A Blount Co. couple says runoff from construction of the Union Grove Elementary School ruined their property so they sued for damages. They claim both "inverse condemnation" (e.g. taking by eminent domain) and an alternative negligence claim under "nuisance" theory.

Blount Co. got the lawsuit thrown out based on the the statute of limitations on the "taking" claim. The trial court, upheld on appeal, concluded that the "nuisance" claim goes out with it because their "taking" claim, which was filed too late, proved the damage to their property was "permanent" and thus not an ongoing nuisance.

Catch-22 and no justice for the injured party. There's probably a lesson here somewhere.

The Court of Appeals ruling...

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Blount County is self

Blount County is self insured. Blount County is broke.

No citizen will win a claim until one or both change.

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