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Mayor's goal for Chattanooga: Safest midsize city in South

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- Unlike the vague speeches and interviews that defined his campaign, Mayor-elect Andy Berke now is drilling down to specifics.

On Thursday he outlined a measurable goal: to make Chattanooga the safest midsize city in the South. In four years.

"Too many people in our great city live in fear," Berke said to a crowd of hundreds who gathered at a public safety forum at Tennessee Temple in Highland Park.

Comparing Chattanooga with 50 other midsize cities in the region, Berke cited figures that show the Scenic City has the 10th-highest violent crime rate and the 11th-highest property crime rate.

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