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Commissioner Geter Joins Effort To Create Memorial Park For Chattanooga Homicide Victims

Thursday, August 11, 2022
From left to right are Melinda Doss-Wood, Commissioner Katherlyn Geter and project founder and coordinator Shannon Westmoreland
From left to right are Melinda Doss-Wood, Commissioner Katherlyn Geter and project founder and coordinator Shannon Westmoreland
Hamilton County Commissioner Katherlyn Geter said she has joined the efforts of Shannon Westmoreland and the M.O.M.S. team to build a "Victims Memorial Park" for victims of homicide in Chattanooga.
 
Commissioner Geter said, "The Park is an excellent idea and is needed in the community. I'm all in and will do what I can to make it happen."

 

She said church leaders, judges and community and business leaders are getting on board with the project.
 
M.O.M.S.
(Mothers of Murdered Sons) was founded by four mothers who lost sons in separate homicide incidents in Chattanooga. The Park is an effort to help other families deal with the overwhelming and sudden loss of a family member through violent activity, and to keep their love one’s memory alive forever.
 
Ms. Westmoreland said, "Burying one's child is a very difficult and unpleasant task to experience and, many times homicide cases are left unsolved. We will leave cold cases up to the authorities and focus our attention on the hurting families."
 
The vision is to create a community Memorial Park, a Reflection Pool and an annual ceremonial venue.


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Work Requires Temporary Closure At Railroad Crossing Near Shellmound Road

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The Whitfield County Board of Commissioners opened the online portal on Sept.1 for organizations wishing to apply for grants through the federal government’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). ... (click for more)

Beginning Monday at 8 a.m. CST through Friday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. CST, CSX will close a portion of SR 156 for construction at the railroad crossing near Shellmound Road in Marion County. ... (click for more)

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Whitfield County ARPA Application Open Until Sept. 30

The Whitfield County Board of Commissioners opened the online portal on Sept.1 for organizations wishing to apply for grants through the federal government’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The federal government allocated $20.3 million to Whitfield County as part of the program. The BOC recently approved ARPA funds in the amount of one million dollars to be awarded to local non-profit ... (click for more)

Work Requires Temporary Closure At Railroad Crossing Near Shellmound Road

Beginning Monday at 8 a.m. CST through Friday, Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. CST, CSX will close a portion of SR 156 for construction at the railroad crossing near Shellmound Road in Marion County. Detour signage will be posted to guide drivers around the closure. (click for more)

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