published Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Hamilton County commissioners pull agenda item for more funding for firing range

Hamilton County commissioners today pulled an agenda item seeking an additional $550,000 for the joint city-county downtown police firing range.

Sheriff Jim Hammond told commissioners today he felt Mayor Jim Coppinger should meet with Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and get "more concrete numbers" for the construction project.

Costs for the planned indoor range in the 700 block of East 12th Street had increased by $1.05 million recently, due to architectural fees and soil remediation that had not been included in the project's original construction budget.

Chairman Fred Skillern said he agreed with Hammond.

about Louie Brogdon...

Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...

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