Judge Rules Domestic Partners Ordinance To Proceed As Drafted By Petitioners; Rally Set In Support Of Ordinance

Monday, July 7, 2014

Circuit Court Judge Neil Thomas on Monday morning ruled that the Domestic Partners Ordinance referendum will proceed as drafted by the group that gained signatures to put it on the ballot.

The judge ruled after hearing arguments on Thursday afternoon and considering the issue over the weekend.

The city of Chattanooga and Lt. Corliss Cooper and oartner Robin Smith had sought  to have wording drafted by the city explaining the ordinance put on the ballot instead of the shorter version that will now go forward.

The start of the printing of the ballots had to occur by noon today to have them ready for the Aug. 7 election.

The new city policy, which allows benefits to same-sex or live-in partners of city employees, was set to go into effect the first of July. However, it was put on hold due to the referendum.

Meanwhile, a rally was set at the steps of City Hall today at 5:30 p.m. in support of the ordinance. Those set to take part included City Council members Moses Freeman and Chris Anderson.

The group said, "Fair-minded elected officials, faith and community leaders will rally today to demand equal protection for all city of Chattanooga employees."

The policy was approved by the City Council in a 5-4 vote.

The petition drive was led by Tea Party president Mark West. Enough signatures were gained in a two-week drive.

Judge Thomas said he found a Tennessee Supreme Court decision that was directly on point. He said in that case involving a vote on a new form of government in Shelby County the court left the ballot referendum as originally drafted.

The judge denied a temporary restraining order and said his decision was final.

City attorneys and attorney Stevie Phillips said they would be conferring with their clients on whether to appeal.


New Hiener Book Of Historic Chattanooga Photos Available At Zarzours

The new Paul Hiener Historic Chattanooga Photos book published by Chattanoogan.com is available at Zarzours Restaurant. Zarzours is located on the Southside on Rossville Avenue behind the Main Street Fire Hall #1. Mr. Hiener, a longtime Chattanooga printer and lifelong resident, collected over 3,000 historic pictures of his beloved hometown. He made some of the photos ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ARMOUR, ADRIENE  1052 S SEMINOLE APT B CHATTANOOGA, 37412  Age at Arrest: 48 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County VIOLATION OF PROBATION (POSSESSION OF COCAINE FOR --- BOSTIC, DAVID ELIJAH  4357 MOUNTVIEW DR CHATTANOOGA, 37411  Age at Arrest: 24 years old Arresting Agency: ... (click for more)

An Open Letter To Tennessee Electors Of The President - And Response (2)

This an open letter to the following people who are Tennessee's presidential electors this year: Joey Jacobs (Brentwood), Beth Scott Clayton Amos (Nashville), Jason Mumpower (Bristol), Susan Mills (Maryville), Liz Holiway (Harriman), Lynne Davis (Lascassas), Tom Lawless (Nashville), Mike Callahan (Monterey), Pat Allen (Clarksville), Shannon Haynes (Alamo), and Drew Daniel (Memphis).  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: You Can’t Sue You

The Hamilton County School Board will convene an hour earlier tomorrow to discuss “facilities” and the question of the hour is “Which ones?” Several communities are actively studying pulling away from the county’s Department of Education and the stew is thickening by the day. Now comes the revelation that school board attorney Scott Bennett has sent an email to the town of Signal ... (click for more)

Top-Ranked Bradley Uses Fast Start To Beat Baylor

There’s no question that the Bradley Bears are ranked first in the initial state wrestling poll and they proved they deserve to be in that top spot following a 43-30 victory over the Baylor Red Raiders. Baylor is ranked fourth in that first poll and will surely be a force to be reckoned with in Division II as the season progresses, but the Bears are head and shoulders ahead after ... (click for more)

Run-And-Gun Tyner Shoots Down Red Bank 71-33

Tyner opponents better batten down the hatches if the Rams ever iron out their half-court offensive struggles. Even without that weapon showing up Tuesday night, the Rams showed they have a run-and-gun assault that can bury an opponent under an avalanche of points. And their defense is as tenacious as ever. Tyner outscored Red Bank 15-0 to start the second quarter ... (click for more)