published Friday, October 28th, 2011

Anti-violence rally scheduled for Saturday

Tonya Rooks is the president of of the College Hill Courts resident council, which is organizing a Stop the Violence rally.
Tonya Rooks is the president of of the College Hill Courts resident council, which is organizing a Stop the Violence rally.
Photo by Angela Lewis.


What: Stop the Violence Rally

Where: Grove Street baseball field

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

Admission: Free

More information: Call 648-0763

The College Hill Courts resident council wants Westside residents to change their self-perception as a way to battle violence in the neighborhood.

"We've got to build the community up," said new council President Tonya Rooks. "It's like having your own child. We've got to build the self-esteem up."

Rooks and other resident council members will host a Stop the Violence Rally on Saturday at the baseball field on Grove Street.

First Things First, Chattanooga CARES and Correctional Counseling and Probation Services are among 20 groups scheduled to attend.

"The goal is for the residents to acquire a heightened awareness that it is imperative to watch over our children and to equip residents to make better choices," said Janet Radden, community representative with the Chattanooga Housing Authority.

The fatal shooting of 20-year-old Cecil Timmons in June was among a half-dozen shootings in the Westside so far this year. The most recent shooting was in September, when Agustin Kagoma was shot while trying to run to his home to escape a robbery.

The community near downtown Chattanooga includes eight low-income housing complexes. The area has no single-family homes, and all of the businesses and services that once occupied the Grove Street Center are gone.

The Westside Development Corp. used money from the federal Weed and Seed grant between 1995 and 2006 to revitalize the Grove Street area, but the effort collapsed when the money ended.

Lisa Rooks, vice president of the council, said she wants the rally to unify residents for the safety of the Westside.

"These are not just my neighbors. This is my family," said Rooks, who is a cousin to the council president. "At the end of the day, we all have to have each other's back. If I'm not home, I want someone to watch out for my house."

Some residents have discussed forming a Westside neighborhood watch.

"We want to let the community know we do want a better community," Tonya Rooks said. "If we get busy, maybe we will run the devil away."

Rooks has her own story of redemption to share. January will mark the 11th year she has been clean of crack cocaine, she said.

"I pray every day that the footsteps I take are footsteps ordered by him," she said. "I prayed and asked him to take the taste out of my mouth and he did. And I promised if he did, I'd try to help someone else."

about Yolanda Putman...

Yolanda Putman has been a reporter at the Times Free Press for 11 years. She covers housing and previously covered education and crime. Yolanda is a Chattanooga native who has a master’s degree in communication from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Alabama State University. She previously worked at the Lima (Ohio) News. She enjoys running, reading and writing and is the mother of one son, Tyreese. She has also ...

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FreedomJournal said...

WAR ENDING (5 December 2009- 28 October 2011 by Carl A. Patton)

Greetings Brethren,

Peace be unto you. God chose His people in days of Old. Then many wars were fought. However they were in defense as the Lord’s people were never the aggressor. Man though down through the ages has left God and found a new war. But we come to sanction Peace on earth as Peace will bring Joy even in the midst of war.

Can a violent heart or mind be halted by the sociologists? Can we see reality without God? There is no joy or happiness in taking the life of someone. Life cometh by the Creator and one’s further existence is moved by “Free-Will.”

However who comes to tell the young and old about Jesus? There is no justice from man or God in those that render not what God has said but what man has proposed. The lost will be lost and those blind in the lead extend misery as mercy only comes to the righteous.

There will come a time when there will be an end to war. Was the world created to be at war? There was/is offense and defense.

Who moved at God’s will? The chosen and the heathens armed themselves. I saw King David with power. Samson was a mighty man.

Jesus was given power however He moved not his hand in might against any man. This is the New Testament power laid down by the Apostles.

Is there a conflict with the law that sends war throughout the lands? The world powers have never really changed and lines are still drawn in,

Oil, gold, diamonds and land. Religious and ethnic conflicts still reign not supreme but in the shadows of greed as land is always the prize even if no one claimed the prize.

Many Black hearts also offer only a sad demise to their brothers as the mothers and some fathers look on, some in disgust and some without a conscience.

Peace and Paradise, Brother Carl

October 28, 2011 at 8:08 a.m.
amnestiUSAF84 said...

The Westside Development Corp. used money from the federal Weed and Seed grant between 1995 and 2006 to revitalize the Grove Street area, but the effort collapsed when the money ended.

With better management and with the proper individuals in place who aren't looking out for their own interest, the above would have never happened. When the focus is only on problems then the problems become your only focus and albatross aroudn your necks weighing you down.

October 28, 2011 at 11:48 a.m.
FreedomJournal said...


Part 1: East. 9th St. (Martin Luther King Blvd.): Historical Overview SO-CALLED BLACK LEADERS IN CHATTANOOGA HAVE A SORDID HISTORY OF SELLING OUT THE BLACK COMMUNITY In April 1956, The Chattanooga Housing Authority received a loan from the federal government to study the Westside. It was determined that 2/3 of the 2700 families within the Westside live in houses that are in poor condition. This project was one of the largest in the U.S. (Historical Collection Chattanooga Public Library, Urban Renewal Is Everybody's Business, 1955).

As the Civil Rights Movement began to take shape so did the concessions offered to the Black community. However, a wicked scheme became refined and developed to include token Blacks. This scheme on the surface and on paper etc. ascribed to Human and Civil Rights for Black people. In reality many community-based programs for community development were merely sophisticated schemes and methods of economic deception. Therefore, these schemes and/or programs were ways which the dominant White community deprived the Black community of Federal Funds. Meanwhile the Federal Funds for community development in the Black community (East 9th Street) went South but not to the Black community.

In this wicked scheme arose various Lackeys' and Uncle Toms to administer these programs. The East 9th Street Development Organization is an example of this economic treachery. Later we see the African American Museum as an example of Black mis-information. The African American Museum as we move through this series will be revealed as a Black Custodian of Black History. However we will see that this organized cesspool of Uncle Toms is set in Plots, Betrayal, Conspiracies, Treachery and Ignorance. Cont. Part 2: The Seeds of Economic and Cultural Exploitation Are Planted

October 29, 2011 at 10 a.m.
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