I Stand With County Mayor Coppinger - And Response

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

With all the talk of Confederate statue removal, I fully expected more of the same when I read about the county mayor’s press conference scheduled for Aug. 29. 

But instead of erasing our past, County Mayor Coppinger decided to focus on our future. The mayor displayed real leadership in advocating for more money for our schools, our infrastructure and our jail. Such leadership is rare in this time of political bitterness, when most politicians will say and do almost anything to stay in office. 

Thank you, Mr. Mayor, for doing the right thing, not the easy thing. I urge the County Commission to follow his lead and work to Make Chattanooga Great Again. 

C. Mark Warren, Esq. 

* * *

I would like to express support for Mayor Coppinger's plan to maintain the current property tax millage rate.  Of course, no one likes higher taxes.  But, when I can see the money not being wasted, I am 100 percent for it.  

The county has lagged behind in practically every phase of government. One reason for the overcrowding at the jail is our education system.  Harrison needs a new elementary school, other schools need new roofs, and my end of the county needs a functional community track. 

I urge Commissioner Randy Fairbanks and all the other commissioners to vote for this plan to upgrade our school system and give Superintendent Johnson what he needs to succeed. 

Mayor Coppinger has been very conservative with the county money and I commend him for it.  His conservative leadership will continue with the extra money generated.  I am sure this was not an easy decision for him, but certainly a necessary one. Thank you, mayor. 

Steve Slater
Chairman, Soddy Daisy Trojan Fund

Karl Dean's Education Equation Doesn't Add Up

So Karl Dean says he will fully fund education if he becomes governor. Mr. Dean was mayor of Metro Nashville for eight years. Nashville spends $11,946 per student on education, which is 30 percent more than the Tennessee average ($9,105).   One would think Nashville would be one of the highest rated school districts in the state. Oops, actually despite spending almost ... (click for more)

Vote Joda District 30

Joda is one of the few candidates for state office who can clearly state what he will actually do when elected to state office. This is a product of his strong work ethic and the education he received from the public schools of East Ridge and UTC. He’s a remarkable young man and deserves your vote.   Joda supports expansion of Medicaid, because working people should ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Police Investigating Shooting That Victim Says Happened A Week Ago

Chattanooga Police responded to a local hospital on Friday evening after a person arrived with a gunshot wound.   The injured man told police he was shot on Thursday, Oct. 11. He said he was shot while on the dance floor of a club somewhere along Brainerd Road.   If you have any information about the incident, call Chattanooga Police at 423-698-2525. You ... (click for more)

Charles Pipkens, Lajeromeney Brown Arrested In Series Of Violent Home Invasions In Which Robbers Posed As Police

Chattanooga Police have arrested Charles Dijon Pipkens and Lajeromeney Brown in connection with a series of violent home invasions in which the suspects told their victims they were Chattanooga Police officers.. Pipkens, 27, was charged in an Aug. 11 case and Brown, 40, in an incident on Sept. 19. Pipkens, of 434 N. Hickory St., is charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping, ... (click for more)

John Gilpin Repeats As Signal Mountain 10K Winner

John Gilpin made it three in a row in the rain at Signal Mountain Saturday morning. He had claimed victory in both the Raccoon Mountain and Moccasin Bend 10K races in recent weeks before adding his second straight triumph at the Signal Mountain Pie Run, a hilly 6.2-mile race that starts and finishes at the Signal Mountain Athletic Club on Ault Road. Gilpin was all alone again ... (click for more)

Baylor, GPS, CCS Advance To State Soccer Semifinals

Baylor traveled to Briarcrest in Memphis on Saturday to compete for a Division II-AA final four spot.  After play to a 0-0 tie in the first half, Baylor would find itself down 1-0 in the 63rd minute when Anna Strong scored off a corner kick.  That lead did not last long as Ara Rhodes scored the game tying goal one minute later off an Avery David corner kick. Two minutes ... (click for more)