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Company that wants to open methadone clinic files federal lawsuit against Johnson City

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JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) -

Officials from the company that wants to open a methadone clinic in Johnson City filed a federal lawsuit in an effort to get the city to issue the permits necessary and relax the zoning rules which prevent the proposed drug treatment facility from opening.

Tri-Cities Holdings, LLC  is looking to open a methadone clinic on Wesley Court in Johnson City. This proposal has been met with mixed-reaction from the community.

But, Tri-Cities Holdings has recently filed a lawsuit against the City of Johnson City, the Board of Commissioners of Johnson City and the Board of Zoning Appeals of Johnson City.

News Channel 11 obtained a copy of that lawsuit. A portion of the suit alleges Johnson City's zoning ordinance discriminates against disabled people, and in this case, it defined people addicted to opiates as "disabled." The lawsuit also alleges the city's refusal to give Tri-Cities Holdings certain permits for an Opioid Treatment Program is unlawful.

Tri-Cities Holdings filed a certificate of need for the clinic in March.

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency will meet next month to approve or decline the certificate.

News Channel 11 tried to contact Johnson City officials for comment on the lawsuit, but nobody returned our interview request. The lawyer for Tri-Cities Holdings, LLC refused comment.

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