Jerry Summers: 2 Murders On Missionary Ridge

  • Thursday, June 8, 2023
  • Jerry Summers

Although requested by several aggrieved anonymous residents in the now “Speed Hump Heaven”, it was not until two tragic incidents occurred on the northern and southern ends of the area named “Braggs’ Folly” that the disturbing crime tragedies were revealed.

In the Rant and Community section of the May 7, 2023 edition of the Scenic City’s surviving forerunner of the conservative New York Times newspaper it was reported that a neighbor was walking her beloved canine companion on the narrow sidewalks when “a landscaping truck drove up onto the sidewalk, killing her 11-year old cattle dog right in front of her” on the South end of the historical district. This crime should be a priority of our fearless “law and order” prosecution team, but as of now the crime has not been solved and evidently is a low priority matter.

Another serious criminal act has taken place on the North end of the district.

The most recent big storm took down several 150-160-year-old trees and one creative home owner - not satisfied with their view from their ranch style casa overlooking the beautiful Tennessee River - killed the 4-5 survivors of the November 1863 “War to Suppress the Rebellion” and hired local Paul Bunyan woodcutters to create a panoramic window.

Although naysayers may protest, 1) “it was just a dog”, and 2) “they were just trees”, other more sensitive citizens may differ in their outlooks on the tragedies.

(501(c)3 non-profit grants are being sought under the charitable umbrellas of the Ridgeside chapter of ASPCA and the Eastlake chapter of Woodsmen of the World - Stay tuned!)

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