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Land disputes heating up in Marion Co.

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MARION COUNTY, TN (WRCB)  --  The land surrounding May Road has been in Bill May's family since 1902. The family sold most of the property a few years ago and new homes were built.

May lives on the same property but believes the buildings going up around him do not follow building code guidelines. Tension between May and the building inspector mounted.

"He enforces the codes in some areas and some areas he seems not to," says May. He says it's been happening for years. "I've went to every avenue that I know to go to: commissioners, county mayor, building inspector, Sen. Andy Berke at that time," explains May.

May says the development on the left side of his property sits too close to the property line. The Gholston family owns that property. 

Channel 3 caught up with Johnny Gholston.

"I ain't got no comment. Talk to my lawyer," says Gholston.

Channel 3 did talk to his lawyer who says they're waiting on a court decision regarding ally-ways.

Down the road another building is causing headaches for another homeowner.

"It's a storage building, that's what they told me," says James Vandergriff.

Vandergriff says a storage shed/mobile home has been lived in for the last couple of years. Channel 3 knocked on the door Monday but no one answered.

"I think [the building inspector] should be fair across the board with everybody. It seems like some, they get extra privileges," explains Vandergriff. 

Channel 3 sat down with Building Inspector Roy Brackett.

"I don't think I've done anything in this office that I'd be ashamed or afraid of. Anybody can come in and look at it," Brackett says.

He was asked about the properties surrounding May's.

"Everything I've did with the Gholston family, I run it by my county attorney, got his approval before we ever issued a building permit," Brackett says.  

Still, May says small town politics has played a big role in his community.

"It's a difficult situation," May says.

Gholston's attorney says a case was tried about six months ago regarding the ally-ways surrounding Gholston's property, which sits next door to May's. They're waiting on a decision from the chancellor. 

Channel 3 also spoke to the county attorney who says there is no county zoning. So the county does not have a say in what a building turns into after it is built.



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