Tommie Brown is a State Representative. Her district is drawn by the Tennessee General Assembly, which has yet to release their maps outside of Republican caucus & campaign strategy meetings. The public has not been allowed to see the maps, unlike the process used to publicly discuss district lines in Chattanooga.
The districts being discussed in this article are those for the Chattanooga City Council. I fear that readers will see your incorrect comments and mistake them as factual. Republicans have been drawing state lines in secret for months in Nashville. They will not be made public until January. At that point, they will be final and there will be no input from citizens.
edcuatedmom, that is not how surveys & polls work. They aren't invalid just because every single student didn't participate. They are based on valid samplings from schools, private & public, throughout the county. Some schools, including GPS, refused to participate because they didn't want the public to know the findings. Underage drug & alcohol use is a problem in Hamilton County. We can just ignore that and stick our heads in the sand, or we can use this study to figure out how to tackle the problem.
If that four year old had been legally allowed to carry his own gun, this wouldn't have happened.
Of course the Mayor lives in the City. That is a requirement to hold the position. He was making a very good point that ALL city residents live in Hamilton County. This idea that city residents don't pay for county services is absurd. If you live in Chattanooga, you pay twice as much for some county services as someone who lives in another municipality or an unincorporated area.
It's worth noting that David Bales never tried a case in Hamilton County before he was elected to Sessions Court. He owned a chain of Fantastic Sam's salons and was Chair of the Hamilton County Republican Party. That is enough to qualify you for the bench, apparently.
Saw an earlier mention of the River Gallery Sculpture Garden, which I also love. Public art is a great asset for the city, but just for the record, the River Gallery Sculpture Garden is 100% funded by the Bluff View Art District. It receives no public money of any kind.
Is anyone naive enough to believe that Fred Skillern wouldn't steal the mayor's office and give it to a friend if the opportunity arose. Coppinger will take the mayor's job by force and the people will be the victims. Like any theft, this should be prosecuted in court.
This is nothing more than a ploy to tarnish a dedicated and selfless public servant. I know for a fact that all calls for Rep. Brown have been made from Chattanooga. Ms. Wood apparently can't get elected without tricks so here comes the Republican smear machine. Ms. Vinson is a liar, and a poor one at that. She is just hoping that voters will be distracted by this on the eve of the election.
Why isn't the focus of this article about Republicans operating in secret as opposed to Democrats being open to the presence of reporters? It would be nice if the Times Free Press didn't ALWAYS serve as the public relations arm of the Republican Party. Any lawmaker (including Representatives Casada and Mumpower) should not be afraid to express their views to their constituency. Do sunshine laws not apply to the Republican caucus?