Knoxville Adult Video Superstore Challenges

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Stripping Away the First Amendment

Adult business employees feel their rights are being trampled needlessly, but officials say they’re just protecting the community.

Stripping Away the First Amendment

Recently, the Knoxville Adult Video Superstore moved into a building just off I-40 on Lovell Road. Many community members were chafed by the new shop, perhaps because roughly a mile away in either direction of the bookstore sits the sprawling US Cellular Soccer complex and the Lovell Heights Church of God. Though it certainly wasn’t the community’s first adult-oriented business, the repercussions of this particular shop were far-reaching, creating the current chain of litigation.

This legislation isn’t the first of its sort to move from Knoxville into the court system. The city’s case against Entertainment Resources, owner of a defunct adult bookstore called Fantasy Video, was resolved just this past Wednesday after seven years of litigation. The state Supreme Court determined unanimously that the City’s 1998 ordinance specifying the definition and location of adult businesses was unconstitutional.

Returning to work, Lexi calls out for her 16-year-old son to lock the door behind her. A tremendous pile of collapsed bicycles borders her modest house, and her two rottweilers woof contentedly from her back yard, the yard where she hopes to install an aboveground swimming pool next summer.

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