Political Notebook: Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy to speak at JFK Club

Political Notebook: Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy to speak at JFK Club

February 18th, 2018 by Staff Reports in Local Regional News

In this Sept. 18, 2017, file photo, Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy talks to the Chattanooga Times Free Press editorial board.

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Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy to speak at JFK Club

Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy will be the guest speaker Tuesday for the JFK Club.

The meeting will start at noon at Adelle's, 400 E. Main St. The lunch buffet is $15, and parking is available.

JFK Club President Jane Elmore said she also is seeking locations for future meetings and speakers. For more information, call 423-827-4049 or email 51jelmore@gmail.com.


Businessman Randy Boyd speaks to reporters after a gubernatorial forum hosted by the Tennessee Business Roundtable in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

Businessman Randy Boyd speaks to reporters after a...

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Randy Boyd names law enforcement coalition

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd says he has 45 sheriffs, police chiefs and district attorneys to advise him on public safety issues in Tennessee.

Among them are Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson and Monroe County Sheriff Tommy Jones, Boyd said in a news release. He said those officers helped him create a 10-point plan to combat opioid abuse, and he has hosted public safety roundtables with law enforcement on ways to reduce violent crime, enacting truth in sentencing reforms, and support officer recruitment and retention, among others.

"Law enforcement officials will have a strong voice in my administration," Boyd said in the release. "None of our goals for jobs and education matter if we can't end this opioid crisis and if our neighborhoods aren't safe. That requires partnering with the officers and personnel who are fighting this fight every day on the front lines, and I look forward to working with them."

He said he also has been endorsed by 110 county and city mayors and a 21-member veterans coalition leadership team, both announced last year.

Learn more about Boyd at RandyBoyd.com or on Facebook at RandyBoydTN, or follow him on Twitter @RandyBoyd.


Democrats slam Tennessee GOP's inaction on Russia

Following the announcement Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had indicted more than a dozen Russians on charges of meddling in the 2016 election, the Tennessee Democratic Party launched a salvo at state Republicans.

State Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary Mancini said: "Tennesseans need to be able to depend on the integrity of our elections. The indictments from the special counsel are extremely troubling and re-confirm that a foreign government actively sought to influence the 2016 election.

"What is most concerning though, is Tennessee Republicans' lack of interest in doing anything whatsoever to protect future elections. Their inaction leaves our state vulnerable to future attacks and is not acceptable."


Max Fuller

Max Fuller

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Fuller seeks Alabama Senate seat

Max Fuller is seeking the Republican nomination for the Alabama Senate District 8 seat, challenging incumbent Steve Livingston of Scottsboro.

The district includes Jackson County, where Fuller was born and raised, and DeKalb County.

In a news release, Fuller said he would work toward better funding for education, recruitment of high-paying jobs for economic development rather than tax increases, improvements to Highlands Medical Center in Scottsboro, and transparency in government.

"I am an avid supporter of the Constitution and the Second Amendment. I believe that life starts at conception and I believe that instead of fighting one another, we should try to understand and love one another," Fuller said.

He said he was raised by a single mother and got his first job in a grocery store in Skyline, Ala., at 16. He has since worked as a retail sales representative for Pavestone, as a security supervisor for Huntsville Hospital and now as a legal assistant with Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys.

He is a reserve deputy at the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and a volunteer firefighter with Hytop VFD, also serving on the Hytop Park Board. He is a member of Church of the Highlands in Huntsville, Ala., and of the Scottboro chapter of Civitan International.