2015
05.08

Twelve THOUSAND dollars in property was stolen from multiple public housing apartments on Foster Circle during the last few weeks; residents discovered missing property over the weekend.

Foster Circle Housing Authority Apartments

At this point, the question should be asked: Why does LaFayette still have a police department? What are they doing?   Tiny Facebook

Sean Patrick Walker MugshotOver the weekend Sean Patrick Walker – wanted by local police for several weeks after a domestic violence incident that led to a standoff against an empty house – turned himself in to the Sheriff’s Department.

Despite being on the run since April 19th, Walker was immediately released back into the wild. Which seems like another failure of law enforcement or the courts.   Tiny Facebook

Hutcheson leaders claim the hospital made a profit of $250,000 during March, and now has about $1 million on hand.

Hutcheson Aerial View

Legal papers filed by the hospital weeks ago said they only had $100,000 in cash available at the end of February – how does $100k plus $250k equal $1 million?

    Chattanooga Times Free Press, 04/03/15: “At the beginning of December, according to those documents, the hospital’s available balance was at $660,000. By the end of February, it was at $100,000.”

Somebody can’t do math. Or they’re hiding something.   Tiny Facebook

Murder Suspect Joshua FowlerLaFayette native Joshua Fowler has pled guilty to beating his grandmother to death last year in her Chickamauga home. He faces a mandatory “life” sentence, which means at least thirty years in prison.

The evidence against Fowler, including blood inside his vehicle and on his clothing, was overwhelming. Thirty years in prison is the best he could have hoped for, and a lot less than he deserves for the brutal murder.   Tiny Facebook

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2015
05.04

Multiple vehicles damaged in a parking lot break-in, Thursday at Bangz.

Vehicle Break-In At Bangz

Thieves took wallets and various items out of cars after shattering windows parked at the South Main hair salon in broad daylight.

In an unrelated (?) crime a week earlier, a trailer was stolen from South Main St. Lost property valued at about $500.

South Main isn’t some side street, it’s the most traveled and most visible section of road in town – but criminals are brazenly destroying property and stealing from citizens anyway. Sounds like LPD needs to worry more about getting out on the street and less about their coffee in the Public Safety building.   Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook

Walker County sets itself up for a massive workers comp lawsuit by claiming the current tag office is a death trap filled with mold and disease – all to justify spending money we don’t have on a new building in Rock Spring.

Tag Office Water Damage / WCM

The former hospital building in town that currently houses the tag office and a handful of other county agencies is supposedly so horrible, but the health inspector – who knows mold better than anyone – wishes to stay there.

LaFayette government sources also say the city is “interested” in taking control of the property because their own inspection reveals the building is in good condition.

The county is using some neglected maintenance issues (which are the Commissioner’s responsibility) as an excuse to spend a lot of money we don’t have on something we don’t need. The proverbial mountain made from a mole hill.

Tax Office / Kitchens Clinic Satellite Photo

Maybe there IS some mold and mildew but you don’t give your house away and buy one ten times bigger because there’s something growing on the shower tile. And all these wild claims about the building’s condition open the door to a lawsuit from anybody who’s worked there in the last twenty years who ever gets cancer or lung disease or any number of other health issues that might be connected to mold.

Bebe would claim the sun cold and the sky green if necessary to justify her wild spending.   Tiny Facebook

Rock Spring man arrested in LaFayette last week for aggressive driving.

Sean Ferguson

Per police reports, Sean Travis Ferguson chased and then pitched a pickle out his car window at another vehicle that allegedly cut him off.

Ferguson, who’s an awfully pleasant individual, clarified on Facebook that he didn’t actually throw a pickle at the car, but a half-eaten hamburger.   Tiny Facebook

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2015
05.03

Last week Chattanooga Street Tavern redeemed itself (maybe) from its failing health score of early April, earning a 97.

Chattanooga Street Tavern / 97 Health Score

Inspectors visiting the bar on April 28th found only one reportable issue: management still lacking legally-required ServSafe training. The rodent problems, moldy/expired food, animals being fed in dining areas, broken sink, and other problems observed on April 14th were no longer apparent.

But that doesn’t mean the facility is now safe. The Tavern has a pattern of earning good scores on reinspection after a failure – the business (under previous management) failed its December health score too, with a 69, then scraped by with an 89 during recheck in January.

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2015
05.01

Last Friday fire claimed a house on Probasco St.

A family was burned out, losing their home, most of their possessions, and the family dog.

April 23 Probasco Fire / Dog Burial

Firemen from LaFayette FD and Walker State Prison took time to give the animal a proper burial in the back yard after it was located.

Thanks, gentlemen, for your service – both with the fire and this extra act of kindness.   Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook

Nathan Deal flew into Walker this morning. The Governor visited students at the county agriculture center in Rock Spring before ceremonially signing “Tanja’s Law” at the adjacent Civic Center.

Nathan Deal at Ag Day in Walker County Nathan Deal at Ag Day in Walker County

Deal’s wife Sandra was in town a week earlier, stopping by LaFayette Middle School.   Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook

Sean WalkerLPD has finally released the name of their suspect in the alleged April 19th standoff/domestic situation on Wisteria Rd. It’s the same name LU got an hour after the incident (but was asked not to share) – Sean Patrick Walker.

[LU’s network of sources dug up this photo, which has been verified as Mr. Walker. Sorry for the quality, this is so far the only pic of Walker anyone has been able to locate.]

Walker is not considered dangerous for some reason; anyone aware of his location is asked to call LPD at 706 639 1540 or dial 911.   Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook

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2015
04.22

Late last night fire claimed a home on Kemp Rd. in Naomi near Dry Creek Baptist Church.

Kemp Rd Fire / April 21

Per news reports, the blaze was reported a little after 10 PM. The home’s sole occupant was hospitalized for smoke inhalation. Structure sustained heavy damage. Cause of the fire has yet to be determined.   Tiny Facebook  Tiny Facebook

LaFayette leaders say fears about big changes at the city cemetery are overblown.

    WQCH Radio, 04/19/15: “WITH THE CHANGE OF DEPARTMENT HEADS OVER PUBLIC WORKS CAME COMPLAINTS TO THE CITY COUNCIL ABOUT THE LAFAYETTE CEMETERY. [Last Tuesday] NIGHT, CITIZENS CONFRONTED THE COUNCIL CLAIMING THAT THE INTERIM PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR HAD SAID THAT DECORATIONS AND MEMORIAL ITEMS WILL BE REMOVED FROM GRAVE SITES.

LaFayette Cemetery

    “THE COUNCIL HEARD SIMILAR COMPLAINTS SEVERAL YEARS AGO – AND APPOINTED A CEMETERY COMMITTEE TO ‘SPELL OUT’ THE LIMITATIONS OF WHAT CAN AND CANNOT BE PLACED AT GRAVE SITES. A SYSTEM WAS PUT IN PLACE ALLOWING SOME ITEMS TO BE PERMANENTLY DISPLAYED, WITH WRITTEN PERMISSION BY THE CEMETERY COMMITTEE.
    “MAYOR ANDY ARNOLD SAID NOTHING WILL BE REMOVED WITHOUT FAMILIES FIRST BEING NOTIFIED. CITY MANAGER DAVID HAMILTON ASKED THOSE WITH COMPLAINTS TO MEET WITH HIM TO WORK OUT A SOLUTION.”

Considering how badly the cemetery has been handled in the past, nobody can blame people for worrying about changes there. The city’s current cemetery rules seem to be more consistent and fair than in past years, but many remain unsatisfied and are likely to remain so.   Tiny Facebook

Looks like LU struck a nerve in the Commissioner’s office, among people who won’t admit to reading the blog.. This screenshot of Monday’s Update, using a screenshot from last week, was put on Heiskell’s Facebook page Monday evening.

Bebe Facebook Screenshot of LU Blog Screenshot of Bebe Facebook Screenshot

The Commissioner says here she moved county business meetings to 3 PM because people didn’t like them at 10 AM. But nobody asked for them at 3, they asked for them during hours when they could attend – 3 ain’t that.

Heiskell claims she has community meetings people can attend, but didn’t have a single one last year. She’s lying here about having them every year.

She also says other counties meet at night because their commissioners have “day jobs.” (She says that like it’s a bad thing.) Maybe we need to find Walker a commissioner with a “day job” too, so the meetings are accessible.

Bebe is welcome to come here to the blog and comment, so are her supporters. They’re also welcome to comment on LU Facebook. Unfortunately LU and others in the county are NOT welcome to comment on Heiskell’s page, and neither is anyone else who asks hard questions or disagrees with her (her being whoever runs her Facebook and prints her e-mails).

[Will “Bebe” make a screenshot of this screenshot of her screenshot of LU’s screenshot and put it on Facebook and comment on it?]   Tiny Facebook

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