Mark Making Installs Mural Created By Inmates Titled "Birds Of Freedom" On Billboard In East Chattanooga

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Inmates at the Hamilton County Jail were challenged to create a mural expressing their message to
people “on the outside.” After discussing the stigma associated with being an offender and the “us vs.
them” culture they experience, participants decided to demonstrate the idea that after rejoining society, they could be worthwhile citizens capable of creating work that beautifies neighborhoods.

To best depict this idea, they settled on the theme of birds, "beautiful creatures experiencing freedom."

Inmates started by drawing bird structures that evolved into individualized birds crafted from their
imaginations. Digital versions of their drawings were organized into a composition sized to fit the
billboard’s location during photo shop sessions in the jail classroom. The birds were scaled, traced onto parachute cloth, and then painted during their classes.

From preliminary discussions to the finished piece, Birds of Freedom took one year to complete. During that time, about 75 inmates attended art classes funded by the Tennessee Arts Commission and had a hand in creating this mural.

A comment from an inmate evaluation read, “I learned, and am still learning, how to deal with and work with people. Learning a lot of art skills is fun. I love everything about this class.”

Mark Making has hosted classes in the Hamilton County Jail almost every Friday night since 2012. Mark Making seeks to empower individuals and transform communities through the arts. They work primarily with children, teens and adults with disabilities, the homeless and incarcerated.



Southside Funeral Session Planned To Help Residents Learn About And Communicate Their Funeral Plans

Local residents and businesses are coming together for the Southside Funeral Session. The event will be on June 2 from 4-6 p.m. at the Bethlehem Center, 200 West 38th St. Funeral homes, cemeteries, crematoriums, monument companies, life insurance companies and more will be available to talk about the process of planning a funeral, answer any questions and help attendees make arrangements. ... (click for more)

Memorial Day Holiday Garbage And Recycle Collection And Site Schedule

Garbage and recycle collection scheduled for Memorial Day, Monday, will be collected as normal. There will be no changes to the collection day.  Place containers along the curbside before 7 a.m. on collection day to ensure pickup.  The City Landfill located off of Birchwood Pike in Harrison, Tennessee and Wood Recycle Center will be closed Monday. The City Landfill ... (click for more)

Donaldson Tells Jury He Shot Son-In-Law After Knife Was Pulled On Him; Medical Examiner Says Fatal Shot Was From 3 Inches Away

Glen Donaldson took the witness stand Thursday in the attempt to explain how two good friends ended up with one dead and the other facing a first-degree murder charge.   On the night of Dec. 29, 2016, he texted his son-in-law, Adam Levi, and arranged to pick up bed rails for his daughter, who had left items when she moved out of their house. After loading the rails, ... (click for more)

Motorcyclist Killed After Colliding With Car On Highway 60

A motorcyclist was killed on Highway 60 on Thursday afternoon after colliding with a car.   At approximately  4:30 p.m. , Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the 5100 block of Highway 60 for the report of a  motor vehicle accident involving a motorcycle vs. car.  According to preliminary reports, the motorcycle ... (click for more)

Speaking Of A Cove

Mr. Sole Commissioner Whitfield,   I live in  a cove in western most Chattanooga. My back yard is woods. My front yard is woodland too. My neighbors and I had chance to voice our disagreement in 1996 to the proposed sale of a portion of the farm that dominated this cove and we did. There weren’t very many of us. One member of the group that listened to ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 'Don't Dare Endorse Me!'

When Joe Smith, a member of the Hamilton County School Board, met with officials of the UnifiEd political action committee on Tuesday, his instructions to his somber listeners were very specific. He told the leaders of the now-tainted education non-profit group. “Do not endorse me. I extended the courtesy of answering your questions … I am eager to do the right thing. But I am saying ... (click for more)