Chattanooga rolling out effort to fight graffiti

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials in Chattanooga say they've had enough gang graffiti, and they plan to get rid of it.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that under a new program the city is rolling out, city employees or volunteers will go on private property with permission from the owner and paint over graffiti.

Councilman Peter Murphy is leading the effort. He said graffiti complaints will be passed along to the district's council member, who will organize volunteers to paint over it.

Murphy says he expects that gangs will mark the freshly painted spots again, but says crews will paint it over again.

Says Murphy: "We will win this battle."

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