Dennis Norwood: Kenny Smith Won't Forget His Constituents

Thursday, July 17, 2014
So, Tim Boyd forgot to pay his sewer bill. Well, I guess that's not a big deal, many of us do it. I'm pretty sure I've missed one or two bills in my lifetime. I think the more important thing to take note of is how many times has Commissioner Boyd forgotten about the constituents in District 8 in his quest to govern. A few too many times, In my mind.

He has become known for operating on his own ideas concerning a situation rather than seeking the advice of the able staff of our Hamilton County government, often publicly ridiculing them while the commission is in session.

So much so that it has become public knowledge that his fellow commissioners are beginning to refuse to work with him. This does not bode well for District 8.

Each and every commissioner must rely on their fellow commissioners to get things done in their own district. Without that support a district will soon suffer. District 8 deserves better than this.

However, there is a candidate, a man, ready, willing and able to step in and lead not only District 8, but the entire county. That man is my friend Kenny Smith. We grew up together in East Lake. Kenny is a few years older than me so I always looked up to him. I trusted him because I knew he would do the right thing. On the ball field I tried to emulate him because he was good. Kenny always took care of the lesser players and taught us how to play – to play not only better, but to play with integrity and fairness and most of all, to enjoy the game whether it was baseball, basketball or pick-up football on a Sunday afternoon in the park.
Kenny still has those qualities today. He has an urgency to take care of the people, not only of District 8, but of Hamilton County as a whole. He will mentor and lead those who need direction in making a contribution to our county. Once you deal with Kenny, your integrity and sense of fairness seem to take hold and grow as he always inspires those attributes in people he deals with.
Kenny Smith lives and breathes the need for education, all kinds of education. His opponent does not. Kenny served admirably as the School Board chairman. With Kenny it was, and is, all about the children and what we can do for them. Kenny has made a career out of training men and women to become an electrician. And he has done it well. The Electrical Training Center is expanding, even now.
Kenny wants the same for our school system. For years he has seen the need for a vocational school to take the place of the now gone Kirkman High. There are students out there who do not want to go to a university or college. But, they have talents our community needs. Talents such as welding, car repair, electrical, carpentry, or a beautician like my own mother who learned that trade as a Golden Hawk, and the list goes on. Kenny has seen that need and will work hard to make a vocational high school once again a reality.

Kenny Smith pays attention to the things that are big and small – even his sewer bill. Friends, I can offer no higher endorsement than the one I give my friend from East Lake. Kenny is honorable and trustworthy. He will serve with dignity and care of each and everyone one of his constituents. He is open and approachable. Kenny is a loving husband, a great dad and brother. Most of all, Kenny is a good Christian man. We were both baptized at the old East Lake Baptist. He comes from a Christian family – I know them all.

With all this in mind, don’t you see where Kenny Smith has to be the choice for District 8 Commissioner? Let’s replace sometimes questionable governance with good, solid leadership that is well thought out and in our best interests. Join me, a Republican, in voting for Kenny Smith for District 8 Commissioner.

(Dennis can be reached at or on Twitter at @DennisENorwood)

What Is Thanksgiving Day For?

As I thought about tomorrow, I asked myself this question: "What is Thanksgiving for?"  For some, it is simply a break from work. For others, it is a time to gather with friends or family or both, to enjoy one another's company and our favorite foods, and to give thanks for the many blessings we've enjoyed.  Thanksgiving encompasses all of those things, but for me ... (click for more)

This Thanksgiving Think Of Others

I used to keep a framed picture in my classroom: “Your Life is God's gift to you. What you do with your Life is your gift to God.” I wish every child could hear that repeated every day. And what teachers do with their gift benefits so many children on a daily basis. Teachers are often on the front line of the poverty battle. It is important that children know from where their gifts ... (click for more)

Monica McMillon, 37, Shot And Killed In Alton Park On Tuesday Night; 2 Shot On Holtzclaw Avenue

Monica McMillon, 37, was shot and killed in Alton Park on Tuesday night. Then several hours later, two people were shot on Holtzclaw Avenue. The Chattanooga Police responded to the 3800 block of Highland Ave. on the report of a shooting. Once on scene police located one victim inside a residence. She  was struck by gunfire and  succumbed to her injuries on ... (click for more)

Judge Denies Motion By Walker County To Delay Closing Of Hutcheson Hospital

A bankruptcy judge in Atlanta on Tuesday denied a motion by Walker County, Ga., is asking a delay in closing Hutcheson Medical Center and laying off employees. Judge Paul Bonapfel said he appreciated the position of Walker County, but he said he would not interfere with the business decision made by the trustees appointed to operate the Fort Oglethorpe hospital. He also said ... (click for more)

Red Bank Girls Stay Unbeaten With 53-51 Win Over Soddy Daisy

The Red Bank Lionettes pulled out a 53-51 victory over the Soddy Daisy Lady Trojans on Tuesday night at Red Bank's Susan Ingram Thurman Gymnasium, but the win was more signicant for Red Bank coach Bailey McGinnis than probably any she'll celebrate the rest of the season. You see, her older brother Drew Lyness is the Soddy Daisy coach and he had bragging rights after winning both ... (click for more)

UTC Basketball: Women Host Arkansas State Tonight at 6:30 p.m.

The UTC women's basketball team (3-2) host undefeated Arkansas State (3-0) tonight at McKenzie Arena at 6:30 pm. The Mocs lost to Tennessee 59-57 Monday and host UT-Martin Saturday at 6 p.m. before No.1 UConn comes to town next Monday at 6:30 p.m. UTC is led by Keiana Gilbert with 12.6 pppg and Jas Joyner with 10.2 ppg. As a team, UTC is outscoring opponents, 56.2 to 52.6. ... (click for more)