published Friday, December 30th, 2011

Chattanooga: City, church agree to temporary closing of club activities

by Cliff Hightower
Club Fathom owner Tim Reid listens as city attorney Phil Noblett<cq> announces a temporary restraining order which would prevent any events other than church services from being held at the location on 412 Market St.
Club Fathom owner Tim Reid listens as city attorney Phil Noblett<cq> announces a temporary restraining order which would prevent any events other than church services from being held at the location on 412 Market St.
Photo by Jenna Walker.

Chattanooga and Mosaic Church came to an agreement this morning that a temporary restraining order would be in effect for at least 15 days.

CIrcuit Court Judge Jeff Hollingsworth ordered that Mosaic Church, along with River City Church, would only be able to hold church services on the property at 412 Market St.

Tim Reid, Mosaic’s pastor, said he still plans to hold his weekend events at another church location, which he would not name.

The city sought an injunction this week to stop those events from happening, citing a pattern of assaults and gang activity related to the Mosaic-sponsored events.

On Christmas Eve nine people were shot outside the venue.

Read more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

Earlier Tweets from Cliff Hightower:

9:40 a.m: All parties agree to a temporary restraining order for at least 15 days. Only church services can be held.

9:26 a.m:Judge Hollingsworth entered said there is an agreement

9:22 a.m: Mayor Littlefield says negotiations for settlement now happening.

9:13 a.m: Mayor and City Attorneys on front row. Mosaic pastor Tim Reid and attorneys not seated yet.

9:10 a.m: Hearing for Chattanooga v Mosaic packed this morning.

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328Kwebsite said...

So the City just successfully intimidated the church pastor into relocating. That will work wonders for defense attorneys when it comes time to prosecute the people who did the shooting.

The city just intimidated 400 witnesses by manipulating a church over the fire code. What will be the next intellectual catastrophe these people create in response to these crimes?

Does the city not have access to an attorney who can focus our governmental efforts on investigating and prosecuting the observed crimes at hand instead of this circus of insult the Mayor has led?

There are good reasons why civil actions normally follow, not precede, criminal prosecutions. It doesn't take a legal genius to see why as we consider what the Mayor and the City have done so far.

The pastor and the people who were there should have been the principal people to receive the concern and protection of government. Instead, we have seen them treated poorly.

Intimidating the churchgoers into relocating will only make people who witnessed these crimes less likely to cooperate with law enforcement.

These actions by the City over the past few days, particularly the stunningly arbitrary comments by the Mayor and the Chief of Police, will only decrease the amount of protection our citizens at large will expect from the law.

The main effort should not be on real estate control. It should be on the prosecution of the violent crimes which took place. So far, we have seen no evidence that the city is focusing its attention on those matters. Instead we hear daily reports that the city is attempting to silence the pastor.

The pastor, the people in the crowd, the police officer who was there, and anyone in anyway affected by these crimes may be victims. Getting shot, by itself, is not the only condition which could define who a victim is. Instead of recognizing this key point, the City's leaders have wasted valuable resources by hurting those they could have protected.

Using governmental power against the victims of felonies is short-sighted and objectionable. Our main efforts should be on the investigation and prosecution of crime. Our supporting efforts should be concerned with the welfare of the victims of violence and any other witnesses.

We need to urge City leaders to stop and think about what they are doing before they mess this up any further. Insist upon reasonable government.

December 30, 2011 at 11:53 a.m.
docspop said...

All the more need to get rid of RON.

December 30, 2011 at 2:14 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

go statement 328kwebsite, it is clear that the mayor is pandering

December 30, 2011 at 2:32 p.m.
sigmtngolf said...

I think the above posts are a bit misguided but whatever. The city is merely trying to cover all their bases so they can once and for all close a dangerous nightclub that has hid behind the cloak of religon and church. They have avoided paying taxes like every other establishment around them by calling themselves a church. Now on top of everything else Tim Reid is now trying to take credit for getting the recall started on Mayor Littlefield. Are you kidding me??? The absolute arrogance of this so called "pastor", and I use that term in the loosest sense, is unbelievable. I dont know what it takes technically to call yourself a pastor but in no way shape or form did Tim Reid attend any sort of seminary. Any of us can go online and become ordained for less than 100 bucks. Which in my book doesnt necessarily give you the right to provide salvation to anyone. Especially when your "church" puts out flyers for parties with half naked women on them and the suggestions of having sex as well at said party. The Christmas party flyer is not the first one that the city has ever seen. Those flyers have been around for every party that has ever been there. Mr. Reid is just mad and grasping at straws to save his cash cow. Because his "landscaping" business sure isnt paying the bills. Mr. Reid needs to go work for once in his life.

December 30, 2011 at 4:02 p.m.
TNSharkie said...

While I don't necessarily agree with the church/club venue, how or where Mr. Reid was ordained is irrelevant. I don't recall that Jesus being ordained to preach. And saying someone has the "right" to provide salvation is absurd. No one person can PROVIDE salvation to anyone. It is a gift from God. And I hope you don't get to decide who has the "right" to lead anyone to a saving knowledge of Christ... or I fear God will be sorely disappointed in the number of approved soul-winners out there.

December 30, 2011 at 4:29 p.m.
cannonball said...

How many bathrooms does rons church have?

December 30, 2011 at 5:41 p.m.
holdout said...

The number of bathrooms in Ron's church is irrelevant since there isn't a nightclub being run there.

December 30, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.
barelysmart said...

Well... Congratulations to the gangs! You have been granted the authority to close down any business you want. Just show up OUTSIDE any place you like and start shooting. The government understands that they can't and won't come after you, they are terrified of you, and will target the weakest victim because it's just... easier that way. Besides, the Mayor is very busy seeking injuctions, fire code violations, and restraining orders instead of coming at you with any cojones whatsoever. It is much easier to target those trying to help rather than the actual criminals in any case! So, our friendly gang folk friends, do as you please. You have total immunity and support of the very skilled city "guvment". There are far more important matters than your targeting of kids trying not to be caught up in your gang lifestyle. Such as counting exits and toilets and whatnot. Or determining who is Christian enough to bring hope to a sector of the youth who has no one else on their side. Also, I apologize in advance to the citizens of our beautiful city for the next hail of bullets. Hopefully then the cowardly leaders will not blame a building for the evil of young thugs who are right now laughing at the blame shifting old cowardly fools trying to appease the "good" church people instead of the "bad" church people. To our Dear Leaders: In 6 months your total ineptness will be evident even to the most stupid of your subjects.

December 30, 2011 at 9:05 p.m.
Marathon5454 said...

Hollingsworth is an embarrassment to our city--If Littlefield says jump, he say "how high"

December 30, 2011 at 10:31 p.m.
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