Cars are being towed from what appears to be a parking space next to the White Street parking garage by Clement Hall.

Last week, Nathan Murray parked his car in that spot while he was in the conference center. Upon his return, he realized that his car was gone. Murray called the city impound lot and found out that his car had been towed.

"I parked in the spot that was demarcated by a white line, so I thought that would be okay to park in," said Murray, a graduate student in economics. "I've seen cars in the spot literally every day, including today and the day I got towed."

It is common knowledge that a yellow curb means that parking is not allowed. However, the confusion about the parking space stems from the fact that the white line in the street is freshly painted while the yellow paint on the curb is old and fading away beneath the onset of grass. Farther up the street, the yellow curbs appear freshly painted and the grass on the curbs is neatly trimmed.

According to Murray, there had been other cars parked in the spot before without being towed or ticketed.

"There are several reasons why a curb could be painted yellow, which is prohibiting parking," said Darrell DeBusk from the Knoxville Police Department.

Debusk listed several causes for yellow curbs, including fire hydrants, blind turns and parking lot or private drive proximity.

As it turns out, even though others have parked in the spot in question before, it is not an actual parking space.

"You have to go by what is on the curb and the signs," DeBusk said.

A parking space will be marked by a white box and not a white line, acccording to Debusk.

A few changes to the space will make it more apparent that it is not an actual parking space.

"It should be marked very clearly probably on the pave- ment," Murray said, "The yellow paint should be repainted and other signs in the area should be more clearly posi- tioned as to whether or not you can park there."