published Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Chattanooga Council Chairman Yusuf Hakeem wants to defund transportation director position

Council Chairman Yusuf Hakeem wants to defund Transportation Director Blythe Bailey's position because he questioned Hakeem's proposal to funnel money to a private company.

Hakeem has called a special meeting next Tuesday to discuss what he calls Bailey disrespecting him and calling him a "crook" in an email.

Last week, Hakeem sent an email inviting Bailey to meet with Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority, (CARTA), the City Council and Millennium Taxi cab owner Tim Duckett to talk about a proposal to partner with Millennium.

Bailey declined to attend the meeting explaining the proposal appears to violate the city's purchasing policy by already having a vendor in mind for the project.

See tomorrow's Times Free Press for complete details.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

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 ...

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