Corker Issues Statement On Crisis In Iraq

Friday, June 13, 2014

Senator Bob Corker on Friday issued the following statement regarding the crisis in Iraq where militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) have taken control of major cities and could threaten the capitol city of Baghdad:

“Assuming the government of Iraq is willing to take immediate, concrete steps to rectify the political problems within their country, the administration, working with Congress, should then try to stop the bleeding in Iraq by providing the appropriate air assistance.

In addition, we should assign senior, credible diplomats to help improve the situation and use U.S. military expertise to strengthen the Iraqi’s security forces and prevent any further advances by terrorists. The president must make this one of his top priorities and work with Congress to authorize support as needed.”


Circuit Court Jury Gives $20,599,000 Verdict In Favor Of Canyon Ridge Developers; Punitive Damages To Be Added

A Hamilton County Circuit Court jury on Thursday awarded $20,599,000 to the developers of Canyon Ridge on Lookout Mountain against a financial firm that allegedly secretly started working on a rival project. The jury also said the plaintiffs are due punitive damages. The amount will be set on Monday morning in the courtroom of Judge J.B. Bennett after each side gives 20-minute ... (click for more)

Rome, Ga., Trio Plead Guilty To Planning To Use Pipe Bombs Against Federal Agencies

Three Rome, Ga., men have pleaded guilty to conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction - specifically, pipe bombs - in attacks against federal government agencies. Brian Cannon, Terry Peace and Cory Williamson appeared in Federal Court in Rome. “This case is a startling example of militia activists reaching true extremes, as distrust and hatred of government led these defendants ... (click for more)

Erlanger Electronic Medical Records Purchase Doesn't Add Up - And Response

Erlanger has recently announced their decision to purchase a $100,000,000 Electronic Health Information System. Something smells. Erlanger's downtown campus has 760 licensed beds, according to hospital-data. That would equate to $131,578 per bed for this system (now that's a lot of ipads). Please re-read that simple math. I use to manage an Electric Medication Administration ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: General Boykin Helps ‘Warriors’

General W.G. “Jerry” Boykin is one of the most fabled warriors in modern-day warfare. He is also one of the most polarizing men who has ever served his country. General Boykin, retired after 36 years as a soldier, spent 13 years in the secretive Delta Force. At one time he commanded the Green Berets and was in one some pretty impressive engagements. In 1980 he was in on the ... (click for more)

Harris Leaves Tyner For Administrative Job At Dalewood Middle

Long-time Tyner Academy boys basketball coach Gerald Harris has resigned his coaching position to accept a job as assistant principal at Dalewood Middle School. Harris, 49, was offered and accepted the administration job last Friday and met with last year’s team on Tuesday to break the news to those players. “I’ve been coaching a long time and I’ve said goodbye before,” ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: Giving With A Cheerful Heart

Recently a program was started called, "Dining Out For Life," benefitting people who are affected by HIV. Tonight  several local restaurants will be partnering with Chattanooga Cares to raise money to support the organization's nutrition assistance program. There is a big need for fresh fruit and vegetables and the funds raised this evening will go to support that need. ... (click for more)