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Honeybees Cause A Swarm Of Controversy In Spring Hill

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by Chris Cannon

SPRING HILL, Tenn. - A resident of the Ridgeport subdivision has been told he must remove a beehive from his back deck because it violates the homeowner's association rules.

Many people on Portview Drive were not aware that Bryce Martin maintained a beehive behind his house for more than three years.

"I think it's something a lot of people don't know about. I wasn't aware of it until a few days ago, myself," said neighbor Carol Hughes.

Now that Hughes knows the honeybees are just a house away she is not comfortable with having them so close by because she is allergic to bees.

"If I was outside mowing my grass, or something, and they decided with the noise from the lawnmower and came after me, I wouldn't have know that they were there," Hughes said.

The homeowner's association told Hughes he had to remove the bees because its by-laws do not permit non-household pets.

There is some confusion if the HOA has the authority to make such a request. A Tennessee law that protects the rights of a property owners to keep honeybees.

"State government, local government or any of those political subdivisions cannot have jurisdiction over that," said State Rep, Glen Casada, R-Thompson's Station.

A lawyer for the homeowner's association told the representative the organization is exempt from the state law because it in not a form of government. Casada disagrees with that interpretation.

"They're not just some entity that's just made up. So they get their power from state government, so thus they are a subdivision, a political subdivision of state government," Casada said.

He will as the Tennessee Attorney General for an opinion on the law that governs honeybees.

Casada said if the Attorney General's opinion is for the homeowner's association he would look into the possibility of filing an amendment to the law when the legislature returns next year.

email: ccannon@newschannel5.com


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