Riverbend officials have added an anti-gang element to one of its outreach programs.
This year on June 10, Pimps of Joytime, a Brooklyn-based funk band, will be a part of an anti-gang/youth awareness event at the Lindsay Street Performance Hall prior to its headlining performance as part of the Bessie Smith Strut, according to Jeff Styles, assistant talent coordinator for Friends of the Festival, which produces the city's largest outdoor music event, scheduled for June 7-15.
Members of the city’s anti-gang task force will be on hand and Chattanooga Parks and Recreation will bring school-aged kids that are part of its Prevention and Youth Program, according to Styles.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...