When John Alvis moved 'Sleepy-Eyed Johns Music and Clogging to a building opposite the Museum of Appalachia, he thought he found the perfect spot.
"We're preserving this heritage of this old time mountain music," says Alvis, a logical tie-in to the museum's purpose.
But then he learned of the nearby City of Norris' intent to annex his property.
He says that would mean higher taxes for his property-- an additional $1.55 per $100 of value.
But what really upsets him is the potential for scenic rezoning.
"Just what I bought. That's what I want. With the same restrictions," says Alvis. "And to be left alone."
If his property is rezoned, he says it will impact it's future use.
He says officials tell him the current business would be grandfathered in, but if the building were to be damaged or destroyed he couldn't rebuild.
"It's a slap in the face," says Alvis. "If this goes through we have nothing to pass on to our children."
The city council plans to vote Monday evening on the annexation of two properties along Andersonville Highway.
The move could help preserve the natural beauty of the museum's pastoral setting with stricter zoning regulations.
But opponents say it's just a way to get residents to cough up more cash.
Alvis' neighbor, Bobby Joe Braden, says when council is done with Sleepy-Eyed Johns, he expects them to come for his home.
"There's no doubt in my mind," says Braden. "They can't offer me anything but higher taxes."
He's staked a large sign in his yard reading "No Norris Annexation."
Braden and other Anderson County property owners say they've been meeting about once a month since last November to discuss the issue.
Several have hired attorneys to represent them.
10News reached out to Mayor Chris Mitchell and several city council members Sunday but were unable to get an interview.
Check back with 10News tomorrow night for coverage of the city council meeting.