published Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Signal Mountain will appeal TSSAA decision

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    Middle linebacker of Signal Mountain High School Tim McClendon tracks the offense of Bradley High School during the 7-on-7 Passing Camp at Signal Mountain High School on Saturday, July 16, 2011.
    Photo by Alex Washburn /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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Signal Mountain High School officials have decided to appeal the TSSAA’s decision last Friday that vacated six wins and left a player ineligible.

“We have asked for an immediate hearing,” SMHS principal Dr. Tom McCullough said in a release earlier today. “We stand by the information we submitted [to the TSSAA] regarding the student transfer and believe him to be eligible.”

The TSSAA, after sending two staff members to the school last Thursday declared that the player was ineligible based on the fact that he did not live in the Signal Mountain High School district.

However, the grounds for Signal’s appeal are based on Section 13-B in the TSSAA handbook that states that a student is ineligible unless he resides in the territory of the school to which he is transferring. The TSSAA section states that a territory is the “geographic boundaries and bus routes of the area served by the school as established by the local board of education.”

The student in question was granted a hardship by the Hamilton County Department of Education.

“The local board of education has established the territory for this student to include Signal Mountain,” McCullough said. “If the TSSAA maintains that board-approved hardships do not establish ‘territory,’ then there are numerous student athletes in Hamilton County and across Tennessee whose eligibility may be questionable.”

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ScoopAway said...

So this will come down to the ole. School board / TSSAA Blame game.. this could get very interesting for alot of Schools and Kids. I can name 3 Schools right off that has let kids come from somewhere else to be their couches pet while other kids set the bench.. I hope they all get caught. And just so im clear about this.. That kid went to signal mountain to play football not to get a better education.

October 11, 2011 at 1:46 p.m.
TheInsider564 said...

Fell free to support your claim. All you have to base your argument off of is the inaccurate stereotype concerning the Signal Mountain Football program. So go ahead, back up what you say.

October 11, 2011 at 2:15 p.m.
VoiceOfTruth said...

I think the bottom line is: Does he live on Signal Mountain or in the Red Bank area? If not, then he shouldn't be allowed to play for Signal Mountain. When will 'football' mentality be eradicated and academic integrity be promoted. You go to school - whether secondary or college - for an EDUCATION - not to play sports. Unfortunately you don't have to be smart to play sports - if that were the case there wouldn't be enough students eligible to make a team.

October 11, 2011 at 2:18 p.m.
ChattaVol06 said...

ScoopAway: While you may be able to guess as to why this student went to Signal Mountain for school, you cannot prove it. Let me ask you this... is a Signal Mountain High School education better than a Brainder High School education (where the student would have to go if the school board didn't okay his transfer)? The answer lies in the fact that SMHS is recognized as an International Baccalaureate World School. There are only 3,290 IB World Schools in the world, so this is a very high honor for a school to receive. There are only 19 schools in the state of TN with this honor, and the only other Chattanooga area school with it is Brown International School. If the Hamilton County School Board okayed for this student to go to SMHS, then I think the TSSAA should respect that and allow the student to participate in varsity athletics. These kind of things go on everywhere. If the TSSAA upholds its decision, this could turn ugly for many schools under TSSAA jurisdiction including Alcoa and Maryville, the pride of Tennessee high school football.

October 11, 2011 at 2:21 p.m.
ChattaVol06 said...

Also, if the TSSAA cared about the individual student, Tim McClendon, then they would allow him to play varsity football at SMHS. The fact is that this student will get good football exposure while also receiving a great education at SMHS. The end product of this combination will probably lead to a football scholarship at a respectable college for Tim McClendon where he will ultimately receive a college degree to further his chances at success in life. SMHS helps him attain the standards that are required to be accepted in college while also maintaining eligibility to play college football. I am NOT arrogantly saying that he could not receive this same combination of benefits at other programs in the Chattanooga area. I am merely stating that SMHS provides this great opportunity for McClendon, and the Hamilton County School Board agreed when they allowed him to enroll at SMHS.

October 11, 2011 at 2:25 p.m.
deputydawg said...

HE STARTED FOOTBALL AT HIS OLD SCHOOL THIS YEAR WHICH WOULD MAKE HIM UNABLE TO PLAY UNTIL NEXT YEAR AT SMHS

October 11, 2011 at 2:44 p.m.
headcoconut said...

Shush yo' mouth now, y'all hea'!! If he wasn't a stand out athlete y'all wuld be ah tryin ta force him into a' inna-citi school, like sig mountin huv told so many o' they otha stu'ents who don't play sports.

October 11, 2011 at 3:09 p.m.
ENGLISHMAN said...

What a can of worms has been opened. If the TSSAA back down then there will be more 'clerical' errors and disputes over zoning. If they uphold the decision then how many other school athletic programs accross the state will suddenly receive scrutiny. What the TSSAA should NOT have done is punished a team of hard working hard playing guys that are innocent and are paying the price for somebody else's mistake (honest or intentional). I hope they can find a happy medium. And as for choosing SMMHS, when you have high academic standards and a winning Football team, why would you not want to go there if you have a valid claim and you are an athlete. SMMHS is setting the standards for Hamilton County and rather than try and knock it down, why are people not trying to build their schools up and reach those goals and heights as the community does on the Mountain? Support your local school.

October 11, 2011 at 3:10 p.m.
signal101 said...

deputydawg: If you are going to argue, at least be aware of the TSSAA rules. To start, TSSAA stands for TENNESSEE (not Georgia)Secondary School Athletic Association. For your information, Tim participated in practices this summer with LFO (LAKEVIEW FORT OGLETHORPE...which is in GEORGIA. Therefore, he was not participating in athletics at another school in OUR district, IF he had been, then he would have been ineligible. Tennessee rules over TENNESSEE, not GEORGIA. Your comment is completely invalid.

October 11, 2011 at 3:16 p.m.
rusty7 said...

Pretty simple really. If the school board let him go there and he is an athlete, then he must be allowed to be on that school's team if that's what Mr. McClendon wants to do. You can't allow someone to go to a school and exclude them from extra-curricular activities because they don't live next door to the school.

October 11, 2011 at 4:13 p.m.
TDMan said...

Good for Signal. Wiping out the winning games is grossly unfair. They were TEAM wins, not McLendon wins. Fairness on the field. Fairness in life. Reverse your decision TSSAA. It was shameful and a disgrace to collegiate sports.

October 11, 2011 at 4:29 p.m.
ScoopAway said...

@payingattention... as usual your looking for that 5 minute gig.. Everybody please acknowledge cryingattention..

October 11, 2011 at 4:44 p.m.
ldurham said...

Englishman wrote, "Support your local school." So...since Tim McClendon lives a mile away from Brainerd High School, does that mean he should support, um, Brainerd? Or any of the other half-dozen public schools that are closer to his house than the shining school on the hill?

October 11, 2011 at 4:48 p.m.
BOOBOO99 said...

only reason he went to that school is to play football not learning..The coaches knew what they was doing...If you get caught cheating ya gotta pay the piper. THEY ARE CHEATS!!!

October 11, 2011 at 4:59 p.m.
ScoopAway said...

BooBoo99....Couldn't agree more

October 11, 2011 at 5:08 p.m.
rockridge said...

102 grads last year. 98 went to college. 2 into the service. Its not just the football and golf team kickin-a**. We voted on the school, pay our taxes for it and stay involved. Nothing elitist.....no entitlements. Quit hatin'. Its played out.

October 11, 2011 at 5:25 p.m.
sportygirl04 said...

I love high school football but it's times like this that put a sour taste in my mouth. First of all, let me just say that I do not believe that Coach Price had anything to do with this. I personally know Coach and I do not think for one moment that he would jepordize the future of the boys let alone the opportunity for the seniors to play their entire last year for just a couple wins. Regardless of what you hear, Coach Price considers each of those players family. Second, I just want to address some of the negative talk on these boards. Have we forgotten these are just high school kids playing a sport they love? The players on that team have no control over what happens in the paperwork. You may think that Signal got what they deserved but you can't hold these boys accountable. I have been to several games that Coach Price has coached over the past years and his players have always exemplifed good sportsmanship. Coach Price and the players have no control over how the parents/fans act. Some of you may need to "vent" your happiness over Signal being stripped of their wins but please remember what is at the base of this....just high school boys wanting to play football. It is my hope that TSSAA overturns their ruling.

October 11, 2011 at 5:26 p.m.
AndyBrown said...

6-3, 245 lbs, played on both sides of the ball.C'mon man!!If you believe Signal Mtn., then I have a great snipe hunting expedition business that you should get in on. It's just a shame that the kid and his family are caught in the middle of the areas ridiculous obsession with high school football. This obsession comes at the expense of more legitimate academic pursuits,the arts, and apparently in the case of Signal Mtn., the rules that govern fair play

October 11, 2011 at 5:29 p.m.
ldurham said...

I'm just glad this excellent school has decided to open its doors to all comers. Want to attend a world-class school where almost every student goes to college? Apparently, no matter where you live, just go to the central office, tell the nice lady that it's a hardship to go to school anywhere but Signal Mtn, and they'll rubber-stamp your request in a hurry. And the mountain residents will welcome you with open arms, whether you happen to be a great athlete or not. Because it's all about the children.

October 11, 2011 at 5:48 p.m.

That's right....fight for your unethical wins!

October 11, 2011 at 6:34 p.m.
sra1952 said...

I thought this was very interesting,from TSSAA rules:Responsibility of the Principal Section 7. The principal of each school, in all matters pertaining to the athletic relations of his/her school, is responsible to this Association. Administrators must realize that they have more responsibilities than the general public to understand the purpose of high school athletics and the principles behind the TSSAA rules, and they must maintain that level of understanding and purpose when dealing with the general public and students. The principal shall exercise control over all finances, the scheduling of contests, and all other matters involved in the management of the school's athletic program. Any school whose athletic program is managed by a non-school group shall not be eligible to hold membership in TSSAA. The principal shall furnish to the Executive Director such information as may be desired concerning eligibility of contestants, participation and reports on officials. Failure to comply within a reasonable time shall subject the school to suspension, fine or other penalty. Any eligibility list shall remain on file in the principal's office for a period of not less than five years. The principal, assistant principal, or athletic director shall attend the meeting for all administrators annually. Failure to attend shall result in a warning. If an administrator does not attend the following year, the fine shall be $50.00. Section 8. All games shall be properly supervised to insure sportsmanlike contests. The host school shall be responsible for providing sufficient security to insure orderly conduct on the part of all spectators. Visiting teams shall be accompanied by the principal or someone designated by the principal. If the game is played on a neutral field and neither team is designated as the host team, the competing schools shall share the responsibility of providing sufficient security. Member schools are responsible for the conduct of their own fans and students at every athletic contest,regardless of where it may be held. The coach and principal of each of the schools participating in an athletic contest shall file a report immediately with the state office if there is any unusual incident involving poor sportsmanship, during or following the game, on the part of players, coaches, school administrators, game officials or spectators.

October 11, 2011 at 6:55 p.m.
devldoc said...

Reverse your decision TSSAA. It was shameful and a disgrace to collegiate sports. I thought this was about high school sports. I don't have a dog in this fight, but I think it's funny to read all the crap people write. SMHS doesn't seem too worried about this kids education, just that he can't play football. This is why the hamilton County School board is so screwed up. And one last thing if they don't need him to win then what happened last friday? Just saying, and thats all I got to say about that.

October 11, 2011 at 7:26 p.m.
macropetala8 said...

Weren't some parents, one a cop, and teachers writing letters to the media not long ago complaining about the troubles those dark skinned folks were causing at their pristine signal mountain high school? Calling for them all to be kicked out and sent back to their urban domain? Guess making the school look good running with that football and making touchdowns can make even the most racist racist change their minds. interesting

October 11, 2011 at 8:05 p.m.
1982indian said...

Bill Price has been cheating one way or another since his days in Soddy Daisy. Open your eyes people it was just a time bomb waiting to explode. By the way I was at a resturant on Signal Mtn. Sunday, it is called Gutheries. It must be a sponser of Signal Mtn. athletics because they're add said that they will feed the Eagles after every home win. My question is, are they going to get paid back for the home wins that Signal Mtn. got caught cheating in this year.

October 11, 2011 at 8:13 p.m.
InformedReader said...

I feel that the TSSAA has set a precedent that could raise an issue for some coaches in Hamilton County not to mention other areas in the state. Our school(in Hamilton County) has kids that attend that we are forced to take. They live out of "territory" and happen to play sports. 4 play football. And not to mention a private school who is allowed to take kids from any "territory." Its a mess that can have major consequences going into the future.

October 11, 2011 at 8:16 p.m.
0079ab said...

it shouldn't surprise anyone that TSSAA has conveniently avoided a blatant conflict of interest on the TSSAA staff getting as much press attention as this SMHS incident has. a Sequatchie HS football faculty member serves on the TSSAA board and was responsible for opening the investigation that started this mess, something that had until then gone unnoticed. if the TSSAA truly had a problem with this player they would have had the sense and the means to investigate the issue prior to the start of the season. petty small twon politics aside, any adults spitting venom and holding grudges towards any high school because of football pride should be absolutely ashamed of themselves. lots of big mature adults fighting like toddlers anonymously on an internet comment string over their childrens' school's sports program. really? in public this is the kind of stuff that gets you barred from attending games. SMHS has plenty of these types as does does every other school in the region. anybody that's heard of the bible before should know who really deserves to throw stones in this situation -- no one.

October 11, 2011 at 9:11 p.m.
ldurham said...

If I had say, 5 kids who are unhappy and underachieving at their school, far out of the Signal Mountain zone: would it be OK if they come on up and enroll there? I mean, they can't play sports, they're not good students, and they get in trouble now and then, but it would be good for them to attend such a great school. A school that welcomes all children for the betterment of their education. Could we just drive on up there, or do we need to go to central office and cry "hardship." Just let me know.

October 11, 2011 at 9:20 p.m.
signal101 said...

It's funny that most of you all claim that no one cares about his education. There are a few reasons as to why it is not being mentioned as much as the football issue: 1. THIS WHOLE ISSUE IS ABOUT FOOTBALL. 2. we don't need to question why he is up here...WE KNOW it is for his education and the larger scale of opportunities Signal offers him. If you care to notice, no one is playing the race card in this argument except for Signal haters. I'd like to point out that just about every Signal Mountain student and resident that is aware of the situation STANDS BEHIND Tim, so if we were so racist why would we stand up for an African American person if we wanted them to go back to the "inner city". Secondly, he is NOT a part of the No Child Left Behind act, he is on a hardship TO GET A BETTER EDUCATION, so I'm pretty sure that he wouldn't come up here unless he WANTED to receive an education that will further him in life. We are not sitting here judging you all, so how dare you judge us. You don't know us.

October 11, 2011 at 9:21 p.m.

As a signal student myself we see all the hatred and are aware that everyone in Hamilton County hates our school. All the articles I have read have been very one sided and there are definitely more then one side to every story. The students and faculty of SMMHS are all aware that we have a target on our back and if we mess up we will be blamed for everything and there will be several articles written. Just because we have made mistakes does not mean you grown adults should start trashing our school or the mountain in general. It really is sad when a high school student is being more mature then a grown adult so here's a word of advice grow up and just stay out of things that you are not a part of. We love our school and just because we have a nice facility does not mean we are better then any other school and we do not believe that we are better then other schools we just are up here for a good education. And FYI not everyone on the mountain is rich just thought I would let everyone with that they have false information. If you even want to judge us how about you interview us or something where we can have our opinion heard not just a bunch of garbage that is not 100% true. We are classy deal with it.

October 11, 2011 at 9:37 p.m.
ldurham said...

Hey classy Signal Mountain people: so you're telling me that he got a hardship to go there for a better education? Uh, huh. So he would get a better education there than at Ooltewah High School (the one he's zoned to attend under NCLB). Wow, all this time I thought Ooltewah was a good school, that graduated great students who can go to college. Thanks for straightening that out. You guys really are classy.

October 11, 2011 at 9:42 p.m.
InformedReader said...

The Brainerd area is not paired with Ooltewah. You can file a hardship to attend any Hamilton County school. Whether it is approved is up to the school system.

October 11, 2011 at 9:50 p.m.
signal101 said...

He is zoned for Brainerd, and a hardship allows him to pick the school of HIS choice. So, Ootlewah is a good school, but when you end up laying the two on the table there is absolutely no reason as to why he wouldn't choose Signal. Signal is better academically, and they happen to have a star football team and he is a good athlete. Why wouldn't he choose to go to a school with the best education offered in the area AND to the school with great athletic programs, considering the fact that HE is an athlete? Yeah, none. Signal is over all statistically better, sorry if that hurts. Jealousy is an evil thing that is showing ALL OVER this wall. I find all the hatred quite intriguing considering how much Signal has done for other areas in the city. If we are all so stuck-up and snobby, why would we bother helping others? Once again, that proves your judgement is wrong.

October 11, 2011 at 9:56 p.m.
moosepudding said...

I have always been one to look for the better side of people. But these comments frankly make me sad to be a human being. Some of these comments are so blatantly rediculous and hateful to a kind hearted young man, a good-spirited group of students, a well taught bunch of players, an admirable principal, and a proud, amazing environment that is signal mountain. all I can say is, I certainly hope what most of you say is out of jealousy, because if it is legitimate, you are some pretty sorry excuses for humans.

October 11, 2011 at 9:59 p.m.
ldurham said...

Well, according to the TFP and the Hamilton County Board of Education, Brainerd IS paired with Ooltewah. http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/sep/07/transfers-double-out-of-low-performing-schools/?print But if nothing else, this little scandal has let out a helpful secret: parents, if your underachieving child wants a free private school-type education, just yell "Hardship" and your child can attend Signal Mountain! And be welcomed with open arms. That's good information, for sure.

October 11, 2011 at 10:06 p.m.

All that I am stating is that I love Signal and there is nothing but good people up here. So stop judging if you think we are so big and bad how about you come up here and ask us yourself instead of getting your info from sources that are not entirely true.

October 11, 2011 at 10:20 p.m.
lawstudent43 said...

Idurham: what gives you the idea that this one student at Signal was an "under achiever"? The facts bear out that there are particular schools that are failures and that any child attending one of these failing schools is legally allowed to attend another school that IS within standards. Even the Almighty Red Bank had to send out letter to parents stating that they had "failed" federal standards, and the kids were allowed to attend other schools. You obviously don't know what the hell you're talking about. As for Red Bank, Red Bank was always a school of Excellence until they started busing kids in from the projects, then suddeny, after decades of being above par, suddenly, they are having to offer to bus kids away just so they could get a decent education all because "too few are graduating." What does that tell you? That schools like Red Bank and others are suffering for bussing kids in that don't give a dman about life. That's what.

October 11, 2011 at 10:30 p.m.

First, I really feel sorry for this young man, because he's been put in the middle of all this. That being said, SMMH has put themselves in this "glass house" which they now occupy. It's not just this situation, but a conglomerate of incidents that have transpired in the past; such as fights on sidelines involving parents, underage drinking issues, and other unsportsman related mishaps. In reference to comments made about this young man's education; he can get an "quality education" anywhere. It depends on the individual student, not the school!! I have two daughters myself; one attends University of Notre Dame, and the other is at Vandy. Both are on merit scholarship,and graduated from Soddy Daisy High, so SMMH doesn't have some "magic status" that gets students into great colleges. Way too many Signal parents and students seem to be spewing this rubbish. TSSAA sanctions prep athletics for a reason, and if the rules are broken they take action. Aside from that, school athletics are supposed to be fun; however, it just takes a handful of people to take that away.

October 11, 2011 at 10:32 p.m.
signal101 said...

We don't mind if a student actually WANTS to come to get a better education, but what we DO mind is when people come up to school on our taxpaying dime, receive free lunch and do nothing but impact the school negatively. Care about your education and becoming a productive citizen of society....we have no problem with you attending our school. The reason we care so much is because we don't want our school ending up like the failing schools have. We paid for our school with the money from our own pockets, so we have a right to care about who comes and goes at our school.

October 11, 2011 at 10:38 p.m.
my3boys said...

1982indian: guthries feeding the student athletes after winning home games, is truley none of ur business. its called having community support for your students, whether they are athletes or not. further more, if you dont like it, find yourself another way back home to "dunlap"

October 11, 2011 at 10:55 p.m.
my3boys said...

taytay2011: please get all of your facts together before commenting on the soddy-signal confrontation over the summer. yeh, there were players and parents involved. however, one small detail you let out was the fact that an adult (coach) from soddy hit a smhs player during fight, but of course all the video on youtube posted my soddy parents, so conveniently left that part and others out. talk all you want about smhs, but soddy have been trouble makers forever. look at the soddy-red bank game every year. can u recall last time that they played when there wasnt a fight.

October 11, 2011 at 11:01 p.m.
AndyBrown said...

First off, not one person on this thread criticized the student. Secondly, you guys that are calling the violation a paperwork blunder are being naive, dismissive, and willfully innaccurate. I should only hope that you are in a similarly compassionate mood and on my jury if I am accused of violating a law or rule. Third, the rules for eligibility are so easy to get around that I have little doubt other schools, in their lust for a state title, do the same thing. It's just that Signal got caught red-handed.

October 11, 2011 at 11:04 p.m.

I am currently attending SMHS as a freshman. I know it may be a hard concept for some of you to grasp, but we really do have a good learning environment where everyone respects and supports one another. I don't know anything about a problem with the so-called "inner city" students. I have befriended many of them and am unaware of anyone who wants them gone. I know this all comes down to the decisions of a bunch of biased, small minded politicians, but I really wish that every adult involved in this mess would grow up and stop acting like children. I am truly appalled at the behavior of the "adults" who bicker like this problem actually has any relevance to them whatsoever. Grow up and mind your own business, people!

October 11, 2011 at 11:06 p.m.
my3boys said...

devldoc: as for the smhs vs polk game friday, it was an emotional loss. these kids are under fire all the time, not just now since tssaa thing. TFP, other communities, the news, etc never have anything good the say about these young students. only the negative things are discussed. they were harrassed pregame,game, and post game by relentless polk county fans concerning tssaa invest. what everyone is forgetting is that these players are just children. and im sure, that if it were anyone elses children other than those from signal mtn, things would not be looked at with such harsh and relentless views and comments

October 11, 2011 at 11:08 p.m.
my3boys said...

not everyone on signal is wealthy or has it made. not everyone on signal is there for athletics. an ovewhelming % of students come from homes with real working parents just like everyone else. some come from homes where single parents are working multiple jobs to have there children in the high school and elementary schools on signal mtn, and alot of these students do not play sports. alot of people have taken ther kids out of private and put them at signal (yes, just for academics--not athletics) yes the schools have the best of both worlds it seems. so please dont criticize,because the truth be knows, if you could make a better opportunity for your children by changing to another school because you thought that they would have a better education and opportunities for the future.. im sure that you would make changes to.

October 11, 2011 at 11:17 p.m.
toby said...

There are some people on here who are hilarious. They have no idea what they are talking about, and it is obvious by their comments. I am going to e-mail or contact the TSSAA in some fashion and request they look at hardships at other schools. There are numerous students who are on hardships who compete in high school athletics. I know for a fact. Also, I think it is ridiculous the TSSAA waits till two weeks after they knew to contact signal mountain just where it affects their playoff chances. Why would they wait two weeks. I know atleast 4 hardships on one team. If the TSSAA is going to look into hardships they need to look at all schools not the school that is winning. IT IS SIMPLY UNFAIR FOR THE TSSAA TWO WAIT TWO WEEKS AFTER THEY KNEW. THATS A JOKE..

October 12, 2011 at 8:19 a.m.
nodawg said...

Let me get this straight Signal101..Tim can no longer attend SSMHS? He HAS to attend a school that has failed the NCLB requirements? According to ALL your post he JUST wants a better education. Well, I love the Mountains of East Tennessee but I also love the sunny beaches of Florida, but......

October 12, 2011 at 11:08 a.m.
eastridge8 said...

Well, if Tim DIDN'T go to SMHS for the football but SOLELY for the education, then I wonder what his grades are? What were they where he used to go and what are they now at SMHS? Just asking...

October 12, 2011 at 11:15 a.m.

@eastridge8 as a matter of fact, we have very strict rules about grades for student athletes. Our athletes must be passing every class in order to play sports. Failure to do this results in a dismissal or suspension from the team. While I don't know Tim's grades, I can assure you that they are respectable not only for a student athlete, but for any student at all.

October 12, 2011 at 1:50 p.m.
Maverick11 said...

Wow.... these comments are pretty amusing to be honest. We have people that support their local high school football team, people from areas off of Signal Mountain that want to trash talk the mountain and the residents of the mountain, then you have the ones that talk bad of HIGH SCHOOL KIDS!!! Really... come on, they are kids! It is not like they are the ones who did the computer work, they just turned in paperwork as requested. When all of you start talking down upon Signal Mountain and this situation try put yourself in the shoes of Tim or in the shoes of his parents! I am pretty sure you would not stand for all of this crap to be said about your child.

October 13, 2011 at 8:12 a.m.
dmparentx2 said...

Sorry to change the subject but this seems like a good place to get some info on the local schools. We are moving from Dallas to Chattanooga and would like some input from the local parents. We like the Ooltewah area but are tossed between the two local high schools; Ooltewah and East Hamilton. I've heard good and bad about both, but I'm especially concerned about the over crowding at East Hamilton and was also told that the administration at East Hamilton is horrible with a lot of attitude. Please give me some honesty here.

October 19, 2011 at 4:53 p.m.
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