Judy Smith, Inspiration For ABC's Scandal, Comes To Chattanooga In February

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Judy Smith
Judy Smith

The lead actress of the ABC political thriller, Scandal, is Kerry Washington and her character, Olivia Pope, is partially based on former George H. W. Bush administration press aide, Judy Smith.  

Ms. Smith, who serves as the television series co-executive producer, will visit the Scenic City on Feb. 4 to keynote the Bessie Smith Cultural Center’s Anniversary Luncheon. The luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel.

"This will be Ms. Smith first visit to Chattanooga and we are extremely thrilled and fortunate to have her,” said Stacy Lightfoot, vice president of College & Career Access at the Public Education Foundation and Event Chair of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center’s Anniversary Luncheon. “We are anticipating a great turnout due to her overwhelming popularity of being the inspiration behind ABC’s hit series, Scandal. We encourage the community to join us as we celebrate the achievements of the Bessie Smith Cultural Center and to meet the real Olivia Pope.”

In addition to her being the co-executive producer of ABC’s Scandal, Ms. Smith is the founder and President of Smith & Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.  Over the last 25 years, Ms. Smith has brought her combination of communication skills, media savvy, legal and political acumen to clients facing a wide array of issues and challenges throughout the United States and abroad.

Ms. Smith honed her skills through her experiences with some of the most historic and sensational events of our time, including the Iran Contra investigation, the 1991 Gulf War, the Los Angeles riots, the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Justice Clarence Thomas, the congressional inquiry of Enron, the General Petraeus CIA scandal, and the United Nations Foundation and World Health Organization response to the SARS epidemic. 

Tables are now available for purchase along with a limited number of tickets for general seating. To purchase tickets, tables and to learn more about corporate sponsorships – including an exclusive meet-and-greet with Ms. Smith, call 266-8658 or visit www.bessiesmithcc.org.


Drivers Education Program Offers Spring Break Course

The Spring 2016 Drivers Education course will be offered March 28, 29, 30 and 31 at the Public Library Downtown, 1001 Broad St., not at Northgate Mall.  The class will be Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. each of those four days.  In Spring of 2015, the Tennessee State Legislature made legislative changes to restrict the use of traffic ... (click for more)

Grundy GOP Straw Poll To Be Held Feb. 13

The Grundy County Republican Party will host their first presidential primary straw poll at the Grundy County Courthouse, 2nd Floor on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m. CST.  The featured speakers will be from the top three candidate campaigns and all campaigns are welcome to attend and participate.  Representing Donald Trump will be Nashville Metro City Councilman and ... (click for more)

Underground Fire Closes Several Downtown Streets

An underground fire closed several downtown streets late Saturday afternoon. At approximately 5:20 p.m., the Chattanooga Fire Department responded to a reported fire in a man-hole at the corner of Chestnut Street and W. 8th Street. When fire companies arrived on the scene, they found black smoke coming from an underground electrical service line. The man-hole cover had been ... (click for more)

16-Year-Old Who Was Shot In The Head In East Ridge Dies

Monserrate Ferrer, the 16 year old who was shot in East Ridge on Friday, has died. Investigators will meet early next week with the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office to discuss the case. The shooting that involved two juveniles was at the 4200 block of Bennett Road. Responding officers found a 16-year-old boy in the bedroom with a single gunshot wound to the ... (click for more)

The City Failed To Watch The Chattanooga History Museum Dollars

The tell tale signs of the History Museum's folly have been evident for years. When I was a former member of City Council I interviewed Dr. Daryl Black, Ph.D. to determine if I should argue for or against the annual funding of his organization. His interview, the multi-year history of administrative non-performance (despite consistent repetitive funding), and a review of the organizational ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote ‘No’ On Vouchers

I fully believe that public education in Hamilton County is the single most important opportunity that challenges us today. Over the weekend the new website for the ‘Chattanooga 2.0’ initiative went up and every parent who has a child in our public system should make it “required reading.” You can find it at www.chatt2.org. Please sign up for updates because a lot of us need to ... (click for more)