Knox County commissioner wants to regulate roadside vendors

Knox County commissioner wants to regulate roadside vendors

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Brenda Baker said, "It's very important to me because I don't make enough money to survive." Brenda Baker said, "It's very important to me because I don't make enough money to survive."
A Knox County commissioner says people selling stuff on the side of the road has become a problem. A Knox County commissioner says people selling stuff on the side of the road has become a problem.
Knox County commissioner Larry Smith says these type of road side vendors need to stop. Knox County commissioner Larry Smith says these type of road side vendors need to stop.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knox County commissioner said people selling stuff on the side of the road has become a problem. He feels it makes the county look trashy, and will stop future businesses from moving in.

Knox County commissioner Larry Smith said some of the problem areas are in the Halls and Powell communities.

Brenda Baker of Maynardville has been setting up a roadside yard sale in the old Blockbuster parking lot in Halls every weekend for the past few months.

"It's very important to me because I don't make enough money to survive," said Baker.
     
Baker said there is no way she would get the same traffic she does here because her home is in such a rural location.

Smith believes these type of road side vendors need to stop.

"It's unsightly," said Smith. "It looks like a lot of stolen merchandise that's being sold from someone who broke into someone's home in Anderson County, and they come to Halls to sell it."

Smith said he has received numerous complaints in the last two months about the vendors.

"I think that's ridiculous what Larry Smith comes up with," said Homestead Baptist Church pastor Walter Hill, who was visiting one of the vendors Saturday.

Hill continued, "He comes up with a lot of stuff that's ridiculous. These people are trying to see stuff and make money instead of being on welfare and food stamps."

Smith plans to bring up the issue in the next county commissioner's meeting.

"We would like to see what the codes department, the law director, what they say." said Smith. "If it needs to be permitted we will do a permit."

Everyone we spoke with who does these sales wishes everyone would just leave them alone.

"I feel it's another way of gaining tax dollars," said Baker.

"These people that are complaining, if they drive up and down the road, and they don't like it why don't they get out and give these folks a hundred dollar bill, and they will go home," added Hill.

Smith wanted to stress he does not want to go after people who sell produce and firewood.

He just hopes people can use their own front yards for these types of sales.

Smith said he will bring up the matter at the Knox County commission meeting on Monday.

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