Small Fire Forces Evacuation At Tyner Middle Academy

Friday, August 29, 2014
- photo by Bruce Garner

No injuries were reported when a small fire broke out Friday afternoon at Tyner Middle Academy.

The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm around 1 p.m. and responded to 6837 Tyner Road with six fire companies. Battalion Chief Rick Boatwright said the fire occurred where an electrical service line connected to the second floor of the East Wing building of Tyner Middle. Chief Boatwright said the fire appears to have burned itself out before firefighters arrived on the scene.

Principal Mark Smith said that someone activated a pull alarm as soon as the fire was discovered and the entire building was evacuated as a precaution. Though the fire appeared to be out, Chattanooga firefighters conducted a thorough inspection where the fire occurred, including the roof, to make absolutely sure the fire had not extended somewhere else. Once it was confirmed the fire was out, the firefighters turned the scene over to school authorities.

Harold Thrower, supervisor over maintenance for the Hamilton County Department of Education, said the East Wing housed seventh and eighth graders. He said EPB would disconnect power to that building until repairs could be made followed by a thorough inspection. In the meantime, Mr. Thrower said the students would be allowed into the cafeteria to eat their lunch, and then move to the gym, which still had power and air conditioning. Mr. Power said they would remain in the gym until school let out at 4 p.m.


Tennessee State Trooper Resigns In Lieu Of Termination

Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons and Tennessee Highway Patrol Colonel Tracy Trott announced   Friday   that a Tennessee state trooper in the Fall Branch District resigned from the department in lieu of termination following an internal investigation into an arrest on domestic assault charges. The Johnson City Police ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BAHMED, ALEC HARRIS     8914 QUAIL RUN DRIVE CHATTANOOGA, 374210000     19     Hamilton County          VANDALISM/MALICIOUS MISCHIEF     AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL TRESSPASS BAKER, SARAH CAITLYN     1423 CYPRESS ... (click for more)

You’re Right With Lamar

One of Tennessee’s favorite sons, Davy Crockett, coined an oft-used phrase:  “Be always sure you’re right, then go ahead.” Being sure is quite important, but may be difficult in this election cycle. The Democratic nominee campaigning against Lamar Alexander is a man whose radio ads call for “change,” “fair” taxes and more jobs.  Sounds good, huh?   ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

Okay … here we go. A number of readers have complained that I haven’t shared any jokes that my friends send to my email address so on a weekend when our Volunteers and Mocs are idle, let’s laugh a little:   I was sitting in a bar one afternoon with an old friend knocking back a few beers when he said, "You know, if we're not careful we'll end up like those two old drunks ... (click for more)

Owls Force Seven Turnovers, Rout Hurricanes, 41-7

Turnovers turn into blowouts. In a county rival that drew what East Hamilton announced as a record crowd, Ooltewah forced an amazing seven turnovers – two interceptions and five lost fumbles – and the Owls trounced the Hurricanes, 41-7, in a District 5-AAA high school football game played on a pleasant Friday night. “Right now we’re playing, statistically, about as well as ... (click for more)

Brainerd Tops East Ridge in OT, 29-28

Brainerd's Demonte Pickett threw for two touchdown and ran for the winning two-point conversion in overtime as the visiting Panthers rallied to edge East Ridge, 29-28, in a AA District 6 football game Friday night. East Ridge led 21-7 with 4:12 remaining in the fourth quarter, before Brainerd scored twice to tie the game at 21-21 and force overtime. In the extra ... (click for more)