City Taking Lead In Talks Over Future Of AT&T Field

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The city is taking the lead in talks over the future of AT&T Field, City Attorney Wade Hinton told members of the Sports Authority Board on Tuesday.

City Attorney Hinton said the River City Company has also had involvement, but is now taking a back seat to the city.

The board, which was meeting for the first time in a year, approved a modified lease agreement for the property.

City Attorney Hinton said it continues to state that if professional baseball ceases to be played at the site, then the Chattanooga Baseball Club will be responsible for demolishing the stadium and returning the property as it received it.

Attorney Mike St. Charles, who attended the meeting representing the Chattanooga Lookouts, said current owner Frank Burke "has every intention of seeing that pro baseball remains in Chattanooga."

The Lookouts remain for sale, attorney St. Charles said.

He said he could not comment on the status of any negotiations for a sale.

Mr. Burke is no longer active with management of the club, and he spends some of his time traveling to watch his son's college baseball team in action, it was stated.

Attorney St. Charles said under terms of the lease that pro baseball must continue in Chattanooga through 2024. He said there is an option to renew the lease through 2049.

The only way pro baseball would be discontinued before 2024 would be through a breach of the lease by the baseball club, attorney St. Charles said.

The Sports Authority initially had nine members - one appointment each by the City Council members. Two members - Tony Sanders and Morris Chapman - had to leave the board because they do not live in the city.

There were four members present, and that was considered a majority of the remaining seven board members.

Present were Chairman Hicks Armor and members Ray Adkins, Bill Lockhart and Vince Butler. 


Authorities Searching For Man Who Escaped From Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute

Dustin Adams, 26,  walked away from a court ordered evaluation at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute. Officials from the Institute reported him missing at approximately  7:37 p.m .  Hamilton County Sheriff’s Corrections officers signed Adams over to the Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute on Tuesday. Adams was not in the custody of the HCSO at ... (click for more)

Congress Sends President First State Department Authorization In 14 Years

Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee,  on Saturd ay announced that for the first time  in 14 years , a State Department authorization bill will be sent to the president’s desk to be signed into law. The Senate unanimously approved   S.1635   on Saturday. It is legislation referred to the Senate earlier this week from the ... (click for more)

New School Funding Ideas

After reading the article “County Schools Prepare To Set Priorities For Next Round Of School Building Funding,” I could not help but think about how helpful it would be to have the millions of taxpayer dollars given the owners of Walnut Common apartments to build some new schools.   In case you did not know, since 2008 our elected officials have given away millions in taxpayer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Facebook Starlet

The Pants Store, a toney women’s boutique in Birmingham’s Mountain Book community, held its annual Holiday Open House about a week or so and, as usual, the popular store was full of customers and holiday cheer. It was a festive gathering, fun for all, but as store employees cleaned up for the next day, they happened across an empty designer-shoe box and a brassiere somebody had ... (click for more)

Cleveland Shocks Bradley To Win Cleveland Duals

CLEVELAND – There have been a lot of positive and memorable experiences for the Cleveland Blue Raider wrestling team in recent years, but they’ll have a tough time topping the one they had in their own gym Saturday. Hosting the annual Cleveland Duals and certainly a team considered one of the pre-tournament favorites, the Blue Raiders beat three of the top four teams in the state, ... (click for more)

Heights Rallies For 72-67 Victory Over Athlete Institute

Kentucky signee Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a team-high 26 points Saturday as Hamilton Heights rallied for a hard-fought 72-67 victory against Athlete Institute of Canada in the Buckeye Elite Showcase in Portsmouth, Ohio. The Hawks (7-2) built a 19-16 first-quarter lead, but fell behind 40-32 at halftime and still trailed 58-49 going into the fourth period at Portsmouth ... (click for more)