Thanks To The Participants Of The Crime Victims' Rights Event

Monday, April 29, 2013

The Planning Committee for the 11th Annual Crime Victims' Rights Luncheon, held on Tuesday, April 23, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church,  would like to thank all the participants who came and showed support and honor to our Crime Victims and Crime Survivors in the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County.  County Mayor Jim Coppinger by proclamation proclaimed the week of April 21 - 27, as National Crime Victims' Rights Week.

This year's theme, "New Challenges- New Solutions" with the message of more collaborations for better outcomes.  Special thanks to our keynote speaker, Ms. Kelli Grace from the Ohio State Attorney Generals Office and thank you to; Mr. William Killian, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee; Judge Christine Sell, Hamilton Co. Sessions Court; Mr. Ben Boyer, Asst. District Attorney representing District Attorney General Bill Cox; Mr. Mike Dunne representing County Mayor Jim Coppinger and Mr. Greg Glover, Anchor/Reporter- WRCB/TV who served as moderator. Special thanks to the Chattanooga Police Department Honor Guards for the "presentation of colors and national anthem" and for leading the "moment of silence" in honor of the victims and survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy, the Boston Marathon attack and citizens of Chattanooga and Hamilton County.

Thank you Mr. Travis McDonough, City Chief of Staff representing Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke; Judge Marie Williams, Hamilton Co. Circuit Court; Judge Lila Statom, Hamilton Co. Sessions Court; Judge Gary Starnes, Hamilton Co. Sessions Court; Judge Russell Bean, Chattanooga City Court; Sheriff Jim Hammond, HCSO; Chief-Deputy Allen Branum, HCSO; Mr. Gregg Sullivan, Executive Asst. U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee; New City Council Members- Yusuf Hakeem, Chip Henderson, Moses Freeman, Jerry Mitchell and Larry Grohn; Ms. Gwen Tidwell, Hamilton Co. Criminal Court Clerk; Ms. Paula Thompson, Hamilton Co. Circuit Court Clerk; former City Councilwoman Deborah Scott and Ms. Arlene Hughes, Hamilton County Mayor's Office.  Thank you all for being visible, thank you for caring.

Special thanks to St. Paul's Episcopal Church for hosting this event for the 11th year; thank you to Memorable Moments Catering and thank you to the Warden and Staff of CCA/Corporation of America for your support and participation.

Planning Committee for this community sponsored event included:  the Partnership Family Violence Center; the Hamilton County Coalition; the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Tennessee; the Eleventh Judicial District Attorney General Office; CCA/Corrections Corporation of America; Chattanooga Police Department; Hamilton Co. Sheriff's Office, the Chattanooga-Hamilton Co. Health Department and St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

Hugh Reece

HCC/Hamilton County Coalition

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