JELLICO, Tenn. (WVLT) --- Too many missed payments, too many workers comp claims. That was, essentially, the message Mayor Les Stiers got on April 10th when the City's insurance company called him to tell him they were no longer covered.
He called the state. What do you do? They told him if he couldn't get coverage he would have to park all the City vehicles or risk a lawsuit.
"I don't want to injure the people who work for the city, I don't want to injure the citizens and I don't want to injure the town." Stiers told us.
So the cars were parked.
No police patrols, no garbage pickup, no City service calls.
Garbage crews walked door to door and police stayed in their office to do paperwork.
Until the close of business on Friday, one day after the cars were parked.
The phone conversation that may have saved lives.
Jellico is now insured.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide detailed information.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.