Men who attend job class cited for trespassing

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Officials say a misunderstanding was responsible for men who attended a Chattanooga job training being cited for criminal trespassing.

The men were on a list of people not allowed on Chattanooga Housing Authority property, but the director of the Hope for the Inner City job skills class had sought special permission to allow them to attend.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the problem came when the class was moved from a church to a recreation center that belongs to the housing authority.

The first class was held Oct. 8 and participants began receiving citations the same day.

Agency director Betsy McCright said she did not know the men were being cited. She said the agency is willing to help the men and wants to see the program work.

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