Knoxville considers expanding ban on panhandlers

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Knoxville city officials are considering more restrictions on panhandlers.

The Knoxville News Sentinel ( ) reports the City Council will vote on Tuesday whether the ban should be expanded to include solicitation within 20 feet of homes, closed-in pedestrian walkways and businesses.

Current restrictions ban panhandling that is aggressive, after dark or close to bus stations, banks, crosswalks, some parking areas and restaurant patios.

Rick Emmett, the city’s downtown coordinator, said he recommended changing the city’s ordinance after getting complaints from residents.