Alex Teach

"Whoever went to the trouble of seizing this $200 dollar piece of the name of the Great State of Tennessee will always have my respect, and I hope to this day it was crushed somewhere with dignity.” more

Aug 7, 2014 12:00 AM On The Beat

I have always imagined the human mind as something that started out as a color palette, a series of dimples in a circular pattern with different colors and hues filled in by each parent based on hundreds of generations of modifications for good ... more

Oct 12, 2016 12:39 PM On The Beat

I was easing down the highway in the early morning light of what was a new day to some but the end of a long day to me, and I couldn’t get home fast enough. I was vulnerable here. I was a midnight man and unaccustomed to the details the light ... more

Sep 21, 2016 11:59 AM On The Beat

I leaned against the counter inside a local Tiger Mart convenience store and nearly fell to the ground. It wasn’t because it was slippery or anything (or that I was slippery either for that matter), but rather because I was so focused on the ... more

Aug 31, 2016 12:43 PM On The Beat

Hours had passed since the sun cast even a hint of pinkish light across the East Chattanooga sky. We aren’t moving a muscle and we’re sweating. Summertime in the ‘Noog at its finest. I lifted a hand to facilitate the smoking process and the ... more

Aug 10, 2016 11:42 AM On The Beat

Helluva week, right? Yes, I’m frustrated. Yes, I’m mad. In fact, I’m also worried and nervous and feeling a half-dozen other emotions all at the same time, but that’s part of what leads to the prior two I just named. more

Jul 20, 2016 1:02 PM On The Beat

Perception is a funny thing. Like a good Progressive liberal agenda, it is nearly impervious to normally deadly weapons like “the truth” and “reality.” It deftly bobs and weaves its way around them like opposing poles on two magnets ... more

Jun 29, 2016 11:11 AM On The Beat

Job Fair: It’s an interesting play on words because for me because its literal meaning strikes me as ironic given the environment I find myself in when I work a side job at a local poultry plant. more

Jun 8, 2016 12:35 PM On The Beat

he realization of his mistake did not come swiftly; it rather crept up on him like water being brought up to a slow boil, and by the time he noticed the bubbles the damage had already been done. more

May 18, 2016 11:09 AM On The Beat

Chattanooga is a wonderful place to live. People have a whole country full of choices divided into 50 states, further divided into thousands of municipalities…and a few hundred thousand people have chosen this one. more

Apr 27, 2016 2:28 PM On The Beat

Things that piss me off really piss me off. As you may imagine that’s an incredibly broad topic. I have a word count to abide here so for the sake of brevity, allow me to narrow that down to two specific things that piss me off. more

Apr 6, 2016 11:56 AM On The Beat

You can often gauge how well I know someone I’m in a conversation with based on the length of the “traffic ticket story” they’re telling me. First clue: If they’re telling me a long “traffic ticket story,” I don’t know them at all ... more

Mar 16, 2016 11:19 AM On The Beat

“Police work.” By and large, it’s a career of contradictions. Your mandate is to protect and serve, to keep people from harm, yet in order to do so you occasionally have to do just that: bring harm, and occasionally do so by the Chinese containershi more

Feb 24, 2016 11:27 AM On The Beat 1 Comments

True to the form of the shield on my chest I placed my body in front of his to stop the attack. I held the line (briefly), but those I was trying to protect were unfortunately as irrational as the one on the offensive, and my defense ... more

Feb 3, 2016 10:59 AM On The Beat

“The biting cold.” It’s not a phrase unknown to anyone, but it certainly has more meaning to some than to others. Under certain conditions it can slice into you like a divorce proceeding and leave you with the same immobile ... more

Jan 13, 2016 2:48 PM On The Beat

He walked out to his car expecting to see frost on the windshield or perhaps even his breath visible in the air, the water in his lungs showing the visible spirit he hadn’t felt inside for years. Naturally, he didn’t even get that much. more

Dec 23, 2015 12:14 PM Cover Story

“Compliance Matters.” Before words are put in my mouth, that’s not a mockery of any hashtag-related marketing gimmicks: It’s a statement of fact put as simply as I possibly could. more

Dec 16, 2015 1:21 PM On The Beat 1 Comments

So the day of the shootings in San Bernardino, I watched the press clamor all over themselves prognosticating that this was “clearly the work of a white male Christian fundamentalist.” Fox News, MSNBC, CNN… more

Dec 9, 2015 11:44 AM On The Beat

“#BlackLivesMatter.” Who hasn’t heard of this by now? The Inuit have heard of it. The Hmong people have heard of it. Republicans…have heard of “#BLM.” Yet time and again, people keep wondering why their voice isn’t heard ... more

Dec 2, 2015 1:30 PM On The Beat

“Oh, come on,” he said with just the hint of a sneer. “You’re more likely to be struck by lightning than to be killed by a terrorist.” It’s an argument that never gets old. (Well, OK, it does, but smug oversimplification ... more

Nov 25, 2015 1:07 PM On The Beat

I was sitting at a desk because it had a stable internet connection so I could complete a report before my shift was over. (OK…reports, plural.) more

Nov 18, 2015 12:12 PM On The Beat

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