Locals in the Brainerd community packed Armando’s, a popular burger joint, today in hopes of talking with Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke about their concerns and requests.
The lunch-time meeting named Burgers with Berke will become a monthly ritual where the mayor will pick a restaurant in each district in the city to visit, said city spokeswoman Lacie Stone.
During the hour lunch, locals talked to Berke’s staff about concerns ranging from more city-wide support for the elderly to fighting crime to reaching out to the Hispanic population in the area.
“One of the things I learned in the Legislature was how important it is to keep in touch with your constituents whether its the problems that they have or the ideas they come up with that are key to our area ,” Berke told the crowd.
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...