Chattanooga city council won't redirect minority business money to gang study

Chattanooga city council won't redirect minority business money to gang study

January 10th, 2012 by Cliff Hightower in Local - Breaking News

The Chattanooga city council meets in this file photo.

Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press.

POLL: Do you agree with the city council's decision not to redirect $75,000 for a gang study?

The Chattanooga City Council today decided it would not redirect any of the $75,000 earmarked for minority business development toward a study of gangs in Chattanooga.

The council told Mayor Ron Littlefield the money would have to be found somewhere else.

The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce told the council today that they had agreed tentatively on a joint venture for minority business development. They said details still needed to be worked out and they would come back to the council in two weeks.

In the meantime, the city plans to put out a professional bid on a study of gangs and come back to the council with a specific cost.

For more information, read tomorrow's Times Free Press.