Why Allow New Apartments In An Overcrowded School Zone?

Monday, October 22, 2018

I have to ask why the city of Chattanooga chose to put a 60/40 HUD backed apartment complex on Highway 58 across from Lynda’s Produce in a three school zone that is already overloaded.

The three schools, Central, Brown and Harrison Elementary, are all overloaded and on a morning run all the lanes of 58 are packed with traffic. Now I can only guess what that might add to the mix.

Not to mention that the complex will lower property values for everyone who is around that area as they are all in the county and not the city.  So the city sold this property to a developer that had no clue about the schools, or the traffic, or the values… as it is only a block either side of 58 that the city owns. So all the folks around this complex are in the county so they got no vote on the devalue of their property or the traffic or the schools.

I'm sure the Hamilton County school system was happy as they have yet to come up with the funds to build a new elementary school to relieve the overload that is there now, much less when you add what the apartment complex will add to the mix.

The sad part is nobody in the county got even asked, and I bet they got a tax break for putting an apartment complex there and what must be another not very well thought out plan but only the bottom line of a spread sheet. 

Another reason not to be in the city of Chattanooga.

Med Dement


The World Is A Better Place Because Of Bill Bennett

Roy Exum: Our Pets’ Tails Wag

County Commissioners, Stop Pandering And Lead - And Response


Like a lot of you, I got some sad and heartbreaking news today. Bill Bennett's cancer came back a few months ago and the prognosis isn't good. We can take some consolation in that he is at peace ... (click for more)

As one who has tended to a dog since the age of four, and has slept beside at least one four-legged critter almost every night since, it was with unabashed joy I learned a new $13 million animal ... (click for more)

There is no shortage of public need in Hamilton County, and only a limited amount of revenue and capital bond issues. I cannot admire or appreciate an elected Hamilton County Commission ... (click for more)


Opinion

The World Is A Better Place Because Of Bill Bennett

Like a lot of you, I got some sad and heartbreaking news today. Bill Bennett's cancer came back a few months ago and the prognosis isn't good. We can take some consolation in that he is at peace and in no pain. Hospice is doing a wonderful job ministering to him. I am writing this in hopes he can read this and know once again my feelings toward him. I had the distinct privilege ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Pets’ Tails Wag

As one who has tended to a dog since the age of four, and has slept beside at least one four-legged critter almost every night since, it was with unabashed joy I learned a new $13 million animal shelter for the Humane Education Society will be built in Hamilton County. The current facility on North Highland Park Avenue hasn’t been “humane” since my grandfather was an infant and, ... (click for more)

Breaking News

State Chooses Not To Proceed With Road Rage Case Against Longtime Talk Show Host Jeff Styles

The state is declining to continue the prosecution of longtime Talk Radio host Jeff Styles in a road rage case. District Attorney Neal Pinkston signed a "no bill" on the aggravated assault charge. Attorney Lee Davis said, " Jeff Styles called 911 after he was shot. He cooperated in the police investigation and testified in court. Jeff has done everything possible to be fully ... (click for more)

Man Injured Early Thursday Morning When Tree Falls On House

A man was injured early Thursday morning when a tree fell on his house. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm around 3:30 a.m. and responded to 7317 Elaine Circle with several fire companies. Battalion Chief David Thompson Jr. said the department's Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) was requested in case a rescue was needed, but the entire family, including two ... (click for more)

Sports

Bearettes Clobber William Blount, 58-18, For 2,200th All-Time Victory

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Winning is a huge part of the Bradley Central Bearettes’ rich basketball tradition. So, it was no big shock when the Bearettes raced to a 14-point, first-quarter lead and eventually trounced visiting William Blount, 58-18, behind Anna Walker’s game-high 17 points at Jim Smiddy Arena on Thursday. It was Bradley’s 2,200 th all-time victory against 486 losses ... (click for more)

Hamilton Heights' Itodo, Martinez Sign Basketball Grants

Hamilton Heights had two players sign college scholarship papers on Thursday. Sammy Itodo, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound center from Nigeria, signed with Gardner-Webb and Esmery Martinez, a 6-foot-3 guard from the Dominican Republic, decided to continue her education and athletic career at Mississippi State. “I’m excited to sign at Gardner-Webb because I love the culture they have ... (click for more)