Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Public invited to meet Chatt State president candidates


Chattanooga State Presidential Finalist Forums Open to the Public

The public is invited to attend and participate in the open forums planned for each of the four finalists selected as the potential next president of Chattanooga State Community College. The forums will be held from 2:30-3:30 p.m. EST in the Humanities Auditorium and also live streamed via the following link: https://www.tbr.edu/hr/executivesearches/president-chattanooga-state-community-college.

During the forums, each candidate will present an introductory speech about him or herself and then answer questions from the audience. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are encouraged to attend and participate in the forums for this important search.

The public forums will be held for the following candidates on these dates:

April 19: Dr. Rebecca Ashford, vice president of student affairs, Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville.

April 20: Dr. Pamela Haney, provost, vice president for academic affairs, Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hill, Ill.

April 21: Dr. Kirk Nooks, president, Metropolitan Community College – Longview, Lee’s Summit, Mo.

April 25:  Dr. Tyjaun A. Lee, vice president for student affairs, Prince George’s Community College, Largo, Md.

For more information or to review vitaes, see https://www.tbr.edu/hr/executivesearches/president-chattanooga-state-community-college.

MCN announces ad openings for “Grad Tab”


Moms and Dads of 2017 Grads

I know it’s unnerving to think, but we are just a little over a month away from graduation! Every year, Marion County Newspapers has featured all of our area graduates in a commemorative insert featuring North Jackson High School, Richard Hardy Memorial School, South Pittsburg High School, Whitwell High School and Marion County High School. In the recent past, we’ve been told that we haven’t made people aware that they have the opportunity to place feature messages of support and/or pictures for their grads early enough. This year, we’re trying to get the message out early enough and wide enough that everybody has a shot at putting their message in.

We’ve got options ranging from $90 to $350 to start out. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to commemorate your grads proud accomplishment. Call Debbie at 423-837-6312 ASAP and we’ll be sure and reserve your space!

Kimball Easter Egg Hunt ready to launch


We’re hanging out with friends and neighbors at Kimball Park getting ready for the Easter Egg Hunt!

MCHS Softball Field opens new season


The efforts of family and friends of Lady Warriors softball don’t go unnoticed for fans at the new refurbished field and facilities at the Marion County High School softball field. With a renovated press box and a new retail front for their concessions, the team’s legions are rightfully proud of the accomplishments.

Check a future issue (we’re suspecting the April 25) of the Jasper Journal for the full story. As for now, have a look from one of the new box suites overlooking the outfield…okay, maybe there haven’t been that many modifications, but the picture gives you a pretty good view of the sweat equity that has been put into the field and facilities.

MCSD conducts standard search at SPHS


Wednesday morning, South Pittsburg High School was placed on lockdown. Marion County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) was conducting normal drug sweeps through the school.

Chattanooga Police Department vehicles were on scene also, but they were merely providing the K-9 units to expedite the search. MCSD’s K-9 program was not resurrected after the passing of their last K-9 unit. Chattanooga PD emphasized they were only at the school in a supplemental capacity to detectives from MCSD.

Detective Gene Hargis emphasized there was no specific lead prompting the search. “This is just a routine random search that we periodically do at the schools,” Hargis continued, “We didn’t find anything of substance on the search.”

The MCSD makes sporadic searches throughout the county as part of an effort to dis-incentivize drug usage and distribution among young people.

Kimball Park Egg Hunt Friday Night


Friday night, Kimball Park will be the scene of Kimball’s Easter Egg Hunt. It will begin at 6:00 pm. The hunt is open to children under 12. Don’t forget your own basket. Kimball wishes to thank the many businesses that sponsor this event.

Jasper votes water increase to stay ahead of losses


The Water and Sewer Board of the Town of Jasper, which is composed of the alderman and mayor of the town, has voted to raise water rates for the first time in seven years. Even with the increase, the town’s prices are well below adjacent water system’s cost to consumers.

Mayor Paul Evans said in the meeting, “As you know in our latest [audit report], Paul Johnson was talking about the loss on our water.” Johnson being the primary accountant with Johnson, Murphy and Wright which was the group that conducted the town’s audit this past fiscal year. Evans extrapolated on the people included in the preparation of the rate increase including Gary Cosby with CTI Engineers and town employees. Evans then announced the proposal. “It’s an increase, just on the minimum bill, of one dollar on the town residents and four dollars outside the town. It will bring in $228,000,” Evans said. “The proposed increase would also bring transfer and connection fees from ten dollars to twenty five dollars to reimburse our costs on those actions.” The recent audit showed a $194,000 shortfall in actual operating expenses versus revenue.

The shortage in operating capital for two fiscal years in a row could lead to the State of Tennessee taking over the water operations and setting the rates as they see fit. With that reality looming, the board voted to accepted the rate changes without dissent.

The new rates will take effect on July 1, 2017. The new rates will be:

Inside Town Limits            Outside Town Limits

0-2000 Gallons (Minimum Bill)        $7.00                                $15.50

Over 2000 Gallons                          $3.00/1000 Gallons           $4.25/1000 Gallons

Transfer and Connection fees will be $25

In a followup interview, Mayor Evans pointed out, “This really only amounts to twelve dollars for people inside the town limits and forty eight dollars for people outside the town per year…so some people won’t even really notice as it’s spread out over the year’s billing.”

MCHS Softball hosting Sale Creek


Updated 4/11/2017 7:20 pm to reflect final score

At a beautifully refurbished field, the Lady Warrrior softball team was struggling down 0-3 to Sale Creek Lady Panthers in the fourth inning.

Ultimately, the Tribe would succumb to the Lady Panthers 2-10. The Lady Warriors take on the Lady Pirates of South Pittsburg on Thursday, April 13 at 4:30 at home.

Fear not South Pittsburg, mystery helicopter explained


Late this morning, residents and businesses started hearing an incessant helicopter flying low near downtown.

The chopper is just lifting some materials on top of the new Lodge plant. No word on the time span the area will be affected.


Jasper Eggstravaganza set to start


Jasper TN Park getting ready to unleash the assembled masses loose on thousands of eggs!

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