Lobbyist's Facebook profile no longer visible

Lobbyist's Facebook profile no longer visible

September 20th, 2009 by Cliff Hightower, Matt Wilson and Kevin Hardy in Blogsmetrochatt

A Friday search for Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce lobbyist Hayes Ledford's Facebook profile turned up no results.

Mr. Ledford took some heat last week for using the term "ragheaded" in a post on the social networking site about the terrorist attackers who flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. A fourth plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.

Mr. Ledford could not be reached for comment Friday. A spokesman for the Chamber said he preferred not to comment.

In an e-mail to board members Friday, Chamber President and CEO Tom Edd Wilson said the Chamber is "accelerating our work to develop a written policy related to employee use of social networking, and we are discussing next steps to address the situation internally."

The e-mail also included an apology from Mr. Ledford that noted he had removed the comments from his Facebook page.

"I let my passionate sense of patriotism get the better of my judgment," he said.

Facebook allows users to make their profile invisible to searches from anyone other than their approved Facebook friends or remove their profiles entirely.


During a public hearing Tuesday night about the potential annexation of Cummings Cove, Council Chairman Jack Benson opened the meeting by telling everyone what he wanted to accomplish.

"We're doing this so everyone's opinion can be suppressed," Mr. Benson said.

The crowd erupted into laughter.

"I mean not suppressed, expressed," he said, correcting himself.

services of a different kind

Georgians who call the first 1-800 telephone number on Google.com for the Georgia Public Service Commission might get a different kind of service than they were expecting.

Callers who dial the number listed are told they can "connect now with exciting local ladies" and are given a different number to call.

The real number for the Georgia Public Service Commission, which is listed on the agency's Web site, has a different digit than the one listed on Google. The third listing on the Google site is the correct number.

celebrating dilla

Cleveland, Tenn., is celebrating its first armadillo appearance by putting it on display at the Museum Center at Five Points, according to a news release.

The armadillo, which was killed by a motorist in June, has been mounted and now can be viewed through a glass case. Allan Jones, founder of Check into Cash, paid along with a local radio station, WOOP, to have the armadillo, which has been nicknamed Dilla, put on display.

"In the next 50 years, armadillos should be plentiful in Tennessee. We'll be the only community around with enough forethought to preserve the very first one," Mr. Jones said.

A song about the armadillo can be heard at the WOOP Web site, woopfm.com.

sro for washington?

Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Beck on Wednesday reiterated a point he made in August about the lack of a school resource officer at Washington Alternative School.

"We're asking for trouble to leave that school unprotected," he said. "We cannot go by the same rules of placing officers somewhere just because there's a lot of students and taking officers because there's not a lot of students."

Mr. Beck said the students at the school, which serves students with discipline problems, are "guaranteed to start trouble."

Sheriff Jim Hammond has said he decides which officers go to schools based on student population and disciplinary reports.

Mr. Beck said the commission should re-think how it funds school protection.

Commission Chairman Curtis Adams said he agrees that Washington needs an officer.

no consensus on beer sales

The Chattanooga City Council's Legal and Legislative Committee sent Greg Haynes with the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency back to the drawing board Tuesday on a proposal to allow beer sales at community grocery stores.

The proposal would have allowed owners of stores in C5 zones - where beer sales aren't allowed - to obtain a special permit to sell it. Council members discussed limiting the sales to a certain number of square feet in the store or a certain percentage of the store's floor space.

But police Chief Freeman Cooper said those special permits would "create a special problem." He said it would be very difficult for police inspectors to quickly determine the size of the area where beer is being sold.

Councilman Russell Gilbert said enforcement likely would have to depend on public complaints rather than routine check-ups.


Red Bank commissioners engaged in some fun-loving teasing at their meeting Tuesday.

Mayor Joe Glasscock invited residents to attend Friday's Red Bank High School home football game against Howard School of Academics and Technology. The school was celebrating the football team's 70th year by bringing back former players and coaches.

"No, I did not play on the team that first season," the mayor joked with the group.

"What, they hadn't started it yet?" Commissioner Ruth Jeno said.

Commissioners and residents in attendance shared a good laugh with the mayor.

"Boy, I get no respect," Mr. Glasscock said.