Activists Share Their Experiences In Civil Rights Movement Tuesday

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center will host a Gallery Talk on Tuesday to highlight their current exhibit, We Shall Not Be Moved – The 50th Anniversary of Tennessee’s Civil Rights Sit-Ins.  

The Gallery Talk will feature Ralph Moore, Eddie Holmes, Booker Scruggs, Moses Freeman, and other local civil rights veterans who were leaders in the local and state Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s. These leaders will share stories and their experiences as guests travel through the exhibit.

“This is such a tremendous opportunity for individuals to see, hear, and learn from local heroes who changed the course of Chattanooga history,” said Rose Martin, president of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. “I encourage people of all ages to attend.”

The Gallery Talk will be held at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center at 200 E. Martin Luther King Boulevard. The talk is free to members of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center and children under 5, $7 for non-members and $3 for children between 6-12.

To learn about membership opportunities or to obtain additional information about the current exhibit or other programs offered by the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, call 266-8658 or visit www.bessiesmithcc.org.

Chattanooga Fire Department Stations Host Halloween Open Houses

There were some early visitors to the Chattanooga Fire Department’s Halloween Open House Friday afternoon. Ashley Kuehn brought her two kids, dressed in Halloween costumes that had a definite firefighter theme. Daughter Crimson wore a Dalmatian costume while Stetson wore custom-made firefighter turnout gear. The department’s Halloween Open House is officially from 6-8 p.m. on ... (click for more)

Bradley County Mobile Command Post To Be At Downtown Block Party In Cleveland

The Bradley County Mobile Command Post will be at Friday night’s Downtown Block Party in Cleveland. The first 3,000 children to stop by the Command Post, at the northwest corner of the courthouse, will receive a Bradley County Sheriff’s Office re-usable treat bag…filled with candy. Sheriff Watson invites one and all to visit.   (click for more)

Chickamauga Lock To Reopen As Soon As Next Thursday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District  plans to reopen Chickamauga Lock to all navigation traffic as early as next Thursday. An inspection of the upper gate anchorage and a repair plan were completed today. Chickamauga Lock closed on Monday after a routine inspection revealed a crack in the anchorage of the upper gate. Lt. Col. John Hudson, commander ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex That Brought $3 Million Profit Exempt From Most Taxes Until 2022 Under PILOT

A downtown Chattanooga apartment complex that recently was sold at a $3 million profit is exempt from most property taxes through 2022 under a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement.   No payment of school taxes was included in the deal for Walnut Commons at Walnut Street and Aquarium Way.   The only taxes due on the property for the next eight ... (click for more)

A Vote For Education Is Critical In Tennessee

In a state where just 28 percent of eighth graders are proficient in math and 33 percent are proficient in reading according to national assessments, education is deserving of more attention in 2014 elections. Across the country, more parents are making informed decisions about their child’s education, but for Volunteer State parents without resources, choices are difficult to come ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden In November

As the first day of November arrives today, it is cold enough in my garden to officially certify that fall has fell! There are even signs of ice on the ground but there is a bounty crop of acorns so, in keeping with our monthly tradition, some will get shiny acorns and others will get a chunk of cold ice: A SHINY ACORN for Patriots football coach Bill Belichick for scoffing at ... (click for more)