published Monday, July 14th, 2014

Chattanooga City Council set to vote on new VRI leader

City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to award Hope for the Inner City with the contract to run the community side of Mayor Andy Berke's violence reduction plan to reduce shootings and killings in Chattanooga.

Hope for the Inner City, which is already receiving $75,000 in city funding will be awarded another $290,000 if the council approves the contract to run the social service side of Chattanooga's Violence Reduction Initiative.

The director of Hope for the Inner City is Paul Green.

The nonprofit was chosen from four other local organizations after the city rebid the contract in June when Richard Bennett, director of A Better Tomorrow, was arrested.

See tomorrow's Times Free Press for complete details.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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