Despite concerns, state agency approves plans for Greeneville group home


GREENEVILLE, TN (WJHL)- Despite pleas Wednesday from Greeneville’s police chief, mayor, city administrator, and State Rep. David Hawk, plans to build a new group home for people with disabilities will move forward.

The Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency Wednesday in Nashville approved Sunrise Community of Tennessee’s application for a certificate of need to start a group home care facility on Old Shiloh Road in Greeneville.

Some who live in the community, as well as city leaders, believe the location selected for this home is unsafe.

The planned group home will help four residents transitioning out of Greene Valley Developmental Center.

The facility focuses on the care of people with intellectual disabilities and is set to close by the end of the year.

Hawk said this approval “goes that much further in making government look inefficient…that we would give approval for building on a lot, that in my mind, is not safe.”Copyright 2016 WJHL. All Rights Reserved.

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