published Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Chattanooga's Mosaic Arts Venue falls short on city inspection

by Cliff Hightower
Mosaic Church which doubles as Club Fathom in Chattanooga.
Mosaic Church which doubles as Club Fathom in Chattanooga.
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The Mosaic Arts Venue will now be able to host only 100 people after a city inspection found it did not have enough exits and toilet facilities.

“He can only use the main floor on Market Street,” said Chattanooga Fire Marshal James Whitmire.

The city’s fire marshal and code inspector conducted a surprise inspection of the facility around noon. Whitmire said the venue, which hosts Mosaic church, has an occupancy of 1,903. He said for that amount of space there must be more exits and more toilet facilities.

The two-story building has two exits and six toilets, he said. One of the exits cannot be used because the area in front of it belongs to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Whitmire said.

Mosaic is in the midst of controversy after a nearby shooting on Christmas Eve left at least nine people wounded.

The city has filed a request for an injunction against the church in Circuit Court to stop it from hosting a New Year’s Eve party Saturday through its Club Fathom youth outreach program.

The hearing is scheduled for Friday.

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chattcitizen said...

see ya mosaic, you're toast

December 29, 2011 at 4:28 p.m.
JustinThyme said...

Seems like more religious persecution for this group to me. I think the city ought to start looking at the one's causing the violence rather than the groups trying to rescue our youth from the violence.

December 29, 2011 at 4:34 p.m.
chattcitizen said...

recue our youth from violence by holding lewd rap concerts, allowing sexual assaults to take place in your so called "church" and concealing the nature of the Church's business on tax records?

Sure justin, sounds like real religious persecution to me. Regardless of whatever mosaic / club assault is called, it doesn't need to be located in the middle of chattanooga's tourist district.

December 29, 2011 at 4:41 p.m.
lookinfour said...

Callie Starnes from Channel 3 interviewed one of the guys shot who attended the so-called candlelight service that night. When she asked him about the service he said he didn't know that Club Fathom/Mosaic was a church. That says enough.

As Gordon Ramsey says...."shut it down".

December 29, 2011 at 4:50 p.m.

this sounds like a smooth move by the mayor...really sucks for the place.

December 29, 2011 at 5:09 p.m.
ShaneTalley said...

Just a simple question comes to mind. What are they doing about the over crowded jails in the city and county jurisdictions? Will they be shutdown as well. I feel the pot is calling the kettle black here. I disagree with the violence and feel all should be punished for their crimes to the fullest extent. Just my thought and opinion.

December 29, 2011 at 6:18 p.m.

I don't know about Tennessee, but California did get that kind of order.

But this case is clearly an example of trying to find an excuse to justify their conduct. I'll await the crowd who deplores government regulation and intrusion showing up to protest it.

Not while holding my breath though.

December 29, 2011 at 6:50 p.m.
talkthetalk911 said...

HA!!! Government "intrusion" when it comes to enforcing the laws and keeping the citizens safe. Not so when the ol' government is handing out checks.

December 29, 2011 at 7:53 p.m.

You do realize that those same government regulations that the Tea Party does protest are also about keeping the citizens safe, and that the fines and citations are part of enforcing the law. An unacceptable act when it's part of a vague protest against the overweening tyranny of the government, but it's suddenly ok when it is happening to somebody you don't like.

Strange how a boot suddenly becomes a good thing when you get to do the kicking.

December 29, 2011 at 8 p.m.
eileen said...

When a Christmas Eve shooting injuring 9 young people makes International news, you no longer have to worry about events such as this occuring in the middle of Chattanooga's tourist district.

Chattanooga has waited too long to do something about a problem that has been increasing in intensity for several years. I, like the rest of you, do not know what the solution is, or even if the there is a solution. It is easy to randomly place blame on one group of citizens or another. It takes trememdous courage to offer suggestions for improvement. Let us hear your serious and reasonable solutions.

December 29, 2011 at 8:35 p.m.
frayne48 said...

Good on the mayor and city leaders finally showing some leadership.

If Mr. Reid was indeed concerned about savng souls, he wouldn't be putting them at risk by holding such events in the first place.

December 29, 2011 at 8:38 p.m.
talkthetalk911 said...

BULBS: i have no idea what you are even talking about. I am not a member of the tea party. My point was this...some reason its the local govenments responsiblity to find something for the youth to do. some reason its the governments responsiblitity to fund such things to do. The left think thatits the govenments place to take care of all their problems and fix it until it doesnt suit them. Merely pointing toa double standard.

December 29, 2011 at 9:20 p.m.

I guess you didn't notice that there was a double-standard being protested against already, from those who you would say are the opposite to your conception of the left.

They claim they want the government to stay out of individual's business...unless they want the government to do some intruding which they find acceptable.

It's funny how that works.

In any case, I'd say any local government would find it prudent to foster activities for the population of all ages, that's just good service to their constituents.

December 29, 2011 at 9:28 p.m.
JustinThyme said...

Tim Reid takes an unorthodox approach to reach at risk kids; At Risk Kids; and because he doesn't run his church in the same way every Baptist or Methodist or Episcopal church does y'all want to shut him down. Have you ever thought that maybe the ambush took place because he was reaching these kids and some folks didn't like it?

Traditional churches don't seem to be reaching these kids but Tim Reid's church seems to be doing so. Perhaps rather than trying to close him down the better thing to do would be to try to figure out why those thugs were waiting outside for the party to be over. Put the blame on the shooters, not the ones trying to solve the problems.

December 29, 2011 at 9:31 p.m.
pikeville said...

Unfortunatly youth don't learn from others mistakes. In some cases they have to learn from their own over and over before they get it. A large number of kids who are in Tennessee's youth development centers today have been raised like an abused animal. This is sad and where our solution begins. When a child is handed a joint by their Mom when they are 8 yrs old,or their Dad hand them a meth pipe. This child is doomed from the start. Natural instincts will kick in because even a child knows this is wrong and they began staying away from home. Peer pressure is a HUGE contributing factor in delinquency, and that's the first place they go once outside the house. After months of influences from the scum of the earth, kids begin to loose sight of wright and wrong. At this point they have to be removed away from the toxic environment that has built them. Hopefully they will be sent to a place where people care and have a passion for helping these type kids. Many places our state uses to treat these youth don't work, and the private providers that are paid by the state are in it for profit. This means services will be cut in the name of the all important dollar. Until we have a Great administrator in charge of DCS that will insure the incompetent people working in the system are weeded out the problem will grow. I'm not knocking all DCS or HR state employees but I do know for a fact some should never hold the positions they do. If in fact the best interest of the child is states top priority ??

December 29, 2011 at 9:41 p.m.
talkthetalk911 said...

JustinThyme: How can you reasonably say that the traditional Churches dont seem to be reaching kids? There are counltess traditional Churches with countless youth programs with counltess youths involved. So yes the traditonal churches along with thier youth programs and local youth programs do make a difference. Yes they are more traditional i guess. They do not rent out space to throw weekly parties, serve alcohol, and provide music filled with profanity and sexual over tones. A "Pastor" is supposed to protect his flock. The incident from Christmas Eve night was not the first nor the second act of violence coming from or centered around that establishment. Im all for thinkning outside the box to reach and minister but when it comes to putting those at risk is very untraditional. So when it comes to sending my kids some where i choose traditional if Mosaic is the other option.

December 29, 2011 at 9:54 p.m.
lookinfour said...

I'll say again. This can't be a church. How do you have a candlelight service on Christmas eve and not have everyone in attendance know that they are attending church. The one guy who was shot leaving the service that night is on camera saying he didn't know that Mosaic was a church. How can that be? I'm not a regular church goer, but I believe every time I've gone to one, I've known I was attending church. I've been to some really non-traditional churches too. A little strange that this isn't the case for this place.

December 29, 2011 at 11:11 p.m.
TomTwosocks said...

Simple question: The number of Toilets and doors I am sure did not change since they got their Occupancy permit, which reequires a Fire Inspection. How did they get it then but fail now? having Chattanooga finest on the Scene did not even phas the GANG members. What about working on that problem, or are we still saying Chattanooga does not have gangs!

December 29, 2011 at 11:14 p.m.
birdshooterbob said...

Looks like we can consider mr whitmire "bought and paid for".

No wait, he just does what he bees told.

But under our current administration, I'm not surprised.

December 30, 2011 at 12:06 a.m.
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