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

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

Fifteen years. Nine years. (Another) 15 years. Twenty years. Eleven years. These are the tenures of a few of my co-workers that have voluntarily rolled out the doors in the last year or two and hung up the badge ... more »

Nov 11, 2015 1:28 PM On The Beat

On July 18 of this year, a group dedicated towards “Educating, Agitating, Motivating, and Organizing for Social Justice in Chattanooga” announced that it will be building a grassroots movement for black liberation ... more »

Nov 4, 2015 2:37 PM On The Beat

Absence. I’ve been visiting there lately. I would say it’s an interesting part of town, but that would be a lie. It’s not. It’s nothing. It doesn’t exist; it is the definition of where nothing is, in fact. more »

Oct 28, 2015 3:44 PM On The Beat

It was after midnight and winter was giving us a sneak preview, cold air gusting past my cruiser as I rolled through the hills of Hixson’s southern gates of North Chattanooga, waved on by herbally slackened guards ... more »

Oct 21, 2015 12:38 PM On The Beat

I was sitting in a shitbox Days Inn ten miles outside of Mobile, Alabama watching HGTV and sipping wine from a plastic cup when I heard a noise outside the door that took my mind off of just what could been so damp ... more »

Oct 14, 2015 2:51 PM On The Beat

In an effort to join the President, among others, I don’t want to let a good tragedy go to waste, so I’ll get on the bandwagon as well. “GUNS!” Let’s talk about them. more »

Oct 7, 2015 11:48 AM On The Beat

“Oh, yeah, the lack of skid marks was a clue, but the clincher was the open cell phone there.” I squinted my eyes and looked around, and was corrected with a pointed finger. “No, there, right in her hand,” the old traffic cop said. more »

Sep 30, 2015 1:37 PM On The Beat