Reporters' notebook: No COPS grants for city police, sheriff

Reporters' notebook: No COPS grants for city police, sheriff

September 6th, 2009 by Cliff Hightower and Matt Wilson in Blogsmetrochatt

Mayor Ron Littlefield told City Council members Tuesday that the city did not receive any award from the federal Community Oriented Policing Services grant, or COPS.

The city had requested money for 50 officers through the program, which is funded with federal stimulus money. Nineteen agencies in Tennessee received funding, city officials said.

Both Memphis and Nashville received funding; Knoxville did not apply for the grant, Mr. Littlefield told members of the council's Public Safety Committee.

He said he thinks there could be additional funding next year.

"Hopefully, we're still in the running," he said.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond said his department also did not get COPS funding. The sheriff's office had applied for 20 new officers.

Mayor appears on Fox Business channel

Mayor Ron Littlefield appeared on the Fox Business channel Wednesday morning with anchors Dagen McDowell and Brian Sullivan.

The six-minute segment focused on revitalization of the downtown riverfront and how the city has brought in jobs and people over the last several years. Mr. McDowell also talked about how the development helped bring in Volkswagen.

Mr. Littlefield told the anchors that the development helped with the expansion of Alstom Power, which makes components for nuclear generators.

Mr. McDowell responded that Alstom Power also makes train parts.

When Mr. Littlefield expressed surprise at Mr. McDowell's knowledge, the anchor had a quick reply.

"I'm a train geek," he said.

ramsey touts prescription cards

Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey said Wednesday that the county's prescription discount card program is doing well.

"Those savings to Hamilton County consumers now is over $4 million, and 6,285 people have used the card this past month," Mr. Ramsey said at the County Commission meeting. "The average price savings was $13.75."

The program is a cooperative discount program through the National Association of Counties.

Tivoli, Memorial alcohol on agenda

Councilman Andraé McGary, chairman of the city's Education, Arts and Culture Committee, announced last week that the city would investigate whether to sell alcohol at Tivoli Theatre and Memorial Auditorium.

Mr. McGary said there would be a meeting of the committee Tuesday, and there would be an informational meeting regarding alcohol sales.

An opinion from the city attorney in the past has said that alcohol should not be sold at the two facilities because of liability concerns and because the city appoints members to the Beer and Wrecker Board, which controls beer and liquor licenses.

top Democratic speaking to club

Jeff Brown, chairman of the Hamilton County Democratic Party, will speak Tuesday afternoon to the Greater Chattanooga Democratic Women's Club, a news release stated.

Mr. Brown, elected as chairman in March by a unanimous vote, will discuss goals for the Democratic Party in the coming months.

Before taking over as party chairman, Mr. Brown served as campaign manager for current City Councilwoman Pam Ladd and also volunteered for current City Councilman Russell Gilbert's campaign. He also served as a volunteer coordinator and trainer for the campaign of President Barack Obama.

The monthly Democratic Women's Club meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Hall at 3922 Volunteer Drive, off Bonny Oaks Drive.

New recycling starts Labor Day

The city's new biweekly recycling program starts Monday with its first pickups, city officials said.

The program is offered to all residents who have signed up, and pickup will take place every other week. City officials said anyone wanting to know their pickup times can go to www.recycleright.org or call 311. If you have not signed up for the service, you can do so at www.recycleright.org as well, officials said.