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‘Rave in a Cave’ Has 22 drug Arrests

November 21, 2000

RUTLEDGE, Tenn. (AP) _ The ``Rave in the Cave,″ an all-night dance party in a cavern, drew 800 people and resulted in one drug overdose and 22 drug-related arrests.

Partygoers brandishing baseball bats confronted residents upset over the party, but police kept the two sides from coming to blows.

The Internet-advertised party was held Saturday at Indian Cave, which is on private property and was leased by the landowner for the rave.

One person was hospitalized after overdosing on LSD and Ecstasy, Sheriff Richard McElhaney said. A police roadblock resulted in 150 traffic citations and the arrests, mostly for possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia.

Someone apparently cut down trees to block the road leading to the cave to try to stem the flow of people still streaming in early Sunday.

Rutledge is about 30 miles northeast of Knoxville.

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