Community Leaders Plan Bessie Smith Cultural Center Anniversary Luncheon

Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Special Events Committee:  standing, from left, Rose Martin, Irvin Overton, Stacy Lightfoot and Judy Schwartz.  Seated, from left, Franklin McCallie, John P. Franklin and Dr. Roger Brown. (Not pictured: Kim Wills).
The Special Events Committee: standing, from left, Rose Martin, Irvin Overton, Stacy Lightfoot and Judy Schwartz. Seated, from left, Franklin McCallie, John P. Franklin and Dr. Roger Brown. (Not pictured: Kim Wills).

The Bessie Smith Cultural Center is hosting a luncheon on Feb. 4, to celebrate 30 years of educating, enriching, and entertaining the Chattanooga community. The 30th Anniversary Luncheon will be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Chattanooga and will feature keynote speaker, Judy Smith.  

Ms. Smith is the co-producer of ABC’s political thriller, Scandal, and founder and president of Smith & Company, a strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.

Members of the Special Events Committee who have been busy over the past six months planning the event include:

Rose Martin, president of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Irvin Overton, Stacy Lightfoot, events chair, Judy Schwartz, Franklin McCallie, John P. Franklin, Dr. Roger Brown and Kim Wills.

Tables are now available for purchase along with a limited number of tickets for general seating. To purchase tickets, tables and to learn more about corporate sponsorships – including an exclusive meet-and-greet with Judy Smith, call 266-8658 or visit www.bessiesmithcc.org.


Highway Safety Office To Announce Traffic Safety Initiative For Thanksgiving Holiday

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security and Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will join the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and leaders from organizations that serve local law enforcement officers to announce a statewide traffic safety initiative during the Thanksgiving holiday on Monday morning.  The announcement will be made in the gym of the THP ... (click for more)

Santa Is Available For Pictures At Bradley Square Mall

Santa has arrived at Bradley Square Mall and is available for pictures daily through Christmas Eve.  Hours are Monday – Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 1-6 p.m. There will be extended hours Dec. 16-24. (click for more)

Bradley County Police Investigating Shooting

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a shooting that occurred in the area of Georgetown Road.  A BCSO officer was waved down at the intersection of 25 th Street and Peerless Road by the driver of a vehicle who told the officer a gunshot victim was inside. The officer followed the car to SkyRidge Medical Center. Several people soon arrived at the ... (click for more)

Police Investigating An Armed Robbery On Friday Night At UTC

UTC Police are investigating with the Chattanooga City Police an armed robbery in Lot 4 near Boling Apartments on Friday night. The suspects are described as two black men.  One was six feet tall, wearing a navy jacket, with medium skin tone and short hair.  The other suspect was reported to be 5’ 7”, wearing blue jeans and a long white T-shirt. The second suspect ... (click for more)

Don't Allow Us To Be Overrun By People Who Do Not Belong Here - And Response (6)

Thank you, Senator Corker, for your clear, concise evaluation of the president's attempt to bypass Congress and personally and independently establish national policy that violates our current immigration laws.   Our long-standing failure to enforce our laws to control illegal immigration across our southern border has made this country less safe and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Tubman Goat-Roping

Every spring there comes a bright day on the ranch when the straw-boss decrees a goat-roping should take place. What really happens is the veteran cowboys arm the greenhorns with some lariats late in the afternoon and take them to the pen that holds some Billy goats. This is before they get into bigger beasts -- horses and cattle – yet what appears to be easy most certainly is not. ... (click for more)