Residents upset with Hamblen County code enforcement

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MORRISTOWN, TENN. (WATE)- Thursday night the Hamblen County Courthouse overflowed with residents looking to voice their opinion about recent code enforcement violations.

County residents are upset with recent code enforcement violations outside the city limits of Morristown.

“They don’t like the way the planning commission and the mayor’s office is doing the code enforcement. They’re wanting to charge people in the county $50 if your grass is too tall, if you got too many cars in your front yard,” said Wayne NeSmith the fourth district county commissioner.

The codes have been in effect for several years, however, NeSmith claims that some officials made some recent decisions behind closed doors.

“The mayor’s office who is over the planning commission and the code enforcer and the county attorney revised it, and they didn’t send it back through planning commission to vote they sent it direct straight to the county commission,” said NeSmith.

WATE digital reporter Cameron Jacobs spoke with the Hamblen County Mayor, and he says there were no wrongdoings. He added there is no approval needed for third draft of the codes after the second draft was already approved by commissioners.

Thursday night the discussion was tabled and will pick up again next week.

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