A Mountain Hermit

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

I know a man who lives in a rough, 1987 Chevy S-10 truck a few miles from me. He has untrimmed beard and hasn’t changed clothes since last summer. There are more beer cans in the back of his truck than a college frat boy could collect in four years.

He can barely walk. He has nerve damage. A wheelchair is in his near future. He’s depressed. He comes by every day for coffee. I walk it out to his truck, along with an occasional breakfast that he nibbles on while sipping beer.

I think he likes the smell of the coffee. He has money, but he’s dysfunctional. He owns a trailer that he refuses to live in because it was broken into three years ago - and is still a daily topic. He doesn’t want to live in it for fear of making a trail through the tall grass, signaling that someone still lives there. Paranoid he is.

The stories he has are true, but a normal person would never believe them. He’s a Vietnam Vet, and he’s hilarious, smart, slightly psychopathic, and a good guy. And yes, he could do a much better job than Biden.

Sorry I had to make it political. 

Stacey Alexander


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Opinion

Marie Mott's Plan For Small Business And Skilled Trades In District 8

District 8 isn’t on the same playing field as the rest of Chattanooga. We’ve been left behind and overlooked for millions in support and economic investment. Everyone deserves access to career paths that grow wealth, support our community and protect our future. Here’s how we’re going to get it done: • Connect residents to future-ready job training. By 2025, millennials ... (click for more)

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Breaking News

EPA Awarding Brownfield Grant At Site Of Planned Lookouts Stadium

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Administrator Janet McCabe on Wednesday is set to present the city of Chattanooga with Brownfield program cleanup and assessment grants at the site of a planned new $79.5 million stadium to be used by the Lookouts. The press conference will be at the U.S. Pipe/Wheland site. The grant is "to help spur economic revitalization ... (click for more)

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Sports

Lastoria Named As Lee University Assistant AD

The Lee University Athletic Department is pleased to announce the promotion of Carman Lastoria to the position of Assistant Athletic Director of Marketing and Communications. Lastoria is entering his 11th year with Lee Athletics. He served his first five years as the Sports Information Coordinator, working for legendary Sports Information Director, George Starr. He has spent ... (click for more)

Mocs Add Transfer Lamiah Walker To Women’s Roster

Chattanooga head coach Shawn Poppie announced the addition of transfer Lamiah Walker to the 2022-23 roster. “Lamiah is a perfect addition to our women's basketball program,” Poppie said. “She immediately adds to our culture with her work ethic, resiliency, and character.” Walker, who prepped at Signal Mountain High School, is transferring from Austin Peay after one season ... (click for more)