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Lack of insurance shuts down Niota, TN

McMinn County TNNIOTA, TN. (WRCB) — For the past 24 hours, the city of Niota in McMinn County has been shut down.

The decision was made at an emergency meeting last night, due to the city not having any liability insurance.

Imagine a town with no police department, no trash pickup and no city parks.

That’s what’s happening in the small town of Niota and many community members say they’ve had enough.

“Crazy, I mean, that’s the most crazy thing I’ve heard of in my life,” says life-long Niota resident, Tammy Carver.

Tammy Carver says she’s lived in Niota her whole life, and that’s what she has to say about the town shutting down because of a lack of liability insurance.

The city’s contract with the Tennessee Municipal League expired Thursday night and was not renewed.

“The liability insurance that we do not have would include our police department, our fire department, all of our vehicles and anybody that happens to get hurt on a premise,” says Niota Mayor Lois Preece.

The police department is entirely shut down, and the fire department’s resources are limited to the county truck, which can hold only so much water in case of a fire.

Click link for more details and video from WRCB-TV

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