Loudon zoning officials to consider crematory
By Hugh G. Willett-knoxnews.com
Residents not happy about plans for
Loudon County's first crematory
JOSH AULT-6 News Reporter
LOUDON (WATE) - Plans for the very first crematory in Loudon County are moving forward, but not without controversy.
The owners of Click Funeral Home found an old bank building in Loudon they feel would be a perfect location.
But not everyone in the community is excited about the proposal.
If the plan goes through, the crematory would be located at the former United Community Bank location on Highway 72, near Maremont Parkway.
"The zoning ordinance doesn't specifically list a crematory as a permitted use, so because of that, the only way it could be permitted is if the board of zoning appeals for the city of Loudon approved it as a special exception use," said Loudon County Director of Planning and Codes Enforcement Russ Newman.
Newman says the board will make their final decision Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at city hall.
The public is invited to voice their opinions about the crematory coming to this building.
The proposed crematory will be next to Romeo's Pizza.
Bobbie Mallard lives only two miles from the proposed crematory.
Larry Click, the owner of Click Funeral Homes, was not available for an interview Tuesday.
Click Funeral Homes already has three locations in Loudon County.