Tennessee Woman Goes to Jail for Not Mowing Lawn

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If you are a resident of Lenoir City, Tennessee, you might want to remember to mow your lawn — otherwise, you will be spending the night in jail.

Karen Holloway just spent six hours in a jail cell for failing to maintain her yard in accordance with the standards set by the city.

The saga began last summer, when Holloway was sent a citation for her overgrown grass and shrubbery. Holloway, who works a full-time job and has two children living at home, a husband in school, and one family vehicle, admits the yard needed some attention but that it just wasn’t feasible to do the work.

“The bushes and trees were overgrown. But that’s certainly not a criminal offense,” she says.

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1 thought on “Tennessee Woman Goes to Jail for Not Mowing Lawn”

  1. Zoning law has to be applied equally to everyone or it is discriminatory and therefore is unconstitutional and the whole law has to be written over again with different language to make it equal to everyone.
    What that over long sentence means is everyone in violation of the lawn ordinance must be arrested and spend 6 hours in jail if they do not conform to the law. Otherwise they have to rewrite the law.
    What happens if you eliminate the law all together and put in gravel or blacktop?
    All she has to do is prove the law is discriminatory against certain citizens and leaving others alone.
    The law applies to everyone with property in the district. So if the rental property is not in conformity then the law is illegal.
    IF they have not cited foreclosed property owned by the bank, they are in violation of the discrimination clause.
    Any lawyer worth his wages out there can bring suit against the city ordinance. The Lawyer for the city is also potentially out of bounds here.
    It is impossible logistically to know every law on the books. Even the agents of government do not know all the laws.
    The law normally specifies how tall you can keep your grass. That can be anywhere from about 6 inches to 8 inches in the ordinance.
    But I think they got her on her unkept bushes and trees. If the trees reach onto the roof, that too can be a violation. They need to be trimmed back. She needs to set up a schedule to do it. That is dangerous to her family. Weather can cause a problem getting ti done. Especially now in October. Weather can burn her house to the ground if the trees are not taken care of.
    This is the time to buy a lawn mower if you need it. Put dry gas in it at the end of the season to keep moisture out of the carburator. Then it might start right back up in the spring. Many companies discount left over mowers in the fall.
    Get a weed eater. An electric with extension cords works just fine. Or borrow one and give the owner some thread for it. Pay attention to the color of the line as that indicates the proper size. If it is a craftsman remember it feeds every time you let up on the switch.
    Hedge trimmers are worth their weight getting things trimmed back. If your husband or you have a reciprocating saw they make a pruning blade available at Lowes and Home Depot.
    If you are attempting to obey the law the judge should be understanding and give you the time to do it. But jail? Aw come on! Even the judge knows he is out of bounds with the constitution for issuing jail time in a case like this. He needs a recall election or to be fired out right.
    I still think the bar needs to be more selective on Conduct unbecoming charges against its members.
    It is important to know what the law actually says. The zoning ordinance law itself is vulnerable in a case like this.

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