published Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Reporter's Notebook: Hamilton County Commissioners drop out of spin class

Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Beck noted in this week’s meeting that none of his fellow members showed up for a second spin class at the county’s wellness center.

“It was very strange that after the spin class last week nobody opted to come back,” he said.

He vowed to be a leader in that area.

County Mayor Jim Coppinger followed him, encouraging commissioners, “If you enjoyed the spin class, then you’re going to love the yoga class [Health Department director] Becky Barnes is setting up.”


This week is school board appreciation week, Coppinger proclaimed.

Coppinger commended the board members as “a tremendous resource as local decision-makers, diligently working to meet the challenges of a dynamic world while ensuring that every child receives the services needed for a quality education.”


The Hamilton County Democratic Party will hold a State of the Union-watching party Tuesday night.

The event, which will be free and open to the public, will be from 8 to 10 p.m. at Blue Orleans, 1463 Market St.

More information is available at 266-4125.


County Clerk Bill Knowles, a founding director of the Tennessee County Clerks’ Organ Donor Awareness Foundation, said Hamilton County motorists donated $30,253 in 2011.

“Even during weak economic conditions Hamilton County motorists have shown a tangible interest in aiding persons desperately awaiting ‘the gift of life’ by receiving an organ or tissue transplant,” Knowles said in a statement.

The foundation raises money a $1 at a time and supports an awareness program to support organ donation.

Hamilton County’s total was second-highest in the state.

about Ansley Haman...

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 ...

about Kevin Hardy...

Kevin rejoined the Times Free Press in August 2011 as the Southeast Tennessee K-12 education reporter. He worked as an intern in 2009, covering the communities of Signal Mountain, Red Bank, Collegedale and Lookout Mountain, Tenn. A native Kansan, Kevin graduated with bachelor's degrees in journalism and sociology from the University of Kansas. After graduating, he worked as an education reporter in Hutchinson, Kan., for a year before coming back to Chattanooga. Honors include a ...

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