Tree planted to honor local crime victims
CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - For the fifth consecutive year, the Tennessee Board of Parole is observing National Crime Victims' Rights Week with a series of tree plantings in cities across the state. Victim advocates in local communities are also being honored at each ceremony for their work with victims of crime.
This year, the Board is adding the Department of Correction as a partner in these events. "We believe in strong collaborations, and TDOC is our closest collaborator," said Board Chairman Charles Traughber. "We are allied in our missions toward safe communities, and we are allied in our concerns for victims."
"The Board of Parole has made a commitment to recognizing the important voices of crime victims and the work of victim advocates," said TDOC Commissioner Derrick Schofield. "We are honored they have asked us to join them in hosting these events."
The event for Chattanooga and surrounding counties took place this morning at Miller Park. The 2013 Voice for Victims honoree for the region is Tiki Finlayson. After a traffic crash involving a drunken driver killed her son, she founded the organization 1N3 to spread awareness about the deadly dangers of driving under the influence. The name echoes statistics showing one in three traffic crashes in the U. S. involve a drunk driver. Her goal is to lower those statistics.
Additional tree planting events for this week took place in Nashville Memphis, Knoxville, Jackson, Blountville, Springfield and Murfreesboro.