New porn store creating a stir in north Knoxville

New porn store creating a stir in north Knoxville

The store called Inserection is on Broadway across the street from the old 5th Avenue Motel. The store called Inserection is on Broadway across the street from the old 5th Avenue Motel.

October 25, 2004

By AMELIA GRAHAM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- A shop selling pornography and other taboo toys is causing a stir in north Knoxville.

The store called Inserection is on Broadway across the street from the old 5th Avenue Motel. Developer Phillip Welker has applied for tax credits from the state historical commission. He wants to use the tax breaks to build apartments in the building. The city condemned the motel in October 2002 after a fatal stabbing and numerous code violations. [ motel condemned ]

"Unfortunately, one bad business could keep away other good businesses that are wanting to spend lots of money towards revitalization," said city Councilman Rob Frost.

The councilman said he's called upon the Knoxville Police Department to investigate Inserection. It sells DVDs, lingerie, toys, novelties and smoking paraphernalia.

But store clerk Summer Cavender said more than half of the stock is non-adult oriented. If that's true, the business will be allowed to stay.

By definition, the word "insurrection" means "an act, revolting against an established government."

However, Cavender says her workplace isn't revolting in the least. Rather, it's in compliance with the law. "We're not here to cause any problems, or offend anybody. We're just here to run a business."

But some of their neighbors are taking offense. St. John's Lutheran Church is one of five ministries in the same neighborhood. You can even see the business from the front lawn of the church.

"You have to be 1,000 feet from certain areas, such as a church, a school or a place that already has a liquor license," Frost said. "And there are numerous 1,000 violations, assuming that what they're doing isn't proper under the city ordinance."

Cavender countered, "Our store is like any other store. The only difference is you have to be 18 to enter our store."

Leaders of the five ministries will meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss a plan of action.

The owner of Inserection has four more shops besides the one in Knoxville. Three are in Atlanta and one is in Jacksonville.

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