12:13pm

Fri December 9, 2011
Lexington/Richmond

Christmas Tree Banned at Lexington City Hall

Bah, humbug! A 16-foot, natural Christmas tree recently installed in the lobby at Lexington City Hall has to go. The Lexington fire department advised city officials Thursday that the tree constitutes a fire hazard and violates a state regulation prohibiting live or natural trees in places of public assembly. Battalion Chief Marshall Griggs said his department received a complaint about the tree, insisting that removing it has nothing to do with firefighters' recent disagreements with Mayor Jim Gray over health insurance.