Friday, 02 October 2015 19:27

Mt. Moriah Nightclub Closes Permanently

Shelby County District Atty General Shelby County District Atty General SCDAG, MPD
MEMPHIS – Oct. 1, 2015 - A Mt. Moriah nightclub closed last week as a public nuisance will cease operations permanently, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Friday.
The Mansion, aka Club Mansion, at 2514 Mt. Moriah Road was shut down by court order because of repeated complaints of shootings, drug trafficking, illegal liquor sales and alcohol sales to minors.
On Friday, club operator Sammie Kuykendall signed an agreement to cease operations at The Mansion permanently. Kuykendall admitted no wrongdoing as alleged in the public nuisance petition submitted by the DA’s Office.
The agreement also was signed by Environmental Court Referee John Cameron, Asst. Dist. Atty. Paul Hagerman and Kuykendall’s attorney Derek Renfroe.
Terms of the agreement also include that Kuykendall will never operate any business at 2514 Mt. Moriah and that he will have access to the building to retrieve his property.
The building is owned by Blue Hen Properties, LLC.
Members of the Memphis Police Organized Crime Unit Vice Team had documented numerous aggravated assaults, shootings, thefts, drug use and other illegal activities there over the past year.
The Mt. Moriah establishment was formerly occupied by Platinum Plus, a topless nightclub permanently closed as a nuisance in 2006 because of money laundering, drug trafficking and prostitution.
The nuisance action was researched and prepared by the DA’s Office with assistance from University of Memphis Law School students Patrick Quinn and Lani Lester of the school’s Neighborhood Preservation Clinic.
Under Tennessee’s nuisance law, the District Attorney General has authority to bring a civil action against any establishment deemed a nuisance, said Hagerman, chief prosecutor of the DA’s Organized Crime Prosecution Unit.
The statute defines a nuisance, in part, as “any place in or upon which. . .unlawful sale of any regulated legend drug, narcotic or other controlled substance. . .quarrelling, drunkenness, fighting, or breaches of the peace are carried on or permitted.”