published Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Replay live coverage of today's news conference on Chattanooga's Christmas Day shootings

Follow live coverage of a news conference at Mosaic Church on 412 Market St. pertaining to Christmas morning's shootings today at 2 p.m.

Pastor Tim Reid will read Mosaic's official statement and then will follow-up with questions from the media.

Local government is considering what to do.

Live news conference on Christmas Day shootings
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fftspam said...

Where did Tim Reid get his 'pastor' cred? To show everyone how worthless that title is... you can become one at ULC dot ORG. And then you can rent a building and call it a non profit marriage counseling center and rent it out on weekends to groups that use a caterer to sell booze. What a plan!

December 27, 2011 at 10:25 a.m.
fftspam said...

According to public documents, the building is owned by James Henry 412 Broad Street. What does he think about about all this? And according to public documents, the parking lot where all this started is owned by Unum... what does Unum say regarding 9 people getting shot on their property??

December 27, 2011 at 10:32 a.m.
TennRaider said...

The timesfreepress is doing a lousy job of investigating this so called part time church/part time shooting gallery/part time teenage night club and all the characters involved. This town really needs a responsible newspaper.

December 27, 2011 at 10:46 a.m.
TennRaider said...

Would a real pastor allow a band that used the most vulgar language possible Saturday night to perform there? No he wouldnt. Why does Chattanooga allow this kind of thing to go on? All the time, money, and effort to make downtown great and its dying because the city has no clue how to handle their gang problem.

December 27, 2011 at 10:57 a.m.
01centare said...

TennRaider said... Would a real pastor allow a band that used the most vulgar language possible Saturday night to perform there?

And a real church and its member wouldn't allow pastors, ministers, priests and other clergy to molest small children, and sex it up with members of the congregation, right?

TennRaider said... The timesfreepress is doing a lousy job of investigating

And the other media outlest are? Or is it that TFP isn't catering to what you want them to cater to?

December 27, 2011 at 2:03 p.m.
skyboxer said...

01 centare you hit the nail on the head. The Catholic church is just a giant pedophile ring.

December 27, 2011 at 2:07 p.m.
01centare said...

skyboxer, it isn't just the Catholic church. What's happened in the Catholic Church has being going on for decades, centuries possibly, at Baptist, Methodist, Evangelical, Protestant, 7 Day Adventist and in all chuch denominations.

December 27, 2011 at 2:10 p.m.
Emersization said...

Pastor Tim Reid gives alot of spin in his press release. He states that is a church that does everything good and bad, except the weapons part. If anything, this is an APOSTATE church. God would not want a band playing secular music and booze being sold in His house. The bible says, that Gods house is a house of prayer. Matthew 21:13

December 27, 2011 at 2:33 p.m.
11states said...

O1 your an idiot.

December 27, 2011 at 2:35 p.m.
11states said...

They need to close this crap hole down...

December 27, 2011 at 2:36 p.m.
Chatt88 said...

I wish there was a video feed.. all these random questions/answers don't make a whole lot of sense when you can't tell what's being answered and what isn't.

December 27, 2011 at 2:42 p.m.
skyboxer said...

Emersization, you have it all wrong. The bible is not God's word ... the Koran is.

"And when you are among them and keep up the prayer for them, let a party of them stand up with you, and let them take their arms; then when they have prostrated themselves let them go to your rear, and let another party who have not prayed come forward and pray with you, and let them take their precautions and their arms; (for) those who disbelieve desire that you may be careless of your arms and your luggage, so that they may then turn upon you with a sudden united attack, and there is no blame on you, if you are annoyed with rain or if you are sick, that you lay down your arms, and take your precautions; surely Allah has prepared a disgraceful chastisement for the unbelievers." (The Women 4.102)

December 27, 2011 at 3:11 p.m.
Lr103 said...

Maybe if the thumpers were true to their religion, they would be trying to help Tim Reid rather than shut him down. It seems that Mr. Reid had good intentions, but simply became overwhelmed with it all. Maybe he thought he could provide a safe place for Chattanooga's youth and turn the others heading in the wrong direction around. But at the first sight of a problem, Chattanooga turned on him from the very beginning, in a determined effort to shut him down.

Not all that many years ago an African-American neigbhor tried to open a business in her neighborhood, which was still basically white. They turned her down because, in their words, "We don't want the clientele your business will likely attract." Meaning they felt her business would attrack and bring too many blacks to her business. The thought didn't sit well with them. Now at that same location she had her sites on, there's an Asian business. Is this what is happening with Tim Reid and his efforts to reach out to Chattanooga youths? A certain segment of Chattanooga just doesn't want those kind around them, period? So they're doing anything and everything to shut Mr. Reid down? Believing in doing so, those kind will congregate elsewhere?

Just a thought.

December 27, 2011 at 4:38 p.m.
PaulWilson said...

The outcome of the events held in and outside the space aren't always doubt about that. The intent of bringing kids in and meeting them where they are is a good idea. Bible thumping kids in the head does nothing but drive them further away from what most people in this part of the country see as the only way they can be good citizens. Which that way of thinking in and of itself is ridiculous. Religion is not always the answer.
Something does need to be done to address the gang problem in this city and in others as well. I don't think we can place blame solely on one place, be it a church/nightclub/event space/art gallery, whatever you want to call it. Our local law enforcement has its' hands full already but, if you look at their job descriptions I doubt you'll find that it says they shouldn't have to deal with things of this nature. They are charged with the act of protecting and serving the community and enforcing the laws that are on the books.
The problem isn't with the venue. The real problem lies with the fact that gangs exist in our city and are taking over our streets. Less energy spent on closing down whatever the operation actually is at 412 Market is and more time trying to do something about the situation on the street would probably be more productive in the end.

December 27, 2011 at 4:47 p.m.
romans89 said...

I just wonder how many of the slanderous people here have been to Mosaic? I am not a member there, however I have been there numerous times..on Christian nights and on secular nights. Each time, I talked with the staff there (which by the way is completely volunteer basis for all of you making accusations about them pocketing money) and on each night, I was presented with the people presenting the Gospel. No - it wasn't beating me over the head, but it was simple relationship building, advice giving words of encouragement. Why do they let secular bands in?? Pretty simple to me - ministry is about not just talking to fellow Christians; its about talking to secular people and meeting them where they are at. Its not our job to change them, its our job to meet them and let God do the changing. Props to Mosaic! Anyone who thinks you can minister to inner city and gangs for 10 years without incident is living in ignorant fantasy land. Do the ministers that visit Alcohol Annonymous expect you to be sober before they will talk to you?? No, they meet you in your drunken stuper and walk with you towards sobriety. Again I say - PROPS TO MOSAIC

December 27, 2011 at 5:05 p.m.
11states said...

Lol. I find defense of this place as an outreach just plain silly.

December 27, 2011 at 8:15 p.m.
Lr103 said...

11states said... Lol. I find defense of this place as an outreach just plain silly

And should we be at all surprised, 11states? You know, Jesus Christ didn't walk among the very best and well behaved of His time. He walked with and ministered those the rest of soceity snubbed, rejected, looked down their noses on. He hung out with the thieves, prostitutes, murderers. For sure, today He'd be right there in the middle trying to turn some troubled youth around and He certainly wouldn't shy away from the so called gang bangers. Try torRemember, the opponents of Jesus time LOL @ Him too. They taunted Him, shamed Him, beat Him. Made Him a crown of thorns with taunts of "Now, here's your KING OF KINGS!" Keep LOL! It suits your mentality quite well.

December 27, 2011 at 9:24 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

If you are not going down town with your church on a ministry activity you ought to zip it up, guys. You would be casting stones at Jesus with your attitude, were he present in person. He was only interested in the destitute because their deliverance represents the essence of his message, he was uninterested and impatient with wealthy and officious religious leaders who thought they knew the best way to behave and run a church.

Have you ever gone down and volunteered to help Rev. Reid with his ministry, maybe you could have a positive effect?

December 28, 2011 at 12:14 a.m.
pikeville said...

Unfortunatly youth don't learn from others mistakes. In some cases they have to learn from their own over and over before they get it. A large number of kids who are in Tennessee's youth development centers today have been raised like an abused animal. This is sad and where our solution begins. When a child is handed a joint by their Mom when they are 8 yrs old,or their Dad hand them a meth pipe. This child is doomed from the start. Natural instincts will kick in because even a child knows this is wrong and they began staying away from home. Peer pressure is a HUGE contributing factor in delinquency, and that's the first place they go once outside the house. After months of influences from the scum of the earth, kids begin to loose sight of wright and wrong. At this point they have to be removed away from the toxic environment that has built them. Hopefully they will be sent to a place where people care and have a passion for helping these type kids. Many places our state uses to treat these youth don't work, and the private providers that are paid by the state are in it for profit. This means services will be cut in the name of the all important dollar. Until we have a Great administrator in charge of DCS that will insure the incompetent people working in the system are weeded out the problem will grow. I'm not knocking all DCS or HR state employees but I do know for a fact some should never hold the positions they do. If in fact the best interest of the child is states top priority ??

December 28, 2011 at 8:10 a.m.
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