Memphis Daily News: “The Shelby County Commission today will take the first of three votes on a city-county ordinance designed to further restrict adult entertainment businesses . . . The ordinance sponsored by commissioner Mike Ritz specifies that such businesses can’t operate within 1,500 feet of family recreation centers or parks. It also explains what such centers or parks are considered to be.”
6th Circuit affirms limited “adult business” definition, incremental approach to combating negative secondary effects
East Brooks Books, Inc. v. Shelby County, TN, No. 08-5958 (6th Cir. Nov. 25, 2009)
6th Circuit: Definitions of ‘adult cabaret,’ ‘adult-oriented establishment,’ and ‘adult entertainment’ in Tennessee’s Adult-Oriented Establishment Registration Act are upheld along with “no-touch” restrictions
Entertainment Productions v. Shelby County, Tenn., 588 F.3d 372, TN 588 F.3d 372 (6th Cir. Nov. 25, 2009)
“The city’s Planning Commission will consider an ordinance tonight that would amend the zoning code pertaining to adult businesses — regulations that would add new standards as far as business locations, but guidelines that would also open up more probable sites within the Cookeville city limits.”
Deja Vu of Nashville, Inc. v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville, No. M2008-01393-COA-R3-CV, 2009 WL 3270195 (Tenn. App. Oct. 12, 2009)
A Sixth Circuit panel upheld Knox County’s comprehensive (licensing, midnight closure, no alcohol, no nudity, 6-ft, no-touch, etc.) sexually oriented business (SOB) ordinance against a four-part challenge.
Tennessee Court of Appeals upholds zoning board ruling prohibiting sexually oriented businesses from locating near churches.
Richland Bookmart, Inc. v. Knox County, 529 F.Supp.2d 868, 2007 WL 4480138 (E.D.Tenn.; Dec. 17, 2007)
Knox County SOB regulations (including hours-of-operation, alcohol sales prohibition, and denial of licensing to criminals convicted of sexual crimes) are found constitutional.
Sexually Oriented Businesses: A View Inside: “I want you to understand that out of the 39 women that we have helped out of the industry – just to give you some statistics, and these are certainly just our statistics so there’s no saying it’s the way it is nationwide or even in Ohio – the girls have been 18-40 years of age, and 18% were underage when they started working in the industry.”