Group Seeking Recall Of Chris Anderson Turns In Slew Of Names Just Prior To Deadline; Councilman Confident

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

 A group seeking the recall of District 7 City Councilman Chris Anderson turned in a slew of names just before the noon deadline on Tuesday.

Election officials said there were 793 valid signatures of district residents on the first 1,526 petitions checked.

Office personnel still have to check another 200 pages of names with about seven to a page.

The number needed to force a recall vote is 1,600.

Kerry Steelman, election administrator, said the goal is to have the new names checked by May 9. He said that would be in time to get the referendum on the August ballot - if there are enough names.

Charles Wysong, a leader of the effort, said, "It looks very close. We've doing all the work we can do, and now we're simply praying." 

Councilman Anderson said it was "highly unlikely - almost impossible" that the recall would succeed.

He said it was waged "by people with feelings of hate, and that drives people."

Councilman Anderson claimed the group in recent days used young children to gather names, including hiding what the petition was about.

He stated, "It has been 75 days of deceiving people."  

Councilman Anderson earlier filed a lawsuit seeking to block the recall. It is being held in abeyance in Circuit Court depending on whether or not the recall is successful in securing enough names.


Walker County Arrest Report For Jan. 9-15

Here is the Walker County arrest report for Jan. 9-15: KEETON        MICHAEL      PHILIP           WM     30        Officer VANDYKE   POSS OF METH, POSS OF MARAJUANA LESS THAN 1 OZ, GIVING FALSE INFORMATION ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ARRIS, DANIEL LYNN  42 CARRIAGE HILL SIGNAL MTN, 37377  Age at Arrest: 44 years old Arresting Agency: TVA POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE --- BARTRUM, COLTON PRINCETON  1521 THRASHER PIKE HIXSON, 37343  Age at Arrest: 25 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County AGGRAVATED ... (click for more)

The Tax Assessor's Sneak Attack On Dual Taxpayers

State law requires a reappraisal of properties every four years. The Tax Assessor's Office has always been responsible for that task. A state law was passed several years ago that allows the cost to shift to individual towns and cities that lie within Hamilton County. Just because the tax assessor can legally abuse dual city/county taxpaying property owners doesn't mean he should. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Sleep, Kelly’s On Watch

As the most intense week begins in President-elect Donald’s Trump’s ascent to become the most powerful man in the world, it is now strikingly obvious he has surrounded himself with the greatest collection of leaders to ever fill a Presidential cabinet. Each is a proven winner, be it in business, the military, or national affairs. Last week a confirmation hearing were heard for ... (click for more)

Warren Replaces Martinez As Vols Secondary Coach

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --  The Tennessee football program announced Monday that Charlton Warren  has agreed to terms to become the defensive backs coach for the Vols. Warren served as defensive backs coach at North Carolina the last two seasons and also has spent time on the Nebraska and Air Force coaching staffs. Willie Martinez  will not be returning after ... (click for more)

McCallie's Robert Riddle Commits to Mercer Univ.

McCallie School all-state quarterback Robert Riddle has committed today to attend Mercer University next season to play football for the Bears. Riddle led the Big Blue to a 7-5 record this past season, including a 42-7 victory against arch rival Baylor. On the season, he threw for   3,008 yards and 25 touchdowns and also ran for six scores. The Lookout Mountain resident ... (click for more)