Overlooked UnifiEd Plans

Saturday, May 12, 2018

The part of UnifiEd's plan that concerns me the most isn't being talked about at all. Forget the prohibitively expensive busing for a minute. Forget "controlled" school choice (I assume that means only minorities and those below the poverty line will be allowed to choose their schools). The real concern is using zoning to "reduce socioeconomic segregation." 

Translated, that means UnifiEd wants to use your property tax dollars to put an affordable housing project or Section 8 tenants in every neighborhood. Aside from the direct costs of such a program, reductions in property values would wreck the county budget and bankrupt homeowners. Those who can afford to move will, and those who can't will see their neighborhood become the next Alton Park or East Lake. Out-of-towners safe in their gated communities insist this is good for us because "Socioeconomic Diversity."

When they put their money where their mouths are, open their gated neighborhoods to low-income development, and sacrifice a few tens of thousands in home equity for the sake of Diversity, I'll believe it.

Charles McCullough


The Federal Furlough Does Directly Impact Our Chattanooga Family And Others

Roy Exum: Me and Bob McKamey

Dear Mom And Dad: Cool It At Kid Sports


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Opinion

The Federal Furlough Does Directly Impact Our Chattanooga Family And Others

It's easy being in Chattanooga to think of the government shutdown as some D.C. area political drama. Maybe it's something you watch on TV or read about, but it can all seem distant because it doesn't impact you. I hear the indifference when I talk to people at church on Sunday, in my neighborhood, at Publix, in car-line. A small shake of the head and sigh, "Isn't that too bad," ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Me and Bob McKamey

In 2009 some guy called 911 to report that his accelerator pedal on his Toyota was stuck and he couldn’t get the car to stop. He said his brakes weren’t working. Ultimately, his car crashed into another and then plunged into a ravine. Everyone inside the vehicle was killed. The call went viral and birthed the biggest scam ever perpetuated on the American people. I thought the ... (click for more)

Breaking News

City Council Approves M-1 Zoning For Harriet Tubman Site

The City Council on Tuesday night approved M-1 zoning for the 44-acre site of the former Harriet Tubman public housing project in East Chattanooga. Conditions include a list of unwanted industrial users that would not be allowed and the requirement of a transportation study before closing with a jobs prospect. Dumpsters would be at least 200 feet from a nearby home. Council ... (click for more)

Driver Flees From Collegedale Police; Runs Over Passenger Near Volkswagen; Caught At Shepherd Road

A driver sped off from Collegedale Police on Tuesday afternoon, then ran over a passenger who tried to get out of the speeding car, and finally was captured near Shepherd Road. The driver was identified as David Lee Stevens, 25, and the passenger as Joshua Lee Davis, 37. Stevens is facing multiple charges. The car chase started out on Little Debbie Parkway as a traffic stop ... (click for more)

Sports

Cleveland Thumps East Hamilton, 60-40, In Battle Of State-Ranked Teams

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – When East Hamilton needed a Darwin Randolph tip-in with less than seven seconds left to beat rival Ooltewah, 52-51, Friday to finish the first half unbeaten (6-0) in District 5-3A, coach Frank Jones said aloud the just-completed game would be an example of how things would be for the Hurricanes on the road in the second half of the season. Tough? Tuesday’s ... (click for more)

Boyd-Buchanan Wins Over Collegedale

The Boyd-Buchanan girls and boys basketball teams won games against Collegedale on Tuesday. The girls beat Collegedale 41-35 behind Zacori Hill's 13 points. The boys won big 79-45. Ian Johnson led all scorers with 25 points. Girls Scoring Summary: Collegedale Academy 9 3 13 10 - 35 Boyd Buchanan 7 14 7 13 - 41 Collegedale (35) Jada McLean 10, Jo McLean 9, Shrode ... (click for more)