published Friday, June 10th, 2011

Bradley County: Storm debris cleanup company ordered to stop work

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The contractors’ licensing board of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has ordered the storm debris company operating in Bradley County to stop work.

The cease-and-desist letter is the result of some local contractors questioning if Unified Recovery Group legally can work in Tennessee. Unified has a Tennessee business license but not a contractor’s license.

However, a contractor’s license is not required, County Mayor D. Gary Davis’ spokesman Dan Howell said. Unified gave the lowest quote among qualified companies, he said, in response to a formal request for proposals. It was not a bid request for a contract, Howell said.

The licensing board met in Memphis recently for its regular meeting, and the question was on the agenda. The board’s director, in the letter, says Unified’s use of heavy equipment qualifies the work as a contract.

In a statement today, Davis said the county has been assured by Unified Recovery Group that the storm-related debris cleanup work will continue.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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What irks me about this entire situation is the obvious greed among ALL the contractors/politicians/government agencies. Who will suffer as a result of this, the people who lost so much in the tornadoes of 2011. Hope no one gets after the teens who are volunteering to clean up. GOD help us all.

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