Tennessee Season To Remember Honors Victims Of Homicide

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Thursday evening hosted the 11th annual “Tennessee Season to Remember” ceremony at First Baptist Church in Nashville to honor victims of homicide. Governor Haslam was joined by state and local public safety officials to the ceremony, at which families from across Tennessee placed ornaments on memorial wreaths in honor of their loved ones. 

“The holidays can be especially difficult for those who have lost loved ones to acts of violence," said Governor Haslam.  "We hope this ceremony brings some comfort to our fellow Tennesseans who traveled from across the state to honor their families and friends at this special ceremony."

Families and friends placed ornaments on memorial wreaths as the names of their loved ones were read aloud.  The wreaths will be displayed in the Tennessee State Capitol building throughout the holiday season. 

The Tennessee District Attorneys General Association, the Tennessee Chiefs of Police, and the Tennessee Sheriffs Association also placed ornaments on the wreaths in honor of the victims and the survivors they assist throughout the year. 

Ed Wisdom, III served as keynote speaker for the ceremony. Mr. Wisdom founded the Wisdom Foundation in honor of his 71-year-old father, Ed Wisdom, Jr., who was murdered on Oct. 28, 2011 walking from his car to his home in Nashville. To date, police have not charged anyone for the crime.  The mission of the Wisdom Foundation is to educate individuals, primarily persons in at-risk circumstances, through scholarships, mentorships, and other programs and services to provide them with the foundation on which to build productive and good lives.

Former Senator Charlotte Burks, whose husband was the slain Senator Tommy Burks, and former first lady Andre Conte placed the first ornaments on the wreaths. Ms. Conte started the “Tennessee Season to Remember Ceremony” in 2002.

Scott Couch, anchor at FOX 17 TV in Nashville, served as emcee. Music was provided by the First Baptist Church Handbell Choir and Benita Hill. 

The Tennessee Board of Parole, Tennessee Department of Correction, Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration’s Office of Criminal Justice Programs, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office, Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference, and Tennessee Rehabilitative Initiative in Correction organized this year’s event.


Fleischmann, Headrick Set To Appear In Lookout Valley On Thursday

Third District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and challenger Dr. Mary Headrick will be on the program together in Lookout Valley on Thursday. They are set to take part in a forum at 7 p.m. at the John A. Patten School. House District 27 candidates have also been invited, County Commissioner Joe Graham said. (click for more)

PHOTOS: County Fair 2014

The Hamilton County Fair was held Saturday and Sunday (click for more)

Witnesses In 17-Year-Old Murder Case Say They Saw Hollingsworth Threaten, Mistreat Wife

Two potential witnesses in a 17-year-old murder testified Monday that they saw Adolphus Lebron Hollingsworth threaten and mistreat his wife Vicky before she disappeared in 1997. Hollingsworth, who is under $200,000 bond, is set for trial on Nov. 4. Orville Hughes said he lived around the corner from Vicky when he was on Chamberlain Avenue and they were on Duncan Avenue. ... (click for more)

Family Makes Treasure Trove Of Early Chattanooga Photographs Available For Book; Stokes Collection Has Been Passed Down To Descendants

A treasure trove of Chattanooga photographs that have been passed down in the Stokes family for generations has now been assembled in an upcoming book. Chattanooga Around The Turn Of The Century: The Remarkable Stokes Collection will be published by Chattanoogan.com. Pre-orders are now being taken for the book, which includes over 700 photos on large-size pages. Publisher ... (click for more)

How To Reform The City Industrial Development Board - And Response (3)

My aims is to bring to the public’s attention the need for procedural changes that, if implemented, would significantly improve the information available the public, to the City Council and to the City Industrial Development Board about the verifiable benefits and costs of tax incentive financing structures and to make the entire process transparent. The public, the City ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: He Can Never Go Home

When Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston sparked top-ranked Florida State to a 56-41 comeback over N.C. State last Saturday, you would have thought the world had forgotten and virtually excused his vulgar rant from the week before. His inexcusable mid-week antics kept him sidelined during the Clemson game and brought down the nation’s scorn but less than a week later he was ... (click for more)