Memorial To Commemorate 30th Anniversary Of Death Of Wadie Suttles

Friday, December 6, 2013

A memorial will be held on Saturday, at 3 p.m. at the East Lake Recreation Center, 3601 Dodds Ave. to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Wadie Suttles.

Organizers said, "On Dec. 2, 1983, Wadie Suttles, father of Concerned Citizens for Justice (CCJ) co-founder Maxine Cousin, died after being brutally beaten while in the custody of the Chattanooga Police Department. Over 30 years later, Suttles murderer(s) have not been convicted or charged."

"CCJ was founded as a result of Wadie Suttles murder, to win a measure of justice for Wadie Suttles and his family, and to end police brutality and racism. We continue that struggle today, as we work to end police brutality and mass incarceration," said CCJ member Ash-Lee Henderson.

On Saturday, CCJ will be hosting a memorial, film viewing and discussion at East Lake Recreation Center. 

"We will honor the memory of Wadie Suttles, hear from guest speakers, then screen and discuss the film “The House I Live In,” which documents how the war on drugs has fueled the epidemic of mass incarceration that disproportionately affects black communities across the country," organizers said.

"We have to educate our communities about the systemic causes of mass incarceration and stop letting politicians and law enforcement tell us that the roots of the problem are in the Black community. Poverty and racism are violence and the people at the top who control the system are the real "worst of the worst," said CCJ member Janelle Jackson.

Special Event Street Closures Announced

Here are upcoming street closures for special events: Wednesday : GPS Mission Remission Walk:  Please watch for participants crossing Market Street at 1 st  Street; an officer will be on site directing traffic as needed. Walkers will continue on the Riverwalk and Walnut Street Bridge and back to the GPS campus. Please watch for participants in the area. ... (click for more)

Traffic Pattern Change On Moccasin Bend Road At Hamm Road

The intersection of Moccasin Bend Road at Hamm Road has been converted to an all-way stop.   In order to view a map of this project, visit  http://www.chattanooga. gov/transportation/traffic- engineering-a-operations/ special-events-a-street- closures (click for more)

Planning Commission Votes 6-5 To Reject 7-Story Apartment Building On Cowart Street

After lengthy discussion on Monday before the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission, historical neighborhood advocates won a victory in the Southside area when the commission narrowly rejected a request to allow developers to build a seven-story apartment building on the 1200 block of Cowart Street.   The Belle Investment Co. & BYD Coward, ... (click for more)

Charges Upgraded Against Avery To Murder After Victim of Chair Leg Attack At Moccasin Bend Dies

Charges have been upgraded to murder against Leviticus Avery, 37, after a man he allegedly attacked with a chair leg has died. Avery initially was charged with aggravated assault and attempted first-degree murder in the incident last Thursday at the Moccasin Bend Mental Health facility. Kevin Green, 38, remained in critical condition until he died. He was struck in ... (click for more)

Ole Man River Just Keeps Rollin

Citizens are hearing yet another new chapter in Chattanooga’s 21st Century Riverfront concrete repair saga. It seems it will require more repair, more delays and more tax dollars to do it. When will it end? Construction of the Riverfront concrete structures began in 2003. Before it was finished, designers, engineers, contractors, Public Works officials, Mayor Littlefield and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It Was Our Tool Shed

Some said the huge beams had been soaking in creosote for two or three years when the men finally stacked them to dry. They were long, about 20 feet each, and thick – maybe eight inches. I remember they were 14 inches wide but the biggest thing I remember was that it was the ugliest lumber I ever saw. They cured the beams for one entire hot summer in the Tool Shed, a huge building ... (click for more)