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

Roy Exum: Kids Are Still Funny

I have never seen nor heard of a child actually getting one’s “head pinched off” but by modern-day standards the threat just switched into overdrive. There are children in our communities who haven’t been to school for six long days and the brutal temperatures drove the little darlings to inside where they most predictably stirred up all manner of mayhem. Back when I was in elementary ... (click for more)

Supporting The Priorities Of The U.S. Department Of Justice

Since being sworn in as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee on November 21, 2017, I have been working diligently to support the Department of Justice priorities outlined by United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions as well as the mission of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee.  Currently, the top five DOJ priorities ... (click for more)

BlueCross Sells Huge Tract Along River For $8.1 Million

BlueCross BlueShield has sold a huge tract along the riverfront in Lupton City for $8.1 million. The purchaser is listed as Riverton LLC., 651 E. 4th St., Suite 403, Chattanooga. BlueCross had bought the 216-acre site in 2001 as a possible site for its corporate headquarters. However, it wound up building a $299 million campus on Cameron Hill instead. BlueCross started ... (click for more)

1 Person Injured In Duplex Fire In East Lake Wednesday Night

One person was injured when fire broke out in a duplex Wednesday night in East Lake. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at  11:53  p.m. on  Wednesday  and responded to the 4800 block of General Thomas Boulevard with several fire companies. When the first firefighters arrived on the scene, Captain Chris Cordes with Engine 9 said a significant ... (click for more)

UTC Women Rally To Beat Wofford 54-47

 The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s basketball team outscored Wofford 28-17 in the second half to come away with a 54-47 victory Thursday night at Richardson Indoor Stadium. Chattanooga runs its win streak against the Terriers to 41 straight games. Chattanooga improves to 12-6 overall and 3-1 in league play while the Terriers move to 9-11 on the year and ... (click for more)

UTC's Boykin Named Wrestler Of The Week

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior Scottie Boykin is the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week for all competition from Jan. 10-16, the league office announced Wednesday. This is the league-high third Moc to win the honor this season.  It is the second career award for Boykin.  Boykin, a native of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, went 4-0 in the Virginia ... (click for more)