Chattanooga Police Department K9 Teams Take Top Honors At USPCA Regional Spring Trials

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Chattanooga Police Department took top honors at the 2018 United States Police Canine Association Spring Trials in Rome, Ga. Two CPD K9 teams won awards for Top Dog in two different areas, Top Dog in several individual events, and finished with first, second and third place overall. 

A K9 team from Whitfield County won Top Dog Overall honors. However, since that team has trained with the CPD K9 Unit under the direction of CPD Head Trainer Barry Vrandenburg and Assistant Trainer Lucas Timmons for the past two years the Whitfield County's team finish was counted under CPD's overall finishes. According to USPCA, this is the first time one agency has taken the top three spots overall within Region 22 which includes law enforcement agencies from Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia.  

Officer Lucas Timmons and K9 Burt won the honor as Top Narcotics Detection Team. Officer Barry Vrandenburg and K9 Camie earned the honor as Top Explosive Odor Team. Both teams have been invited to represent Region 22 at the USPCA Nationals in Galloway, N.J. this coming week. 



Weekly Road Construction Report

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County I-75 North Exit 1 interchange reconfiguration project at mile marker 1:   Work on this project continues. There is now only one exit ramp that allows drivers to turn both east and west on Ringgold Road at a signalized intersection. Traffic has been shifted onto the newly constructed portion of Camp Jordan ... (click for more)

CDOT Announces Construction Closures

1100 Mountain Creek Road  Utility work will require closing the 1100 block of Mountain Creek Road this Saturday through Sunday morning.  Work will begin at 7:30 AM on Saturday, June 23, and the road will reopen Sunday morning.  The 1100 block of Mountain Creek Road is north of N Runyan Drive.  The detour is to use US 27 to Morrison Springs for access to properties ... (click for more)

2 Chattanoogans Were Among 3 People Killed In Collision With Train In McMinn County

Two Chattanoogans were among three people killed when a car was struck by a train in McMinn County on Thursday afternoon. The Ford Fusion that was hit was driven by Wendy M. Humphreys, 45, of Chattanooga. She was not wearing a seat belt. Johnny M. Ashworth, 46, of Chattanooga was one of the passengers. Jasmine Ashworth was also in the car. She and Johnny Ashworth had on ... (click for more)

CARTA Set To Launch One Of Nation's 1st Full-Size All-Electric Transit Buses

ARTA has taken delivery on one of the nation's first full-size all-electric transit buses. Officials said the bus may be ready for the road in about two weeks after some final touchups, including adding a radio. Only one other city - in Washington state - has this type bus on the road. Chattanooga will be the first in the country with three of the models. Two others are ... (click for more)

The Boss, Claude Ramsey

I try not to overuse the word great, but we lost a great man today, Claude Ramsey. I had the pleasure of serving under him as director of Commercial and Industrial Properties for 14 years while he was the Hamilton County Assessor of Property. He was probably the smartest person I have ever known. He was tough but patient, kind, caring and compassionate. He knew how to get ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Not A Blessed One

When I read, to no great surprise, that 132 of Chattanooga’s “leaders” had signed a letter in support of “socioeconomic integration” in Thursday’s Times Free Press, there were two things that were immediately obvious to me: Not a blessed one would have (a) written such a letter on their personal stationery, and (b) not a blessed one would have ever voted for the current president ... (click for more)