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Group home zoning deferred

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Rest Stop Ministries is eyeing the property at 576 Vance Lane for a shelter for 8 to 10 victims of human trafficking.

The Wilson County Board of Zoning Appeals deferred voting on the item on rezoning the R-1 property until more information could be gathered. The motion was made by board member Tom Brashear.

The confusion resulted over the fact that Rest Stop Ministries had listed the use to be for human trafficking victims in one request and then said the home would serve as a mental health facility in another.

Rest Stop Executive Director Dr. Rondy Smith said that the home would be for human trafficking victims who could arguably be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders or other mental illnesses due to the situations they had lived through.

The property contains two homes on 20.82 acres.

It was the former home of Jon and Marion Setzer, who were tragically murdered when their son-in-law, Richard Parker, delivered an explosive device disguised inside of a lamp. Parker plead guilty at his last motions hearing in Judge John Wootten’s Wilson County Court and was given life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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