‘A living hell’ | Procedural error allows evicted residents to return home

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – Just over 24 hours after Crossville officials evicted Village Inn residents from their homes, those same people have been allowed to return home.

City Manager Greg Wood confirmed to WVLT News “there was a procedural error that voided the action.”

On Wednesday, city officials ruled the 64-room building uninhabitable after a narcotics investigation led to the discovery of falling concrete, broken railings and flooded rooms.

Residents were told on Wednesday they had less than 12 hours to pack their things and leave.

“It’s been hell,” said Henry Thomas, a Marine Corps veteran with cancer. “They just put us on the street, without warning, without anything.”

Around 1 p.m. Thursday, officials informed owner Steve Threet that there was an error and the order was lifted.

“I praise God for answered prayers because he answered a lot of prayers,” Threet said.

Threet rents the rooms in the building for $550 a month. As landlord and landlord, he was in the position of having to reimburse each tenant for the rest of the money he had paid in rent for the month of July.

Threet is scheduled to meet with city officials on Monday.

“I have an appointment with the mayor of the city on Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m.,” Threet said. “The people who were told to leave had very little time to do so, 12 hours.”

Threet said the city gave him no time limit to fix what they said was the most dangerous, however, he received no promises that it wouldn’t happen again.

Those who were deported on Wednesday and returned home on Thursday said they were here to stay this time.

“If they want to do something, do their job well, don’t do it badly and don’t hurt people,” Thomas said.

WVLT News was asked to contact the Crossville City Attorney for more information about the procedural error, but did not hear back.

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