Commissioner Mackey Asks All to Support Football Mocs

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The moment that many of us have been waiting for six months is upon us---it is football time in Tennessee.  If you live within the greater Chattanooga area I am asking you to join me in looking upon the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as being our hometown football team.  And it is an exciting team that we can be proud of.   

The Chattanooga Mocs will play a 12-game slate that includes five home contests at Finley Stadium.  Road games are highlighted by an Oct. 11 trip where we will travel to Knoxville to play Tennessee in Neyland Stadium.

Coach Russ Huesman, who is entering his sixth season at UTC, has assembled an outstanding group of talented players and as a results the Mocs were picked by the league’s coaches and media to repeat as SoCon champions in 2014.  UTC has its highest ever preseason ranking – No. 14 in the Sports Network Top-25 and No. 16 in the FCS Coaches Poll. 

I have friends who tell me that Coach Huesman is loaded with talented players.  Chattanooga returns 19 starters and 39 letter winners from last year’s 8-4 team that won a share of the Southern Conference title 1984

As far as I am concerned Jacob Huesman is the toughest and smartest player on the field.   He is bad to the bone.  I truly believe that if it is his goal to do so that you and I will be watching him playing on Sunday evening in a year or so.  He is one of 20 Mocs to make the Dean’s List in the fall and spring last year. 

Another outstanding player is senior DE Davis Tull is the two-time defending SoCon Defensive Player of the Year.  He was also picked as the SoCon preseason Defensive Player of the Year heading into 2014.  Tull is the first member of the Chattanooga Football program to earn Academic All-American honors.  

Friends and constituents please come out and help me root for the Chattanooga Mocs of whom we can be proud.  (When was the last time that you heard of any of the UTC players doing something stupid?)  The first home game of the season is a big one against No. 6 Jacksonville State.  Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6, at Finley Stadium.  Ticket prices are quite reasonable, Finley Stadium is comfortable and the weather is great.  So please bring the hubby or wife out and help me cheer on our hometown Mocs.  It will be a joy to watch them.

Commissioner Warren Mackey


Why I support Mayor Andy Berke

The time is vastly approaching for Chattanoogans to use their votes as their voices to decide who will be the next Mayor of our beloved hometown. Throughout this campaign season, I have had several conversations with family, friends and community members about the candidate choices, their platforms, etc. I have heard, seen and read an array of thoughts, opinions, and emotions. I’ve ... (click for more)

Send Your Opinions To Chattanoogan.com

We welcome your opinions at Chattanoogan.com. Email to  news@chattanoogan.com . We require your real first and last name and contact information. There is no word limit, but if your article is too long you may lose your reader. Please focus more on issues than personal attacks. (click for more)

Stubbs Arrested In Carjacking At Lakesite McDonald's

The Sheriff's Office has arrested Jonathan Casey Stubbs in connection with a Feb. 13 carjacking at the parking lot of the McDonald's in Lakesite. Stubbs, 28, who gave his address as Ringgold, is charged with carjacking, aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, resisting arrest, unlawfully carrying a weapon and three counts of violating probation on prior aggravated burglary ... (click for more)

East Ridge Makes Needy Child Fund 501(C)(3); Considers Using Former Fire Hall For High School Field House; Approves New Sign Ordinance

East Ridge has operated a fund for decades, which helps the less fortunate residents of the city. Often, those working with The Needy Child Fund hear of people that need help through the schools or neighbors. The fund helps provide food, coats and clothing to families, especially around Christmas when it also gives gifts to children that are delivered by the police and fire departments. ... (click for more)

Legendary Howard Coach Henry Bowles Dies At 80

Legendary Howard High Coach Henry Wesley Bowles, Sr., has died at the age of 80 after a lengthy illness. Coach Bowles was born in Chattanooga on Oct. 14, 1936. He graduated from Howard High School, class of 1955, and received his bachelor of arts degree from Lane College, Jackson, Tn. While at Lane College, he was student council president, business manager and Who’s Who among ... (click for more)

Silverdale Girls Claim District 5-A Championship

The face and philosophy might have changed, but the expectations for the Silverdale Baptist Academy girls’ basketball team remained the same. Heading into the season with five seniors and a first-year, first-time head coach in Victor Underwood, the Lady Seahawks had their sights set on winning a District 5-A championship. Wednesday night, they achieved that goal with ... (click for more)