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Commission Chair Faces Eviction

The story revolves around Rutherford County Commission Chairman Julius Owens, and his refusal to abide by what many in Rutherford county consider a sweetheart deal.  It's tearing the county to pieces, said Commissioner Bo Richard. 

"County officials gave him a certain amount of time to get off the property and evidently the time's up," said Robynn Spence, Clerk of Courts.

On a beautiful day, planes fly over Owens' house and the 10 acres he sold for $300-thousand dollars to the County Airport Authority, so the airport could cut down one single dangerous tree in the fly zone, according to county officials. But Owens who still has his cars and dump truck in his driveway refuses to go.

"He agreed to move out in 90 days, he took the money the $300-thousand and its been over 100 days now and he still hasn't moved out?" said Richard.

News 13 has obtained court documents dated October 8th of summary ejectment that shows  Owens was told to vacate the premises October 1st  90 days after he sold his property.

"We sent a staffer out to look at the property and see if anyone was residing there that morning," said Carl Classen, County Manager.

An email from the staffer dated October 1st confirmed Owens two vehicles were still in the driveway.

"We then sent someone out that afternoon and documented what appeared to be someone still living in the property," said Classen.

"It's been the hottest topic of discussion that I've been around in this county for many years," said Commissioner Richard.

News 13 went to speak with Chairman Owens at his home where multiple cars were parked, but no one came to the door. A voice mail was left on his phone as well as on his attorneys answering machine but neither call so far has been returned. Owens has reportedly said he cant move out because there have been delays on the closing of his new home. His court date for possible eviction notice is now set for October 22nd. If the magistrate rules in favor of the Airport Authority to evict him he will be forced to leave.

"Then he'll have seven to ten days to get off the property," said Spence.

"He has been asked to resign in a public forum," said Commissioner Richard. "He's got the money he just needs to get on and get out."

by Kimberly King

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