Budgetel family speaks out on recent eviction
Rogers family, like many, still have not found new home after being forced from inn
UPDATE: Hamilton County District Attorney Coty Wamp spoke with News 12 Thursday morning saying there is currently no “class-action lawsuit” against her.
News 12 also spoke earlier this week with Attorney Charles Wright, who said he had filed a motion to intervene Monday morning in Hamilton County’s criminal court.
Wright is representing multiple families, including the Rogers, who had previously lived at the Budgetel Inn.
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LOOKOUT VALLEY, Tenn. (WDEF) — It’s been one week since now-former residents of the Budgetel Inn were suddenly evicted from their homes.
Tammy Rogers, her husband, daughter, son-in-law, and three grandchildren all have one more week booked to live at a Super 8 in Lookout Valley.
After that, they don’t know what’s next.
Rogers called the evacuations a “circus.” Her grandson called it “sad.”
The retiree says her family woke up last Wednesday to Hamilton County authorities knocking on her front door.
She says officers gave them and other tenants four hours to completely pack and leave the premises.
On a tight budget, the family has had no luck finding a new home.
“It’s been rough,” Rogers said. “It really has because my main concern [is] my babies. I’m just glad that people [and organizations] are pulling together and trying to help us.”
Daughter Misty Rogers says rumors are that the Budgetel owner knew of the inn’s fate for months and withheld it from tenants while still collecting rent.
She says staff from her kids’ school in East Ridge called her offering their support and assistance if needed.
It was how she discovered she would soon be homeless.
“I just froze,” Rogers said. “I didn’t know what to say. I live from check to check. My check every week is enough to pay rent and maybe have, like, 50 to 60 dollars left in my name for gas to back it back and forth to work. It was horrible.”
The family says while their holidays are no longer what they were supposed to be, they are grateful to local food banks and churches for current assistance.
With December approaching, Misty’s son, Joseph, is hopeful the community can help provide just one more thing.
“They could find a place for me, my mom, nani, papa, sisters and my dad to stay … get a home,” Joseph said.
Misty Rogers says they are being represented by Attorney Charles Wright in a “class-action lawsuit” against Coty Wamp, Hamilton County, Budgetel ownership, and the inn, itself, on December 5.