Chattanooga Public Works Opens Leaf And Pumpkin Collection Next Week

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Crews from the city of Chattanooga’s Department of Public Works will begin leaf collection on Monday. As an added, new service, Public Works will start first with on-demand leaf collection, meaning citizens can request pickup and a truck will be routed to their address. To use this new service, residents should call 311 or use the CHATT311 App to request leaf pick up. 

Public Works is also offering to collect old pumpkins and leftover jack-o’-lanterns. Citizens can drop off pumpkins at all five recycling centers beginning Monday. The locations and hours are posted on the Public Works website at Pumpkin collection at the recycling centers will be available through Nov. 17. 

Leaf collection along fixed routes will begin later on Nov. 27, with crews following routes in numerical order. Citizens can check the progress on the Interactive Service Map located online at, which also tracks recycling, trash pickup, ice and snow treatment, and street sweeping. 

Here are some guidelines citizens should keep in mind for leaf collection: 

Separate loose leaves, bagged leaves, brush and bulky items. These materials are collected, processed and disposed of differently. 
Move loose leaves, bagged leaves, and brush as close to the curb edge of pavement as possible, but avoid placing the materials in the street or co-mingling materials.  
Avoid raking leaves into ditches. Doing so can cause flooding problems and have a negative impact on water quality.
To prevent flooding, do not rake leaves over storm drains, catch basins or curb inlets.
Avoid raking leaves into the street. Doing so can cause drainage problems and lead to hazardous driving conditions when leaves become wet. 
Consider backyard composting. Composting is great for your lawn and for the environment. 

For more information, call 311, download the CHATT311 App, follow @CHAPublicWorks & @CHARecycles on Twitter, or visit

PHOTOS: Local Freedom's Foundation Of Valley Forge Welcomes National President

Weekly Road Construction Report

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County:  I-24 East and West drainage improvement from MM 173 to 175:   The drainage improvement project at Exit 174 is underway. There will be lane closures along US-41 in the vicinity of the interchange.  Ramps will remain open but could be subject to width and lane restrictions.  Estimated project ... (click for more)

10-Term Congresswoman Marilyn Lloyd Dies

Marilyn Lloyd, who represented the Third District in Congress for 10 terms, has died at the age of 89. Ms. Lloyd got into politics after her husband, TV anchor Mort Lloyd, was killed in a plane crash in 1974. Mort Lloyd had won the Democratic primary to oppose Rep. Lamar Baker. The party chose her to go on the ballot in his place, and she defeated Congressman Baker. She was ... (click for more)

Soddy Daisy Couple Robbed Of Over $56,000 In Items; Believe Facebook Post May Have Tipped Off Thieves

A Soddy Daisy couple reported a theft at their residence netted thieves over $56,000 in items. The couple said the thieves may have picked their residence because they posted on Facebook that they were vacationing in Gatlinburg. Michael Lee Leming, 42, has been arrested in the case. However, only $10,600 of the stolen items were recovered. Leming is from Dunlap, but was ... (click for more)

Arming Teachers With Guns Will Be Too Dangerous - And Response (4)

Arming teachers with guns in the classroom, as Bill Lee proposes, would be the single most dangerous thing to happen to students in Tennessee history. Students and teachers in close proximity to loaded firearms daily? Across this state, in middle schools alone, there are probably hundreds of student/teacher conflicts a day. What if a student got hold of gun in a struggle with ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Dumb Ain’t A Crime

As half of America wonders how a Texas school superintendent still has a job, the other half of the country now understands that being dumb is no crime. Minutes after the Houston Texans dropped a ugly 20-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, an upset educator – obviously with a full head of steam -- pounded this sentence out on his Facebook page: “That may have been the most ... (click for more)