By now, everyone in Chattanooga is familiar with the tragic death of city police officer Nicholas Galinger this past weekend. He was struck late Saturday while inspecting a manhole cover on Hamill Road. The driver did not stop at the scene, police and news sources have stated.
In last year’s Democratic primary for the Tennessee House District 28 seat, Brandon Woodruff came in a respectable third with about 16 percent of the vote. The former candidate did not fare nearly as well in a recent encounter with the Chattanooga Police Department.
If you drive northwest of Chattanooga for about 150 miles, you will arrive in Hendersonville. The city has at one time or another been home to musical figures such as Taylor Swift, Johnny Cash, Kelly Clarkson and Roy Orbison, among others. It is also home to a police officer who was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.
The opioid crisis has hit Tennessee particularly hard. In 2016, our state saw nearly 1,200 deaths caused by opioid overdoses. Our overdose rate is a staggering 18 deaths per 100,000 people—much higher than the national average of 13 deaths per 100,000 people.