Scenic Chattanooga Optimist Club Honors Detective Michael Ray

Monday, May 19, 2014
Pictured from left to right: Gary D. Behler, chairman, Respect for Law Program; Nena Powell, SCOC president; honoree, Detective Michael Ray; Red Bank chief of police Tim Christol, and Red Bank mayor John Roberts.
Pictured from left to right: Gary D. Behler, chairman, Respect for Law Program; Nena Powell, SCOC president; honoree, Detective Michael Ray; Red Bank chief of police Tim Christol, and Red Bank mayor John Roberts.

Tim Christol, Red Bank Chief of Police, nominated Detective Michael Ray for the Optimist’s Respect for Law Award:

“Detective Ray has been a member of the Red Bank P.D. for the past ten years.  He began in the Patrol and Traffic Divisions as an officer, then was promoted to supervisor.  He moved to the Criminal Investigations Division three and one-half years ago.  He has been instrumental in investigating and solving numerous violent felony cases as well as crimes against property.

  In the past year, he resolved an Aggravated Statutory Rape/Human Trafficking case against two adults involving two juvenile victims who were found to be escapees from a facility in Georgia.  In addition to that high-profile case, he was involved in the following felony cases: a D.U.I. stop resulting in the arrest of a suspect involved in three armed robberies of drug stores in Red Bank and Chattanooga; a Rape and Kidnapping case that resulted in two people charged with Aggravated Rape and Attempted Murder; as well as a shooting in which two people are charged with two counts each of Attempted Murder and Especially Aggravated Assault. All of these cases were interspersed among various other assigned cases.

Detective Ray has previously been recognized for his work by The Partnership for Families, Children and Adults (the agency housing the family crisis, violence and rape crisis center for Hamilton County) as one of their officers of the year. Caroline Huffaker, a case manager at the Partnership, emphasized his ability to “treat each victim with dignity and respect” and that it is relationships such as this “that serve as proof that law enforcement and advocates can work collaboratively to provide quality service to our communities.” 

Chief of Police Christol emphasized that Detective Ray embodies the values and professionalism expected of all law enforcement officers.  "He is a man of strong Christian beliefs and family values as he works daily to meet his department’s mission and he holds himself to the highest standards. I am proud to make this nomination and believe that he exemplifies an officer worthy of this recognition."

The Optimist Club’s “Respect for Law Program” was initiated in 1965 by Past Optimist International President Carl Bowen and former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover.  The program was adopted locally because of the club’s belief that it is important for our community to recognize the many positive attributes of local law enforcement personnel who serve and protect the citizens of Chattanooga and Hamilton County.
 
Ms. Nena Powell, president of the Scenic Chattanooga Optimist Club, stated “The Scenic Chattanooga Optimist Club is proud to be a long-time participant in the Optimist’s annual Respect for Law Program.  As a community, we are deeply indebted to those who choose a career of service in law enforcement.  These men and women serve as the frontline of protection for all of us, and as a civic club, we are proud to honor them.”

Gary Behler, juvenile court clerk for Hamilton County and chairman of the Scenic Chattanooga Optimist Club Respect for Law Program said, “It has been my honor and privilege to serve as chairman of the Respect for Law Program for the past fifteen years.  For the first time, with this year’s award, we are honoring a law enforcement officer from one of our neighboring municipalities.  We are excited to extend this award to a member of the Red Bank Police Department.”


Hugh Brown Joins Pendleton Square Trust And Family Office

Pendleton Square Trust and Family Office has hired Hugh Brown as principal/trust officer, the company announced Tuesday.   Mr. Brown joins Pendleton Square following a 20-year career in corporate and commercial banking. He has worked with dozens of family-owned businesses, often during times of transition such as acquisitions, organic growth and divestiture. He spent ... (click for more)

Chambliss Law Firm Ranks Nationally For Client Relationships

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C. has been selected as a top law firm in the national BTI Power Rankings 2016: The Law Firms with the Best Client Relationships released this month. The Chattanooga-based law firm is listed as a "Clientopia Standout" and one of 16 other law firms with Clientopia relationships in the consumer goods industry.   BTI explains that Clientopia ... (click for more)

Blakemore, Corbett, Rachels Charged In Red Bank Heroin Death

Three Chattanooga residents have been charged with distribution of heroin that led to the death of an individual in Red Bank in February. Authorities have cited a recent rise in heroin abuse in the Chattanooga area, causing several overdose deaths, including three in one recent weekend.   A federal grand jury on Tuesday returned a superseding indictment charging ... (click for more)

Teen Shot Multiple Times On 4th Avenue; 2nd Youth Shot Twice On Pinewood Avenue; Woman Shot Twice On 25th Street

A teen was shot multiple times on 4th Avenue on Monday night. The victim was 19-year-old JaMarcus Davis. A second teen, 18-year-old Jaylain Ballard, was shot twice early Tuesday morning on Pinewood Avenue. Marion Heard, 45, was shot twice early Tuesday morning on 25th Street. In the first incident, Chattanooga Police responded at 7:20 p.m. to the area of the 2600 block ... (click for more)

General Bell: Chattanooga Needs The Coolidge Medal Of Honor Heritage Center - And Response (7)

I'm pleased and indeed compelled to let you know a bit more about the exciting and most honorable "Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center" planned for Coolidge Park.     Here's what the Heritage Center will be:  It will be a fitting capstone for Chattanooga's Coolidge Park on Northshore in downtown Chattanooga.  While this exceptional Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Pat Summitt’s Dash

In 1996 a woman named Linda Ellis wrote one of life’s most beautiful poems. Called “The Dash,” its first two verses read like this: “I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend. He referred to the dates on the tombstone from the beginning…to the end. “He noted that first came the date of birth and spoke the following date with tears, but he said what ... (click for more)