Constitution Week Events

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Judge Neil Thomas, III and Linda Moss Mines
Judge Neil Thomas, III and Linda Moss Mines

The United States Constitution, written in 1787, signed by the delegates on Sept. 17, ratified in 1788, and in operation since 1789, is now the world's longest surviving written charter of government. Its first three words –– "We the People" –– affirm that the government of the United States exists to serve its citizens.

In 1956, the United States Congress declared Sept. 17 as Constitution Day and years later, Congress added a requirement that all schools and government offices provide community educational programs as a part of Constitution Week.

Citizens are invited to all area events.   Among the local events planned are:

Monday, 6-7 p.m., Hamilton County Courthouse

Judge Neil Thomas, III and Linda Moss Mines, GPS History Department chair and Chattanooga-Hamilton County historian, will lead the first of four planned  'Constitutional Issues' seminars.  The first seminar, Contempt of Court, examines the 1906 Ed Johnson case and takes its title from the acclaimed book by the late Chattanooga attorney Leroy Phillips and Dallas Morning News legal affairs writer, Mark Curriden. The Johnson case was the first criminal case heard on appeal by the United States Supreme Court. Join Judge Thomas and Ms. Mines as they plumb the issues surrounding this high profile case. 

Tuesday, noon, Hamilton County Courthouse 

Join County Mayor Jim Coppinger, Hamilton County Commission members and local citizens as they "ring the bells" celebrating constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms.  Mayor Coppinger will speak briefly on the significance of the federal system and the benefits of national, state and local governments functioning in a balance of power and responsibility. Bring a bell. 

Thursday, Sept. 19, 4-4:30 p.m., Chattanooga City Hall

Join students from local schools as they read aloud the Preamble to the U S Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  You could be in for a treat if they decide to "Schoolhouse Rock" the Preamble. Students will assemble on the 11th Street steps of City Hall.

For more information about Constitution Week programs, email Jessica Dumitru [jmdumitru@gmail.com], Tennessee Constitution Week Chairman, Daughters of the American Revolution.


Upcoming Street Closings Announced

Hooters Hosts July 4th 5K In Chattanooga Benefitting Wounded Warriors

Chattanooga Police Department Earns TLEA Award


Here are upcoming street closings: E. 10th Street at Norfolk Southern Viaduct E. 10th Street at the Norfolk Southern viaduct (500 Block of E 10th Street) will be closed Wednesday, ... (click for more)

Hooters of Chattanooga, 5912 Brainerd Road, is hosting a 5K race on the 4th of July with all proceeds benefitting the Wounded Warriors Project. The race kicks off at 10 a.m. so runners are ... (click for more)

The Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program announces that it has granted the award of a third accreditation the Chattanooga Police Department. They were awarded this achievement during ... (click for more)



Happenings

Upcoming Street Closings Announced

Here are upcoming street closings: E. 10th Street at Norfolk Southern Viaduct E. 10th Street at the Norfolk Southern viaduct (500 Block of E 10th Street) will be closed Wednesday, June 23, for bridge repair from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Detours will be posted. Ochs Highway between Fleetwood Dr and Highway 58 The segment of Ochs Highway between Fleetwood ... (click for more)

Hooters Hosts July 4th 5K In Chattanooga Benefitting Wounded Warriors

Hooters of Chattanooga, 5912 Brainerd Road, is hosting a 5K race on the 4th of July with all proceeds benefitting the Wounded Warriors Project. The race kicks off at 10 a.m. so runners are asked to arrive starting at 9 a.m., which will start at Hooters and go down around Camp Jordan before looping back. The standard registration is $35, but with the code SQUAD UP, participants ... (click for more)

Breaking News

CHI Memorial To Build New Hospital In North Georgia

CHI Memorial announced on Tuesday its plans to build a new hospital in Catoosa County, Georgia. “ We are thrilled to see this endeavor move forward for our North Georgia community,” said Janelle Reilly, market CEO, CHI Memorial. “About one fourth of the people we care for live in North Georgia. The new hospital will provide expanded access and more vital services closer to ... (click for more)

Man Walking Along 14th Avenue Is Shot After Vehicle Stops, People With Guns Get Out

A 24-year-old man was shot in Chattanooga early Monday morning. At approximately 6:57 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to the 4100 block of 14th Avenue on a report of a person shot. Upon arrival, officers found a man suffering from a gunshot wound and secured the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital by Hamilton County EMS with a non-life threatening ... (click for more)

Opinion

Digging Up The Dead - And Response

The remains of General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife have been dug up from a park in Memphis and moved to a Confederate museum. General Forrest was a grand wizard in the KKK and therefore is hated. How much did that cost the taxpayers? Robert Byrd and his wife remains are in the Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Va., very close to Arlington National Cemetery. He was ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Thanks For Your Service

As we approach the 20 th year since the 9/11 attacks, it may interest you to know 7,057 members of our Armed Forces have been killed in combat-related death. What should be of equal mourning is four times that number – 30,177 to be precise – of our military veterans have died from self-inflicted causes. That’s right, the suicide numbers are higher than they are for the general population, ... (click for more)