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 Burke is no longer active with management of the club, and he spends some of his time traveling to watch his son's college baseball team in action, it was stated.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


Medical Examiner Changes Opinion In Case In Which Teen Lost Baby After Beating By Boyfriend

Hamilton County Medical Examiner Dr. James Metcalfe testified Tuesday that he had changed his findings in the death of a teen's foetus after she said she was beaten by her boyfriend. Dr. Metcalfe first listed the death of "Promise Jones" as a homicide due to blunt force injury.  He said he later determined that it could have been as the result of another cause - placental ... (click for more)

Witherow Charged In W. MLK Boulevard Rape

A Chattanooga man is being held on a $1-million bond after a woman told police he repeatedly beat her while raping her in public.  Richard Witherow, 46, of Chattanooga has been charged with one count of aggravated rape.  Police have charged Richard James Witherow with aggravated rape after a woman said she was raped along W. MLK Boulevard after meeting him at ... (click for more)

Why Chattanooga Should Stop Granting Apartment Complex PILOTs - And Response

A new report indicates why Chattanooga and Hamilton County officials do not need to extend PILOTs to apartment complex developers. Demand is high, therefore developers will continue to build to meet the demand without PILOTs. What is truly needed in the Chattanooga metroplex is low-income affordable housing. “Homeownership Drops to Lowest Level in Decades” ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Gun Control? Accuracy!

When President Barack Obama responded to the tragic killing of nine people who were worshiping at their beloved Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., last month, he immediately blamed the gun, saying, “We don't have all the facts, but we do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hand on ... (click for more)

Dalton Edges Stuart Heights To Conclude Unbeaten Regular Season

The Dalton Dolphins had several key goals when the 2015 Chattanooga Area Swim League season began on the first day of June and they can put a big check mark by the first one, which was to go undefeated in the ever-competitive Blue division. They accomplished that goal before dark on Monday as they defeated a much-improved Stuart Heights squad by a 404-386 final that may have ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Hosts Nashville Friday In NPSL Playoffs

Chattanooga will host this weekend's National Premier Soccer League Southeast Conference playoffs. There are two semifinal matches on Friday with the two winners meeting in the Championship match the following night. “We’re very proud of the team for winning home field advantage,” said board member Krue Brock. “Now that every game is a must-win situation, it will be a big help ... (click for more)