NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Metro and Federal authorities may pull the plug on a big party planned for next weekend on Percy Priest Lake.

Scary Obsession is the name of an event that is scheduled to take place on August 29 on Percy Priest lake. The promoters are advertising drinking contests and a cliff diving contest, all for an $11 admission charge.

The land that the party is on is owned by the US Army Corp of Engineers. They lease it to TWRA as a wildlife management area. 

Greg Thomas, who is the Priest Lake Resource Manager for US Army corp of Engineers, what the promoters want to do, isn’t allowed under federal or state laws.

“We actually have a contract with metro police to patrol on the weekends, metro has concurrent jurisdiction on federal land," Thomas said.

Mayor John Cooper's office released a statement on Friday afternoon that said they have learned the city does have authority to enforce health regulations on the lake, even though the event is planned on federal property.

"Metro Legal has confirmed that all Metro public health orders apply at Percy Priest Lake. Metro Public Health will coordinate with the MNPD and other Metro departments on an enforcement strategy. MPHD will also proactively reach out to the event organizers to inform them of our health ordinances," the statement read. 

To get to the corp land, party-goers have to trespass through the Woodland Point neighborhood.

Neighbors told News 4 there are fed up and said these kind of parties happen all the time.

At least one neighbor said past party-goers have threatened to retaliate against neighbors who complain. He says the partyers block their driveways and leave a mess. They added that they have had verbal and physical altercations with people who come out of the woods.

Metro Police told News4 that the Corps of Engineers have had an agreement with MNPD's Secondary Employment Unit to staff Percy Priest and Old Hickory Lakes with at least one officer on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Furthermore, the officers are to assist with:

  • Immediate on-site emergency situations (water emergencies, lost children, assist citizens with non-emergency matters, etc.)
  • Enforcement of local ordinances and state laws regarding parking, alcohol, domestic assault, etc.
  • Respond to dispatched calls for service on the properties.

Police say the Secondary Employment Unit officer is funded solely and entirely by the Corps of Engineers. 

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