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Melody Cromer cheers in Coolidge Park during the Chattanooga Women's March on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Thousands of demonstrators marched locally from Coolidge Park to the Aquarium in solidarity with protesters in Washington D.C. and across the nation.

Chattanooga Women's March announced

CHATTANOOGA — Organizers are calling on Chattanooga-area residents to join them on Jan. 20 for the Anniversary Women's March.

Last year's Women's March was held in Washington, D.C., and cities throughout the world on the day after the inauguration of President Donald Trump. It was a call to advocate legislation and policies regarding human rights and other issues, including women's rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, reproductive rights, the natural environment, LGBTQ rights, racial equality, freedom of religion, and workers' rights.

The Chattanooga Women's March will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Coolidge Park. The 1.8-mile march begins at noon. More details can be found at chattanoogawomensmarch.com.

To see an event map with links to every Womens March in the country, go to powertothepolls.com/anniversary. People interested in carpooling or who may need a ride to the Chattanooga march, or alternate marches in Nashville and Huntsville may contact Sewanee Organize and Act for more information: sewaneeorganizeandact@gmail.com.

 

Site proposed for country's most toxic places

CHATTANOOGA — A local site composed of residential properties, including areas used by children, has been proposed to be put on a list of the country's most toxic places. The Southside Chattanooga Lead Site is one of 10 sites across the country recommended to be added to the Superfund Program's National Priorities List by the Environmental Protection Agency.

"The priority for proposing the Site is protecting children by identifying and cleaning up lead-contaminated soil at residential properties and other areas where children may be present," according to a release from the EPA.

The site located where waste material was used in past decades as fill or top soil in Alton Park, Cowart Place, Jefferson Heights, Richmond and the Southside Gardens areas in the southwestern portion of Chattanooga. Lead levels at the site were detected above health-based benchmarks. The EPA will work with other groups and agencies to clean the site and replace it with clean soil.

 

$10 million housing development planned

LAFAYETTE, Ga. — A development company is planning to invest $10.8 million in a housing project in northwest LaFayette, Ga.

REA Ventures Group will build townhouses and standalone homes in the Linwood community, Mayor Andy Arnold said Tuesday. The project is part of a year-long effort, with public meetings and community development, to help revitalize the city of 7,100.

It is a private project. There will not be public or subsidized housing, Arnold said. He said it is part of an overall revitalization effort for the city.

Linwood is an old mill town, and the mayor said he and other city leaders wanted to create a neighborhood with a look similar to that of the St. Elmo neighborhood in Chattanooga. The city government will pay to add sidewalks and expand the sewer line in that area to support a population boost. Arnold said much of the infrastructure funding will come from the $2 upgrade fee that residents pay on their utility bills with the city.

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