Back To School Zones Start On Thursday In Dalton

Monday, August 4, 2014

Dalton's public schools will hold their first classes for the 2014-15 school year on Thursday. That means motorists need to plan ahead now to build a few extra minutes to their morning and afternoon commutes as school zone speed limits are going back into effect. Not only will speed limits near school zones be lowered, but motorists will also need to be on the lookout for extra pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Elementary school speed zones will be in effect from 7:45-8:25 a.m. and 3:15-3:50 p.m. Dalton Middle School's speed zone will be in effect from 7:15-7:45 a.m. and 2:35-3:10 p.m.  High school speed zones will be in effect from 7:50-8:15 a.m. and 3:40-4:05 p.m.  

Drivers should be aware a reduction in speed is mandatory in any school zone that is marked with an appropriate sign and flashing signal. Violators are subject to doubled fines, regardless of the regular posted speed limit, if observed speeding during enforcement times.

Drivers should also keep an eye out for school buses.  It is illegal to approach or pass a school bus when it has its red flashing lights turned on.  When the red lights are flashing and the stop sign is deployed, all traffic approaching in both directions must come to a complete stop unless the roadway has a physical separation between the directions of travel.  Officers from the DPD patrol division will be on the lookout for violators.

In order to keep traffic flowing smoothly, parents dropping off and picking up their children are reminded not to block certain areas while waiting in the car pool line. These areas include roadway intersections and residential driveways.  Blocking these areas only add to the congestion and delay everyone’s commute time. Besides being frustrating to other drivers, interfering with the free flow of traffic could result in a citation to those in violation.   

Officials said, "Please help us this school year by joining with the Dalton Police Department to keep our children out of harm’s way. Watch your speed, look for school zones, and stop for busses loading and unloading children. Also, remember “seatbelts save lives.” Buckle up!"

The following areas have enforceable school zones during posted times:

·    Dalton High School – Waugh Street from the east entrance of Manly Street to the west entrance of Manly Street. The posted school zone speed limit is 30 mph when the warning lights are flashing.

·    Dalton Middle School – Cross Plans Blvd. from the By-Pass to Dalton Middle School. The posted speed limit is 25 mph at all times.

·    Roan Street Elementary School – Martin Luther King Blvd. from just west of Grimes Street to Grade Street. The posted school zone speed limit is 30 mph when the warning lights are flashing.

·    Blue Ridge Elementary School / Morris Street High School – Morris Street from Harris Street to just east of Fourth Ave., the posted school zone speed limit is 25 mph when the warning lights are flashing. Also on Fredrick St. from McAfee St to Morris St., the posted school zone speed limit is 20 mph when children are present in the area.

·    City Park Elementary School – Thornton Ave. from School Street to Crawford Street. The posted school zone speed limit is 25 mph when the warning lights are flashing.

·    Brookwood Elementary School – Central Ave. from Frances Street to Brown Street. The posted school zone speed limit is 25 mph at all times.

·    Westwood Elementary School – Trammel Street from Tyler Street to Richards Street, which is a one-way street heading north and on Jones Street from Richards Street to Tyler Street, which is a one-way street heading south.


Learning Blade Announces "Hack Attack" Computer Science Mission

Chattanooga-based Thinking Media’s Learning Blade announced the new “Hack Attack” Computer Science Mission to over 400 attending the Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC) Annual Conference in Hot Springs this week. Arkansas has led the nation by the passage of Computer Science Education and Jobs Act of 2015, which provides computer coding classes to all Arkansas high ... (click for more)

Baylor Elects 2016-17 Honor Council

Members of Baylor's 101st Honor Council have been elected for the 2016-17 school year.  They are Trey Freeman '18, Annie Dethero '17, Alison Anderson '17, Lauren King '17, David Thompson '17, Ashton Jenne '17, Kristopher Kennedy '19, Connor Duffy '20, Chase Radpour '20, Jonyca Jiao '19, Sarah Talley '18, Matthew Davis '18, Alex Robinson '19 and Mats Pokela '18.  ... (click for more)

Domestic Assault Charge Dismissed Against Bobby Stone In Case Involving Mayor's Top Advisor; Stone Says Berke Had Inappropriate Relationship With His Wife; Says Berke And Fletcher Conspired To Arrest Him; Lacie Stone Says Charges Completely False

A charge of domestic assault was dismissed Friday morning against Bobby Stone in a case involving a top advisor to Mayor Andy Berke.  Afterward, Mr. Stone told reporters that the mayor had an inappropriate relationship with his wife, Lacie Stone. He also charged that Mayor Berke and Police Chief Fred Fletcher conspired to arrest him. Mr. Stone is expected to file ... (click for more)

Christopher Padgett Taken Into Custody

A Chattanooga man who went on the lam after cutting off his ankle monitor and failing to show up for the third day of his felony murder trial is back in custody. Christopher Padgett was arrested by Chattanooga Police in the 3200 block of South Street at 12:55 a.m.  He was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Hamilton County Jail for booking. ... (click for more)

Bobby Stone, Is It Really A Win?

It brought a smile to my face this morning when I saw where the case was thrown out of court against Mr. Stone and the domestic violence charge.  I have supported his cause from the beginning, but I do feel heartbreak because his personal life had to be tossed out there for all of us to see.   I truly hope and pray things turn around for him and his wife, while I feel ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Kelly Could Win It

I am neither a sleuth nor an odds maker but I’d say there is about a one-in-three chance that Interim Hamilton County Department of Education Superintendent Kirk Kelly could become the permanent superintendent of our public schools next Thursday. I am assured something squirrelly is happening on our newly-seated school board. It has been seven months since the last superintendent ... (click for more)