Controversy over West Knox County doctor’s office

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A doctor’s office set to be built in West Knox County is stirring up controversy among people who live in the community.

Dr. Kari McFarland wants to open a doctor’s office on Choto Road, but the main issue involves zoning. As of now, a doctor’s office can’t be built in a residential area. Another issue is that some people fear the facility will operate a pain clinic or pill mill that would give out treatments like suboxone for former drug users.

Her attorney says she just wants to open a normal family practice.

“There is not a standalone family practice in that area and that is exactly what she wants to operate,” said attorney Arthur Seymour Jr. “She wants to go into family medicine at that site, treat people from the neighborhood, give them their shots, treat the flu.”

The vote has been delayed for another 30 days. The two opposing sides must meet up before then to talk things through.

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