Local Elected Officials speak about The Return of Niota

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 7/05/2013 7:22 pm
NIOTA, TN, (WDEF)-Niota is back up and running and now there is a sense of calm surrounding the McMinn County town for the first time this year.

Mayor Lois Preece,"Glad to have the city open again and we are just going to move forward the best that we can and just make this a good place for our citizens to live."

With insurance, the town once again has police, fire, water and garbage services fully restored.

Mayor Preece, "When you are turned down by one insurance company it's pretty hard to get insurance by somebody else"

Commissioner Richard Rutledge says the town's issues could have all be avoided if TML had contacted him directly from the very beginning.

Rutledge,"They should have come to me and supported me  and they never did".

Rutledge says the town's problems have not vanished completely.

"We've got some issues to take care of in this town but it looks like our town is back to as much normal as it can be okay"

The TBI investigation into Niota's problems is still ongoing.
The insurance the town received cost a whopping eight times more than they had to pay last year.

"This is what a town is all about, the municipality is to protect and take care of the people and provide them services, this town is doing that at this present time"

There will be a further town meeting next Monday and officials say they are taking it step by step, day by day.

The new insurance will cost the town over 50,000 dollars.

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