Hamilton County Clerk's Office Honors Donors With Donate Life Flag

Friday, March 23, 2018
The Hamilton County Clerk's office with the Donate Life Flag
The Hamilton County Clerk's office with the Donate Life Flag

Hamilton County Clerk Bill Knowles announced his office will raise the Donate Life Flag during the month of April.  Blue and green flags will be flying outside courthouses and county office buildings around Tennessee in recognition of National Donate Life Month. 

This is an effort by county clerks to bring attention to the importance of organ and tissue donation.  They are using this month to celebrate the renewed lives of organ recipients and honor all those who have made the decision to donate life.   

“We are excited to fly the Donate Life Flag through the month of April,” said Bill Knowles, Hamilton County clerk.  “We are grateful that Tennesseans are responding to the need for donors by signing up on the Tennessee Donor Registry." 

Tennessee County Clerks play a role in promoting the gift of life message by offering residents the opportunity to donate a dollar when they renew their car tags every year. Those dollars are used for the creation and distribution of educational materials for the public and school-based programs.  

Mr. Knowles was one of the founders of the “Donate A Dollar” program.  Over the years Hamilton County consistently ranks in the top three counties of monies raised. 

“We are pleased to be a part of saving lives through this program," said Mr. Knowles. "I want to thank the citizens of Hamilton County for their continued generosity and support of organ and tissue donation." 

National Donate Life Month also focuses attention on the fact that the shortage of organs for transplantation remains a national public health crisis. More than 114,000 men, women and children are currently awaiting transplants; 2,942 of those are Tennesseans. 

The Tennessee County Clerks Organ Donor Awareness Foundation was launched in 1996 to support organ donation education in Tennessee. The foundation works in cooperation with non-profits Tennessee Donor Services and Mid-South Transplant Foundation to educate Tennesseans on the importance of registering to be an organ and tissue donor.  Since its inception, the foundation has raised over $4 million.


The flags flying
The flags flying


Soddy Daisy Extends Main Street; Denies Billboard Request

The Soddy Daisy commissioners voted at the Thursday night meeting, to accept the extension of Main Street as a publicly dedicated city street. As it is now, the street extends from Old Dayton Pike to Wall Street where it ends. Some interest has been shown in developing the property at the dead end if the road is extended 365 feet.   When the latest zoning maps were ... (click for more)

Latest Bradley County Arrest Report

Click  here  for the latest Bradley County arrest report. (click for more)

It’s Time To Restore A Valuable Tool To Prosecutors By Fixing The ACCA

Violent crime rates in our country tripled from 1964 to 1980.  Robbery tripled, murder doubled, and aggravated assault nearly tripled.  This was an alarming time for communities across our nation.   To fight back, Congress passed the Armed Career Criminal Act in 1984, giving federal prosecutors a powerful new tool to deal with the growing rate of violent crime.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Trump’s Editorial Coup

I got a great laugh when I heard a consortium of “the greatest newspapers in the world” would band together – as one mighty voice – and collectively castigate President Trump for his repeated attacks on newspapers, their editors and their reporters. “Our words will differ,” said Marjorie Pritchard of the Boston Globe, who called for the group-fest, “but we can agree that such attacks ... (click for more)

Topping Even Mother Nature, Central Strikes For Completions, Defeats Mustangs, 40-28

Mother Nature started the 2018 prep football season off with a lightning delay one play into Thursday night’s Kickoff Classic at Finley Stadium.   The Central Purple Pounders closed it with five lightning strikes – each leading to touchdowns – and head coach Curt Jones began his second stint at the Pounder helm with a season-opening victory over Walker Valley, 40-28. ... (click for more)

Baylor Erupts To Beat Notre Dame, 35-14

It almost looked like an instant replay from the high school football season opener at Finley Stadium last year. In that game, Notre Dame scored the first touchdown before Baylor scored 41 straight points to win going away.   The Fighting Irish then preceded to win 11 straight before falling in the state championship game. Circumstances were similar Thursday night in ... (click for more)