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Alex Teach

"Whoever went to the trouble of seizing this $200 dollar piece of sh...in 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 was vulnerable. I admit this. I had seen a wonderful movie the night before that had completely put me off my game, or at least allowed me to adjust my mental armor in such a way that I was willing to give life—and  apparently my customers—a ... more

Mar 8, 2017 11:46 AM On The Beat

I was at the “Meet Your Muslim Neighbor” event on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, and just as I expected, it was a hit. As far as special assignments go, this was far from the worst. I mean it was 60 degrees, sunny, the venue was one way in and ... more

Feb 15, 2017 12:58 PM On The Beat

I came back into the fire hall with absolutely no sensation in my cheeks despite the weird scarf-contraption-thing dear ol’ Momma Teach had bought me years ago pulled up over my nose, and the leather (pleather?) gloves with separate glove ... more

Jan 26, 2017 10:17 AM On The Beat

Despite the desperate need to create an adversarial relationship with police officers in the local tristate area to justify pretty much anything local activists can think of, there simply hasn’t been anything to work with regarding this topic ... more

Jan 4, 2017 11:14 AM On The Beat

I had the longest night the other night…it’s like that sometimes. Oh, everyone has a long night now and then, don’t get me wrong. Some fly by, some are paced slow and steady as your heart, but mine wouldn’t end because people wouldn’t stop ... more

Dec 14, 2016 11:33 AM On The Beat

Chilled fingers grasped the sides of my smartphone, high winds numbing my cheeks, but aside from the sting of cold air in my throat I felt nothing. The news of what’s happened in Chattanooga is fresh as of the time of this writing—the driver ... more

Nov 23, 2016 10:37 AM On The Beat

It’s been a topic here in the last few months, but it’s going to be a topic now again after there have been two more local police chases that ended in death. Before I go on, let me say to the officers reading this that may have been involved ... more

Nov 2, 2016 11:13 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

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