Parking Lot Owners In Tullahoma Not Happy

Paul Blackwell

The owners of three major parking lots have complained that their property is being abused by motorists gathering after hours and leaving the property in a mess. The Tullahoma Board of Aldermen is getting ready to do something about it. Police Chief Paul Blackwell said complaints have been received about trash and alcoholic beverage bottles being left in the Food Lion’s parking lot, the Tullahoma High School parking and Northgate Mall parking. The chief is recommending the city consider revising its parking ordinance to correct the problem. The issue will be discussed during the board’s study session tonight. Blackwell said the current ordinance allows gathering an hour before and after businesses close. The proposed ordinance would allow police to cite violators for loitering which carries a $165 penalty, included a $50 fine and $115 in court costs.