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.


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ANDERSON, CARLISHA DENISE 2558 4TH AVE UNIT 2 CHATTANOOGA, 37404 23 Chattanooga ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AUSTIN, ASHLEY MESHELLE 2004 E 13TH ST APT A CHATTANOOGA, 37404 23 Chattanooga REGISTRATION, DRIVING UNREGISTERED VEHICLE LIGHT LAW VIOLATION STOP SIGN VIOLATION ... (click for more)

Bradley County SPCA Board Addresses Allegations Of Unanswered Calls

During a Monday afternoon Bradley County Commission meeting, a representative from the sheriff's department said that there were 266 emergency calls unanswered by the SPCA regarding animals. Later Monday evening, the SPCA Board addressed the allegations. SPCA Board President Ed Elkins said, "No one from the SPCA Board had heard about this." President Elkins also pointed ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Has Lost Its Most Popular Citizen - Luther Masingill

Chattanooga has lost its most popular citizen – Luther Masingill. Although we are saddened we cherish the memories.  All of us have a Luther story.  Mine is the first time I met Luther.  This was before TV and all of Chattanooga listened to Luther on the radio.  I was 12-years-old.  Some of my buddies and I had gone to the State Theater in downtown ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: An Election Day Fable

Every day I am peppered with emails that friends send to me from across the country so I am unsure of where the fable you are about to read originated. But with early voting for the November general election now in full swing, I think everyone who will -- or will not -- take part in freedom’s greatest privilege should read this story because I believe there is a great lesson contained ... (click for more)

Tennessee Wastes No Time Shifting Attention To Alabama

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – L ittle time had passed following Tennessee's 34-3 loss to Ole Miss on Saturday night before the challenge that lies ahead this week crossed the mind of the UT staff. In past years, a loss of that type could have had a lasting impact on the psyche of the team. But  Tennessee coach Butch Jones   still sees his team progressing, both mentally ... (click for more)

Ooltewah's Riley Hickman: 2-for-2 Wins At Cleveland And Talladega

The “Hustler” Riley Hickman of Ooltewah hunkered down this weekend and picked up a pair of wins in Dirt Track competition. Friday night the # R1 “Hickman Manufacturing, American Billett, Austin Trucking, Tucker Mobile Home Service, Allstar Graphics, VP Racing Fuels, RH Designs, Competition Racing Equipment, A-1 Towing, MRC” sponsored CVR / Vic Hill powered machine ... (click for more)