Recent Entries

  • Mike Little: Cited to city court, you are wise to know your rights, its limitations

    Mike Little is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Chattanooga and an adjunct law course professor at UTC. The candidate for Hamilton County criminal court appointment shares his insights into rights of the defendant and traffic stops.

    Points of law that might be new to you: You cannot defend constitutional rights in a city court, which operates under what’s called private law. But you can appeal a negative verdict in city court to a constitutional court (a real court, if you will) and get a completely new trial. If you are hauled before a city court on a charge of violating a state law, you can “waive” the court and have your case sent to your citizen peers — to the grand jury. Please read more.

  • City’s debt approaches F$1 billion

    By David Tulis

    City government’s debt is close to $1 billion, with its obligations for obligations for principal and interest in the next 19 years supporting operation of a variety of governmental and commercial enterprises.

    The “total government primary debt” is $977.64 million, with about a fourth of it — $278.99 million — being interest. Interest is the charge laid against the city by companies that create credit (new money) in the fractional reserve lending process (inflation).

    The categories of debt include HUD loans; 2008 Hennen notes payable; hotel-motel tax; general improvement bonds; interceptor sewer system; solid waste/sanitation fund; water quality fund; downtown redevelopment corporation bonds; and EPB.

    The biggest slab of debt is created by EPB, with the total obligation at $429.76 million payable through 2034.

    In the city accounting for fiscal 2013-2014, the metropolitan airport authority and half a million in Carta debt are outside the tally, with IOUs totaling F$19.51 million.

    — Source: Chattanooga CAFR, 2014, comprehensive annual financial report, pp. E-10-E24

  • Doctors with cash practices find way into local economy

    Dr. David Redd of Chattanooga

    Dr. David Redd of Chattanooga

    Two tenets of local economy are “Near is better than far” and “Small is better than big.” Doctors are rediscovering the beauty of local economy by holding to these two concepts in either cash businesses or concierge practices. They rediscover a lost joy: “Personal is better than corporate.” Please read more.

  • UTC professor Spratt explores global warming, sky stripes, cloud ‘albedo’

    Henry Spratt, UTC professor

    Henry Spratt, UTC professor

    What happens when governments believe they must control the weather to save the planet and confound their enemies? Is the rise in global temperatures a mere pretext to seize greater control of national economies and industry? Is the use of jet aircraft to smog up the sky good in deflecting sunlight — but bad in trapping heat, exacerbating the overheating problem? Please read more.