Alex Teach

The Power, the Passion...The Stakeout

"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

Lightning Strikes Terrorism

“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

The More Things Change…

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

The Lure of Greener Pastures

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

Seeking Justice—Or Just Media Coverage?

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

Land of the Free, Home of the Fearful?

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

Officer Alex and the Electronaut

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

Alex Gets A Green Card

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

The Tale Of The Obesity Spoon

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

Officer Teach and the Weatherman

“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

The Cop As Hollow Man

“Pushing rope.” That’s what I’ve been doing for weeks now. Months. Maybe years. I show up to work and I’m not even there. more »

Sep 23, 2015 12:26 PM On The Beat

Sleep of the Civil Servant (Again)

Sleep. I’ve spent a sizeable amount of my career on midnight shift, and of all the excitement, all the different things I’ve seen and done, that is the one word that comes to mind. more »

Sep 16, 2015 12:45 PM On The Beat

Look, I’m Workin’ Here

The sun had dipped just enough below the horizon that it was still bright enough to see, but there was no direct light to blind us. A light wind blew from the east to stave off the heat, and I made a mental note to ... more »

Sep 9, 2015 10:58 AM On The Beat

A Salute to a Fellow Columnist

Mr. David Cook of the Chattanooga Times Free Press: Allow me to use this platform to applaud you for a bold stand you have recently taken in your opinion piece on Aug. 30 in going against the grain ... more »

Sep 2, 2015 2:07 PM On The Beat

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

In an interesting twist, I cannot tell this week’s story without quoting someone else’s. It’s all about “context,” you see. Well, and being a Complete Nimrod. Allow me to explain. more »

Aug 26, 2015 12:22 PM On The Beat 1 Comments

On ‘The Job’ Training

I have had a very fortunate career. Oh, it’s been extremely unfortunate at times as well, but those times are to be expected. (I’m not in the teddy bear manufacturing business, after all.) more »

Aug 19, 2015 12:05 PM On The Beat

Taking Pride in Your Work

“What kind of sick &@$% robs a ‘Cracker Barrel’?!” I nearly screamed. “That’s unAmerican!” I meant it. I was truly disgusted. more »

Aug 12, 2015 12:58 PM On The Beat

When Fake Needs To Show Its Colors

There are things that I consider to be true to the point of bordering on being “facts,” but alas, they are not. They are merely opinions. I’m not talking about politics or religion or favorite colors here, though ... more »

Aug 5, 2015 12:40 PM On The Beat

Return To Duty

Once again I sat in a well lit room with uncomfortable furniture and cheap panel carpeting underneath my feet, greeted by generic wallcoverings and the hint of detergent every room has that has never truly been lived in. more »

Jul 29, 2015 4:32 PM On The Beat

A Walk in the Park

“Terrorism,” they call it. Domestic, foreign, state, bio… There is always a label ready made in a chyron generator to neatly fit below a local or global talking head when it comes to that magical word. more »

Jul 22, 2015 1:34 PM On The Beat

The Stupid Tax: Its Ways And Means

Opening a car can be difficult. I mean, you have to extract your keys and push a button on a fob, or in the olden days you’d actually have to insert an actual key into an actual lock, and a couple of those dinosaurs are still on the road ... more »

Jul 15, 2015 1:30 PM On The Beat