Bradley Commissioners Discuss Capacity Limit For County Animal Shelter; Longest-Serving Constable Finally Retires

Monday, August 11, 2014

Multiple Bradley County commissioners suggested during their Monday working session meeting that the SPCA shelter needed some sort of capacity limit set. 

Commissioner Charlotte Peak-Jones said she did not think a capacity would "make this a kill facility."

 Commissioner Bill Winters said, "We got into this as a rescue shelter, not longterm care."

 Others suggested a "trigger capacity," which would allow the shelter to stop accepting animals for the day if they reached a certain number without being in violation of the contract with the county.

The current contract states that the shelter will take in animals seven days a week. However, Commissioner Peak-Jones pointed out that it does not say the shelter has to take them immediately.

It was also noted that while the state of Tennessee does not have laws regarding a specific capacity, there are laws against neglect. Overcrowding can be considered a type of neglect.

Commissioner Ed Elkins said, "I don't want us to get into a situation where we would have any liability on that."

During the meeting, the process of putting more employees in the septic permit office was also discussed.

Commissioner Elkins suggested petitioning the state for more money for this department.

 He said, "My recommendation is that you approach the state with all of these facts and figures and petition them to increase the amount of money to provide the extra help."

He continued, "My position is still that Bradley County, since they're getting no revenue off this, should not have to pay."

 It was also announced during the meeting that Constable Jesse Hughes would be retiring. Constable Hughes is the longest serving constable in the history of Bradley County, having served for 32 years.


Man High On Crack Leads Police On 10-Mile Chase Through Brainerd

Police arrested Jered M. Shoemate, 33, Monday for allegedly refusing to stop during a car chase, striking two police vehicles with his car, and resisting arrest. Shoemate is charged with driving left of center, felony reckless endangerment, felony evading arrest, two counts of aggravated assault with vehicle, resisting arrest, and driving with a suspended license. An officer ... (click for more)

Grandy, 37, Arrested For Invading Neighbor’s Home With Knife; Woman At Residence Whacks Him With Frying Pan

Police arrested Jason M. Grandy, 37, Sunday for allegedly invading his neighbor’s home with a knife and harassing the neighbor’s guest. Grandy is charged with aggravated burglary (occupied habitation). On Feb. 7, an officer responded to a call from 3237 Brainerd Road at 3:23 a.m. regarding a home invasion. The man who called in the complaint said Grandy, who lived in the ... (click for more)

Rick Smith Should Not Be Paid To Leave

Taxpayers of Hamilton County should take note that a majority of the members of the school board are getting ready to give Rick Smith the buyout that he wants.  Do you agree that someone should be paid for taking the coward's way out?  Rick Smith should be fired for cause. Not paid to leave.   If you don't want the board members to pay him off, call or ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Momma Bears Roar

If I could count Hamilton County’s best educators on one hand, Normal Park Elementary Principal Jill Levine would be the biggest finger. What she and her faculty and a dazzling commitment from both her students and parents have accomplished is an educational dream. I am told people literally move to North Chattanooga just so their children will be zoned for the award-winning school. ... (click for more)

Bradley Early Favorite In Region 4-AAA Wrestling

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- We're getting down to the fun part of the high school wrestling season. All of the dual meets have been held and the State Duals are complete as well. Now it's time to see how many individuals each team can qualify for next week's traditional state tournament and that's the purpose of this weekend's regional action. The Bradley Bears, who breezed to ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Football Club Releases 2016 Schedule

Chattanooga Football Club has released the match dates and times of its 2016 schedule. Highlights include the league home opener against Nashville FC on  Saturday, May 21,  and a Fourth of July weekend regular season finale at home against rival New Orleans on  Saturday, July 2 . Chattanooga FC competes in the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL). Chattanooga ... (click for more)