On Feb. 2 Metro Pulse broke the story of how Vonore, Tenn. couple Carol Ann and Laura Stutte had decided to sue the woman they allege burned their house down in a possible hate crime Sept. 4: Janice Millsaps. (Read the story, Fighting Fire With Lawsuit by Rose Kennedy, here). In an exclusive interview, the same-gender couple gave as their reasons wanting to preserve evidence and witness memories in the alleged crime, for which no arrests have been made, wanting the perpetrator to get help, and because their insurance company, American National Property & Casualty Company, had not sued--and had not reimbursed the couple for expenses due under their policy.
In response to the piece, Maryville civil rights activist Carla Lewis, who first brought media attention to the Stuttes' plight back in September, is calling for supporters to petition the insurance company on behalf of the Stuttes. Read her blog here:
Carla Lewis Calls for Supporters to Petition the Insurance Company That Hasn't Reimbursed Possible Arson and Hate Crime Victims Carol Ann and Laura Stutte.
Pictured are an "After" and "Before" photo of the Stuttes' home in Vonore taken by Carol Ann Stutte.