Hamilton County general and Tennessee primary election stories
- Greeson: Back to school means we need to get back to what's important
- Sohn: Don't take your vote for granted
- Anti-incumbent fever fails to take hold in Tennessee primaries
- Greeson: Sadly, moral indignation did not lead to civil obligation
- Voter turnout plummets for Hamilton County, state elections
- Sohn: When our voter turnout equals voter flame-out
- Cooper: Mayor Andy Berke's election 'results' mixed
- McCormick effort to call special House session to oust Durham fails to get 66 signatures
- Six Tennessee House primaries decided by fewer than 100 votes
- Kustoff takes aim at House seat after winning GOP primary
- Sohn: Voters looked for change in local races
- Cooper: Hamilton County voters want board accountability
- Voters oust three of four incumbents from Hamilton County school board
- Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Melody Shekari win big in U.S. House primaries
- Rep. Scott DesJarlais turns back tough challenge from Grant Starrett
- Incumbent Rhonda Thurman wins District 1 Hamilton County school board race
- Kathy Lennon beats Jonathan Welch for Hamilton County's District 2 school board seat
- Tiffanie Robinson unseats George Ricks from school board in District 4
- Joe Wingate bumps Donna Horn from District 7 school board seat
- Marty Haynes defeats Mark Siedlecki in Hamilton County assessor race
- Khristy Wilkinson is Democratic choice to face Todd Gardenhire for state Senate seat
- JoAnne Favors wins landslide primary victory in 28th District race
- Rep. Mike Carter trounces his Republican primary rival in state House District 29 race
- Election briefs: Incumbents hold Lookout commission seats
- Durham loses GOP primary after sexual harassment allegations
- Kustoff wins GOP nomination in open Tennessee U.S. House race
- Coverage of Tennessee Primary and Hamilton County general elections
- Where to vote in the Hamilton County general and Tennessee primary elections
- Times endorsements for Hamilton County general, Tennessee primary elections
- Free Press endorsements for Hamilton County general, Tennessee primary elections
- Congressional, legislative races are focus of Tennessee primary
- Tennessee voters go to the poll to decide on U.S. House nominees
We all were outraged last December when the news circulated about the victimized then-freshman basketball player at Ooltewah High School.
It made us ashamed. And angry. And, at the time, motivated.
Well, motivated to a point, apparently.
Amid the outrage and the finger-pointing - there were a multitude of issues before the Hamilton County Department of Education ranging from test scores to facilities - we are left with some startling realities.
Yes, the four Board of Education races yielded three new faces - incumbent Rhonda Thurman rolled in District 1 - and with that comes the hope for something new.
Will new be better? Let's hope so. The first step will assuredly be finding a new superintendent, an education hero who will arrive with a clean slate. Simply put, a trio of new board members running on a platform of change hardly could support the status quo in our search for new leadership, right?
Let's hope not.
Secondly, for all the outrage and indignation, the voters of Hamilton County were apparently happy to be sideline screamers rather than active participants.
There were a touch more than 13,000 votes cast in the four races for the school board. If that number seems low, it's because it is low. That's down almost one-third from the votes cast four years ago in those races.
So our volume, as a community, from December through August was replaced with our apathy come voting day.
So it goes, I guess. But know this: You can have as many opinions as you want, and they can be as passionate as possible, but if you skipped Thursday's election, you forfeited your true voice.
Fountain of youth
When I voted Thursday, it became quite apparent that voting is not a young man's business.
Walking through the parking lot of our polling place, I was by far the youngest in sight.
And remember, I'm 45.
That got me thinking, what are the five places that a 45-year-old person feels like a teenager because of his surroundings?
* Your voting site. Clearly.
* Any bingo game anywhere. In fact, we went to a Knights of Columbus bingo game many years ago, and the level of seriousness from the ladies there bounced somewhere between SAT tests and a job interview.
* The 8 a.m. Sunday service. This is not the Karaoke Church or the Dance-Party Church. This is the formal doings bright and early come Sunday. Yes, there may be only, say, 15 people there. But those 15 are likely providing 60 percent of the offerings, and well, thanks and God bless.
* Mount Vernon Restaurant at 4 p.m.
* The Chattanooga Symphony. Hey, they do good work, and this is just another example that with age comes wisdom and better choices.
What will he say next?
On the other end of wisdom is the next controversy in which Donald Trump has found himself.
This one involved getting into an argument with the parents of a soldier who was killed in the line of duty.
Side note: Save the rationalizations about the Khans.
This is a question of politics and history.
Simply put, we have never been in an election like this.
With that in mind, what extreme would it take for you to be truly surprised by the next Trump fiasco?
He's made fun of women. Of fat people. Of a handicapped reporter.
This week, he told a baby to shut up and mentioned his daughter Ivanka as a likely member of his cabinet. Egad.
So what could be next?
Making former Baylor University football Coach Art Briles in charge of Title IX reform? Asking Billy Long to run the FBI? Turning to Bernie Madoff to run the Treasury? (well, that last one, considering Barack Obama has generated a $19-trillion-and-growing debt, well, maybe that would not be so far-fetched all things considered.)
No, there's no way that could happen and someone could be considered a presidential candidate. Wait
To all of you who voted, this is a starting point.
From there, we'll go to all of the winners on Thursday. Thank you for the commitment to serve and accept the good and bad of public office. (And to your families we also say thanks, because this a complete sacrifice across the entire dinner table, whether it's on Bonny Oaks or in D.C.)
Also, thanks to those who ran and did not win. Our political process only works with choices and debate, and there was a wealth of choices.
For one in particular, we'll say thanks for your efforts, Doc. You were better than most knew.
Contact Jay Greeson at firstname.lastname@example.org and 423-757-6343. His "Right to the Point" column runs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on A2.