Popular Tellico restaurant forced to put up fence following laws

Popular Tellico restaurant forced to put up fence following lawsuit

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"Sometimes you can come up here and it's just so peaceful," said Paulette Nix. "Sometimes you can come up here and it's just so peaceful," said Paulette Nix.
A popular Monroe County restaurant is forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines and put up an expensive fence blocking their waterfront view, after being sued by an Alabama woman who fell on their property in July 2011. A popular Monroe County restaurant is forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines and put up an expensive fence blocking their waterfront view, after being sued by an Alabama woman who fell on their property in July 2011.
"One apple spoils the whole bunch, you know. It's, it's not right," said customer John Stevenson. "One apple spoils the whole bunch, you know. It's, it's not right," said customer John Stevenson.
By SHELBY MILLER
6 News Reporter

TELLICO PLAINS (WATE) - A popular Monroe County restaurant is forced to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines and put up an expensive fence blocking their waterfront view, after being sued by an Alabama woman who fell on their property in July 2011.

Black, shiny fence now sits between customers and the water at the Tellico Beach Drive-in and customers say they're disappointed one woman's mistake brought about to this.

"Sometimes you can come up here and it's just so peaceful," said Paulette Nix.

Amongst trees and the tranquil waterway, sits Tellico Beach Drive-in. The popular east Tennessee restaurant has been there for decades. Every day, hundreds of people stop by to grab onion rings, ice cream and a famous foot long hotdog.

"Everyone likes to come and sit and eat a hot dog or grab an ice cream and sit and look at the river," said Tellico Beach Drive-in Karen Brown.

However, now that river view is obstructed by a black fence. The business was forced to add it two weeks ago after losing a lawsuit to an Alabama woman who fell down a slope on the business's property.

"She had went to get a napkin and fell and cut her face and stuff and the next thing we knew we were getting sued," said Brown.

Paulette Nix and her husband, Tommy, come to the Tellico Beach Drive-in weekly. They feel a connection to the Tellico River, because both were baptized here. They never found this spot to be unsafe.

"The chairs and the benches and the tables were always back. It wasn't a dangerous place at all," Paulette said.

"One apple spoils the whole bunch, you know. It's, it's not right," said customer John Stevenson.

While many don't understand why someone would sue the business, they say the fence won't stop them from coming back to the tranquil spot for famous east Tennessee food.

"It didn't hurt the food. The food is still as good as it ever was," Brown said.

The owners say workers have a small stretch of fence to finish. They expect it to be done in about two weeks.
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