALLEN, EDWARD HOMELESS CHATTANOOGA, 37410 52 Chattanooga PUBLIC INTOXICATION BEENE, JENNIFER LENA 4717 ELDRIDGE ROAD HIXSON, 37343 30 Chattanooga DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE DRIVING ON ROADWAYS LANED FOR TRAFFIC, VIOLATION LIGHT LAW VIOLATION RESISTING ARREST OR OBSTRUCTION OF LEGAL ... (click for more)

Corker Gives Statement On White House Veto Threat Against Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act Of 2015

Senator Bob Corker made the following statement regarding the White House’s  threat  of a presidential veto against his bipartisan bill requiring congressional review of any comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran. "It is disappointing that the president feels he is the only one who speaks for the citizens of our country," said Senator Corker. "Congress put these ... (click for more)

We Ought To Pay Our Own Way

The government is too big. It has never been bigger - by any measure. It spends more money than any other single actor in our society. From Blue Rhinos to providing telecommunications services, our government knows no bounds. We’ve gone from a free enterprise system to a public enterprise system.  I'm not an artist. I'm not terribly tech savvy. The part of government that ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden On March 1

As I try to do at the beginning of each month, I stroll through my garden to see the good and the bad. This morning there is still a solid covering of snow but, as usual, there is still a lot to see. March is historically known for “coming in like a lion and leaving like a lamb” so let’s see who gets what: A LAMB to the fact 90-year-old Floyd Hartwig of Easton, Calif., and his ... (click for more)

Henderson's Heroics Lead Warrors Past Bears, 53-45

Kordell Stewart’s broad shoulders were more than enough to carry his White County teammates on a mind-boggling, second-half offensive assault rarely seen on basketball courts in the Chattanooga area, or anywhere else for that matter. Henderson scored White County’s first 16 points of the second half and powered the District 6-AAA champion Warriors to a 53-45 come-from-behind ... (click for more)

Brainerd, Central Boys Advance To Region 3-AA Hoop Finals

LOUDON, Tenn. -- Brainerd won both regular-season matchups while Central won at the Best of Preps third-place consolation game before capturing the District 6-AA title last week at Red Bank. The season tally is now two wins each against each other and now they are ready for Round 5 following the Region 3-AA semifinals here at Loudon High School Saturday afternoon. Brainerd ... (click for more)