Public housing residents in South Pittsburg forced to remove gardens from yards

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South Pittsburg Housing Authority will have its next board meeting at 5 p.m. June 20 at the South Pittsburg Housing Authority at 214 Elm Avenue.

Public housing residents in South Pittsburg have been told to remove flower and vegetables gardens from their yards.

Several residents and even the town's mayor oppose the policy.

"I can't help from thinking about how devastating this is on those who have put years of time, love and expense in their flower gardens," Mayor Jane Dawkins wrote on Facebook.

photo Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 6/3/16. Eighty-five-year-old Sally McMillan visits her South Pittsburg neighbor on Friday, June 3, 2016. McMillan had six mature rose bushes that she had to remove from her front yard due to new public housing regulations banning flower and vegetable gardens.