City Council For Urban Chickens - Just Not Yet

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

City Council members on Tuesday night indicated strong support for allowing residents to keep backyard chickens, but the approval will have to wait at least until early July.

A majority of council members voted to defer action until the new Animal Control Board can study an ordinance drafted by District 7 Councilman Chris Anderson and community members.

Voting to defer until July 2 were Carol Berz, Russell Gilbert, Larry Grohn, Chip Henderson, Moses Freeman and Chairman Yusuf Hakeem.

Voting against the deferral were Council members Anderson, Jerry Mitchell and Ken Smith.

One potential area of disagreement arose when Councilman Anderson said his ordinance did not require pre-inspection of urban chicken owners. He said inspections would only come if there were complaints about the operation.

Mike Mallen, Animal Control Board chairman, said, "I do not understand how we can grant a permit without some type of due diligence."

He said his panel should have a new animal control ordinance worked out in about two or three more meetings - 6-8 weeks. The group's next meeting is at noon on Monday at the J.B. Collins Conference Room near the City Council meeting room.

Karen Walsh, director of the McKamey Animal Trust, who said she no longer opposes urban chickens, also said she favors having the new board study the topic.

Councilman Freeman said the motion was contingent on the Animal Control Board acting favorably on urban chicken ownership.

Vice Chairman Henderson said he strongly favors chicken ownership, "but we need to follow process."

Councilwoman Berz said, "I really like the idea of urban chickens. I just want to do it right."

Councilman Grohn said it appeared those favoring the chickens wanted "a total rush for no reason."

Councilman Anderson said urban chickens came up often during his campaign - far more than any other animal or fowl topic.

He said residents should be able to enjoy fresh eggs "and new pets."

Many other cities are embracing the idea, he said.     


Perdue Previews President Trump’s 1st 100 Days

Senator David Perdue (R-GA) previewed President Donald J. Trump’s first 100 days on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” this morning. Job One Is Getting Economy Going:  “Job one is getting the economy going again and getting people back to work. You'll see all this work on Obamacare first. Then there will be the tax package that will follow that. Following both of those will be the ... (click for more)

Rutherford County Man Arrested, Charged In Cannon County Deaths

Special agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested and charged a Rutherford County man accused of killing two individuals and injuring a third in a Cannon County incident from over the weekend. At the request of 16 th  District Attorney General Jennings Jones, TBI special agents began investigating an incident that occurred on Jan. 14, on Choctaw ... (click for more)

Bakewell Mountain Community Thanks Commissioner Fairbanks

The residents of Bakewell Mountain want to formally thank Commissioner Randy Fairbanks for standing up for our community in protecting our property rights and families. He personally made several trips to our properties and homes to see how the proposed gun range would affect our daily lives with noise, traffic, and a decrease in property values. Sometimes the little guys need ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Just One Year Later…

If I hadn’t actually seen it happen, I would never have believed it. Not only did I wonder if it could ever happen, more often than not my disgust and dismay of such rampant disorder has filled me with more gloom and doom than you’ll find in a liberal Democrat on this, Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day. But I have got to proclaim that Thursday night I have never been as proud of the ... (click for more)

Vols Promote Scott To OC; Canales New QB Coach

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --  University of Tennessee football head coach  Butch Jones  announced today the promotion of  Larry Scott  to offensive coordinator. Additionally, Mike Canales has agreed to terms to become the quarterbacks coach and defensive backs coach  Charlton Warren  was given additional duties as special teams coordinator. ... (click for more)

Cleveland Wrestlers Whip Walker Valley, 60-12

The undefeated and top-ranked Cleveland Blue Raider wrestling team just keeps rolling along, winning the close ones and also winning the ones not so close. Thursday night at Walker Valley, the Blue Raiders recorded five pins, three technical falls and two forfeits in a 60-12 victory over the Mustangs. Those pins came from Bryce Pond, Colton Landers, Austin Sweeney, Dylan Jones ... (click for more)