Alexander Seeks To Create Jobs In Tennessee, And Replace Chickamauga Lock

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - by Hollie Webb
- photo by Hollie Webb

At a press conference with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce outside LTJ Steel, Senator Lamar Alexander said, "The first thing we need to do in Washington is lift the big, red blanket of Obama rules and regulations off the free enterprise system so people can get about the business of creating jobs."

He said, "My goal for a long time in this state is to make Tennessee a place where you can create jobs and make it easier to do that.

He said the second thing we need to do is "invest in those things that enable and empower Americans to exceed," listing pell grants for students, childcare vouchers, and improvement to the transportation system.

In terms of the transportation system, he said replacing the Chickamauga Lock is an important project because it would make barge transportation easier. He said it would also keep costs down, allowing manufacturing centers in Chattanooga to be competitive with other manufacturing centers across the country and world. 

He also noted the city of Chattanooga in particular has had "some good leaders of both political parties." He specifically said Senator Bob Corker's work "helped this city become a real magnet for outstanding workers."

Senator Alexander said, "Serving in Washington doesn't require me to change my mind about anything." He said being a "Right to Work" state had long been a "distinct advantage" for Tennessee. 

He said Tennessee as well as the rest of the country has the opportunity "this November to take over the United States Senate with a Republican majority to send us in a different direction."

When asked what he thought about UAW recently dropping their lawsuit, he said, "I think that the employees won the election, the UAW lost, it's time to get back in the business of making cars."

- Photo2 by Hollie Webb

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ADAMS, MARDARREIUS FOOQUON  707 RICHARDSON ST ROSSVILLE, 30741  Age at Arrest: 20 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County THEFT OF PROPERTY (OVER $1000) --- ATKINS, CHRISTIAN MICHAEL  308 NYE DRIVE CHATTANOOGA, 37411  Age at Arrest: 59 years old Arresting Agency: Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Federal Government Sues Life Care's Forrest Preston, Saying He Received Millions In Medicare Funds He Was Not Entitled To

Federal attorneys have sued Forrest Preston, founder and chairman of Cleveland, Tn.-based Life Care Centers of America, claiming that he was "unjustly enriched" by receiving Medicare funds he was not entitled to receive. The civil suit in Chattanooga Federal Court asks for the return of "millions of dollars." The government earlier sued Life Care on similar charges based on ... (click for more)

Thankful For The Vital Role Teachers Played In My Life

Re: Roy Exum: Teachers Day Tomorrow Roy, I am especially appreciative of your poignant column written in tribute to teachers.  It made me tear up, as I have encountered both as a student and a career educator-- teachers like the second-grade teacher who said, "I wish you were my little girl" and teachers like Mrs. Poindexter.   My teachers have played such a vital ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Bad Ideas Never Work

When the Chattanooga City Council gave Kevin Muhammad, who is purportedly the “leader” of the Nation of Islam’s “Chattanooga chapter” or whatever it is, “the right” to speak for 20 anguished minutes on Monday night, everybody who heard about it could have told our city leaders it was “stinkin’ thinkin’.” My goodness, did you think he was going to read a sweet passage from the ... (click for more)

Mustangs Clip Raiders, 4-3, On Chambers' Clutch RBI Hit In 10th

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Winning two regular season games against Cleveland was no picnic for the Walker Valley Mustangs. Capturing a win-or-go-home District 5-3A tournament showdown with the Blue Raiders was even tougher to nail down for coach Joe Shamblin’s squad. Bunts by Jacob McCall and Hunter Shamblin set the stage for Jacob Chambers’ walk-off RBI single in the 10 th ... (click for more)

East Ridge And CFCA Reach New Contract

The city of East Ridge and the Chattanooga Futbol Club Academy (CFCA) have agreed to a new five-year soccer field-use agreement for five fields at Camp Jordan Park. The agreement allows CFCA to practice at Camp Jordan Park and play games there on fields 1-5. The East Ridge Futbol Club (ERFC) plays recreation soccer on fields 6-8 and often works with CFCA to use field 5 on Saturday ... (click for more)