Update: Hamilton County Commission takes step to oust Occupy Chattanooga from courthouse lawn

Update: Hamilton County Commission takes step to oust Occupy Chattanooga from courthouse lawn

December 21st, 2011 by Ansley Haman in Local - Breaking News

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond, left, talks with Occupy Chattanooga protesters on the lawn of the Hamilton County Courthouse in November, 2011 .

Photo by John Rawlston/Times Free Press.

Hamilton County Commission passed a resolution today expressing disapproval of individuals camping on county property and appointing Chairman Larry Henry to take enforcement action against them.

The move, which passed 8-1, is aimed at Occupy Chattanooga, which pitched tents on the County Courthouse lawn last month.

The resolution wasn't on this week's agenda or mentioned in last week's agenda session, but was passed around by County Attorney Rheubin Taylor during today's meeting.

The resolution states that "in recent days individuals have pitched tents and otherwise set up structures/camp on the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn in an effort to have an extended stay on said property in violation of certain City of Chattanooga ordinances, Hamilton County Zoning Regulations, and the laws of the State of Tennessee."

For complete details, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.