published Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Hamilton County Commission designates its chairman to enforce laws against those on county property

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, left, talks with Occupy Chattanooga protesters on the lawn of the Hamilton County Courthouse in November, 2011 .
Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, left, talks with Occupy Chattanooga protesters on the lawn of the Hamilton County Courthouse in November, 2011 .
Photo by John Rawlston.
Should Occupy Chattanooga protesters be ousted from the courthouse lawn?

The Hamilton County Commission today voted 8-1 to designate Chairman Larry Henry as the county's agent for enforcing laws against those on county property, including Occupy Chattanooga.

Occupy Chattanooga has been camped out on the lawn of the Hamilton County Courthouse for some time.

Continue checking here later today for more information and then find the complete story in Thursday’s Times Free Press.

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Ansley Haman covers Hamilton County government. A native of Spring City, Tenn., she grew up reading the Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga Free Press, which sparked her passion for journalism. Ansley's happy to be home after a decade of adventures in more than 20 countries and 40 states. She gathered stories while living, working and studying in Swansea, Wales, Cape Town, South Africa, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Ga., and Knoxville, Tenn. Along the way, she interned for ...

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acerigger said...

The Occupy Protestors are"Dangerous",to the status quo and their toadies!

December 21, 2011 at 1:41 p.m.
chrisbrooks said...

A reporter interviewing Occupy Chattanooga members on the lawn of the Courthouse said that the County Commission was planning to waste tax-payer money by pursuing legal action in Chancery Court. Occupy Chattanooga has been peacefully and very respectfully (even deferentially) demonstrating since moving to the courthouse in November.

The County Commission had previously met in secret, violating the Open Meetings Act or "Sunshine Law", to discuss taking legal action against Occupy. Since then, County Commissioners Warren Mackey and Tim Boyd have both publicly stated their opposition to the current "Sunshine Law" which demands greater government transparency in favor of a new law which would allow for private, back-door deliberations.

According to the Hamilton County Commission website, the next planned meeting of the County Commission is an Agenda Setting Meeting on December 29th and then another Regular County Commission Meeting is scheduled for January 4th. All meetings are held at 9:30 AM.

County Commission Chairman Larry Henry can be reached at (423) 894-6269 & (423)209-7200

December 21, 2011 at 2:13 p.m.
lookinfour said...

Get them off the lawn now. There are already laws in place prohibiting these idiots from being there. Enforce them.

December 21, 2011 at 7:53 p.m.
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