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Kingsport to consider banning structures on public right of way

Matthew Lane, Kingsport Times News • Updated Nov 5, 2019 at 12:17 PM

KINGSPORT — The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will consider a change to city code tonight that will — for the most part — prohibit temporary or permanent structures placed on the public right of way.

The amendment will directly impact the Ballad Health protest that's been taking place across the street from Holston Valley Medical Center for more than 180 days. For more than four months, the protesters have used a number of canopies for shelter, placed on the right of way, in the grassy area between the sidewalk and East Ravine Street.

The change to city code will be considered during the Board of Mayor and Aldermen's regular meeting tonight at city hall. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. If approved, the change would require a second vote (most likely in two weeks) and take effect 10 days afterward. Our partners at the Kingsport Times News have more.

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