Samuel Blakemore Tells Pachyderm Club He Will Concentrate On Reading, Safety, Performance In Schools

Friday, June 27, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

Samuel Blakemore, a candidate for the district five Hamilton County School Board seat, said to the Nightside Pachyderm Club Thursday evening, "I want to concentrate on reading. I want to concentrate on safety, on performance."

Mr. Blakemore said, as a father of five children currently enrolled in the school system, "I see a lot of the problems that go on." 

He said, "Whatever happened in the past is the past. I don't live in the past.

..I think we all ought to be working together to make this a great country. It is a great country. But we can make it better. We can put aside a lot of things that don't matter."

He said that as a child, "I lacked a lot of skills but I didn't let that stop me. I think the same thing can happen in District 5. Even though they lack some skills, they still can be successful." 

He told the club that he spoke to several students in the area, asking them what they thought was the biggest problem. Mr. Blakemore said all of the students agreed that the lack of expectations for them was a challenge.

He said, "They have a lot of people telling them they can't be successful." He pointed out that while this sometimes makes people to strive harder, it can also make others believe what they are hearing and give up. 

He said, "I want them to know they can make it."

He continued, "I know I can work and make a difference in District 5."

 

 


HORSEtravanza Is At Yates Farm Nov. 1

Nooga Barrel Racing Clubwill host a HORSEtravanza at Yates Farm on Saturday, Nov. 1, beginning at 11 a.m. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.  There will be door prizes, concessions and tack vendors.  Equivibe Therapy will be on-site.  Events will include: trail challenge, horse and rider costume contest, a mustang demonstration by three ... (click for more)

NBRC Hosts Free Event Horsetravaganza at Yates Farm

Nooga Barrell Racing Club will host a Horsetravaganza at Yates Farm, 11738 Alabama Hwy., on Saturday, Nov 1, from 11 a.m. til late. Admission is free and everyone is invited. There will be lots of door prizes, concessions, and tack vendors.  There will also be Equivibe Therapy on-site. Events include: Trail Challenge; Horse and Rider Costume Contest; Mustang ... (click for more)

Mayor Berke, Chattanooga Police Department, And Community Members Reach Out To Group Members To End Violence

The city of Chattanooga held a call-in on Thursday night, as part of the Violence Reduction Initiative. Dozens of law enforcement officials, community members, social service providers and clergy gathered to deliver a message to over 20 members of violent groups in Chattanooga. Family members of the probationers watched the call-in from another building. Although the call-in was ... (click for more)

Tribute Service For Luther Masingill Held At Historic Engel Stadium

It took a place as big as historic Engel Stadium for Chattanooga to say goodbye to their beloved Luther. Hundreds came Thursday afternoon to pay tribute to Luther Masingill who died early Monday morning after a radio career that spanned an amazing 74 years. It was clear from all who spoke that he was considered not only a radio personality, but also a role model. One after ... (click for more)

Chairs Cost How Much?

Many times while growing up, I would go to the store with my parents. More often than not, I would see something I wanted, and ask my parents to buy it for me. More often than not, they said no. “Why?” I asked. “Son, money doesn’t grow on trees.” That’s a phrase I’m sure many of us have heard more than once over the course of our lives. However, I have since learned that they were ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Pete Carroll’s Philosophy

Pete Carroll, the head football coach of the Seattle Seahawks, has a deep belief that he can change people by simply listening to them and then making suggestions on how they can get what they really want. If the people Carroll who can influence win, Carroll wins, and remember his team won last year’s Super Bowl with his methods.   When asked for example, here is what ... (click for more)