Alternate View On Kneeling

Friday, October 6, 2017

usatoday: "Rory Fanning — a former Army Ranger said he'd be shocked if Pat Tillman wasn't out there taking a 'knee'. 
“Well, after two tours in Afghanistan, I became one of the first U.S. Army Rangers to become a war resistor. I realized that we were never going to win the war in Afghanistan and that we were making the world a far more dangerous place. In doing so, the entire battalion turned their back on me. And for six months, I had to wash dishes, absorb the ridicule of the chain of command.

“There were two people that stood by me that entire six months. It was Pat Tillman and his brother, Kevin. They respected people who stood up for what they believe in. I think they would have a lot more in common with people like Michael Bennett and Colin Kaepernick than they do the people who stand on the sidelines and jeer and try to repress their dissent. So, I’d be shocked if Pat Tillman wasn’t out there taking a knee with these players because Pat cared about people who were exploited, people who were oppressed. He didn’t care so much about symbols. And so I would definitely think Pat would err on the side of Colin Kaepernick.”

Brenda Washington 

Capitol Hill Week Senate And House Republicans

School safety and the state budget headlined action on Capitol Hill this week as Governor Bill Haslam presented an amendment to his fiscal year 2018-2019 spending plan.  The new proposal includes $25 million in nonrecurring and $5.2 million in recurring school safety grants to protect students.  The action comes as members of a School Safety Working Group, appointed earlier ... (click for more)

Cameron Hill (What If?)

I enjoyed looking at the photo article of Cameron Hill, but did so with a sense of sadness and loss. As an old man, retired, I have plenty of reflecting time. I was just a kid, barely 10 years old, when the destruction began, but even in those days I paid more attention to the news than a 10-year-old should, and I remember the controversy between the city and County Historian Zella ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Council Debating Future Of Mountain Center; Vice Mayor Gee Goes Off Council After Marrying And Moving Out Of Town Limits

A discussion regarding the Mountain Arts Community Center lease and memorandum of agreement with a non- profit organization that has been formed with a proposed to manage it took place at the Signal Mountain town council meeting Friday afternoon. City Manager Boyd Veal had created a document for the purpose of starting a discussion and to identify how the council would like to move ... (click for more)

Students OK After Bag Containing Meth Found At Nolan Elementary

Officials say students at Nolan Elementary School on Signal Mountain are okay after discovering a bag that contained meth. The incident happened on Friday afternoon during a reading fair.  Principal Dr. Shane Harwood sent this message to parents: "Good Afternoon Nolan Families - We wanted to share some information related to an event that has taken ... (click for more)

Ooltewah, Meigs County Post Wins In Ooltewah Invitational Softball

On the first full day of play in the Ooltewah Invitational, the host Lady Owls and two-time Class A state champion Meigs County posted impressive wins at The Summit. Ooltewah’s Hadley Morrow overcame a rough start and scattered seven hits, Kayla Boseman smacked a two-run home run in a three-run fourth inning, center-fielder Addy Keylon made a sensational catch to save a homer ... (click for more)

Hixson Rally Tops Notre Dame In 5-4 Thriller

The Hixson Wildcats collected a dozen hits in Thursday’s baseball win over Boyd-Buchanan and they made it five wins in a row on Friday over Notre Dame, despite getting only half as many hits. The bottom line is this:   Who cares how many hits you get as long as you score more runs than the opposing team? The Wildcats only had six, but they were able to score five runs ... (click for more)