East Knoxville nightclub closed, called 'hub of criminal activity'

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - An East Knoxville nightclub has been shut down under the state nuisance law.

Judge Steve Sword signed the nuisance petition against the "Bottoms Up Lounge" at 3229 E. Magnolia Ave. based on investigations into increasingly violent behavior at the business by the Knoxville Police Department.

Authorities called the business a "hub of criminal activity and a disruption to an otherwise peaceful neighborhood. It is a clear example of how businesses allowing on-going illegal activity become a magnet for many kinds of crime."

DA Randy Nichols' injunction outlines police investigations that revealed the 'Bottoms Up Lounge' as "an establishment where illegal drug use, ordinance violations, gambling, drunkenness, breaches of the peace, alcohol violations, and extremely violent behaviors are rampant."

The injunction also states that the lounge is frequented by gang members and mentions two separate incidents of gun violence at the business in the past two months.

This nuisance injunction marks the 43rd closure by the District Attorney's Office and KPD.

The 'Bottoms Up Lounge' will remain closed until the owner's can show proper cause to reopen.

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