Midas worker Blake Leveille looks up at the bottom of a car that failed the emissions test in this file photo.Photo by Dan McLaughlin
With some opposition, Hamilton County commissioners today voted 7-2 to renew a contract with the state of Tennessee to continue testing emissions in the county.
Commissioners Greg Beck and Warren Mackey were the two "no" votes, both saying the emissions testing process was a burden on poor residents.
Commissioner Joe Graham said he didn't like the hardship on underprivileged residents either, but if Hamilton County lost its air quality compliance it would be "devastating to our economic growth."
Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...