Dean Says "Will Make It Fine" Despite Absence Of Top Administrators In Criminal Court Clerk's Office

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Newly-elected Criminal Court Clerk Vince Dean said he "will make it fine" despite the absence of two senior members of the office at the Courts Building.

Mr. Dean, who is leaving the House District 30 post, said he has not heard from 20-year Clerk Gwen Tidwell, who lost in Thursday's election.

Office staffers said she cleaned out her office over the weekend, including taking her name off her basement parking spot, and headed for Charleston, S.C., on vacation.

Edna Camp, the chief deputy who has worked in the office for 53 years, has been out of the office for over a month due to health issues.

Mr. Dean said on Tuesday morning he got his first tour of the office - led by Mike Griffin, one of the top administrators to Ms. Tidwell who is also expected to exit the office.

"It was my first time past the counter," Mr. Dean said.

He said he visited both the Criminal Court and General Sessions Court sides. "Everyone was very cordial," he stated.

Mr. Dean said he will likely bring in a new #2 person. Otherwise, he said, "No one has to be in fear of losing their job. There will be no mass firings. The employees should just continue doing their jobs like they are now."

He said, "I plan to do it the smart way and not with any knee-jerk reactions." He said he plans a number of one-on-one discussions with staff members in the coming weeks.

   


Corker Honors Life Of David Abshire

Senator Bob Corker released the following statement on the passing of David M. Abshire, former U.S. ambassador to NATO and co-founder of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS): "I am saddened to hear of the passing of a great Chattanoogan, Ambassador David Abshire. From his distinguished service in the military to his time as ambassador to NATO and as ... (click for more)

Kelvon Dozier Faces Multiple Charges After Armed Burglary On Sunnyside Avenue

Police were called to a home on Sunnyside Avenue after the owner drove up and saw three men leaving the house and running into an SUV. The owner was also able to get part of the tag number. When he told police, they realized his description matched a vehicle they had pulled over earlier. Because of this, police were able to identify the driver and his address. The owner also ... (click for more)

A Vote For Education Is Critical In Tennessee

In a state where just 28 percent of eighth graders are proficient in math and 33 percent are proficient in reading according to national assessments, education is deserving of more attention in 2014 elections. Across the country, more parents are making informed decisions about their child’s education, but for Volunteer State parents without resources, choices are difficult to come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saban: ‘Ratings Don’t Matter’

When the first College Football Playoff rankings were released earlier this week, Alabama football coach Nick Saban got it right on the button when he shrugged, “I don't even care, to be honest with you." "To me, none of it matters, What does it matter?” he laughed at the Tide’s No. 6 ranking. “I mean, it only matters where you end up at the end. So what matters to us is how ... (click for more)

Owls Beat McMinn, 30-12, To Complete Unbeaten Regular Season

Undefeated. Sounds nice, huh. After a sluggish first half that produced only three points on a Laszlo Toser field goa., third-ranked Ooltewah came to life in the third quarter, riddled McMinn County’s defense with three Kelvin Leon touchdown passes in the third quarter and went on to beat the Cherokees, 30-12, at James N. Monroe Stadium to secure the school’s third unbeaten ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Clobbers Grundy Co. For 7-AA Title

Notre Dame coach Charles Fant is always hoping that his Fighting Irish football team can get off to a fast start. He never thought it would be as quick as what he saw Thursday night at Jim Eberle Field. With a District 7-AA championship on the line on an evening when they honored all of the fall senior athletes, a football game turned into a track meet and eventually a victory ... (click for more)