The Bessie Smith Cultural Center has a new Executive Director.

The Bessie Smith Board of Directors named Dionne Jennings to the position Monday.  Jennings most recently served as the Development Coordinator for the Next Door Chattanooga.  She is a graduate of Bryan College, and lives in Chattanooga with her two children. 

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Jennings replaces former director Rose Martin who left the job in October after thousands of dollars were stolen from a safe following the Bessie Smith Strut.