Kerns: Prison didn't diminish Coonrod; neither will stale news

Demetrus Coonrod reacts Tuesday, April 11, 2017 to her win over incumbent City Councilman Yusuf Hakeem in a run-off election.
photo Chattanooga city council district 9 candidate John Kerns is photographed in the Times Free Press offices on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

When a media report detailing Chattanooga Councilwoman-Elect Demetrus Coonrod's past run-ins with the law was posted on Wednesday afternoon, she was less than 24 hours removed from her remarkable victory over longtime Councilman Yusuf Hakeem.

I'll admit that in digesting the report, it was more than a little jarring to read the stark details of her turn-of-the-century misdeeds in language that was lifted right out of a case file. By the time I had consumed it twice, I was satisfied that even though the story had been colored-in a little more than before, I hadn't learned anything new.