North Knoxville bar permanently closed after drug raid

North Knoxville bar permanently closed after drug raid

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A North Knoxville bar closed with a temporary injunction last week after a drug raid is now closed permanently.

Police raided the Big Orange Bar and Grill at 5512 Clinton Highway on Thursday, July 22. 

William C. Brown, the bar's manager, and two employees, Rachel Ketelle and George Woodward, along with nine bar patrons were arrested.

Brown is charged with the sale and delivery of oxycodone and cocaine, and simple possession of Schedule III drugs.

The two employees are charged with the sale and delivery of oxycodone.

The owner of the Big Orange Bar, Kye Chae Kim, meet with the Knox County District Attorney General's Office on Thursday and agreed not to contest anything in the case, making the closure permanent.

Oxycodone was said to be the main drug being sold at the bar. Prostitution and illegal gambling were also allegedly going on there.

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