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Councilmen Dine on Donuts Supporting Koch's Bakery Mural
Defending the donuts against City Hall.

Controversy erupted after a Downtown Chattanooga bakery owner is asked to cover up a mural of flying donuts.

Many of you protested and petitioned to keep the mural as is and now, the city says they're willing to listen.

It may just look like a sweet treat to enjoy before the City Council meeting.But to many of you, 54 dozen donuts are meant to send a strong message to City Hall.

"You know, it's fun, it's playful. There's no words on it. There's no logos. It beautifies the Southside and adds character to the city," said Hollie Berry.

Berry started the whole thing. After catching wind of the city's plan to cite the owner of Koch's bakery, she says she started a petition to catch their attention.

"It blew up overnight. Within 24 hours, I had 250 signatures and last time I checked, it's over 1500 signatures," said Berry.

But it didn't stop there. Folks had a chance to sign another at the bakery and if they wanted to, buy an extra doughnut  to set aside for Tuesday night's council meeting.

"I'm astounded really. I knew that people, there were plenty of people that shared my opinion on the matter," said Berry.

At first, Chattanooga city leaders gave Davis an ultimatum. They told her to cover the mural completely or fix it so it only covers twenty percent of the building. But did these sweet treats and community persistence cause city leaders to have a change of heart?

"In one section of the ordinance, it did suggest that it may be a sign and another it's said that it would be a mural. So we gotta straighten that out at some point," said Chattanooga City Councilman Moses Freeman.

Now city leaders say they're willing to take a deeper look into the ordinance before taking any action.

"I as an individual thought it was more artwork than advertisement but the problem is really with the code. I think the inspector followed the code and did his job properly. The problem is with the codes so we need to change it," said councilman Chris Anderson.

And that's welcome news for Davis.

"I'm really pleased. I'm really pleased with what he's doing. I appreciate it," said Davis.

Anderson says he plans to create an ad hoc citizen review committee comprised of business leaders and residents.

By Alyssa Spirato
 

 

 

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