Hope For The City Called Strongest Option For City's Violence Reduction Initiative

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

Public Safety Coordinator Paul Smith told the Chattanooga City Council on Tuesday the organization Hope for the Inner City was the strongest candidate to handle the case management and support services for individuals going through Mayor Andy Berke's Violence Reduction Initiative.

Mr. Smith said the group's services would include help with finances, help with job search, job training, and mental health support.

 He also told the council that the organization's help would not be limited to those brought in because of criminal activity, but also to the families involved.

 He said, "Whoever else in that family that needs help, all of those individuals who walk through the door...will be served."

 Hopefully, he said, this will help break the cycle of violence. He said, "A legitimate offer of help is what they need."

 Mr. Smith also said it would be helpful to enhance the Youth and Family Development centers so that they include more job skills courses.

 He said, "Some people, you have to go get them. What we're talking about is getting them off the streets and into something thats constructive. And we can do it."

 The resolution to approve this agreement with Hope for the Inner City was approved Tuesday night.

The contract will not exceed $290,000.



3 Men Arrested On Drug Charges After Search Warrant Executed At College Hill Courts

Three men were arrested on drug charges after a search warrant was executed on Monday at College Hill Courts. Delandus Pound, 33, was charged with criminal trespass and possession of a controlled substance. Michael Jermaine Jackson, 26, was charged with aggravated criminal trespass, possession of crack cocaine for resale, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving on a revoked ... (click for more)

State Election Commission To Name Replacement For Kelvin Scott On Hamilton County Election Commission

It will be up to the State Election Commission to name a replacement on the Hamilton County Election Commission for Kelvin Scott. Mr. Scott automatically dropped off of the panel after qualifying to run for the District 4 County Commission seat. Kerry Steelman, election administrator, said, "§TCA 2-12-102(b) stipulates any member of the county election commission who qualifies ... (click for more)

Dismal Educator Teaching At UTC - And Response

Roy Exum,  People are talking about the inability of UTC to turn out high quality teachers. Well, should any university be expected to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse? We all know how our school system students fail miserably on national scholastic aptitude tests as a whole.  Forget Tcap tests, those are teacher tests not meant for measuring student progress, but ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Making A Difference

It was about 50 years ago when the late writer Loren Eiseley penned an essay called “The Starfish Thrower” so it’s been one of my favorite stories for almost as long. It tells about a man who walks up to a young boy on a beach, this just after a strong storm had washed hundreds of helpless starfish onto the shore. The boy was picking up the stranded starfish and, one at a time, ... (click for more)

East Hamilton's English Suspended For Tonight's Bradley Game

(Story will be updated) East Hamilton boys’ basketball coach Rodney English has been suspended from his coaching duties and will not accompany the team to Cleveland for tonight’s District 5-3A game against Bradley Central. English, who guided the Hurricanes to the 2017 boys’ state tournament in the program’s best season since the school opened in 2009, was suspended by ... (click for more)

Ooltewah's Second-Half Rally Dumps East Ridge, 66-54

East Ridge launched an all-out 3-point blitz against Ooltewah on Monday night at Catherine Neely Gymnasium. The Owls, who trailed 2-0 before the game even started due to Cam Chambers’ technical foul because of dunking in warmups, weathered that storm. They whittled an 18-6 first-quarter deficit down to 27-23 at halftime. Ooltewah took its first lead at 31-30 on Kobe Smith’s ... (click for more)