published Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

City of Chattanooga moves location of Riverbend's Bessie Smith Strut

Pedestrians walk along M.L. King Blvd. Monday during the Bessie Smith Strut on the fourth day of Riverbend 2011.
Pedestrians walk along M.L. King Blvd. Monday during the Bessie Smith Strut on the fourth day of Riverbend 2011.
Photo by Dan Henry.
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The Bessie Smith Strut will move from Martin Luther King Boulevard to the Riverbend Festival site this year, according to festival executive director Chip Baker.

The decision was prompted by a request from the city, Baker said.

“We were told to move the site by the city,” he said.

“We are partners with the city and the county in everything we do and we will honor that request.”

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about Barry Courter...

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 ...

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