Local bar could shut down after dozens of 911 calls

By: John Treanor
By: John Treanor

HARRIMAN, Tenn. (WVLT) -- At first glance the Grill and Pub in Harriman looks pretty average, but when the sun goes down Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said they start seeing problems.

"Grand theft auto, we've had missing persons reports taken from there, kidnapping reports, DUIs, fight calls one after another," said Stockton.

The past two weekends alone there's been a bad beating and a killing. Neighbors say enough is enough.

Christina Bishop is scared. The only thing standing between her four kids and violent drug dealers is a four lane road. "My husband would be at home. We'd hear yelling and screaming, go outside and see them and there's cops and everything. It doesnt make us feel comfortable," she said.

Bar owners said the problem isn't inside, it's with people loitering behind the dumpster.

The Sheriffs Department isn't buying the excuse and wants to stop the crime, but it's not that easy. There is nothing in the county ordinance that gives them the power to shut the bar down.

They've decided the only thing they can do is try and have their beer license pulled.

That could come as early as August 15th at a meeting in Roane County.

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