published Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Red Bank candidates dodge question

by Chris Carroll

Candidates for Red Bank Board of Commissioners avoided the elephant in the room during a political forum Monday evening.

Moderator Mike Dobbs asked whether City Manager Chris Dorsey should be replaced after a summer in which he fired former police chief Larry Sneed without telling the mayor and another commissioner.

David Smith, a candidate running for the District 1 seat, hesitated to answer before the Red Bank Community Center began rumbling.

“We’ll skip that one,” Dobbs said.

Several audience members commanded Dobbs to reword the question, but the moderator instead asked about aesthetics in Red Bank, and none of the candidates touched the Dorsey issue.

Dorsey is Red Bank’s highest-paid employee with an annual salary of $90,000, records show. His decision to fire Sneed started a chain of four lawsuits against the city asking a combined $6 million in damages.

Candidates moved on to plenty of other hot topics Monday night, including photo enforcement.

“If you don’t want traffic cameras and you’re a citizen of Red Bank, call me,” Commissioner Greg Jones said. “I don’t want to hear it from talk radio.”

All the candidates railed against a possible property tax increase, but Mayor Joe Glasscock was most adamant about what he would cut to avoid one.

“First off I’d stop giving every employee in the city a 2 percent across-the-board raise every year,” he said. “I’d also cut the $2 million proposed new city hall and pave some roads.”

Several candidates suggested background checks and stronger code enforcement to keep absentee apartment owners in check.

“Let’s just keep the thugs out,” Smith said.

John Roberts, Glasscock’s opponent for an at-large post, focused on attracting “businesses of all size” to Red Bank.

“If North Chattanooga can turn itself around, Red Bank can, too,” he said.

Challengers Ed LeCompte and Robert Perry lamented the Sneed situation from the summer.

“I’ll have an open-door policy, and there will be no back-room politics anymore,” LeCompte said.

“There’s a certain way to do things, and I believe in the people’s right to know,” Perry said.

Two incumbents running for re-election questioned the forum’s integrity because of public statements made by the sponsor’s president.

In a recent opinion letter published by an online news outlet, Red Bank Neighborhood Pride President Darin Wright wrote “two of the three [incumbents] running for re-election have done little to nothing to assist Red Bank,” referring to Jones and Commissioner Floy Pierce.

Wright argued that Jones “offers little to nothing” during his commission meeting statements and Pierce “has a history of not supporting public concerns,” slamming Pierce’s efforts to block funding to a city-financed seniors’ group in favor of a private one.

“All the questions are e-mailed in or handwritten by residents,” Wright said before the debate. “I haven’t even seen the questions.”

Pierce sat in the audience during Monday night’s forum and did not debate.

Last Friday, Jones criticized what he perceived as the debate’s “unfair slant,” but he participated.

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Allison12 said...

Is this the woman from the funny "colorist" video that was emailed around? Thinking it was a fashion video from the TFP. I will see if I can locate. If so, let us refer to this silly Red Bank issue, as the "colorist" meets the cosmotologist. Only in Red Bank would the vocations collide.

October 12, 2010 at 5:58 a.m.
dave said...

The real question is what is the state of the government in Red Bank....The vice mayor arrested three times, The chief of Police fired for arresting him...even though he was violating a court order. It seems that the City Government in Red Bank is not about: FOR the ALL the People, Just some of the People as the laws are NOT to be enforced if you are the vice-mayor! Let the People speak!

October 12, 2010 at 1:36 p.m.
eeeeeek said...

{“If you don’t want traffic cameras and you’re a citizen of Red Bank, call me,” Commissioner Greg Jones said.}

We're no longer citizens of Red Bank and we don't care if your nasty little town dies from it's many bad choices.

October 12, 2010 at 1:58 p.m.
LiesNPolitics said...

Was this your attempt to be cute?... Whatever your aim is you only come off as someone who is rather pretentious and instead of talking about the issue, attack somebody who is not part of the problem. Here we have a group of politicians, ones that are less skilled then most in avoiding questions, amateur liars, if you will, who are screwing everyone over. The average person should look at this and be angry but instead the average person acts as you, Allison12, they decide to be a gossiping fool saying nothing of significance or value. There is an obvious problem in our political structure but I guess it just follows the saying, "However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him.”

October 12, 2010 at 3:11 p.m.
Allison12 said...

Red Bank is a 7 mile by 1 mile subdivsion with run down housing, and commercial blight due to being the traffic camera Mecca. Red Bank and their silliness is something no one takes serious. Get a grip, Red Bank is a big JOKE of Hamilton County. Property values decrease just crossing into this silly little city and their political dysfunciton.Could care less about who is running that place.

October 12, 2010 at 4:27 p.m.
LiesNPolitics said...

Of course you could, you are a typical ignorant American. We should not wish ill on any city or call it 'silly'. You are ignoring the fact that this 'silly' town has a lot of people living in it who are just like you, no I won't say you because I would hope some people have more dignity then you. These people should want to improve the city and that can not be achieved without monitoring their leaders. The work of Red Bank Pride Association has already improved Red Bank by adding a dog park and working to create hype and community. You merely discounting it as 'silly' just shows your selfishness towards the rest of the population. Not everyone can afford to live downtown or in the pretty pretentious sub-communities. You are probably just disgruntled because you got a speeding/ traffic ticket from the 'Mecca' (which you used incorrectly look up the definition). Grow up, open your eyes, and realize the world does not revolve around your inflated self.

October 12, 2010 at 7:36 p.m.
sunnydelight said...

Want to know whats silly in Dead bank ? For one thing , the traffic signal # 9 at Browntown Rd. and Dayton Blvd. During the peak rush hour traffic, automobiles going North & South stop at that intersection wearing out brake pads and sitting for several minutes Burning gas while no car is in sight for the duration of the light change. What a waste of time and money. Wonder how much it cost to maintain that equipment?

October 12, 2010 at 9:18 p.m.
Allison12 said...

Most people simply seek an alternative route around Red Bank, a dog park will only help this City if they fence in ALL of the current elected official including that Curtis Adams Mayor and those Commissioners.

October 12, 2010 at 9:23 p.m.
wordsinmotion said...

Dear Allison12 your uneducated responses become vast with proven ignorance. The Mayor of Red Bank is Joe Glasscock.

October 12, 2010 at 10:43 p.m.
NObama12 said...

More property taxes in a dump town?? Let's pay more taxes on property that is decreasing in value. Gotta love it.

October 12, 2010 at 10:52 p.m.
HenryTen said...

Aside from dreams of revenue, why do politicians buy red light cameras?

  1. They think we like cameras! A blogger addressed Astroturf Lobbying by the red light cam Industry. (To read the blog, Google Rynski and Astroturf.) Evidently, Astroturf Lobbying is when a PR firm creates an artificial grassroots movement, often via comments posted on newspaper articles like this one. The politicians read the columns and, sensing strong community support, give the OK for cameras.

  2. They're immune to the tickets. In California a million private cars have plate numbers protected from easy look up, thus effectively invisible to agencies trying to process red light camera violations. Such "protected plate" lists exist in other states. (In CA the list includes local politicians, bureaucrats, retired cops, other govt. employees, and their families and adult children!) Someone should check to see how many, and who, are on the list in Tennessee.

October 13, 2010 at 3:22 a.m.
LiesNPolitics said...

Well I can see this was a waste of time well no...not a waste as I have had some incite into the minds of the generation that brought America into the beginning of it's deterioration. It's quite an amazing feat but you guys managed to vote for the worst political representatives in the history of America not only once but twice. Makes sense now that I can see that you guys can't even care about the politics of the community in which you live in. Not only that but you guys also hold an impressive array of opinions supported without facts. Such as red bank property values have actually increased in value. This does not surprise me as you are all a representation of a lazy selfish group of people too busy bitching about traffic cameras to work on improving their community around them. Education obviously holds no importance to you people. You disgust me, the only thing you guys have going for you at the end of the day is that you are the generation responsible for the recession and Americas decent into ruin. Congratulations.

October 13, 2010 at 10:19 a.m.
Allison12 said...

@LiesNPolitics of course your Mayor is not Curtis Adams, but this does accurately describe your mayor, crazy as Curtis.

October 13, 2010 at 11:53 a.m.
wordsinmotion said...

NObama12 taxes were not raised in Red Bank. The taxes in Red Bank remain low. Allison12 you continue to make no sense. NObama12 and Allison12 are you one and the same?

October 13, 2010 at 9:18 p.m.
noapathy said...

"lazy, selfish, bitching, gossiping fool" LiesNPolitics is definitely a gem! No one will listen to a point made by a person that approaches a situation in this way. And you have no idea what you're talking about when you blame the recession on this generation...Whatever! Get with the issues...Federal Reserve, CFR and the elite if you want to blame the recession on someone. They've been around for years! In my opinion, The Red Bank Pride Association is a joke, they alienate anyone that doesn't agree with them. A popularity contest if you will! Well, I'm not in high school anymore and couldn't care less about the criticism they hurl. I would rather volunteer with Red Bank Dixie Youth, Boy Scout Troops that meet in Red Bank and helping my direct neighbors before I would join a group of people that verbally attack others who express differing views. Talk about being counterproductive as far as creating a more cohesive community. I would be promoting a way to agree to disagree or finding common ground for citizens rather than using potty mouth antics. It makes the city look even worse when community representation acts this way.

October 15, 2010 at 3:19 p.m.
LiesNPolitics said...

I am not a community representative which gives me the right to use words I feel are appropriate, in fact I no longer even live in that area. I merely can't stand people who know nothing about what they are talking about. I am with the issues. Don't blame it on big government problems, it is the fault of people signing onto loans they did not read, and greedy people who trade those risky loans, and the paper money market being allowed to exist in little to no regulation because of a government that was elected by you people. A war that was started with little to no evidence. I could go on. This is your generation, own up to your mistakes. I am not part of the Red Bank Pride Association but I know people who help out and volunteer their time and a lot of them are great people, some not, but others are. BTW. This recession is not the result of years... it started with the control of Bush, we had a surplus before that, in case you don't remember. Potty mouth antics you say. I am sorry lazy and selfish and gossiping fools... is a potty mouth word. I will try to use fluffier words next time. As for bitching... there is no more accurate word for the way people deal with this exhaustible traffic camera issue. Get over it.

October 15, 2010 at 7:53 p.m.
noapathy said...

"Don't blame it on big government problems, it is the fault of people signing onto loans they did not read, and greedy people who trade those risky loans, and the paper money market being allowed to exist in little to no regulation because of a government that was elected by you people. A war that was started with little to no evidence. I could go on. This is your generation, own up to your mistakes" Seriously? You know what assuming does, don't you? I have in no way voted for the people currently in power, AT ALL. Nor do I have a home loan but you've got it all figured out. LOL I am very active politically, protest all of the things you speak of and connect with our representatives to keep them aware of my views before they vote for all of us. Bush and Obama are just the same, that goes for any other president since JFK. The FED printed a load of money out of thin air and that has created the recession, so you can say that goes back to 1913 when the Federal Reserve was created. CFR puppets do what the elite tell them to so you have alot to learn. You have no idea what generation I'm from, that's the funniest part of all. To not live in RB or be involved, you sure do take a strong stance and take it all very personally. You don't have to use fluffier words to sound intelligent, just broaden your vocabulary if you expect to be effective. As far as the cameras go, I will not rest until they are gone....and I have never been ticketed. They are for revenue alone and I'm not with the greedheads or the good 'ole boys!

October 16, 2010 at 11:54 a.m.
LiesNPolitics said...

So who cares what they are for. They do their job, they keep people from speeding and running red lights. That is what people should be doing anyway so why does it matter. "And you have no idea what you're talking about when you blame the recession on this generation". That would be how I came to the assumption you were part of it. Though you use 'this' generation you are talking about yourself as you yourself said you did not vote for people currently in power. Not my point, I said that were in power. Although the people in power now are in no way an improvement. I used to live in Red Bank. Therefore I like to keep current. A lot of people I like live there. I am allowed to take a strong stance if that's what I want to do. Are you going to tell me I can't. I take it personally because these people have no clue what they are talking about. It disgusts me, they sound like the ignorant people that others believe them to be. It is just a shame when people live purposefully into a stereotype. I didn't say I would use fluffier words to sound intelligent. I said I would use them to soothe your sensitive little soul. The recession did not start in 1913 that is laughable. REMEMBER WE HAD A SURPLUS IN THE CLINTON ERA!!!!! I know what I am talking about. Not all presidents are the same, some screw up less then others. It is mere generalization to lump them all into one. I happen to hate the government in entirety and have done extensive research to reaffirm my belief. I also had to analyze the recession. I know the major issues that made it rear it's ugly head. As for the CFR that is a given, I guess that is the one point on which we can agree.

October 16, 2010 at 7:48 p.m.
noapathy said...

A large amount of Red Bank citizens care what they are for. They do the job of generating revenue for the city at an enormous amount, revenue that needs to be generated from new business. We have plenty of cops to deal with the lawbreakers at the lights. It has been said these free them up to work the backroads but that apparently hasn't happened either. So go figure...endless propaganda is the name of the game. They release statements that the cameras are responsible for catching home invaders, this is a bold face lie. I happen to know how they were caught and eye witnesses gave the police every thing they needed to catch those criminals....but hey the lie keeps people believing we need them so they keep on. I also don't think two inches over the white line deserves a $50 ticket, they are not breaking the's a technicality that is basically effecting senior citizens that do not have the extra $50. People need to question these and their motives, we are not sheep to be herded. The representatives work for us and need to be reminded of that OFTEN! The Fed falsely lowers interest rates and then inflates them again, also creating (financial "bubbles") inflation and markets to collapse (when the bubble busts). Same as how the dollar is so close to being dumped by other nations because it's basically worthless from them printing money out of thin air. So no, it's not this generation's fault for putting people in power or any other generation for that matter (I'm older than you think). The Fed controls it all, the mass media just keeps everyone that listens "snowed" on where the fault lies. That's why so many congressmen and senators fight audits for the Fed. If they can control the money, they care not who makes the laws. They can still control everything with complete control of the interest rates and your tax dollars. The CFR chooses the president before we even go vote (in my opinion) so they are ALL CFR puppets and would not even be looked at twice unless they were going to be totally submissive to the agenda set before them. There was only a surplus during the Clinton era because the Fed allowed that to happen, in fact the only time the U.S. has ever paid off it's National Debt is when Andrew Jackson abolished the Bank of United States in the 1800's. They worked just as the Federal Reserve does today....not elected officials but private bankers that have no intention of telling us how they use our money. BTW, I'm glad we can agree on at least one thing.

October 18, 2010 at 4:08 p.m.
LiesNPolitics said...

This is a little to crazy conspiracy theory sounding for me. It is not the news but a study of financial documents that reveal the facts as to the causes, the mortgages that people signed on, the banks that let them sign it even though their credit ranking was poor, the selling of those loans to other banks, the heavy reliance of debt by businesses for credit, the sudden crash of mortgages, causing the businesses who relied on debt to crash, causing everything that business borrowed in paper money to default, causing owners of that to crash, and so on. It was a chain events that had been sitting there just waiting to burst in everyones faces. The Fed. Really They are not that smart. What would be the benefit of this. Yes they own more but they also own more debt and China owns us all. They have no benefit in this. No one does anything without motive. So if we wanted to be even more crazy we could say that China has infiltrated our government manipulating our minds allowing people to think they were in charge and then destroying us, so they could buy most of our debt.. BWHAHAHA

October 21, 2010 at 3:32 p.m.
noapathy said...

What would NOT be a benefit of this for the elite? That's really a silly question. Their motives are very basic and easy to see. Controlling the masses has been part of the agenda for years, it's not a new "crazy conspiracy theory". Look up Eugenics and Population Control, just another way of creating a bigger maragin between the haves and have nots. Actually China is extremely instumental in the one world government schemes, also owning us and many others because of debt as well. You can BWHAHAHAHAHA all you want, it's obvious your ignorant on most federal and international goverment issues. The financial bubble was orchestrated, they OWN the banks that made those loans (it was on purpose) and people took all they could get; hence falling for the agenda. Another reason we weren't given a choice to bail out banks at the tax payer's expense, both presidents (rep/dem) have done the same thing to us. Of course, Obama blames it on Bush but it's the same crap different pile. They get their orders from the elite and carry them out as good puppets should. It's our job not to be sheep and herded out of our liberty. That's one major problem with Southerners (and I'm not assuming anything about YOU, like you did about me)....they expect you to take information at face value and then keep regurgitating it like good little citizens without asking questions or investigating who does what and why to our country themselves. The time for that is over, the closed minded views in the South keep the real issues from being brought to light over and over.

November 1, 2010 at 2:48 p.m.
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