Dean Hits Tidwell Fliers Posted At The County Courts Building

Friday, June 27, 2014

Vince Dean, Republican candidate for Criminal Court clerk, hit the posting of fliers in support of his Democratic opponent, incumbent Gwen Tidwell, at the Hamilton County Courts Building, and said they contained inaccurate information.

He said, "The problem is not just the placement of the campaign signs in a government building but the materials’ misleading content.

“While the posting of campaign materials inside a building funded by taxpayers is questionable— potentially printing the fliers on the taxpayers’ own dime— the real issue lies in the signs’ factually inaccurate claims.”

In the posted fliers, a list of attorneys indicate their support of the 20-year incumbent based on the “requisite qualifications” that a Criminal Court clerk must be “a licensed attorney.
” Rep. Dean said the vast majority of Tennessee court clerks are not attorneys.

He said, “There are only two clerks of all the criminal and circuit court clerks from Tennessee’s 95 counties who are attorneys. It is entirely false that a ‘requisite qualification’ for the clerk position is to be a lawyer.”

Rep. Dean said he disagreed further with the signs’ claim that the Criminal Court clerk’s office under the incumbent candidate has been run in an “extremely efficient and effective” manner.

“The current Criminal Court clerk whose primary duty is to collect our county’s criminal and court fees has permitted a total of $50 million in delinquent fines to accumulate,” Rep. Dean said. “To say the current office has been managed efficiently and effectively is a grand overstatement. Our justice system is weakened by criminals who are allowed to shrug off a judge’s ruling and evade the consequences of their actions.”

Tennessee State Trooper Arrests 3 Men On Drug Charges; Seizes Crystal Meth In Coffee County

A Tennessee state trooper arrested two previously-convicted felons and another man on drug charges earlier this week after stopping their vehicle for speeding in a construction zone in Coffee County.  Trooper Donnie Clark  on Tuesday  afternoon stopped a sport utility vehicle for a speeding violation on westbound Interstate-24 near the 115 mile marker. Upon initial ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: UTC Has Official Opening For New $50 Million Library

UTC on Thursday held the official opening for its new $50 million library at Vine and Douglas. The five-story library replaces the Lupton Memorial Library at Vine near Palmetto, which will be converted for classrooms. It took four years to build. (click for more)

Shelley Andrews Will Be Missed - And Response

Shelley Andrews was one of the kindest, most thoughtful and most effective laborers in our community.  Her work with the Friends of Moccasin Bend was exemplary.  She listened, she learned and she led with dignity and class. Her brave battle with ovarian cancer was a testament to her positive spirit and commitment to her work on behalf of the people of this region. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: This One’s For ‘Grifter’

Back in October of 2013 a Facebook page called “OAF Nation” was created to “boost the morale” of the heroes who make up our nation’s military.” It was tongue-in-cheek satire, putting funny captions on every-day pictures that showed members of the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard as they defended our country. Our fighting men and women loved it. It quickly went viral and today ... (click for more)

Abbott Fuels Sale Creek Rally Past Whitwell

(Story will be updated) Hayden Abbott, one of several Sale Creek basketball seniors honored between games Thursday night, hit back-to-back 3-pointers to key a fourth-quarter comeback and lead the District 6-A regular season champion Panthers to a stirring 68-57 victory over the gutty Whitwell Tigers. With the Tigers leading by six points, Sale Creek’s Spencer Hodge’s putback ... (click for more)

McCallie Promotes Three in Athletics Dept

McCallie School has announced the promotion of three employees into administrative roles in the Athletic Office. Jeff Romero, Mike Newman and Ralph Potter have all been promoted to new or reconfigured positions.  “From a practical standpoint, responsibilities of a modern athletic program have grown beyond the ability of a single person to manage,” said Associate Headmaster ... (click for more)