Mayor Pledges to Shut Down Troublesome Event Halls

Reported by: Bill Mitchell

Edited by: Ashley Henderson
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Updated: 8/07/2013 6:43 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN.(WDEF)-- Mayor Andy Berke says Chattanooga will find a way to stop the illegal, noisy and sometimes deadly activities of Event Clubs.
After years of police complaints, fights and murders, the city council is taking steps to close them down.

The "event" clubs---at least those that seem to be the scene of regular disturbances and violence, have survived on"technicalities".
And the city has struggled to plug the legal holes and shut them down.
For those who live near them, It can't come any too soon.

TAMMY HASS, EAST 17TH ST. RESIDENT "When I came outside around one thirty, they were all whopping and hollering..partying , as usual.

Tammy Hass and her neighbors on East 17th street have been making regular appearances before the Beer Board and city council---pleading for an end to the so-called event club nearby on Dodds.
This car was even left on the scene Sunday morning after "The Emotion Event Hall", better known as "Da Building" closed.
Its been has been connected to numerous incidents and and one shooting death on July 5th.

The mayor says enough is enough.

MAYOR ANDY BERKE , CHATTANOOGA "They are open all and all morning. They're unregulated..they bring-in these promoters with no accountability..and we've got to change it."

Its not a simple thing to do because many of the owners of these quasi-night clubs live out of town.

MAYOR BERKE "We really have to do a few things to get true accountability. One is the owners of these buildings near to be held responsible for what goes on there. "

City council members are looking at a new ordinance.

CHIP HENDERSON, CITY COUNTY, ON NEWS 12 THIS MORNING "... we're going to see if we can come up with some better language and address the problems that we're having in an ordinance that will take care care of the situation."

Tammy Hass is so fed-up she has threatened to buy the property at 17th and Dodds, just to get rid of the trouble makers.
And she's happy to hear the city is doing something.

TAMMY HASS "Well, then we wouldn't have to worry about shootings and the noise and all the neighbors getting upset about all this nonsense."

MAYOR BERKE "We've been working on the ordinance language for several weeks're going to see something very soon."

Another venue---the so called "Boo Coos" Event Hall at 2500 east Main, is also a target of police and neighborhood groups.
There was a murder near that club in April.

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