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.


Robber Hits Collegedale Credit Union

A robber struck at the Collegedale Credit Union on University Drive on Thursday afternoon. Police said a man entered the credit union about 2:30 p.m. He handed over a note that demanded money. The man said he had a gun, but did not display one. He left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The robber was described as a white male with red hair. He was wearing blue ... (click for more)

Fort Oglethorpe Arrest Report For July 25-31

Here is the Fort Oglethorpe arrest report for July 25-31: John Alan Suggs, 35, of 222 South Center Street, Rossville was arrested July 29 on charges of giving false name and false information to police and theft by shoplifting. Jennifer Lynn Joy, 37, 429 Guyler Street, Ringgold was arrested July 28 on a charge of theft by taking. Ronald Jason Hendricks, 36, of 1313 ... (click for more)

Curtis Adams: Beck, Mackey Should Be Considered For County Commission Leadership

Just think about this;  a person highly qualified applying for a job.  As he is just about finished filling out his papers for his interview, he sees at the bottom there is a place for him to check Democrat or Republican.  He would think, “if I mark the wrong one I may not get the job.” Being a real leader requires honesty, integrity, and, most importantly, fairness. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Mark’s 50th Anniversary Toast

In the new book that celebrates the first 50 years of baseball’s Southern League, its splendid author Mark McCarter recalls that very early in his career as a sports writer, he was riding with his boss somewhere and mentioned that if the legendary Allan Morris ever needed help covering the Chattanooga Lookouts that he’d love to help. Today, as he looks back, he ruefully adds, “I ... (click for more)

Jones, Vols Meet The Press A Day Before Fall Football Begins

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- What did  Butch Jones  have to say about Tennessee’s 2014 football team on the eve of the Vols' first practice? Find out in this transcript of Thursday’s press conference:  HEAD COACH BUTCH JONES (Opening Statement) "It's great to see everyone, and I hope everyone had a great summer. We will hold an open practice on Saturday ... (click for more)

Jane Webb Is A Fun-Loving Runner At Heart

Jane Webb isn’t one of those people who started running when she was a kid, but she loves the benefits since she restarted her running career about four years ago. She’s all about being active and doing things that are good for you,   but long-distance running never really captured her attention and she’s found that she can receive the same payoff by covering ... (click for more)