State investigators lock down Knoxville night club

State investigators lock down Knoxville night club for non-payment of taxes

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A  locksmith was brought in to change the locks at the Blackstock Exchange. A locksmith was brought in to change the locks at the Blackstock Exchange.
Agents posted a sign on the door saying the night club was closed for non-payment of state taxes. Agents posted a sign on the door saying the night club was closed for non-payment of state taxes.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Investigators with the Tennessee Department of Revenue ordered a Knoxville night club locked up Tuesday for non-payment of taxes.

Agents arrived in the morning at Blackstock Exchange, 940 Blackstock Avenue, as workers were installing windows in the building. The workers were ordered to leave and a locksmith was brought in to change the locks.

Agents from the tax enforcement division, based in Johnson City, posted a sign on the door saying the night club was closed for non-payment of state taxes.

Blackstock Exchange was formerly known as two venues, Valarium and CiderHouse, until previous owners closed their doors in November. The current owners took over operations in March.

Blackstock Entertainment Venue points to the previous owners for these current problems in a statement: "We inherited a legacy of difficulties when we opened the doors of the Blackstock... There will be a few difficult days ahead proving that the current ownership has no connection with the previous owner, and thereby has no fault in their liabilities and obligations."

They went on to say that Blackstock will be open again for business Wednesday.

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