- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A doughnut mural on display in Chattanooga is safe - for now.

The city attorney’s office has asked city inspectors to halt any action against Koch’s Bakery owner Barbara Davis, The Chattanooga Times Free Press (https://bit.ly/UYEkGC) reports. She had recently been ordered to paint over her doughnut mural because it was considered an advertisement.

The city order sparked a backlash.

A city inspector recently told Davis the doughnuts she paid $11,000 to have painted on a dilapidated building constitute an illegal ad and must go.

Davis said the inspector told her that because she has sold doughnuts for 31 years, the mural is advertising for her business and therefore is treated as a sign under the city code.

A group of local artists started a petition and the City Council asked the city attorney’s office to review the ordinance.

City Attorney Wade Hinton recommended delaying any additional action against the business owner until his office completes its review and the City Council has a chance to consider potential clarifications to the ordinance.

Meanwhile, Davis said Friday that she was having the best week of business ever.

On Friday afternoon, she had been awake since 2 a.m. making 200 dozen doughnuts.

“I was just amazed at all the support, people coming in and signing the petition, and people buying a doughnut to have delivered to the City Council meeting Tuesday night.”


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com

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