Southside Winery Goes To Court After Board Denies Use Of Outside Reefer

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A winery on the Southside has gone to court to try to overturn a decision of the Board of Zoning Appeals that would not allow an outside refrigerated area known as a reefer.

The writ was filed in Chancery Court by Debarge Vineyards at 1619 Rossville Ave. off Main Street.

The petition says the firm does not have enough refrigerated storage area inside its building and needs the additional refrigeration on a lot next to its building.

The owner of the adjacent property has agreed to lease the site, it was stated.

At a Jan. 8 hearing of the appeals board, Robert K. Leopold of Read Avenue opposed the approval of the reefer, calling it "terribly loud" when operated during warmer weather.

Dr. Raymond DeBarge said any noise associated with the reefer is due to an electric air conditioner, but he would be "happy to do whatever it takes to deal with the noise issues."

He said he would construct multiple noise canceling barriers between the property and Mr. Leopold's residence, including constructing a fence with insulation to deaden the noise and planting Leyland cypress trees between the fence and the Leopold property.

He said the reefer's air conditioning unit was only necessary during the hottest months of the year.

It was last operated last October, he said.

Despite the concessions, the board voted to deny the application for a variance to allow the continued operation of the reefer.

Dr. DeBarge said nearby businesses, including the Chattanooga Choo Choo, the Flying Squirrel and Koch Foods operate reefers. 


Joe DeGaetano Is New Hamilton County Republican Party Chairman

"Chattanooga attorney Joe DeGaetano has been selected as the new chairman for the Hamilton County Republican Party.   He succeeds Tony Sanders, who served four years.   Marsha Yessick is vice chair, while Gary Green II is secretary and David Queen is treasurer. Sharon Moody is vice treasurer.   ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Duplex Damaged By Fire Early Tuesday Morning

Firefighters with Walden’s Ridge Emergency Services battled a duplex fire early Tuesday morning on Signal Mountain. At 1:50 a.m., a 911 call was made reporting a duplex fire at 3522 Taft Highway. Walden’s Ridge Emergency Services (WRES) responded and arrived on the scene reporting heavy smoke coming from the two-story duplex. WRES requested a mutual aid response to the fire ... (click for more)

Judge Doug Meyer Lived A Full Life Helping Many

I was sadden to learn of the death of Judge Doug Meyer.  Judge Meyer retired from the Criminal Court bench here in 2006.  Prior to that he had been the Chattanooga city judge for several years.  As a young attorney I tried many cases in front of Judge Meyer.  Also while I was awaiting my case to be tried, I would observe him on the bench.  Judge Meyer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Blackburn Good As Gone

I didn’t know until I read John Adams’ column in the Knoxville News-Sentinel that one person who doesn't personally know UTC Athletic Director David Blackburn said he heard he has a drinking problem. I also didn’t know that “the best thing to ever happen to UTC athletics” had health problems, according to a second person who does not personally know him. It is also being said David ... (click for more)

MVP Howard Leads Bradley To Seventh Straight District 5-3A Tourney Title

Two key Bradley Central scoring sprees spelled basketball doom for East Hamilton in Monday’s District 5-3A tournament championship game at Soddy-Daisy. One, the top-ranked and unbeaten Bearettes (29-0) went on a 15-1 to close the second quarter, building a 37-20 halftime lead. Two, Bradley Central started the third period on a 22-6 run and extended the lead to 59-26 and ... (click for more)

Brainerd Girls, Howard Boys Win 6-AA Consolations

It was consolation night at Hixson High School for the District 6-AA basketball tournament and East Ridge came out on the short end in both games. Brainerd’s girls rallied for a 39-35 win in the first game while Howard’s Hustlin’ Tigers did enough at the end to hold off the East Ridge boys by a 61-57 final. The tournament concludes on Tuesday with both championship games. ... (click for more)