PRESS RELEASE FROM MIX FACTORY AND THE LAW FIRM OF WALDROP AND HALL
Mayor Gist targeted club after KARMA shooting; Owners pleased with outcome
City of Jackson Voluntarily Dismisses Nuisance Abatement Action Filed Against The Mix Factory, LLC and FPB Investments
JACKSON, TN: Less than 24 hours before a trial to determine whether a permanent injunction should be granted to close the Mix Factory, the City of Jackson has voluntarily dismissed its nuisance abatement action against The Mix Factory, LLC and FPB Investments. The matter was set for trial on September 18, 2012 in the Madison County Chancery Court.
In response to the City’s decision to voluntarily dismiss the nuisance abatement action, John Little and Jay Bush from Waldrop & Hall, PA, attorneys for The Mix Factory, LLC and FPB Investments stated:
“Our clients are pleased that after six months the City has decided to voluntarily dismiss the nuisance lawsuit filed against them. Mr. Hall, the owner of The Mix Factory, LLC, has been contracting with the City of Jackson since August of 2011 to employ two uniformed JPD police officers at his business whenever the doors are open. Since that time, the number of police calls to the premises of 63 Heritage Square has dropped dramatically. The safety and security of Mix Factory customers is the number one priority of our clients. Both Mr. Hall and FPB Investments, which owns the premises at 63 Heritage Square, look forward to a continued partnership with Mayor Gist and the Jackson Police Department to ensure that another Club Karma incident never occurs in Jackson.”
The City of Jackson’s Petition to Abate Public Nuisance was filed on March 8, 2012 in response to the February 26, 2012 shooting at Club Karma in downtown Jackson.
Mayor Gist has stated that the Mix Factory was targeted by the City due to the number of service calls to the premises from January 1, 2010 through the time the Petition was filed.
The Mix Factory entered into a contract with the City of Jackson in August of 2011 to employ uniformed Jackson Police Officers at the entrance of the business during its hours of operation. An analysis of the incident reports made available by the Jackson Police Department shows that the number of reports attributed to 63 Heritage Square from August of 2011 to August to 2012 were reduced by more than half from the prior year.
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