Grundy County Commission Chairman Ralph Rieben has resigned his post because he and fellow commissioners are at odds over how the county should solve the problem of the county’s aging jail.
Rieben said in a letter of resignation that he believes the county should move quickly toward a new facility, but because of a lack of support by the rest of the body “it would be in the best interest of everyone if I just step aside.”
Chairman pro tem Earl Geary Jr. said commissioners likely will pick someone in February to fill Rieben’s vacant seat.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...