GeoComm To Verify Addresses For Emergencies

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

A Minnesota-based company GeoComm will help make sure that every address matches those used by emergency first responder GPS technology.

County Mayor Jim Coppinger said, "When you're dealing with an emergency response, when minutes and seconds actually matter, this is something that as time goes on, you will see that it will save lives." 

County Mayor Coppinger said he wanted the public to be aware of the GeoComm technicians and vehicles that will be out verifying addresses.

Each vehicle is clearly marked.

He said, "It's really important that people know this because they will be, particularly in the unincorporated areas, you're going to see these on some of the rural roads where people don't see much traffic at all." 

He said, overall, this will simplify the emergency response process.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke agreed, saying, "We want our first responders to go to the right location as quickly as possible to help insure the safety of our residents...It's all about making the lives of our citizens better." 

Mayor Berke said that he personally grew up at an address that he did not find out until much later did not match what emergency responders had listed for that location. If an emergency had happened, this small difference could have cost precious time.

He said for residences where the address was in questions, those residents would receive a packet in the mail so that they could verify their location to the 911 Control Center. 

Mayor Berke said of the first responders, "They literally save lives everyday. There are not many people in the world that can say that."

CarFit Event For Senior Drivers Friday in Dalton

The Dalton Police Department will conduct CarFit check-ups in Dalton on Friday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Dalton-Whitfield Senior Center, 302 Cappes St. next to the Dalton-Whitfield Library. At a CarFit event, trained volunteers complete a 12-point checklist with each driver. Among the items checked are:  correct position of driver’s seat; driver’s ability to easily ... (click for more)

CARTA’s Labor Day Schedule

In observance of Labor Day, there will be no CARTA fixed route bus service or North Shore Shuttle service on Monday.  The Downtown Shuttle will operate on a holiday schedule, beginning at 9:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m.  The CARTA Care-a-van service will also be operating on a holiday schedule.     All CARTA bus services will resume regular weekday schedules ... (click for more)

City Sound Control Ordinance Goes Into Effect In 30 Days

A controversial Downtown Sound Control Ordinance will go into effect in 30 days after being approved by the City Council on second reading. Councilwoman Carol Berz said she believes it is a good ordinance, but not a perfect one, and that it should be under continual review for possible revisions. The ordinance itself calls for it to be examined at the end of the first year. ... (click for more)

Boy, 15, Shot In The Shoulder On Taylor Street

A 15-year-old boy was shot in the shoulder on Taylor Street on Tuesday night. At approximately 7 p.m., Chattanooga Police received a call of shots fired in the area of 3200 Taylor  and were advised at 7:22 p.m. that a person arrived at a local hospital suffering from a gunshot wound. Investigators were advised that the young black male sustained a gunshot wound to his ... (click for more)

Noise Fallout Coming Soon On Chattanooga's Flawed Sound Control Ordinance - And Response (3)

I have been practicing acoustical, audio and sound engineering for more than twenty years. Since I understand many aspects of sound, I sent the enclosed letter to the Chattanooga City Council members regarding some of my concerns on the impending noise ordinance changes. My comments were unacknowledged.     August 19, 2014 Dear Chattanooga ... (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)