Veteran City Police Officer And Partner File Suit Over Domestic Partner Ordinance

Monday, June 30, 2014

A lawsuit was filed Monday afternoon against the Hamilton County Election Commission on behalf of Lt. Corliss Cooper, a veteran officer of the Chattanooga Police Department with over 27 years of service and her partner Robin Smith.  

The complaint was filed by attorney Stevie Phillips of the firm of Davis & Hoss, who said the Hamilton County Election Commission "voted to change the language that will appear on the Aug. 7th ballot regarding the Non-Discrimination Ordinance approved by City Council last November."

Attorney Phillips said, "The Election Commission initially voted to accept language that was submitted by the city attorney. The original language, approved and published by the election commission, included a summary of the ordinance and a fiscal note certified by the chief financial officer.

"Subsequently, an outside group filed a complaint arguing that the language was too supportive of the Ordinance.  In response, the election commission held an emergency meeting without notifying the public and stripped the 170 word summary down to 15 words -- eliminating important information that would help voters understand the law."

The lawsuit asks the court to declare that the language chosen by the election commission is in violation of the Chattanooga City Charter and state law, to find that the Election Commission violated the Tennessee Open Meetings Act, and to enjoin the commission from printing or disseminating the ballots.  

Attorney Phillips stated, “The voters of the city of Chattanooga need to understand what this Ordinance means when they vote on it.  The Hamilton County Election Commission, a body that should be fair and neutral, is allowing outside political forces to influence their decision making.  The people who stand to lose are the voters of the city of Chattanooga.”     

Lt. Cooper said, “I put my life on the line every day for the citizens of Chattanooga.  This ordinance ensures that my family will receive the same protections and benefits as every other officer in the Department.”

Click here to read the complaint.

 


Fort Oglethorpe Arrest Report For July 25-31

Here is the Fort Oglethorpe arrest report for July 25-31: John Alan Suggs, 35, of 222 South Center Street, Rossville was arrested July 29 on charges of giving false name and false information to police and theft by shoplifting. Jennifer Lynn Joy, 37, 429 Guyler Street, Ringgold was arrested July 28 on a charge of theft by taking. Ronald Jason Hendricks, 36, of 1313 ... (click for more)

NAACP's Mapp Says IDB Should Not Be "Rubber Stamp"; Questions Deals For Black Creek, VW

Longtime Chattanooga NAACP leader James Mapp said Thursday that industrial development boards "should not be rubber stamps." He questioned deals through the City IDB for the Black Creek group and Volkswagen. Mr. Mapp said, "Throughout our nation's history, the lack of representative government has always been a point of contention for Americans, and a chief cornerstone of ... (click for more)

Curtis Adams: Beck, Mackey Should Be Considered For County Commission Leadership

Just think about this;  a person highly qualified applying for a job.  As he is just about finished filling out his papers for his interview, he sees at the bottom there is a place for him to check Democrat or Republican.  He would think, “if I mark the wrong one I may not get the job.” Being a real leader requires honesty, integrity, and, most importantly, fairness. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Mark’s 50th Anniversary Toast

In the new book that celebrates the first 50 years of baseball’s Southern League, its splendid author Mark McCarter recalls that very early in his career as a sports writer, he was riding with his boss somewhere and mentioned that if the legendary Allan Morris ever needed help covering the Chattanooga Lookouts that he’d love to help. Today, as he looks back, he ruefully adds, “I ... (click for more)

Jones, Vols Meet The Press A Day Before Fall Football Begins

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- What did  Butch Jones  have to say about Tennessee’s 2014 football team on the eve of the Vols' first practice? Find out in this transcript of Thursday’s press conference:  HEAD COACH BUTCH JONES (Opening Statement) "It's great to see everyone, and I hope everyone had a great summer. We will hold an open practice on Saturday ... (click for more)

Jane Webb Is A Fun-Loving Runner At Heart

Jane Webb isn’t one of those people who started running when she was a kid, but she loves the benefits since she restarted her running career about four years ago. She’s all about being active and doing things that are good for you,   but long-distance running never really captured her attention and she’s found that she can receive the same payoff by covering ... (click for more)