published Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Underage Drinking

about Clay Bennett...

The son of a career army officer, Bennett led a nomadic life, attending ten different schools before graduating in 1980 from the University of North Alabama with degrees in Art and History. After brief stints as a staff artist at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Fayetteville (NC) Times, he went on to serve as the editorial cartoonist for the St. Petersburg Times (1981-1994) and The Christian Science Monitor (1997-2007), before joining the staff of the ...

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alprova said...

I'll never understand people's attraction to alcohol. Not once in my life have I ever wanted a drink of alcohol and I never will. Why people put that stuff in their bodies will always be a mystery to me.

On the other hand, I've sure downed my share of ice cream over the years.

June 2, 2012 at 12:12 a.m.
moonpie said...

Raise the age of soldiering, or lower the drinking age. Take your choice, but the current laws are not just.

If you can go to Afghanistan and get killed, you should be able to drink a beer.

Still a funny cartoon.

June 2, 2012 at 12:14 a.m.
moonpie said...

alprova,

I commend you. I love a beer.

June 2, 2012 at 12:14 a.m.

Though it’s not political, I can tell that a liberal created this cartoon because it isn’t even remotely funny or insightful about the recent juvy raid on Signal. Are you saying that underage drinking is something novel, ironic, or thought-provoking? A symptom of some larger local or cultural trend? Really? Clay, you need to get out more. Sometimes I wonder if you are part of the greeting card industry, which offers very competitive rewards for who can create the least funny or thought-provoking card.

June 2, 2012 at 12:28 a.m.
Easy123 said...

This isn't the first "juvi raid" on Signal. There have been several in the past couple years. It seems to be a trend up there. That's why it's funny.

June 2, 2012 at 12:45 a.m.
alprova said...

wwwtw wrote: "Though it’s not political, I can tell that a liberal created this cartoon because it isn’t even remotely funny or insightful about the recent juvy raid on Signal."

Well...you know what they say; Opinions are like...

I found it quite humorous...and unfortunately an enlightening true-to-life depiction of an issue that plagues our younger generation today.

"Are you saying that underage drinking is something novel, ironic, or thought-provoking?"

How about simply topical?

"A symptom of some larger local or cultural trend? Really?"

Given that 17 local kids went to jail, I would call what happened to be problematic, if nothing else.

"Clay, you need to get out more."

Why don't you try to focus on the issue at hand, rather than to attack the messenger? The last thing we need in this nation is a fresh new batch of budding potential alcoholics.

Don't you feel that you would be better to direct your commentary towards the parents of those teenagers that had no idea where their kids were or what they were up to?

"Sometimes I wonder if you are part of the greeting card industry, which offers very competitive rewards for who can create the least funny or thought-provoking card."

You might consider striving to win some sort of recognition for the most useless comments of the year.

June 2, 2012 at 2:09 a.m.
alprova said...

moonpie wrote: "alprova, I commend you. I love a beer."

Hey...there's nothing wrong with that at all. It's just never been my thing.

When I am thirsty, I crave nothing short of a tall glass of unsweetened iced tea.

June 2, 2012 at 2:12 a.m.
shen said...

whats_wrong_with_the_world said... Though it’s not political, I can tell that a liberal created this cartoon because it isn’t even remotely funny or insightful about the recent juvy raid on Signal. Are you saying that underage drinking is something novel, ironic, or thought-provoking? A symptom of some larger local or cultural trend? Really? Clay, you need to get out more. Sometimes I wonder if you are part of the greeting card industry, which offers very competitive rewards for who can create the least funny or thought-provoking card.

This isn't at all new to signal. It's been going on for decades. What's new are arrests are being made. Just like it should have been all along. Just like it would have been if it were some poor smoe in the valleys below. For sure, there should have been a few drug charges in there somewhere too.

By the way, Clay. That depiction is too funny! Thanks for a good laugh.

June 2, 2012 at 4:03 a.m.
cactus said...

Germany has three drinking ages.

At 14 - minors are allowed to consume and possess undistilled (fermented) alcoholic beverages, such as beer and wine, as long as they are in the company of their parents.
At 16 - undistilled drinks are allowed without a parent.
At 18 - having become adults, people are allowed access to distilled liquor.
June 2, 2012 at 6:17 a.m.
EaTn said...

Nowdays, with mind-bending substances like "bath salts" and "meth" readily available, if I were a parent of this age group kids their occasional drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco and weed would be the least of my concerns. As a country we should stop having double standards with an age group that matures years before the legal age limits.

June 2, 2012 at 6:59 a.m.
joneses said...

I am surprised Clay did not right "GOP" on the back of the beer truck as doing so would have fit right in line with the rest of his lies about the Republican Party. Thanks Clay for giving us a break form you biased agenda. What happened are you one of the sheep that has strayed for a bit? Be careful Clay they will round you up and slap you on the wrist just like they did Newark Mayor Cory Booker when he strayed.

June 2, 2012 at 7:04 a.m.
dude_abides said...

If the beer truck were a liquor truck, the middle school faculty would be chasing it!

June 2, 2012 at 8:38 a.m.
LibDem said...

I like how we teach our youngsters that alcohol consumption is an indicator of adult status.

June 2, 2012 at 8:38 a.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

Move along, folk. Nothing to see here.

June 2, 2012 at 8:47 a.m.
holdout said...

Add one more age in there Cactus: 21 to get a driver's license.

June 2, 2012 at 9:03 a.m.

alprova said...

“Why don't you try to focus on the issue at hand, rather than to attack the messenger?”

Calling the cartoonist a messenger implies that his cartoons have a substantial message. They are simplistic and witless, like liberalism itself. Salve for the humorless liberal soul.

“The last thing we need in this nation is a fresh new batch of budding potential alcoholics.”

So said the nanny-state advocates of prohibition. I’ll have to side with Europe (and the rest of the world) on this one. America finds itself, once again, locked in its silly perpetual grudge-match between teetotalers and sots. The result is that young adults don’t know how to drink responsibly. They are no longer challenged to be self-governing.

G. K. Chesterton: “Most Americans are born drunk, and really require a little wine or beer to sober them. They have a sort of permanent intoxication from within, a sort of invisible champagne. Americans do not need to drink to inspire them to do anything, though they do sometimes, I think, need a little for the deeper and more delicate purpose of teaching them how to do nothing.”

June 2, 2012 at 9:15 a.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

Apparently, Clay123 was up against a deadline on this one.

June 2, 2012 at 9:23 a.m.
TOES02800 said...

Not a single child of color!!! I now declare Bennett a racist!!

June 2, 2012 at 9:45 a.m.
EaTn said...

If only faux were as openly accommodating to their conservative posters as this site.

June 2, 2012 at 9:54 a.m.
Lr103 said...

EaTn said... Nowdays, with mind-bending substances like "bath salts" and "meth" readily available, if I were a parent of this age group kids their occasional drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco and weed would be the least of my concerns.

Bath salts alone aren't causing the problems. With bath salts it's suspected there's usually a combination and mixture of other dangerous consumption taking place. Such as alcohol+marijuana smoking+ prescription drug abuse in combination with the bath salts that's causing the super human strength violent behavior. I can't imagine the supporters of these kids caught in the act having the same supporters if this were over 20+ teens from the inner city caught drinking. What were they going to do to the young man they were chasing if they'd caught him?

Drugs? Years ago someone said some of the best stuff, aka DRUGS, can be found on the mountaintops. They said if you're going to mess with the stuff, don't mess with stuff in the valley. It's no good. The stuff on the mountains were the top of the line. LOL

Great Going Clay!

June 2, 2012 at 10:25 a.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

TOES 9:45. I , too, would like to see more diversity from Clay123.

June 2, 2012 at 10:45 a.m.
aae1049 said...

To the above posters that suggest that Signal Mtn is a bunch of rich kids, I suggest you look at the 2010 Census demographics. The fact is Signal Mtn.'s population has a 69.3% education attainment of BS or greater, verses Red Banks 22%, East Ridge 19%, or Chattanooga's average 22%. That is what separates them, their emphasis on education, which equates to a higher earned income.

The fact is Signal Mtn. is a concentration of educated professionals that have earned income rather than wealth (Lookout Mtn). The Signal Mtn. housing average is $274,000 and average household income $84,000. This speaks volumes of high education attainment and professional incomes.

Signal Mountain

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/47/4768540.html

Red Bank

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/47/4761960.html

East Ridge

http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/47/4722720.html

Why is it offensive for a community to be successful? The community earned their education attainment, which equals income. If you are jealous of the Signal Mtn. community, then I suggest you go to college and graduate in a professional line of work, and earn your money through long term goals in education and business.

Signal Mtn.'s high education attainment has translated into their public schools, they demand high performance from their community schools,children, and have the HIGHEST academic performing schools in Hamilton County. You dare to diss them for teenage drinking that occurs in EVERY community, are you jealous of them?

There have been numerous teenage drinking parties in other communities that are not being reported. I find that very interesting.

Signal Mtn. is doing everything right, clean community (no trashy billboards and signs), the best schools (because they work at it), lowest crime in Hamilton County, best schools in Hamilton County, all because 69 percent have higher education degrees BS or higher. Education attainment changes the quality of life in all regards.

Signal Mtn. is the model for a great community, so shut up! I live in Chattanooga, and would move there in a minute.

June 2, 2012 at 10:47 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

When Bennett strays from his partisan sniping it becomes painfully obvious how unimaginative he is. I suppose that explains why he goes back to that tired product with such tedious regularity.

It is really too bad, for his sake, that he will not allow himself to parody Obama and the rest of the democrats in government. When you have so little talent, you cannot afford to pass up all of that low hanging fruit. His dogged partisan loyalty is starting to look like a form of slow and monotonous professional suicide.

June 2, 2012 at 10:55 a.m.
aae1049 said...

Clay, I see you are attention seeking again, at the expense of a great community and their children.

June 2, 2012 at 11:01 a.m.
BigRidgePatriot said...

aae1049 said... “Why is it offensive for a community to be successful? “

Because the Signal Mountain example distracts from leftist propaganda that provides excuses and federal government solutions for underachievers? Successful communities and schools need to be discredited so their example does not overshadow the leftist message.

June 2, 2012 at 11:04 a.m.
Easy123 said...

"There have been numerous teenage drinking parties in other communities that are not being reported. I find that very interesting."

How do you know this?

There have been numerous teenage AND adult drinking scandals on Signal Mountain in the past few years.

I'm confused as to how this cartoon is wrong or bad.

June 2, 2012 at 11:14 a.m.
DJHBRAINERD said...

To the above posters that suggest that Signal Mtn is a bunch of rich kids, I suggest you look at the 2010 Census demographics

The Signal Mtn. housing average is $274,000 and average household income $84,000

Since the average income in TN is 43k maybe these are a bunch of rich kids. And since the pop is 97% white with above average income and 960 persons per sqr mile and a semi-private high school I would hope for some of the HIGHEST academic performance out of them. Lets face it , if the kids at the bottom of the mountain were allowed into some of the empty seats up there on signal they might be able to perform at a higher level. But remember it wasn't safe for those kids to be bussed up there and it was due to the efforts of the community that the school was built or some such argument so we put'em in some portable buildings in Redbank. I think the only way to get in upthere is to be a 250 lb linebacker being bullied at a school without a winning team.

June 2, 2012 at 1:13 p.m.
DJHBRAINERD said...

And the only thing surprising about the situation is that the police arrested these gang bangin hooligans, oops I mean good kids who made a poor decision, instead of calling daddy to pick'em up.

And April when your born on 3rd don't tell me you hit a triple.

June 2, 2012 at 1:17 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

I'm appalled at those successful upper middle-class peeps on Signal Mtn. ...There is hunger about. The nerve.

June 2, 2012 at 2:03 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

aae1049...you go, girl! I'm so glad that people like you and the burp are here to point out the lefist slant for all to see. Silly me, just a simple-minded liberal with my head in the clouds and my arms around a tree, I thought this was nothing more than a timely and topical 'toon on the recent news story about the many incidences of underage drinking on Signal Mtn. It even made me chuckle. The wicked and underhanded tactics of Bennett to slander Signal Mtn. as a den of corrupt capitalist pigs didn't even register on my radar screen. Could I BE any more obtuse?? I never would have seen the subtle leftist slant to this if you had not so brilliantly pointed it out. If it weren't for people like you and the burp being so vigilant and constantly accentuating the hate and the division, even where none seems to exist, so many of us might forget about hating and sowing division for a little while - and we know we shouldn't drop our guard, not even for a minute. Thanks for your perceptive analyasis and for keeping the flames of hate burning at a time when a mere chuckle will not suffice.

June 2, 2012 at 3:36 p.m.
abc123 said...

I think the funniest thing about this cartoon, or any of the comments, is that Mr. Bennett resides on Signal MT. His step children attend Signal Mountain schools. I guess that would make them "rich" kids. Funny how when given the choice of places to live, he chose the community that he constantly continues to belittle.

June 2, 2012 at 4:02 p.m.
Easy123 said...

I don't think he is belittling the community. He seems to be shedding light on a growing problem on Signal Mountain. Signal Mountain is a small community and they have had numerous issues with underage drinking.

June 2, 2012 at 4:27 p.m.
aae1049 said...

DJHBrainerd, Education attainment that determines income. You want Signal Mtn. income, go to school get a BS. Earn it Baby!

Let's have a little Demographics 101 just for those with income envy, and establish a pattern, because it is abundantly clear that you do not get the education attainment vs. income of a community. So here we go,

Signal Mtn. BS or greater 69.3 %, Av. Household Income $82,115

Red Bank BS or greater 22%, Av. Household Income $33,979

East Ridge BS or greater 19.8% Av. Household Income $39,087

Athens BS or greater 19.2% Av. Household Income $31,062

Collegedale BS or greater 43% Ave. Household Income $48,156

Brentwood, TN BS or greater 68.4% Ave Household Income $126,000

Now, do you see a pattern between Higher Education attainment vs. income. You want great schools and income, Higher Education is the key! Quit whining about people that made the choice to complete a BS or higher program, and earned their money the old fashion way.

June 2, 2012 at 4:32 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

aae1049: Clearly racist.

June 2, 2012 at 4:35 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Jack Dennis,

How are Census 2010 demographics compiled by the mint governmint reporting education attainment to income, racist? Everyone makes choices, some work two jobs, take student loans and go to college. Others drop out of school and smoke pot all day.

So, I am racist for believing that hard work, high education attainment, and earning higher education makes Signal Mtn, a model community.

You are absurd.

June 2, 2012 at 4:45 p.m.
aae1049 said...

DJHBrainerd, I agree that NCLB transfers to Signal Mtn. should continue. Being poor should not mean that you have to go to a failing school. That was not the issue we were discussing, but you correct and it breaks my heart to see children trying to rise out of poverty and their stepping stone is a dangerous and failing school. But these issue, don't make Signal Mtn people the bad guys. They should be the model.

Enjoyed the Liberal blog.

June 2, 2012 at 4:55 p.m.
Reardon said...

AAE -- it's called sarcasm. Harder to pick up on the Internet.

No bother trying to argue with a bunch of whack jobs that lurch around in these forums, anyway.

It's easy to be an Internet Tough Guy, you know.

June 2, 2012 at 4:57 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

If aae was unable to pick up on J_D's sarcasm I suppose she missed mine entirely too. She probably thought I was actually praising her. Such is her hubris, apparently. Or maybe that's just what comes from spending so much time fighting demons that don't exist -you fail to see the obvious.

June 2, 2012 at 5:04 p.m.
aae1049 said...

Reardon, To each his own. I like these threads. I just find no humor in being called a racist.

Rickaroo, I am really indifferent to your opinion of me one way or the other. really.

June 2, 2012 at 5:08 p.m.

DJHBRAINERD said...

“And the only thing surprising about the situation is that the police arrested these gang bangin hooligans, oops I mean good kids who made a poor decision, instead of calling daddy to pick'em up. And April when your born on 3rd don't tell me you hit a triple.”

Good point(s).

June 2, 2012 at 6:01 p.m.

aae1049 said...

“Signal Mtn. is doing everything right … Education attainment changes the quality of life in all regards. Signal Mtn. is the model for a great community, so shut up!”

I’ve noticed that Signal Mountaineers are extremely insular and provincial. They are REALLY INTO living on Signal Mountain. They meditate on and speak of its superiority ad nauseum. They can’t imagine why anyone would ever want to live anywhere other than in their white utopia. My experience is that they are far more elitist and arrogant than Lookout Mountaineers. And, in you, they have attracted an apologist.

Your posts mistake correlations for causes, resulting in an overly simplistic understanding of the similarities and differences among various local communities. (C- minus work, at best, if I were your professor.) Believe it or not, many people earn degrees and adequate salaries, but choose not to live on Mount Utopia. Rather than dead-ending their lives on a cul-de-sac, some prefer to live in the city, within walking distance to work and cultural activities. Some prefer to live in more ethnically, racially, or socio-economically diverse communities. In other words, more like the demographics of the Kingdom of Christ.

Not all the wealth on Signal Mountain is “earned income,” as you suggests. A great deal of it is inherited or acquired by marriage. Inherited wealth, created wealth, and earned income (the fruit of created wealth) are not mutually exclusive. Some of the wealthy work even when they don’t need to do so. Sometimes, no doubt, it’s to keep them or their family members from heavy drinking. Some are never content or never feel secure with their income level.

You are trapped in the illusion that hard work is mechanistically rewarded equitably and that economic justice is therefore inevitable (that everyone gets what they deserve in this life). You write as if the acquisition of a bachelor’s degree is the sole factor determining disparities in income or quality of life. How foolish and blind. It should also be pointed out that not everyone on SM has been as hospitable as you claim to be about NCLB transfers.

Still, the cartoon is intellectually vacuous. What exactly does the ice cream truck connote about 17- and 18-year-olds who get caught drinking? It would be more poignant to skewer those who supplied the booze – perhaps an unscrupulous convenient store clerk or a parent desperately wanting teenagers to think of them as being cool. Something like that would be more to the point. Alas. Another cartoon, another missed opportunity to provoke timely discussion through humor.

June 2, 2012 at 6:17 p.m.
Rickaroo said...

aae...I don't recall ever asking if you cared about my opinion of you or not. Just because I express it doesn't mean that I care what you think of it one way or the other. Really.

June 2, 2012 at 6:51 p.m.
aae1049 said...

I made no apologies for Signal Mtn., because they do not require such. Being wealthy requires no apology what so ever. Clearly, there is income envy amongst the posters, references,"bunch of rich kids." Clearly, you resent their sense of community.

These are typical teenagers, no different than Apison.

http://www.chattanoogan.com/2012/6/2/227513/16-Arrested-At-2nd-Drinking-Party-Of.aspx

There is a direct correlation between higher education and income, and the intent was not to provide a dissertation. The intent was to show that higher education attainment is a direct contributor to income. That was all.

By the way, "Alas?" pithy.

June 2, 2012 at 6:52 p.m.
Easy123 said...

But this isn't the first time this has happened in the small community of Signal Mountain. You have failed to address that.

June 2, 2012 at 7:02 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

aae1049: My remark was 100% tongue in cheek, madam.

June 2, 2012 at 7:09 p.m.
jjmez said...

Why shouldn't youth and their parents living on signal mountain or coming from any privileged background be held to the same standards as youth living in poor, low income areas when they break the law? I recall many of you wanting the parents jailed for what they children were caught doing.

The signal mountain supporters here have come out in droves on the defensive. These are the same individuals who never missed an opportunity to make derogatory and demeaning comments about the poor. Even when those comments weren't warranted.

The law is the law. Many of you asked for it, even begged for stiffer punishment for lawbreakers whose crimes were much less. You didn't think the same rules should apply to you? When the law is applied across the board without showing bias and favoritism the originally supporters are the first to scream no fair!!

Well teenage drinking is dangerous. Where there's drinking going on drugs, drug abuse and other anti-social behavior are usually taking place too. Not that he was the first, but a young man from a prominent family died a year or more ago from a drug overdose. He'd been abusing drugs for years. Nothing. Not a word was mentioned in the media. The entire media conspired to help keep it hushed up? I can't imagine someone from a lower middle class or poor community allowed the same privilege.

So my advice is SUCK IT UP and get over yourselves.

June 2, 2012 at 7:14 p.m.
potcat said...

Football, The Cruise, Underage Drinking etc etc etc. A pillar of the Hamilton Co. community.

Money can't buy you class or morals. The Valley and downtown are just as good and bad as the two "mountians" and they need a reminder of it.

Good toon Clay.

June 2, 2012 at 7:22 p.m.
alprova said...

It would appear that the superior educated youth of Signal Mountain are no smarter when it comes to making personal choices.

And before someone gets holier than thou in defending all of Signal Mountain's inhabitants, let us not forget that Signal Mountain, a.k.a. as "A little slice of heaven" was once the home of Byron De La Beckwith, the convicted murderer of Medgar Evers.

June 2, 2012 at 7:37 p.m.

aae1049, It’s not the wealth, per se, that people have a problem with. It’s the naiveté, sense of privilege, and arrogance, as revealed in your posts. Critique doesn’t entail resentment. “You’re just jealous” is a weak apology for SM’s sense of superiority and privilege.

In your unsuccessful attempt to distinguish SM’s “earned income” from LM’s “wealth” (10:47 a.m. post), I seem to detect some resentment of your own toward LM’s wealth.

June 2, 2012 at 7:51 p.m.
alprova said...

Aae1049 wrote: "Why is it offensive for a community to be successful?"

I don't recall reading any comment from a soul who claimed to be offended by Signal Mountain's "success."

"The community earned their education attainment, which equals income. If you are jealous of the Signal Mtn. community, then I suggest you go to college and graduate in a professional line of work, and earn your money through long term goals in education and business."

I seriously doubt that any criticism regarding Signal Mountain's youth stems from any sense of jealousy. But the truth will stand when the world is on fire, and the truth to this issue is that on several occasions, there have been multiple raids involving underage teens being caught imbibing alcohol.

It is a problem, and apparently the local police think so too. This time those involved were arrested and booked into jail rather than for the police to simply hand them back to their parents.

Right is right and wrong is wrong.

Nobody is suggesting that what these kids did is abnormal, heinous, or shameful. Experimentation with mind altering substances by teenagers is quite normal. But when caught, they should face the same penalties as kids in other areas are subjected to.

June 2, 2012 at 7:54 p.m.
Lr103 said...

Signal Mountain and their diehard supporters just need to get rid of that sense of entitlement they themselves are always accusing the poorer classes of claiming. They should be willing to accept responsibility for their and their offsprings' poor choices the same as they expect those they consider the lesser class to.

Weren't their concerns over busing were those "undisciplined", "incorrigle" students from the inner cities would forever taint little Johnny and Mable by the mere presence of having to sit in the same classroom next to those lowly project dwellers? {sarcasm}

I'll pray that Mr. Bennetts children or grandchildren a poster mentioned attends SMH won't become a target for retaliation over this cartoon. One can feel the anger and hate emitting from the very words alone some of these posters are posting over exposing SM darker side.

June 2, 2012 at 8:35 p.m.
TOES02800 said...

There will ALWAYS be some sort of animosity between the "haves' and have nots'". Every community across the country has what I call it's "snob knob". In this case it's Signal Mtn.

Trust me, these so called "rich kids" and their "rich" parents WILL one day reap what they sew!

When little Johnny is 35 and living in mommy's basement with no life prospects, they'll finally get it. And they'll have only themselves to blame!

June 2, 2012 at 8:43 p.m.
fairmon said...

Could it be that authorites on Signal are doing a better job of addressing a problem than their counter parts in other communities?

June 2, 2012 at 9:46 p.m.
memphisexile said...

I can tell from many of these comments that most of you folks don't know much about Signal Mountain, because according to the original story this party was on Edward's Point Road. That is not exactly an affluent area. It's definitely more trailer park than mansions and swimming pools.

Underage kids like to drink beer, it happens in every community. The real story here is why the Sheriff's Dept. is wasting time an resources dragging kids to jail instead of just issuing them a citations and calling their parents like police everywhere else would.

If this happens in Red Bank it doesn't even make the news.

June 2, 2012 at 10:15 p.m.
alprova said...

memphisexile wrote: "The real story here is why the Sheriff's Dept. is wasting time an resources dragging kids to jail instead of just issuing them a citations and calling their parents like police everywhere else would."

Perhaps you are not aware that issuing citations and calling parents has been the tact taken in times past. This time the police decided to take a more appropriate approach when someone...even Signal Mountain juveniles, break the law.

"If this happens in Red Bank it doesn't even make the news."

That may well have been the case, but no more according to the Hamilton County Sheriff.

Source: http://timesfreepress.com/news/2012/j...

"Parties with underage drinking have become such a problem for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, the department now says it will arrest the partygoers and take them to jail or the juvenile detention center."

June 2, 2012 at 10:35 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Jack_Dennis & aae1049... Can't you racists all just get along? LOL Seriously, though, you two should stop exposing each others latent bigotry and focus on the task at hand, which is to examine why it's all going so wrong up on "Big Sig". It evokes scenes from the movie 'Over the Edge':

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over_the_Edge_(film)

June 2, 2012 at 11:49 p.m.
Jack_Dennis said...

dude_: I have no latent tendencies. They're all out on the surface. Further, I'm not real stoked about the Sig....one way or the other.

June 3, 2012 at 12:05 a.m.
01centare said...

memphisexile said... I can tell from many of these comments that most of you folks don't know much about Signal Mountain, because according to the original story this party was on Edward's Point Road. That is not exactly an affluent area. It's definitely more trailer park than mansions and swimming pools.

But when you look at the names of those arrested and where they live, you'll find they actually are from the better areas of Signal Mountain. So they go down to the trailer parks to party, their parents has disdain for? Typical.

harp3339 said... Could it be that authorites on Signal are doing a better job of addressing a problem than their counter parts in other communities?

Nope! Actually, it's more like finally doing a better job of addressing a problem that should have been addressed decades ago. As anyone knows, this has been happening on these mountaintops and other better communities for decades. Only the poor are held to higher standards and undeer the microscope for scrutiny and punishments of jail prison time and paying fines they can ill afford. Why do you think the poorremain locked in a cycle of poverty? Their parents did it. Their parents parents did it. They past that self of entitlement behavior on down to jr. and missy.

June 3, 2012 at 9:09 a.m.
aae1049 said...

What it is like to communicate with liberals.

June 3, 2012 at 3:24 p.m.
patriot91 said...

This goes on everywhere why they still think that Signal is the only place I still don't know. If it's jealousy please just say it.

June 3, 2012 at 6:05 p.m.
shen said...

I don't think it's jealousy, patriot91, as much as some Signals have seem to want to give the impression they believe their %$#! doesn't stink the same as everyone else.

June 3, 2012 at 8:38 p.m.
patriot91 said...

Is it a bad thing they worked hard and are content with what they have?

June 3, 2012 at 8:57 p.m.
dgtb4urb said...

This cartoon is hilarious, Clay!! Signal parents have kids that make wrong choices, show me a kid in any community that does not, they will deal with the consequences to their actions, so keep it in perspective! The topic is serious, it is happening more than most really know, but don't lose your sense of humor when you need it the most.

June 5, 2012 at 4:56 p.m.
orangenblack said...

Well like SM or not, call our kids what you want. But your kids will call them BOSS. Keep them coming Clay!

June 5, 2012 at 6:28 p.m.
dgtb4urb said...

True orangenblack...Everyone knows that and why so many of the comments are comical at best. I cannot imagine anyone on Signal cares about what they have to say!

June 5, 2012 at 8:28 p.m.
orangenblack said...

Funny, looked back around June 2nd 2012 and found no cartoons on the teen drinking in Apison?

Hey dirtbag, draw something about someone elses kids!

June 6, 2012 at 6:37 p.m.

And the Soddy Daisy prom bust wasn't worthy of publication in the TFP, just the Chattanoogan. http://www.chattanoogan.com/2012/5/15/226113/Soddy-Daisy-High-After-The-Prom-Party.aspx

June 6, 2012 at 11:17 p.m.
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