A Time For Action

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Hamilton County mayoral and district attorney candidates need to publish a pragmatic plan to protect our children now.  

Here are some ideas: 

1) Better fund, train and equip school resource officers.  Allow the Chattanooga Police Department to provide more S.R.O.s to augment H.C.S.O deputies.  

2) Coordinate with Homeland Security, F.B.I, A.T.F and federal intelligence agencies as well as state assets to provide more effective mental health treatment for troubled students. Monitor people who have made threats or exhibited aggressive behavior, many mass shooters/domestic terrorists have slipped through the cracks of the legal system. Sometimes red flags are raised in different jurisdictions. Accurate and prompt interdepartmental information sharing can save lives. 

3) Create a special D.A task force that can be two fold to confront and counter the two most dire problems which are the fentanyl epidemic and mass shootings in schools and churches.   

4) Provide efficient training for qualified teachers and church security teams willing to carry firearms and defend children and parishioners. 

5) Install metal detectors at every school operated by a sworn peace officer or highly trained armed security guard. Make our schools protected like court houses or government buildings.  

6) Install bullet proof doors that teachers can easily lock. 

7) Demand that Governor Lee and state legislators change the state law back to requiring gun permits in order to conceal carry firearms. This is a common sense public safety imperative as there are now thousands of armed Tennesseans who have never taken a gun safety class or shooting accuracy test.   

Andrew McLaren


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Opinion

Academic Achievement Tied To Funding?

Now that's funny. Memphis schools spent $11,250 per student, which is third in the state. Yet they are ranked #103 in the state academic rankings. Metro Nashville spends $11,012 per student which is fourth in the state, yet they are ranked #80 . When I studied statistical analysis at UT 55 years ago that was known as an inverse correlation. Who do the educated populace vote ... (click for more)

Take Me Out To The Ballgame

Let’s see if I have this right. Taxpayers are to foot the bill to the tune of $80 million for a new baseball stadium that will be designed to hold 6,000 people. We must not plan on a great deal of attendance. Research reveals that during pre-pandemic in 2019, the average attendance was 3,948. Furthermore, under the current proposal if you attend a game, you must pay to park. So, ... (click for more)

Breaking News

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A Hixson couple has been charged with murder in the death of their mentally handicapped son, who died from severe malnutrition and dehydration. John Dennis Hoover and Jacqueline Hoover are charged with first-degree murder and wilful abuse or neglect of an impaired adult. Chattanooga Police responded to the 6700 block of Ardis Lane in Hixson on June 23. They were told by ... (click for more)

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Fifteen-year-old Reagan Paris is still languishing in a local hospital after she was one of six youths shot in downtown Chattanooga on May 28, her family said. A GoFundMe page has been set up for Reagan. The page says, "15-year-old Reagan was enjoying her day with friends and family. While visiting the downtown area she was sadly caught in cross fire and tragically shot ... (click for more)

Sports

Lookouts Rally Twice To Beat Birmingham

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CFC Wins 2-1 Over Visiting Syracuse Pulse

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