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Spa gets eviction notice
Lacey's Spring landlords
retake Top Notch site

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

LACEY'S SPRING — One of the spas rubbing Lacey's Spring residents the wrong way is no more.

The owners of the building at 603 U.S. 231 S., where Top Notch Spa once operated, took back their office space Friday morning. Two Morgan County Sheriff's deputies went along to make sure the owners gained entry and to explain the eviction if necessary, said Chief Deputy Mike Corley.

"It all went through without any problems," Corley said.

Property found inside the building went curbside. It included tables built into the wall with 2-by-4s and covered with padding, Corley said.

"After the proceedings were under way, the (evictees) did show up and begin to pick their property up," he said.

Joseph Williams Jr. and his wife Diane own the building but could not be reached Friday evening. Williams said in a previous interview that he sought eviction because the renter, Angela Chambers, failed to pay the rent.

Morgan County District Court issued a writ of possession late Thursday, allowing the Williamses to take back the unit leased to Chambers.

During a July 25 meeting at Bethlehem Baptist Church, the Williamses announced the eviction judgment they had received earlier that day against the spa.

The announcement sparked loud applause from community members gathered to discuss ways of stopping alleged prostitution in the area.

One woman at the meeting, Laura Powers of Eva, claimed to be a former prostitute who once made $500 in 10 minutes at Top Notch.

It was not known if Top Notch would resume business in a new location.

The other spa about which residents have complained, Illusion Spa at 1138 U.S. 231 S., was destroyed by a suspicious fire in June. Owner Ann Mcelhaney of Huntsville replaced the burned trailer last week with a new doublewide mobile home.

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