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Billboard lawsuit heads to Environmental Court

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They are bright, big, and bold, but several Memphians think they're a nuisance and want them torn down. The battle over billboards is headed to Environmental Court on Thursday morning.

For decades, companies have used billboards as a direct form of advertising. They light up, stand tall above traffic, and can be seen for miles. But on Thursday, Bluff City residents will ask a judge to take them down.

A lawsuit focuses on three residents who say the billboards violate city codes and don't meet the requirements. One person's home is overshadowed by one of the gigantic ads that is perched on stilts.

"It's a nuisance. It makes the surroundings look bad and I don't think a billboard should be in a residential area," said Vicky Christian. "The lights when they shine on the sign, it comes through my bedroom window as well, so I'm not happy about it at all."

Christian says she is praying the judge will decide in their favor and order the billboards be taken down.

Clear Channel and OUTFRONT Media, who own the billboards, maintain they are within their legal rights.

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