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Grainger Co. takes steps at regulating pain management clinics
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Grainger Co. takes steps at regulating pain management clinics

With pain clinics becoming a more common sight in East Tennessee, yet another county is looking to take steps to try and keep them out.

Monday, the Grainger County Commission heard from the community and voted to form a special committee to look at the ways they can regulate pain management clinics.

One possible avenue is zoning restrictions, but commissioners point out that surrounding counties have decided to deal with the clinics in differing ways.

"From my survey today, each county is handling the issue differently. That's what I found out, and I'd like to find out more from a legal perspective how we can better tie up this loophole," said Commissioner James Acuff.

The committee will meet before the next commission meeting in October.

Earlier this year, commissioners in Hamblen County passed a plan to restrict where pain clinics can set up shop.

The new regulations limit the clinics to commercial areas outside the Morristown city limits. In Hamblen County, there are very few such areas, meaning it's pretty tough for the clinics to find property.

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