Much of Niota shut down after insurance expires

NIOTA, Tenn. (AP) -- Much of the city of Niota is shut down, including its police and fire departments, after the city's liability insurance expired at midnight on Thursday.

The Daily Post-Athenian reports ( the Tennessee Municipal League declined to renew the city's policy after Niota commissioners refused to cooperate with its investigation into harassment claims by employees. The city has so far been unable to secure other insurance.

The closure includes any service that requires a city-owned vehicle or equipment. The city park, playground and basketball court also are closed to the public.

Finance Commissioner Tabathia Gates told the paper the city likely will not be able to afford private liability insurance.

At a special Thursday meeting, commissioners blamed the league for their troubles.

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