Residents not happy about plans for Loudon County's first cremat

Residents not happy about plans for Loudon County's first crematory

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The owners of Click Funeral Home want to locate a crematorium in this former bank building. The owners of Click Funeral Home want to locate a crematorium in this former bank building.
"I don't think it's appropriate because it's next to restaurants, grocery stores," said Romeo's Pizza manager Julie James. "I just don't think it's a good idea." "I don't think it's appropriate because it's next to restaurants, grocery stores," said Romeo's Pizza manager Julie James. "I just don't think it's a good idea."
"If they function properly it may not be an interference, but if the weather is wrong, or if they have a mistake, it could be very unpleasant to be having your meal and to smell the smell," said resident Bobbie Mallard. "If they function properly it may not be an interference, but if the weather is wrong, or if they have a mistake, it could be very unpleasant to be having your meal and to smell the smell," said resident Bobbie Mallard.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

LOUDON (WATE) - Plans for the very first crematory in Loudon County are moving forward, but not without controversy.

The owners of Click Funeral Home found an old bank building in Loudon they feel would be a perfect location.

But not everyone in the community is excited about the proposal.

If the plan goes through, the crematory would be located at the former United Community Bank location on Highway 72, near Maremont Parkway.

"The zoning ordinance doesn't specifically list a crematory as a permitted use, so because of that, the only way it could be permitted is if the board of zoning appeals for the city of Loudon approved it as a special exception use," said Loudon County Director of Planning and Codes Enforcement Russ Newman.

Newman says the board will make their final decision Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at city hall.

The public is invited to voice their opinions about the crematory coming to this building.

The proposed crematory will be next to Romeo's Pizza.

"I don't think it's appropriate because it's next to restaurants, grocery stores," said Romeo's Pizza manager Julie James. "I just don't think it's a good idea."

Bobbie Mallard lives only two miles from the proposed crematory.

"If they function properly it may not be an interference, but if the weather is wrong, or if they have a mistake, it could be very unpleasant to be having your meal and to smell the smell," said Mallard.

County officials say they have already received several phone calls about the crematory.

"Most of them have not been in support of the application," said Newman.

Larry Click, the owner of Click Funeral Homes, was not available for an interview Tuesday.

Click Funeral Homes already has three locations in Loudon County.

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