published Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Mackey says he’s running again


by Cliff Hightower

by Matt Wilson

Hamilton County Commissioner Warren Mackey said Thursday that he is definitely running next year to represent the county’s 4th District again.

“I want to formally announce that I intend to run for re-election,” he said.

A Democrat, Dr. Mackey said he wants to continue to contribute to “an effective County Commission” that brings jobs to Hamilton County, shows fiscal responsibility and strengthens schools.

Commissioner John Allen Brooks already has held a kickoff event for his re-election campaign, and most other commissioners have said they plan to run again.

County Mayor Claude Ramsey has hinted at a re-election run but has not formally announced one.

LAST ANNEXATION COMPLETED

The city of Chattanooga completed the last of its annexation Tuesday night, voting 7-2 to annex an area in Summit between Old Lee Highway and Interstate 75.

Councilman Russell Gilbert and Councilwoman Deborah Scott voted against the measure.

The annexation will take effect 30 days from the final reading. This completes the last of the annexations the city plans this year. The city started annexing areas two months ago. Since that time, Mayor Ron Littlefield said he would suspend annexations if the county would talk to the city about metropolitan government.

EVERYONE’S TRYING TO GET COMFORTABLE

During a committee meeting Tuesday afternoon, City Council members heard discussion about whether the city could face a potential lawsuit if the council decided to approve a bid for a fire hall at Enterprise South.

The Associated General Contractors of East Tennessee told the council that a subcontractor for the project had not been licensed in Tennessee.

Councilwoman Pam Ladd said she thought it would be best to pass over voting to approve the contract.

“I’m not comfortable,” she said.

Council Chairman Jack Benson phrased it a different way.

“So, you’re uncomfortable?” he asked.

“Yes,” she said. “You said it so much better than me.”

Later, the council talked about whether to vote on a memorandum of understanding for the city’s Service Employees International Union.

“I’m very conflicted about this,” she said. “And maybe even uncomfortable.”

Members of the audience burst out laughing.

wamp offering spring internships

Local students and young professionals looking to spend some time working for a congressman can apply for an unpaid internship in the office of U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn., for the spring, a news release states.

“Candidates who reside in Tennessee’s Third District and are part of an educational program are given additional consideration,” the release states. “Several staff members in Congressman Wamp’s Chattanooga, Oak Ridge and Washington, D.C., offices started out as interns.”

Applications are available at house.gov/wamp/internships.shtm.

henry speaks at Gop women’s meeting

Hamilton County Commissioner Larry Henry will be the speaker Tuesday at a meeting of the Hamilton County Republcan Women.

Mr. Henry said at a Hamilton County Pachyderm Club meeting earlier this year that he may look at a countywide office but has since said he likely will seek re-election in his County Commission district.

The meeting, which is open to the public, is at the Golden Corral on Gunbarrel Road at 11 a.m.

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