Incline Profits Lift CARTA; Mocs Express Gets Downtown Link

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway has long been a boost for CARTA, and lately the help has been even better than before.

CARTA Executive Director Lisa Maragnano said the Incline brought in $471,896 in revenues in a balmy July.

After expenses of $197,479, the profit was $274,417.

The Incline had 74,840 riders in July - up from 66,281 the previous July.

Ms. Maragnano said the Incline will be down 2-3 weeks later this year to replace the cable. She said it has been almost 10 years since it was replaced. It is normally replaced every seven years, but an x-ray analysis showed it could have some extra life.

Steve Jett, CARTA board chairman, said, "We could probably get 14-15 years out of it, so this is not a safety issue."

Total CARTA ridership for July was also up - from 302,845 to 316,307. 

Ms. Maragnano also announced that one of the Mocs Express buses is now making a swing downtown. Officials noted this has long been sought by River City Company and other groups.

The service is operated Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8:05 p.m.

There are three Mocs Express buses - with the other two making a circuit of the campus every seven minutes.

UTC pays for the service. 

 


Alexander, Murray Committed to Getting a Result This Year on Legislation to Drive Medical Innovation

The leaders of the Senate health committee, Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), released the following statement on their work on a Senate version of the 21st Century Cures legislation:  “We continue our work on bipartisan legislation to spur cures and treatments and better health for Americans. We’ve been working for a year and a half on behalf ... (click for more)

JHM Certified Public Accountants Celebrates New Location

After nearly 40 years in their downtown location, Johnson, Hickey & Murchison Certified Public Accountants, a Chattanooga-based CPA firm, is moving to a new site just off Shallowford Road.   “The new location and fresh build-out have provided us with renewed energy and enthusiasm,” said Dean Krech, managing partner for JHM Certified Public Accountants. “We are so thrilled ... (click for more)

City To Begin Shipping Much Of Its Garbage To Bradley County

City Public Works Administrator Justin Holland said the city plans to begin shipping much of its garbage to Bradley County. He said the deal is projected to extend the life of the city landfill at Birchwood by 15 years. Mr. Holland said Bradley County "has a huge landfill and takes garbage from Knoxville and other municipalities. It's regional." He said Bradley County charges ... (click for more)

Man Says He Did Nothing To Provoke Shooting At Bakewell Gas Station; Suspect Says Victim Was Coming Toward Him

A 33-year-old man who was shot in the face during a clash at a Bakewell gas station said he did nothing to provoke the shooting. The man charged said the victim cursed him, then started toward him. General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck, after a hearing on Tuesday, bound to the Grand Jury a charge of attempted first-degree murder against Donald Stuard II, 29, of Old Washington ... (click for more)

Jimmy Templeton Will Be Missed At The City Yards

If only we had known about the Chattanooga City Council's planned retirement send off for Jimmy Templeton of Public Works, the room would have been filled to overflowing with his friends and admirers - including me.   I have had the honor of knowing and working with Jimmy since the 1970's (and also knew his father "Big Jim").  Jimmy was a strong right hand for whoever ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vin Scully’s Last Time

It is said that the opening paragraph of my favorite ode to baseball should be the centerpiece for the canon of sports literature. It was written by former commissioner Bart Giamatti in "The Green Fields of the Mind,” a most marvelous essay to the last day of the regular season in the major leagues. “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in ... (click for more)