Commissioner Smedley Asks Meeting With Teachers Who Hit Commission Majority Against Wheel Tax Referendum

Monday, October 21, 2019

County Commissioner Sabrena Smedley said she would like an opportunity to address some 70 current and past county school teachers who signed a letter hitting her and four other commissioners who voted against a wheel tax referendum.

She sent an email to Kendra Young, a teacher at East Hamilton School, whose picture was shown on the Facebook page of the Hamilton County Democratic Party with the hashtag #votethemout.

It says, "These Hamilton County Commissioners do not support our teachers and students." It lists Commissioners Smedley, Randy Fairbanks, Greg Martin, Tim Boyd and Chester Bankston.

Above the photo of Ms. Young is "Stand with us & demand better from our elected officials."

Ms. Smedley told Ms. Young, "Good morning! Could you arrange a meeting for the five commissioners, named in your email, to meet with the teachers listed in your email? I personally would love to sit down with all of you and meet. I would assume my fellow commissioners would like to do this as well. I look forward to this possibility. Thank you. Sabrena Smedley."


New Traffic Pattern From West MLK Boulevard To U.S. 27 South Begins Monday

HCEA Leader Says Town Hall Meeting "Not Confrontational"; Tim Boyd Responds

Upcoming City Council Agenda


As U.S. 27 widening through downtown Chattanooga progresses, the contractor will implement a new traffic pattern that will affect access from West MLK Boulevard to U.S. 27 South. Beginning ... (click for more)

Jeanette Omarkhail, president of the Hamilton County Education Association, said Thursday that the planned town hall meeting on Sunday on teacher pay and other issues is not "confrontational." ... (click for more)

Here is the upcoming City Council agenda: I. Call to Order by Chairman Oglesby. II. Pledge of Allegiance/Invocation (Chairman Oglesby). III. Special Presentation. Order of Business ... (click for more)


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Jeanette Omarkhail, president of the Hamilton County Education Association, said Thursday that the planned town hall meeting on Sunday on teacher pay and other issues is not "confrontational." She said, “There was discussion at this week’s County Commission meeting that the town hall being held this weekend was confrontational in nature. Nothing could be further from the truth. ... (click for more)

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