Niota Commissioner Richard Rutledge responds

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Updated: 4/26/2013 6:39 pm
Niota TN, (WDEF)-Commissioner Rutledge says he was just doing his job and denies harassing employees.

He says the real reason Niota lost insurance is through misappropriation of funds and over spending.

"Our police department is out of control, as far as expenses 228995.00 dollars in the past four years in claims this city has given."

Niota sanitation commissioner Leesa Corum says insurance claims have left the town in it's current situation.

"There are so many claims, this is workmans comp, and the city of Niota has paid out 200%  more than the premium for workmans comp."

She feels this is a personal attack to shame her and Rutledge.

"Accidents do happen, but I think some of them have been a bit forced, there are employees, there are a lot of them who just don't want Richard and I on the board".

Former Niota resident Tammy Barker is concerned for children and families in her  home town.

"Riding their bicycles unable to go to the local park and play, you know, a town that does not have its garbage collected."

Current Mayor Lois Preece says she has no comment to make on the matter.

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outrider - 4/27/2013 9:12 AM
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Commissioners Rutledge and Corum may have campaigned and been elected with nothing but the highest ambitions and intent. But, after two years of history now since their elections it would seem that for what ever reason the community is in dire straights. I would only suggest to them that when you've done everything that you think is appropriate and still the community is seeing issues that now exist. It would then seem now is the time to step down and step back if the best interests of Niota are to be served.
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