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 [], Tennessee Constitution Week Chairman, Daughters of the American Revolution.

Closure On East 3rd Street For Construction Project On Friday

Contractor Embark Project Services will be operating a concrete pumping truck on East 3rd Street, between Market Street and Cherry Street for the purpose of pouring walls at the Jax Liquors renovation project.  The closure is scheduled for Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.  Detours will be posted. In order to view a map of all of these closures, click here . (click for more)

Whitfield "Counts" On Roberts In Finance Department

When it comes to numbers, Carol Roberts knows her stuff. In her first year as a member of the Whitfield County Finance Department, she compiled the budget book that went on to receive the prestigious Government Finance Officers Association Excellence in Budgeting Award in 2014. “She prepared and improved the 2014 budget book in her first year of employment with very little ... (click for more)

Residents Concerned Over 7-Story Building On The Southside

Downtown Chattanooga residents expressed their concerns with the proposed seven-story apartment building on Cowart Street on the Southside at Tuesday night’s City Council Meeting. The apartment building, originally zoned at four stories before Belle Investment petitioned for seven, has not been adequately publicized, residents claimed.   Architect and Planning Professional ... (click for more)

Commissioner Graham Chides Chairman Bankston For Shredding Arts Cigarette Tax Letter; Says Sunshine Law Violated

County Commissioner Joe Graham on Wednesday chided Chairman Chester Bankston for shredding a letter related to the proposed cigarette tax to aid the arts. "Have you shredded any other county legal documents?" he demanded. Chairman Bankston replied, "No, I have not done that." He said the letter did not get the necessary six signatures to forward to the Legislature. ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote DesJarlais Out!

There are two good bills in both the Senate and the House of Representatives right now that are directly aimed at the sadistic villains who derive some sick pleasure out of torturing helpless Tennessee Walking Horses. They call it “soring,” where caustic materials are lathered into a horse’s forelegs and then wrapped in plastic so they’ll cook. Sometimes they use nails or screws ... (click for more)