County Schools To Get $11.7 Million, 20 Acres Near Howard High From City In Lawsuit Settlement

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

The Hamilton County School Board on Thursday afternoon approved a settlement to its lawsuit against the city of Chattanooga in which the city has agreed to pay $11.7 million in cash back to the Board of Education.

School Board attorney Scott Bennett said, "We believe it is a very fair resolution and settlement." 

The Board of Education filed a lawsuit against the city to get its portion of the liquor-by-the-drink tax fund allotted to the schools by Tennessee law.

Attorney Bennett said, "The city began to withhold the liquor tax revenue to offset what they believed was owed in stormwater fees." 

However, he said, the Hamilton County Commission had passed a resolution at the time which prevented county funds from being used toward stormwater fees.

Director of Accounting and Budgeting Christie Jordan was responsible for calculating the exact amount owed from all the way back to 1980. 

The city has agreed to pay the money in installments, with the first being a payment of $1.96 million.

The city has also agreed to give the board 20 acres of land near Howard High School, with a value totaling $2.8 million. 

Attorney Bennett said, "Over the course of time, the facts that were in dispute became fairly easily decided."


Seniors Get To Stay Another Year At Eastgate, But City Has To Put Up Sound Wall And Buy Decibel Meters; Could Face Noise Expenses

Seniors will get to keep their current location at Eastgate Town Center rent-free for another year, but the city must put up a sound wall to shield adjacent tenants from noise. Brent Goldberg, city CEO, also told City Council members that Eastgate is requiring the city to purchase two decibel meters. He said the city could face expenses of $500 per day if the sounds gets excessive. ... (click for more)

Nissan Altima Crashes Into Cleveland Habitat For Humanity ReStore

A white 1999 Nissan Altima crashed into the Habitat for Humanity's ReStore at 4605 North Lee Highway in Cleveland on Tuesday. The incident happened at 2:30 p.m. The driver, identified as Betty Rutledge, 77, and the passenger, Francis Swafford, 79, were both transported to SkyRidge Medical Center with minor injuries. No other individuals were injured in the crash. Property ... (click for more)

I'm Number One In A Round About Way

Roundabouts have been popping up all over Chattanooga over the past few years and for the most part have been successful.  Unfortunately there are some who just don’t get it as I have found out the hard way.    My latest instance was last week when a young woman on her cell phone almost t-boned me as she flew into the roundabout without yielding.  A near miss ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Judge Philyaw Is The Best

Tomorrow morning there will be a special gathering at the Hamilton County Juvenile Court that will prove to our community that we have perhaps the most innovative juvenile judge in America. Shortly after Rob Philyaw was hand-picked by our Hamilton County Commissioners to fill the remainder of Suzanne Bailey’s term 15 months ago, he found that truancy was a big problem in our schools. ... (click for more)

Vols Open 2018 Season Against West Virginia In Charlotte

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.   – The Charlotte Sports Foundation announced Tuesday that the Tennessee Volunteers will open the 2018 season on September 1 against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers. All information related to kickoff date, time and tickets will be announced at ... (click for more)

Local Swimmers Excel At Georgia, Tennessee State Meets

Several Chattanooga-area swimmers had successful weekends in various meets this past weekend. The McCallie/GPS Aquatics team finished sixth out of 50 teams at the Southeastern Swimming Championship in Knoxville while swimmers from Fort Oglethorpe and Ringgold also had memorable performances at the Georgia State Meet, also held last weekend. The McCallie/GPS team recorded ... (click for more)