The Bessie Smith Strut will take place after all.
Irvin Overton, chairman of the board of directors for the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, announced tonight during a Chattanooga City Council meeting that they will hold the Bessie Smith Strut this year during the Riverbend Festival.
“We’re hoping we can set the bar,” Overton said.
He said almost two miles of fence will surround the M.L. King Boulevard where the Strut has taken place over the last 30 years. There will be three gates.
The center will also charge admission — $5 in advance, $10 at the gate, he said.
But Overton said Riverbend pins will be honored.
Overton said the liability insurance should be able to be obtained. He said an anonymous donor is helping to pay for the cost of insurance and fencing.
For more information, read tomorrow’s Times Free Press.
Cliff has worked for the Times Free Press for five years and covers Chattanooga city government. He previously covered Rhea County, as well as transportation and growth and development in Southeast Tennessee. A native of Maryville, Tenn., Cliff graduated in 2003 from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis on journalism. Before coming to Chattanooga, he was a crime reporter with Hernando Today, a supplement of The Tampa (Fla.) ...