North Knoxville pain clinic closes, neighbors relieved

North Knoxville pain clinic closes, neighbors relieved

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Knoxville police said they had gotten several citizen complaints about illegal activity in the area. Knoxville police said they had gotten several citizen complaints about illegal activity in the area.
"It's one of those things where when the realtor showed up to show the house, you'd hope it was during their off hours when all those people weren't there," said Caleb Boyers, who's selling a home near the clinic. "It's one of those things where when the realtor showed up to show the house, you'd hope it was during their off hours when all those people weren't there," said Caleb Boyers, who's selling a home near the clinic.

By MONA NAIR
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A North Knoxville pain clinic is closed. Advanced Pain Therapeutics has been at its location on East Woodland Avenue for more than three years.

6 News reported last year that neighbors have complained about huge crowds in the parking lot. They say the crowds have spilled over into the streets and alleys nearby.

"At a normal pain clinic, you wouldn't think there would be 80 cars in the parking lot at 7:30 in the morning," said Adrian Kincaid, who has a clear view of the clinic from his backyard.

He says the groups would arrive in huge numbers before the doors even opened.

"I thought it was a little different that there can be this much traffic at the creak of dawn, everyday, for 5 days a week," Kincaid said.

It was a real problem for Caleb Boyers whose been trying to sell his house for sometime now.

"It looked like a homeless shelter almost. It's one of those things where when the realtor showed up to show the house, you'd hope it was during their off hours when all those people weren't there," Boyers said.

They say many of the people visiting the neighborhood were from out of town.

"I noticed the people. Sometimes go up and talk to them. They'd be from surrounding counties, coming from great distances to get here, and it could be a red flag, depending on how you look at it," said Kincaid.

Back in November, Knoxville police said they had gotten several citizen complaints about illegal activity in the area. At the time, 6 News saw cruisers parked in the clinic parking lot.

The clinic says they are closed for 46 weeks. It's an internal decision, and the plan is to restructure and reopen under new management.

People in the neighborhood are relieved to have a new peace in the area, and are hoping that if and when the business reopens, they do a better job of crowd control.

"Well I think they can manage traffic better as far as the people hanging out in the parking lot," Kincaid said.

The clinic would not give us a comment on camera. They did say their front office will remain open through August so that patients can pick up their paperwork in order to switch to a new clinic.

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