Meetings set tonight, Tuesday on Ancient Lore Village

Betsy PickleOn the Grow, South Knox

For the past four weeks, Knoxvillians – especially South Knoxvillians – have been burning up social media with discussions of businessman Tom Boyd’s planned $40 million Ancient Lore Village at Boyd Hollow resort, which he announced on Jan. 8.

Emotions have run high as many residents have voiced opposition to the fantasy-themed resort, which Boyd says is based on his recently self-published first novel, “The Bobbins – Outcast to the Inner Earth.” (Others have decried his work as derivative of “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien and claim they have been contacting the Tolkien estate to alert it to possible copyright infringement.)

Detractors point to potential environmental damage, noise pollution and traffic nightmares. The site is at the intersection of Nixon Road and Sevierville Pike, in a residential area east of the Chapman Highway Walmart. The roads are narrow and winding, and neighbors tend to like their peace and quiet.

Those in support believe Ancient Lore could be a unique business that draws more commercial growth to South Knoxville. In addition to unusual dug-out homes and airy tree houses, the resort expects to have a 500-person event center and 1,000-seat outdoor amphitheater. No motorized vehicles will be allowed on the resort proper, with guest and staff parking hidden from view by trees.

Finally, debaters will be able to meet face to face – and with developers and public officials – in two separate meetings this week.

At 5 p.m. today (Feb. 4), Knox County Commissioners Carson Dailey and Larsen Jay will attend a citizens meeting organized by Robin King of Ye Olde Steak House at the restaurant, 6838 Chapman Highway. Nixon Road meets Chapman Highway just south of Ye Old Steak House.

A press release from the county says the meeting’s purpose is discuss rezoning and sector plan changes that would be necessary to allow the development of the Ancient Lore resort. No votes will be taken, but minutes will be. The public and the press are invited.

The second meeting – billed as a community outreach event – will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, at SoKno Market, 2014 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway. The developers are holding this meeting, with media and the public encouraged to attend.

South Knoxvillians have a lot of questions. Within a couple of days, they may have some answers.

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