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Washington County strips Mouse’s Ear owner of right to rebuild

December 11th, 2013 10:53 pm by GARY B. GRAY, NET News Service

Washington County strips Mouse’s Ear owner of right to rebuild

The Mouse's Ear was damaged by fire earlier this year. NET News Service photo.

Washington County Zoning Administrator Mike Rutherford has determined that Mouse’s Ear Exotic Sports Bar owner Ralph Browning will not be allowed to rebuild the Gray strip club consumed by fire early this year. 

Browning showed up at Rutherford’s office Tuesday and filled out a building permit application one month short of a set deadline. But the permit was denied on the spot due to the county’s finding that much more than 75 percent of “the fair, cash market value of the structure” would have to be rebuilt — a threshold set in the county’s zoning laws shortly after the club originally opened  off Tenn. Highway 36 near Bobby Hicks Highway.

Browning intended to put $750,000 into the 5,000-square-foot property, according to the application. County records indicate the value of the structure in March 2012 was about $306,000. 

Read the full story on the Johnson City Press website.

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