City planner disputes lawmaker's UN zoning claims

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- A city official says a Republican state lawmaker had his facts wrong when he used a Murfreesboro restaurant's zoning issues as an example of creeping United Nations influence in Tennessee.

The Daily News Journal reports that Republican Rep. Rick Womick cited the case of Papa's Butts and BBQ Hot Sauce Store during a House debate Thursday.

Womick said officials demanded the yellow store be repainted and the gravel parking paved after a city annexation, and when the owner refused, the city set health inspectors on him.

But the city's planning director, Joseph Aydelott, says the store was converted to a restaurant after the annexation, and the change in business caused the paving requirement. The city takes no stance on the paintjob, and restaurant inspections are conducted by the state.

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