The Deck Is Rigged Against Howard

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

I was more than appalled when I read the list of vocational programs per school across Hamilton County. We put a man on the moon nearly 60 years ago, yet HCDE can’t figure out how to make opportunities equitable across the county. Inner city children just don’t have the same opportunity for higher wage jobs than others like East Hamilton, Signal Mountain, etc. 

Food industry and healthcare are the trainings offered for Howard. You’re talking $10 an hour jobs at best. Meanwhile Ooltewah gets architectural and engineering training. East Hamilton gets leadership, marketing and entrepreneurial training. The list goes on and on. 

Imagine being at a school, with little to no opportunity like that. Kids at Howard deserve the same opportunity as kids across Hamilton County, without having to go to a school outside their zoning.

Give kids a chance, they’ll surprise the heck out of you given the chance. We can and should do better by our kids.

James Berry


The Danger Of Highway 58

The Urban Legend Of Senior Tax Relief

Do The Math


I've lived on Highway 58 since 2014. Here is a breakdown of incidents that my girlfriend and I have experienced. Sleepy driver ran over her mailbox at high speed, continuing another 100 feet, ... (click for more)

For those who tout the generosity of the senior property tax relief program that's already in place locally, do the rest of us a big favor: Spell out all of the requirements, restrictions, difficulties, ... (click for more)

Short and simple, do the math. Hamilton County Schools enrollment - approximately 45,000 students. Hamilton County private school enrollment - approximately 15,000. Home School students ... (click for more)


Opinion

The Danger Of Highway 58

I've lived on Highway 58 since 2014. Here is a breakdown of incidents that my girlfriend and I have experienced. Sleepy driver ran over her mailbox at high speed, continuing another 100 feet, damaging a neighbors driveway and his SUV landing upside down. A logging truck ran off the highway, destroying my car parked in the driveway, as well as our driveway and utilities.The ... (click for more)

The Urban Legend Of Senior Tax Relief

For those who tout the generosity of the senior property tax relief program that's already in place locally, do the rest of us a big favor: Spell out all of the requirements, restrictions, difficulties, benefits and beneficiaries associated with the existing program. Tell us everything that a person has to do to get senior tax relief, and tell us how much relief they can expect. ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Police Charge Jason Ansley In Wreck On Main Street In Which 9-Year-Old Boy Was Killed; Going 62 MPH In 35 MPH Zone

Chattanooga Police have arrested 38-year-old Jason Ansley in a June 7 wreck on Main Street in which 9-year-old Liam Haddock was killed and two other family members injured. Police said it was determined that Ansley was traveling 62 mph in a 35 mph zone and he was caught on video running a red light at S. Orchard Knob just prior to the 9:08 p.m. crash. Police said Ansley, who ... (click for more)

Smedley, Bankston Say They Are No Votes On Property Tax Increase

Two County Commission members on Monday told members of the Pachyderm Club that they are no votes on a property tax increase. Sabrena Smedley, who currently chairs the commission, said there are a number of unanswered questions about the school system, including how the latest test scores will turn out and how much in repairs the schools will face under a new study. She said ... (click for more)

Sports

Red Bank Dunks Cleveland For First Swim Win

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CASL: Monday's High-Point Scorers:

CLEVELAND HIGH-POINT SCORERS: 18 – Trey Parris III, Monroe Chittum 17 – Breanna Belcher, Charlie Chittum 16 – Lauren Thompson 15 – Elijah Sluss 13 – Luke Hunt 12 – Norah Holt 11 – Abby Anglin 10 – M.J. Miller, Eva Christmann, Estella Clemons, Ivy Briggs. RED BANK HIGH-POINT SCORERS: 19 – Noah Blake, Ben Meagher 17 – Trevor Brooks 15 – Simon Bastnagel ... (click for more)