MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – The owners of the Regal Inn in Murfreesboro has implemented a ‘no tolerance’ policy when it comes from drugs, prostitution and other unlawful acts.
However, the Mayor Shane McFarland said that’s not good enough and he is calling for the owners to do more.
The Regal Inn Extended Stay Motel has been notorious for all types of illegal activity, according to police.
Now the owners, Beth and Tommy Throneberry have enacted a ‘no-tolerance’ policy, hoping to reduce crime, whether it is drugs, prostitution or fighting.
In a strongly worded letter, Mayor McFarland wrote he feels the Regal Inn preys on homeless people through the rates it charges.
The mayor went on to write, “Requiring driver’s licenses for most people who do not have driver’s licenses and evicting someone three days for illegal activity just doesn’t go far enough.”
Police are responding to so many calls for service, many non-emergencies, at the Regal Inn that it’s tying up valuable resources.
“Certainly a lot of resources are spent at this one particular location which is a call for concern,” Sgt. Kyle Evans said.
In the past year and a half, police have responded to more than 1,000 calls, which according to authorities, is way more than the other extended stay motels in the city.
Randy and Misty Evans told News 2 they were given three days to be out of their room after they claim they complained about a broken air condition and part of the ceiling falling.
They also said management approached them about their children playing in a non-playing area.
The Evans said management wouldn’t accept their payment and gave them notice to pack up and leave.
“They are taking advantage of the homeless, as far as payment, they are making them live in deplorable living conditions, they are using intimidation tactics to kick them out if they do complain,” Misty Evans said.
The owners wrote in a letter to the mayor about the cleanliness of the motel rooms and other improvements they’ve made.
News 2 was shown a room Thursday by a tenant that appears to be infested with mildew or black mold.
The owners will be evicting tenants if they violate the new policies, but according to the Evans, they say they haven’t done anything wrong, and don’t understand why they have to go.
“We have not committed any activity whatsoever,” Misty Evans said.
“I have a clean record for one,” Randy Evans said. “A clean record; I don’t drink, I don’t do drugs.”
News 2 reached out to the owners of Regal Inn and our calls were not immediately returned.