Red Bank To Buy Truck, Mower, Dump Truck With GO Bonds; More Paving Planned

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - by Gail Perry

During budget discussions for fiscal year 2014-2015, the Red Bank Commission decided to issue interest-bearing general obligation capital outlay notes. These will provide funds to buy items that will be used in the day-to-day operation of the city, said Mayor John Roberts.

Red Bank will pay an interest rate of just two percent on the borrowed money and the notes will be paid back in six years. Included in the equipment to be bought are a truck, a mower and a new dump truck.

At the meeting of the commission Tuesday night, a resolution was approved to issue the notes in an amount not to exceed $261,934.

Every year Red Bank contracts with the Hamilton County Humane Education Society to take care of stray animals in the city. A vote to renew the contract for the next 12 months was unanimous. Mayor Roberts said this costs less than it would if “Red Bank went into the dog business.” This year the service will cost the city $59,070.57.

 “It is important to keep up the infrastructure,” said the mayor, and this year Red Bank has a goal of repaving 30 secondary roads for a total of five and a half miles. The commissioners voted to contract with Talley Construction Company, Inc. for an amount not to exceed $1 million. Director of Public Works Tim Thornbury said paving would stop when the cost exceeds the approved amount.

 In his report to the commissioners, City Manager Randall Smith announced that Red Bank ended the fiscal year 2013-2014 in good shape. He also gave a reminder that “Music in the Park” will be held on the last Saturday of each month at the Red Bank City Park on Dayton Boulevard starting at 6:30 p.m. On the first Saturdays of every month, “Yoga in the Park” will take place at the same location.

 The next meeting of the Red Bank Commission will be July 15.



Jermichael Walton Indicted On Solicitation Of Minor Charge

A 23-year-old Chattanooga man has been indicted on two sex charges involving a minor. Jermichael Dawaun Walton, of 3200 Curtis St., was indicted for sexual exploitation of a minor by electronic means and solicitation of a minor. The indictment says he solicited "conduct that if completed would constitute by the soliciting adult the offense of statutory rape." The case was ... (click for more)

South Pittsburg Man Whose Body Was Found At Cascades Motel In East Ridge Was Homicide Victim

East Ridge Police said it has been ruled that the man whose body was found at the Cascades Motel was a homicide victim. The Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled in the death of Gino L. Pickett, 51, of South Pittsburg. During the initial investigation on Oct. 16 at the motel at 3657 Ringgold Road, the victim was found with several injuries that were suspicious in ... (click for more)

Accountability Doesn't Have To Be A Bad Word

Am I making a difference? Isn’t that the basic question we all ask ourselves, and seek to demonstrate to others?  Ronald Reagan said:  “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem.”   We would argue teachers do not have that problem either.    Educators make a huge difference ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘The Right To Bear Arms’

As the worldwide debut of the much-anticipated “Hacksaw Ridge” is set for next weekend, it didn’t take long for the anti-gun fanatics to decry “a war movie.” Mel Gibson, the director of the film that focuses on a conscientious objector Desmond Doss who refused to bear a weapon but saved an estimated 75 lives, was asked about America’s gun problem as he toured to promote the film. ... (click for more)

CCS Wins, Notre Dame Falls in A-AA State Soccer Tourney

MURFREESBORO -- Chattanooga Christian sophomore Addie Henry celebrated her 16th birthday in style here Wednesday night with a goal and an assist to help CCS defeat Madison Academic Magnet (Jackson, Tenn. – 16-5-3), 3-0, in a A-AA state quarterfinal match played at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex. Teammates Kyra Duble and Olivia Hoffman also scored goals, while Taylor Price ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: Mocs Hoops Looking For Huge Season

In the midst of what is an exciting college football season, I thought we might talk some college hoops as the Chattanooga Mocs are gearing up for what could be an amazing 2016-2017 season. Coach Matt McCall returns practically every starter from last year's squad that won the SoCon regular season and tournament titles as well as a school record 29 wins. The Mocs scored wins at ... (click for more)