Greg Beck Asking County Commission Chairmanship; Others Seeking Post Behind The Scenes

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Long time County Commissioner Greg Beck is seeking the chairmanship of the Hamilton County Commission, he said.

Several other commissioners are working behind the scenes to try to get the top commission post.

The job opened up after the unexpected defeat of Commission Chairman Fred Skillern in the August primary election.

Larry Henry, who has held the chairmanship several times, is going off the commission to become Circuit Court clerk.

The Skillern and Henry replacements were being sworn in this morning. Randy Fairbanks will represent District 1 and Sabrena Turner District 7.

The commission is set to choose a new chairman and vice chairman on Wednesday.

Commissioner Beck said “If I was blessed to be the next chairman, we would continue the tradition of conservative stewardship of the taxpayers' money and work to keep the transparency that has already been established as the primary focus of this administration and commission.” 

On the fact that he is one of two Democrats on the nine-member commission, he said, “I think my experience of 10 years on the commission and nine years with the sheriff’s office and many years of working with local civic and non-profit groups gives me a vast knowledge of the pulse of government which, in an atmosphere of prudence, should over-ride partisanship in this case.”

He added, “I have flown around the country and not once have I stopped before boarding and asked the flight attendant if the pilot was Democrat or Republican, male or female, black, white or Hispanic.  If they have the credentials, the experience and can be trusted, then I’m on board.”

Commissioner Beck said he would continue working with the Chamber of Commerce to secure more jobs for the county to develop a stronger economic climate for the area.

He said, "I was one of the original nine commissioners to vote for the historical resolutions to bring VW and its associated suppliers to Hamilton County.

“ I have a history of friendship with the Hamilton County Education Department and will develop a stronger relationship between the our two entities for the sake of our children who hold our future in their hands.”


Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BAGGETT, EMILY MICHELLE 14431 DAYTON PIKE SALE CREEK, 37373 22 Hamilton County PROMOTING MANUFACTURING METHAMPHETAMINE PROMOTING MANUFACTURING METHAMPHETAMINE BUTLER, NATASHA COLLEEN 816 ROANOKE AVENUE CHATTANOOGA, 37404 30 Chattanooga VANDALISM/MALICIOUS MISCHIEF CAMPBELL, CHRISTOPHER ... (click for more)

Chance Loftis Set To Be Freed From Jail After Jury Finds Him Guilty Of Only Misdemeanor Charge

Chance Loftis is set to be freed from jail on Monday after a Criminal Court jury on Friday afternoon found him guilty of only a minor charge. Instead of murder in the death of 46-year-old Donald Rogers, the jury in the courtroom of Judge Don Poole found him guilty of the lesser charge of reckless endangerment. He was found not guilty of aggravated animal cruelty in the beating ... (click for more)

It's Time To Insure Tennessee - And Response

Tennessee has a problem.  What is the value of saving the lives of 1,000 Tennesseans each year? That is exactly what can be expected if 176,000 Tennesseans gain health insurance through Insure Tennessee. A New England Journal of Medicine study showed that expansion of Medicaid was associated with a 6% reduction in yearly mortality for people in the 34-65 age group. Statistically, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What About The Ashes?

I attended my fifth funeral in the month of January the other day and, while I wish a lot of my friends would hang around a little longer, I was amused by the conversation in the pew before the service began. The question was “ … then what do you do with the ashes?” More and more people are being cremated and asking their loved ones to scatter their ashes -- more properly called ... (click for more)

Cleveland Wins Third Straight AAA State Duals Title Over Wilson Central

FRANKLIN – Jake Yost is batting a thousand in State Duals championship matches. Just call it a three-peat for the Cleveland Blue Raiders after Saturday night’s 35-26 win over Wilson Central here at the Williamson County Agricultural Expo Center. It was also the third straight time that the Wildcats had finished as the runner-up to Cleveland, but Saturday night’s battle was ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Finishes Fourth In A-AA After Loss To Alcoa

FRANKLIN -- Notre Dame's wrestling team came to the Williamson County Agricultural Expo Center ready to fight Saturday morning and it took all of 32 minutes to eliminate Martin Luther King by a lopsided 70-12 final score. It took just a little bit longer in the second round, but the Fighting Irish prevailed in that one as well with a 47-27 win over Greeneville, setting ... (click for more)