Tennessee Senate Passes “Right To Vote” Annexation Bill; Goes To House Next

Friday, March 28, 2014

The state Senate on Thursday passed a bill that would end annexation by ordinance in Tennessee.

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Mike Carter, goes before the state House on Monday.

The Senate bill was sponsored by Senator Bo Watson of Hixson.

Sabrena Turner, Republican candidate for the District 7 seat on the Hamilton County Commission, praised passage of the “Right to Vote” Annexation bill by the Senate.  

She said, "After years of Tennessee citizens being denied a voice in the annexation process, we are one step closer to ensuring the rights of property owners are protected by allowing them to vote on annexation through referendum.  For many years, the Hon. Bobby Wood fought in the legislature to end forced annexation, and thankfully, Rep. Mike Carter has carried on this fight and was able to lead a statewide effort that helped make this day possible.”

Ms. Turner, who was a founding member of Hamilton County Residents Against Annexation (HCRAA), said, “This change in state law is a breath of fresh air to residents that have been threatened with forced annexation. Even after lawsuits filed on behalf of citizens by HCRAA stopped further annexation efforts by Mayor Ron Littlefield, the threat was still there that annexation could continue if the city of Chattanooga decided to take that route.  This law will remove the threat of forced annexation – once and for all.

"I urge our state representatives to vote in favor of the people’s right to vote on this critical issue and send Rep. Mike Carter’s bill to Gov. Haslam so he can sign this legislation into state law.”


PHOTOS: Swearing In Ceremony At Convention Center

County officials were sworn in during ceremonies Tuesday morning at the Convention Center (click for more)

Woman's Body Found In River Was Latasha Nichols

Family members say the woman's body found in the Hiwassee River was that of 34-year-old Latasha Nichols. She was reported missing last month. The family said DNA testing was conclusive that the body was hers. Family members say they want to know what caused her death. The viewing will be Wednesday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Jim Rush Funeral Homes in Cleveland. The ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)

Fast-Starting Vols Gear Up For Another Mobile QB

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – It’s a new week for Tennessee’s football team, but the challenge that awaits in Neyland Stadium on Saturday afternoon will be a familiar reminder of the one the Volunteers just completed. The Volunteers have a short week to prepare for Arkansas State, a team much like Utah State, which relies heavily on a dual-threat quarterback and a physical front line. ... (click for more)

Chris O'Brien And Andres Santiago Named To Southern League's Weekly Honors

Tuesday, the Southern League announced that Chattanooga Lookouts’ catcher Chris O’Brien has been named Southern League Player of the Week and pitcher Andres Santiago was named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week for the period of August 25-September 1.  O’Brien is the fourth Chattanooga Lookouts’ position player to earn a weekly accolade from the league this season while ... (click for more)