City: Gist sign violates ordinance

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JACKSON, Tenn. — The City Building and Zoning Department is asking Mayor Jerry Gist to take down one of his campaign signs because it is too big. The city said Gist violated a city ordinance that says a sign can only cover 25 percent of a building in the city. According to the city, the sign Gist displayed at his headquarters covers around 45 percent of the building. “We are going to compliant with the city ordinance, which states basically that the sign can be no longer than 25 percent,” Gist said. Gist said the sign will come down, but there is no timetable on when it will. Gist is currently in a five-man heated race for mayor. Fellow candidates Charlie Moten and Tim York were not able to be reached by phone for comment, but some of Gist’s opponents were outspoken about his violation. “I’m just appalled that Mayor Gist would allow his people to put up such a humongous sign right downtown Jackson that certainly is in violation of the city ordinances,” Dr. James Baxter said. “He should follow the rules by the city government,” Lowe Finney said. “If there was another candidate, they would make us do it quickly.” The mayoral race will be held on May 5.

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