East Knoxville bar closed under nuisance law due to violent beha

East Knoxville bar closed under nuisance law due to violent behavior

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Bottoms Up Lounge, 3229 E. Magnolia Avenue, was ordered closed Thursday by Judge Steve Sword. Bottoms Up Lounge, 3229 E. Magnolia Avenue, was ordered closed Thursday by Judge Steve Sword.
An investigation by the Knoxville Police Department revealed illegal drug use, ordinance violations, gambling, drunkenness, breaches of the peace, alcohol violations and extremely violent behaviors were all rampant at the bar. An investigation by the Knoxville Police Department revealed illegal drug use, ordinance violations, gambling, drunkenness, breaches of the peace, alcohol violations and extremely violent behaviors were all rampant at the bar.
KNOXVILLE (WATE) - An East Knoxville bar was ordered closed under the state nuisance law due to what officials are calling increasingly violent behavior in and around the business.

Bottoms Up Lounge, 3229 E. Magnolia Avenue, was ordered closed Thursday by Judge Steve Sword.

"This particular case, seeking to shut down a business that has become a hub of criminal activity and a disruption to an otherwise peaceful neighborhood, is a clear example of how businesses allowing on-going illegal activity become a magnet for many kinds of crime. The great benefit of these nuisance lawsuits is that we can put a stop to these hot beds of crime instantly rather than having to wait for related criminal charges to work their way through the justice system," said District Attorney Randy Nichols in a prepared release.

Nichols' petition indicates an investigation by the Knoxville Police Department revealed illegal drug use, ordinance violations, gambling, drunkenness, breaches of the peace, alcohol violations and extremely violent behaviors were all rampant at the bar.

According to Nichols, the establishment is also frequented by known gang members, which increases the likelihood of gun violence. Two such incidents were reported in just the last two months.

KPD also reported repeated incidents of illegal gambling and alcohol sales.

The property will remain closed until further order of Judge Sword. The closure marks the 43rd nuisance closure by Nichols' office and KPD.
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