published Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

54 dozen doughnuts delivered to City Hall over mural protest

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    A doughnut mural covers the side of a building near Koch's Bakery on 20th Street.
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The City Council got a special delivery Tuesday — 648 glazed doughnuts with a sugary scent that filled the council foyer as people stopped to stare. Many dared to reach their hands inside and pluck one of Koch’s bakery’s delights from its box, carrying it with them into the meeting.

Those 54 dozen doughnuts were meant to send the message to City Council to pay attention: the community’s sign ordinance is not quite right. Artists and local residents bought the doughnuts after the challenge was made by a Times Free Press columnist when a code enforcer ordered bakery owner Barbara Davis to paint over her flying doughnut mural claiming it was an ad and not art.

about Joy Lukachick Smith...

Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...

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