Chief Justice Wade Backs Out Of Pachyderm Appearance After Flap Within GOP Group

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Chief Justice Gary R. Wade has withdrawn as a speaker for Monday's meeting of the Hamilton County Pachyderm Club after a flap over whether the Republican club should have invited him in the first place.

Henry Hoss, club president, said the club decided several weeks ago to invite Chief Justice Wade, who has been the target of some state Republican leaders, including Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, in the current retention election.

He said it was decided to do so at the request of board member Joe DeGaetano, a local Republican. A majority of attorneys in the state appear to favor retention for Chief Justice Wade and two fellow members of the state high court.

Mr. Hoss said he announced for several weeks at club meetings that Chief Justice Wade would be the Aug. 4 speaker.

But he said he afterward was told by other club leaders that House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Hixson, had called "irate and very upset that we were inviting a liberal Democrat to speak to our Republican club."

Mr. Hoss said he eventually talked to Rep. McCormick, "who had calmed down some."

The club president said club officials then met and decided at the Aug. 4 meeting to have a second speaker, who would give the other side of the issue (opposing retention). He said it was decided to invite state Senator Mike Bell (R-Cleveland).

It was then decided to notify attorney DeGaetano about that decision. The attorney, in turn, said he should let Chief Justice Wade know the latest development.

Mr. Hoss said he has since been advised that Chief Justice Wade has withdrawn his acceptance of the invitation to speak to the GOP club.

State Senator Bell is set to be the only speaker on Monday at the Hamilton County Pachyderm Club meeting. 


Georgia Man Arrested For Human Trafficking, Promoting Prostitution

An investigation by special agents with the Human Trafficking Unit of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, along with several other agencies, resulted in a Georgia man being arrested on multiple charges, including human trafficking of a 17-year old female. On Jan. 19, acting on a tip from the nonprofit Second Life Chattanooga, TBI special agents and Chattanooga Police Department ... (click for more)

Pair Charged With Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Rape

The Hamilton County Grand Jury has indicted two men on charges of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated rape. Charged are Darren Lee Smith, 22, and Iver Diaz-Cruz, 19. The indictment says the incident with a woman happened Dec. 28 and 29. Witnesses include an East Ridge detective and an employee of 4 A's Inn on Ringgold Road. (click for more)

Innocent Until Proven Guilty, Even Athletes

From reading Randy Smith's column on the lawsuit against UT it is pretty evident that he never took a legal course in his life. I was under the impression that in this country one was innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. It appears this no longer applies to athletes(particularly black athletes) in the U.S. in 2016. I have always said that if I am picked for jury duty ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Chatt2.org’ Needs You Now

A diverse yet powerful panel of community leaders in Nashville delivered a letter to the Metro Nashville Board of Education last week. It was signed by some top men and women who represent a wide-ranking cross section of Tennessee’s largest city and includes education, business, religious and diversity superstars. You need to understand the urgency behind the letter. Davidson County ... (click for more)

Tyner Overcomes Central's Hot Start To Claim 47-42 Win

Central raced to a 12-0 lead, but decided to sit back and enjoy Senior Night. Tyner went to work. Tyner battled for 29-plus minutes before taking its first lead, fought off every challenge Central could muster down the stretch and knocked off the District 6-2A regular season champions, 47-42, Thursday night at Central High School. “Central came out clicking on all ... (click for more)

Clemons, Lynn Named Ms Basketball Finalists

 Baylor's Kaleigh Clemons and McMinn Central's Jacobi Lynn were named finalist for Ms. Basketball on Saturday.  There were no local nominees for Mr. Basketball from the Chattanooga area. The awards will be presented to the top girls and boys in five classifications of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association on the floor of Murphy Center on the campus of ... (click for more)