Red Bank Commissioner Rick Causer, Though He Has 2 Years Left On Term, To Challenge Mayor John Roberts In At-Large Race

Monday, August 18, 2014

Red Bank Commissioner Rick Causer, though he has two years left on his District 2 term, said he has decided to challenge Mayor John Roberts in the at-large race in November.

Commissioner Causer said, "I don't like his leadership. It seems to me he is too compulsive and doesn't think things through. He makes poor choices."

He said steps the mayor has taken on animal control, codes enforcement and zoning "are going to hurt a lot of citizens."

Commissioner Causer said, "My idea on economic development is bringing in companies from outside. His is more environmental. That's good to a point, but you can go too far. When you create green space the land goes off the tax rolls. You have to hire people to maintain it, and all that can lead to a tax increase." 

He said he has checked with election officials and been told that the unusual move "is perfectly legal." He said he consulted with City Attorney Arnie Stulce as well as forwarding a letter to state election officials via Rep. Richard Floyd.

Commissioner Causer said his wife is interested in moving to a house in another part of Red Bank, and winning the at-large seat would allow the move.

Commissioner Causer said if he loses to Mayor Roberts he still gets to finish out the two years of his District 2 term.

Mayor Roberts, calling the surprise move "unfortunate," said, "I guess he wants to make this personal against me. We'll see in November."

He denied that actions he has taken are hurting citizens, saying, "I am trying to protect the homeowners."

Mayor Roberts said, "The sales tax in Red Bank has gone up for two years in a row off the small businesses that are coming in."

He said the city's codes and zoning "needed to be completely updated. We brought in people like Barry Bennett, the former Planning Agency director, to update it."

Mayor Roberts added, "There is nothing in them that hurts anyone."


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ABBOTT, NICHOLAS  2524 JESSIE LANE CHATTANOOGA, 37411  Age at Arrest: 39 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County DOMESTIC ASSAULT --- ATKINSON, JANISHA SHOLONTA  3210 BROAD STREET CHATTANOOGA, 37410  Age at Arrest: 26 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County VIOLATION OF ... (click for more)

Warrants Taken For Girl, 16, After Woman Stabbed Twice During Altercation On Woodside Street

Warrants have been taken for the arrest of a 16-year-old girl after Heidi Swafford, 19, was stabbed twice in an altercation outside a house on Woodside Street on Tuesday afternoon. Warrants were issued against the juvenile for attempted second-degree murder and aggravated assault. The Chattanooga Police Department was notified by a local hospital that a female had arrived ... (click for more)

Judge Steelman Was Unfairly Criticized In Handling Of School Bus Driver Rape Case - And Response

We are blessed to have freedom of speech in our society, but I am always amazed at the number of folks who voice such strong antagonistic opinions about things without any apparent first-hand knowledge.   As any who wish to criticize the system should know, people get arrested and charged for criminal offenses every day.  The ultimate charge and penalty which results ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote For Rhonda Thurman

After studying the Hamilton County School Board quite harshly during the last seven most-tumultuous months in its history, it is only proper that I share my belief that Rhonda is its Most Valuable Player. Four of the school board’s nine members are up for re-election, with Rhonda facing capable opponents in Jason Moses and Dr. Patti Skates in District 1, but let’s never forget that ... (click for more)

Williams Hired To Lead Restart Of Owls Boys' Basketball

Jay Williams has been hired as Ooltewah’s head boys’ basketball coach, a program rocked by a rape scandal last December that eventually led Hamilton County School officials to disband the varsity team and cancel more than half its schedule. Williams, who has strong ties to Ooltewah High School, previously coached at LaFayette School and Northwest Whitfield high schools in Northwest ... (click for more)

TSSAA Sets Future Division I, Division II Classifications

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Board of Control has released the minutes from Wednesday’s meeting in Hermitage pertaining to football classification period for the 2017-18 and run through 2020-2021 1.  Roll Call 2.  Division I and Division II Classification The Board of Control voted the following for the classification period that ... (click for more)