Signal Mountain Citizens Need More Information On Sale Of Water System

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Signal Mountain has received proposals to buy and/or manage our water system from Walden’s Ridge Utility District, which is public, and TN. American Water, a private company. When asked about having town meetings before any decision is made on this issue, then Mayor Dick Gee publicly stated at a town council meeting “we are going to have a thorough discussion with the citizens … we'll get a lot of input from citizens on what they feel is the right thing to do.” 

When asked if there would be a couple of meetings with a Q & A format, so WRUD and TAW employees and/or representatives would each answer one question at a time from the public, Councilman Gee responded “At least a couple. Yes.”  I consider Councilman Gee a man of his word. 

The time frame set for these meetings is March 14-April 4. 

Potential customers of these entities deserve to have questions answered from personnel qualified to provide answers. I would expect WRUD and TAW to send several employees knowledgeable in areas such as water rates, riders, infrastructure, hydrant maintenance, customer service, water quality, info. about expense trackers, etc. 

If TAW or WRUD will not participate in this format, and I can’t imagine both would not jump at the chance to answer questions in public, then the citizens can ask their questions to the one group that does want to participate. 

I urge the citizens of Signal Mountain to attend at least one of these meetings. Bring questions
or just come to listen and learn. 

The dates have not been announced, but I hope more information will be sent out in the very near future. March 14 is just around the corner. 

Claire Griesinger
Signal Mountain



Happy Birthday ToThe Williams/Hardy House

The Williams/Hardy House celebrates its 90th anniversary on Lookout Mountain this year.  Designed by local architect Clarence T. Jones the main house was built for Mrs. Ethel Soper Hardy.  Work began in spring and completed by late summer to early fall in 1928.  The Williams family would later occupy the house for nearly 60 years before it was purchased by the National ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Driving In Reverse

When I was putting together The Saturday Funnies column the other day, there was a particular quote that resonated with me. The great writer Jodi Picoult once said, "My dad used to say that living with regrets was like driving a car that only moved in reverse." I love that and it’s true. Some hours later, as my dog and I sat in the dark, I thought a little more about that. If ... (click for more)

Attorney Davis Says Other Driver In Styles Case Pulled Gun While Driving Wildly; Denies Radio Host "Blacked Out"

Attorney Lee Davis said the other driver in a Friday road rage incident in Hixson pulled a gun on radio personality Jeff Styles while driving wildly.  He denied that the talk show host blacked out.  Jeff Styles, who was shot in the forearm, was charged with aggravated assault and vandalism. The other driver, Nickolas Bullington, was not charged. Police said ... (click for more)

Gerald McCormick Pulling Out Of House Race

Former House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick has decided to pull out of the House District 26 race and take a position with an engineering firm in Nashville. He told the Chattanooga Times Free Press the move would still give Republicans a seven-day window to find a replacement as the election nears. His wife, Kim, earlier took a position with the State Board of Regents in ... (click for more)

Lookouts Break Out Their Bats In Saturday's Rain Shortened Game Beating Barons, 12-2

Birmingham AL --  On a wet night at Regions Field, the Birmingham Barons (32-36) fell to the Chattanooga Lookouts (36-33) by a 12-2 score on Saturday night in a rain-shortened contest. The Birmingham loss evens up the five-game series at two games each with one game to play in the first half. Rain and the Lookouts were the winners on Saturday night in Birmingham as the ... (click for more)

CFC Wins 2-0 At Inter Nashville FC

Chattanooga FC remained undefeated in NPSL play Wednesday night, beating Inter Nashville FC 2-0 in Nashville.   David Valenciano had CFC's first goal late in the first half.  Jose "Zeca" Ferraz scored the second goal minutes before the final whistle.  This is the fourth road game in the last two weeks and they play their final rode game at New ... (click for more)