City Says No to Nativity Scene in East Tennessee City

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- A live Nativity scene that has been part of Chattanooga's annual Grand Illumination has been scrapped.

Chattanooga Downtown Partnership executive director Carla Pritchard says the representation of the birth of Jesus Christ was eliminated after several people complained.

The Partnership receives funding from the city.

The illumination event takes place the day after Thanksgiving and begins the holiday shopping season and the downtown Winter Days & Lights event.

The Nativity had been performed since the 1980s by First Baptist Church of Soddy-Daisy.

Church pastor Dr. Seton Tomyn says the decision is disappointing, but understands diverse cultures are part of the city.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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