2006 NPT PHOTO by GARY BUTLER This East Highway 25/70 lounge is the subject of a complaint filed this week by Fourth Judicial District Attorney General James "Jimmy" Dunn, in which Dunn seeks to have the establishment padlocked, alleging that an undercover TBI investigation found prostitution taking place on the premises. Desperado's is owned by Herbert L. Pigg Sr., and the real estate the building rests on is owned by J.P. Hudson.
|Last updated: 8:43 PM, 04/07/2008
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-A third Asheville Highway "lounge" has come under scrutiny by Fourth Judicial District Attorney General James "Jimmy" Dunn, following action taken last year on two previous "nightspots." Dunn told the court last year that TBI agents raided the nightspots on December 16, 2004, after an investigation during which women on the premises allegedly solicited undercover agents for prostitution. Four women were charged with soliciting prostitution. All four pled guilty last December 20 in Cocke County General Sessions Court and were each fined $50 plus court costs. On Thursday, Dunn issued a summons to J.P. Hudson and Herbert L. Pigg Sr., who are the legally registered owners of "certain real property situated in the Seventh District of Cocke County,... located at 1945 East Highway [25/70], Del Rio..." and a "place of business known as Desperado's, a mobile home located on said property," stated the summons. Dunn's complaint notes that Herbert L. Pigg Sr. is the holder of the beer license for Desperado's. Dunn states that his complaint is filed "to abate a common and public nuisance and to have such nuisance permanently discontinued and enjoined" in accordance with Tennessee law. "Specifically, ...Special Agents of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) conducted an investigation of prostitution in Cocke County ... in 2006. "On August 3, 2006, TBI agents went to Desperado's at 1945 East Highway 25/70, Del Rio, Tennessee. And were solicited for prostitution by a female, Darlene Redenbaugh, of 2211 Beaver Dam Road, Cassatt, South Carolina," the complaint continues. Dunn stated in his complaint that Redenbaugh pled guilty on Aug. 7 to solicitation of prostitution and was assessed a $50 fine and court costs in Cocke County General Sessions Court, and was given credit for time she had already served in the Cocke County Detention Center. Dunn's complaint seeks a temporary writ of injunction "to restrain and enjoin the Defendants from conducting, maintaining, or in any manner participating or operating an establishment where unlawful assignation and prostitution or breaches of the peace are carried on or permitted...and the Sheriff of Cocke County be ordered to close and padlock said premises until further orders of the court." Finally, Dunn, in his complaint, gives notice that his office will appear before Cocke County Circuit Court Judge Ben W. Hooper II at the Cocke County Courthouse on September 27 at 9 a.m. to formally "request a temporary injunction as prayed for in the complaint, and that the premises be padlocked." The owners of two Asheville Highway establishments that were the focus of a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation operation in December 2004 pled guilty in Cocke County criminal court in April 2005. Both 47-year-old Danny Ray O'Dell-the owner and operator of The Little Brown House Lounge at 1922 East Asheville Highway, Del Rio-and Brenda W. Carrell-the operator of Brenda's Lounge at 1141 East Highway 25/70-were placed on misdemeanor probation for nearly two years in the plea-bargains approved by Circuit Judge Ben W. Hooper II.
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