A Thank You To City Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod, And An Update

Monday, April 15, 2019

Although we're not in your district, you took the time to respond to an email my husband sent to the city councilman of our district concerning an incident where city workers on March 21, doing work in and around the storm water ditch that runs alongside our home, accidentally broke out our son's rear window on his convertible Cobra Mustang when an object of some kind must have flown out from under a trimmer or something being operated and hit the rear window, breaking it. An individual from the city did come out and called police where an incident report was made and my husband said the individual stated "he'd be in touch." 

After a week of not hearing anything back my husband sent an email to the 311 Department and the young lady immediately responded stating the info would be forwarded. At the time we were merely hoping to gather information on whether there was anything else we needed to do on our end to get things moving. When we heard nothing after about another week we decided to write our city councilman, but heard nothing directly from him. It seems your reply was sent on or around April 4 but for whatever reason it went to my husband's spam folder.  

We're grateful that you took time out from your schedule to respond. The car is in wonderful running condition in addition to holding a lot of sentimental value to our son (USAF). Although the Mustang is no longer used for traveling, it has taken him to military bases on assignments pretty much all across the nation. From Florida to Virginia and on through the Colorado mountains in the dead of winter, up to Utah and a number of other states. 

When we didn't receive a response from our city councilman, or thought we hadn't received any reply at all, we wrote the mayor's office. Only today, Sunday, when I decided to check my husband's spam box on his behalf to clean it out, because he forgets to check it, did I notice a response from you. 

We still haven't gotten a response one way or the other from the city works department. However, we just wanted to let you know how grateful we are that you took the time to respond, although we don't live in your district. 

Forever Grateful,
Camp & Brenda Washington 

* * * 

Camp and I just want to take the time to thank Mayor Andy Berke and Miss Loudermilk for responding after I wrote  to the Chattanoogan about the broken rear window on our son's Mustang. Regardless of the outcome and whatever the city works department decide, we're both grateful they both took the time to respond. It's understandable that with such a busy schedule, and I'm sure Mayor Berke receives many emails, that he cannot be expect to reply to them all. 

My husband and I have always thought highly of Mayor Berke, and always will. 

Anyone care for another story of the ventures of Miz Cobra M?

Well here goes, whether you want to hear it or not:

It was the dead of winter, January to be exact, when my son was on his way to a military base in Utah. The route taking him through parts of Colorado. As always, when traveling a great distances or isolated areas he passed on detail information about the routes he'd be taking.  On this occasion, believing he'd avoid the bad Colorado weather that time of the year by taking a more southern route from Denver and head upward through southern parts of Utah, he decided it might be safer travel south upward rather than continue traveling northward. I hadn't lived in Colorado since the 1970s, but there was something about the route he planned I found disturbing for whatever reason. I couldn't shake the premonition and the feeling this was not the better route to take. 

So I sent out pleas to all those who've traveled the lands before and even to Miz C'Tang, asking if this was not the route to take to please guide my son onto a safer one. Finally, after days of feeling a sense of foreboding a calmness took hold and I felt peace.

Low and behold, when he arrived in Denver and was within minutes of taking that originally planned route, he stopped for gas and noticed Miz Cobra was leaking radiator fluid. He called to have the car towed to a shop using a plan he keeps for such emergencies, and when the tow operator came out to tow the car a conversation ensued with the tower asking him where he was heading. My son told him and explained the route he plan to take.  The tow truck operator told him not to take that route but to continue on the northerly route once the car was repaired. The tow operator went on to say they'd had several vehicles lose their brakes using that route and go over the steep mountainside. They'd already had either five or six fatalities for the month of January alone. The narrow roads could be unsafe even in warmer months. In winter months they could be especially treacherous and deadly. 

When Miz Cobra was repaired my son continued on the northerly route the tow operator had advised and made it safely into Utah. 

End of Story. 

Thank You/ A special Thank You To Mayor Berke and Miss Loudermilk. At least we now have a better understanding of matters.

Brenda & Camp Washington 

The Urban Legend Of Senior Tax Relief

Do The Math

Roy Exum: Casada Is Embarrassing

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)

Just minutes before Saturday night’s Statesman’s Dinner in Nashville, Goernor Bill Lee sent a message to the citizens of Tennessee that our elected “statesmen” are about a pound shy of being ... (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)

Do The Math

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 - ? This is proof that the HCDE cannot manage a budget. Having the tax money for an extra 15,000 students on a yearly basis and not having to spend it on them looks like it should cover ... (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)


Red Bank Dunks Cleveland For First Swim Win

It’s been a challenging summer so far for the Red Bank Gators swim team, but they had extra reason to celebrate Monday night after beating the Cleveland Aqua Tigers for their first win of the season. Both teams entered Monday’s competition winless in three meets, but the Gators now have a slash in the win column after recording a convincing victory by a final score of 402-262. ... (click for more)

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)