Majority of state-mandated quarantined homes in Carter County still have occupants in them

After needing to move a Lending Library due to a nearby sex offender, Director of the TLC Community Center Angie Odom said she stumbled onto a serious mishandling of state-mandated quarantines in Carter County.

“There are about 36 homes on the quarantine list,” Odom said. “26 of them are occupied.”

This list comes from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. When police bust a meth lab, the residue from said lab can still pose serious health risks for the residents of said home, so the Dangerous Drug Task Force quarantines the property to allow a hygienist to clean the property. If proof of the cleaning, a Certificate of Fitness, does not reach both the county’s sheriff’s office and clerk’s office within 60 days of the notice, the property will end up on this list.

“I never knew this list existed,” Odom said.

Out of curiosity, she and a few others took to touring each of the 36 addresses on the list. She said what she saw surprised her enough to create MAP (Monitoring and Protecting) in order to inform the public of what is falling through the cracks.

The vast majority of the addresses, occupied or not, did not have the appropriate stickers or signage notifying passersby the location was even under quarantine. Some of the addresses were even flattened, which she said is still a problem.

“If the property was destroyed, proof is still needed of the removal,” she said.

Odom said she does not intend to point fingers at anyone specific.

“A ball has dropped somewhere,” she said. “We do not know who dropped it or where.”

Odom said she spoke to several state officials, who told her technically the burden of presenting the documents of the completed cleaning to the Sheriff’s Office does fall to the homeowners, but many of these quarantines started years before the current residents took ownership, meaning unless they do a title search online, they may never know their home is on a quarantine list.

“Violating quarantine is a class B misdemeanor,” she said. “You can get up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.”

The said list can be found at www.tn.gov on the department of environment and conservation section.

“The state says the Sheriff has to enforce it,” Odom said. “They should go through these homes every now and then. If it is on the list, the property needs stickers.”

Local news

Elizabethton Police seek public help in identifying male individual

Local news

Elizabethton Police seek assistance in stolen tractor case

Local news

T.A. Dugger drama club takes stage with production

Local news

Annual Hampton Creek Cove Bird Walk scheduled Friday

Local news

Annual Hampton Creek Cove Bird Walk scheduled Friday

Local news

A Life Lived: Judy Heaton worked behind the scenes to help others

Local news

Milligan Community honors Greers during retirement dinner

Local news

ETSU to celebrate commencement May 3-4

Local news

UETHDA announces energy assistance outreach for May

Arrests

Police respond to domestic disturbance on Lark Street

News

Exposed to Agent Orange at US bases, veterans face cancer without VA compensation

Arrests

Carter County Sheriff’s Office reports arrests

Local news

Dedication ceremony held for John Sevier State Historical Marker

Local news

T.A. Dugger Junior High Track Coaches welcome and encourage autistic student

Local news

Craft & Vendor Sale planned for Saturday

Local news

Elizabethton Parks and Recreation announces 2024 Covered Bridge Jams Schedule

Local news

Gas prices in Tennessee hold steady, national average dips slightly

Local news

ETSU TRiO programs having major community impact 

Local news

Fatal head-on collision shuts down section of Interstate 26

Local news

Surgical Group of Johnson City joins State of Franklin Healthcare Associates

Local news

Tough-on-crime bill imposing adult sentences on juveniles heads to Gov. Bill Lee’s desk

Local news

ETSU to honor those who graduated 50 plus years ago

Local news

Former finance director speaks out on past statements about training, records

Local news

Tennessee passes legislation to reform certificate of need law