LENOIR CITY (WATE) – Loudon County law enforcement were on the
scene Thursday of what they said was the first ever nuisance
bust in the county. Deputies were boarding up windows and doors,
and posting the property.
The Loudon County Sheriff’s Office
says the home at 3660 Mountain View Road in the Harrison Hills
subdivision of Lenoir City has been the site of drug and other
criminal activities over the past few months, including
kidnapping and aggravated assault charges.
The 9th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office said many
neighbors have complained about the home over the past several
weeks. Neighbors said they’ve seen all kinds of suspicious
behavior from cars going in and out at all times of the day to
people hanging out in the garage.
“We don’t need that here. We don’t need that anywhere and we
certainly don’t want it in our back door, so I think it’s
fantastic,” Jennifer Frye, a neighbor said.
Frye has three foster kids and lives in the neighborhood. She
wasn’t happy to hear the home was an active meth lab.
“It’s just scary knowing that, you know, there’s a meth house
right on the corner two houses down,” Frye said.
Two people were discovered inside the home when deputies came
to board it up. Two people were detained for questioning.
“I think anytime that you can shut down a residence or any
kind of facility that is involved in distributing and
manufacturing methamphetamine, it’s a good day,” Assistant
District Attorney Kristin Kelley said.
Deputies started focusing on the house after a shooting in
December. On Thursday, HAZMAT crews pulled out components of a
“We were terrified to let them outside because we never knew
if there were going to be stray bullets flying or what was going
to happen and we never let them outside after dark because
that’s when the traffic seemed to increase over here,” Frye
Now that everything is boarded up and sealed, Frye feels a
little more at ease now.
“We will rest a little easier at night for sure, now, knowing
they’ve put a stop to this,” Frye said.
As for the two people who are being questioned, law
enforcement is trying to figure out what their involvement is in
Flo Lynn Hicks is listed as the property owner, with
Christopher Eugene Hicks listed as a resident. Court documents
say the home has been the site of a large volume of illegal drug
sales, meth manufacturing and other criminal activity.
Ninth Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson said
there will be a hearing next Thursday to see how long the home
will be boarded up. The home owner, Hicks’ mother, is expected
to also be in court, to talk about the future of the home.