published Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Town and Country live-in employees forced to leave

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    Billy Trammell, right, rubs his head in frustration after David Bernstein, the owner of the Town & Country Inn, announced that after ownership of the inn transfers at midnight Thursday, former employees will have four days to find new lodging in Chattanooga, Tenn. Trammell, who worked at Town & Country for five years, asked that he be allowed more than four days. Staff photo by Jenna Walker

Nearly 30 people who worked in exchange for their rooms at a Chattanooga extended stay hotel are being forced to leave the property because it’s been sold. New owners don’t want to hotel to continue housing the homeless, some say.

Town and Country Inn and its owners, David and Steven Bernstein, came under federal investigation last summer for violating federal minimum wage laws and unfairly trading work for housing.

Contact Joan Garrett at jgarrett@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6601.

about Joan Garrett McClane...

Joan Garrett McClane has been a staff writer for the Times Free Press since August 2007. Before becoming a general assignment writer for the paper, she wrote about business, higher education and the court systems. She grew up the oldest of five sisters near Birmingham, Ala., and graduated with a master's and bachelor's degrees in journalism from the University of Alabama. Before landing her first full-time job as a reporter at the Times Free Press, ...

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Eric said...

How is it legal to only give 4 days notice? These people lived in the hotel, and as such I would think that they fall under the Landlord Tenant Law. The law requires more advance notice than that.

February 24, 2011 at 5:24 p.m.
ordinaryguy said...

Makes sense Eric, sad that places such as this and the Superior Crack Lodge in East Ridge are allowed to operate...then again, I thought Hamilton County was trying to close down the Crack Lodge...

February 24, 2011 at 6:23 p.m.
flaca said...

"All is well that ends well"! A well written story to conclude a well placed spanking! As far as "Clown and Country pretend" and their Ministry (yeah right) "Disgrace In no-Action" [BLEEP]! Grace In Action is jumping from Hotel to Motel with their great scam plan, but everyone knows their weak game! TO THESE GOOD HEARTED NEW OWNERS. Jeff, SWEETHEART, YOU DON'T CLEAN A HOUSE (Hotel) FOR THE IMPROVEMENT, AND KEEP A FEW RATS, BUT GET RID OF THE GOOD HELP! KEEPING A KNOWN "DRUG-DEALING" SECURITY GUARD, CONVICT ... NOT GOOD/SMART. KEEPING A HABITUAL THIEF AND DRUG ABUSING MAINTENANCE WORKER CONVICT ... NOT SAFE/PRODUCTIVE! KEEPING A CONVICT MANAGER WHO HELPED PROUDLY DESTROY THE HOTEL ... NOT WISE/CHRISTIAN-LIKE! I KNOW YOU TO BE A GOOD YOUNGMAN, YOU CAN BUY A HOTEL AND CHANGE THE NAME TO "HOTEL CRYSTAL CLEAR", BUT IF YOU STILL HAVE A DIRTY FEW (MAINTENANCE-MAN, SECURITY, AND MANAGEMENT) ... YOU'LL STILL HAVE Town and Country Inn. TRUST ME, I KNOW. I'VE BEEN AT THAT Hotel through three owners!

February 25, 2011 at 11:19 a.m.
darknessfalls said...

YEAH THIS IS MESSED UP WITH WHAT THESE NEW OWNERS ARE DOING TO THOSE POOR PEOPLE. I UNDERSTAND THEIR FLUSTRATION ON THIS AND I DON'T BLAME THEM ONE BIT FOR BEING OUTRAGED AND ANGRY. I BELIEVE THESE PEOPLE SHOULD BE GIVEN MORE TIME TO FIND A NEW PLACE TO GO ITS ONLY FAIR. AND AS FOR THESE NEW OWNERS OR WHATEVER THEY SHOULD READ THEIR BIBLE A LITTLE MORE CLOSELY ON WHAT "JESUS" SAID ABOUT HELPING UR FELLOW MAN. I'M WITH ERIC THESE PEOPLE NEED TO HAVEA HEART INSTEAD OF BEING HEARTLESS.

February 27, 2011 at 6:39 p.m.
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