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Norris City Council approves property annexation
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Norris City Council approves property annexation

The city of Norris is a little bit bigger after a vote by city council.

Sunday night we told you about John Alvis and his business Sleepy Eyed Johns, which sits on Highway 61 in the community of Bethel in Anderson County.

Monday evening, the Norris City Council voted four to one to annex his property and a veterinarian's office right next door.

The move means his business now must conform to a new set of regulations. It will also restrict future use of his property and it forces him to pay a higher property tax.

He and many other residents are unhappy about the change.

"If you're living somewhere and you don't want something there, you have the right to say 'no' and it should be respected for your answers and your issues that you don't want to be a part of something. If you want to be a part of something, you go join it, and if you don't, you go step aside. We do not wish to be brought into the city of Norris," said Bethel resident Kathy Stooksbury-Long.

Norris City Council will vote next month to rezone the property.

It will be some form of scenic designation, which Alvis has said would prevent him from rebuilding if the business was destroyed.

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