Rhea County residents are upset about a neighborhood and who is moving into it, namely mental health patients.
NewsChannel 9 first reported this back in the summer and an incident almost two weeks ago has heightened security concerns.
A client got out of one of the homes and Rhea County detective Mike Owenby says a 911 call indicated the man had threatened to kill.
Priscilla Corvin lives across the street from one of the homes on South Market Street. Corvin had raised awareness back at the summer city council meetings. This afternoon, Corvin said, "I feel it was real unfortunate to let someone of that danger and that character in that home."
Generation/Gaither's Group owns six homes in Dayton's historic district. Owner David Gaither told NewsChannel 9 four of the homes are residential and two of them are for administration. The group has extended its footprint since first coming into town. Gaither notes one of the four homes is still awaiting state approval before residents move in.
Back on October 15th, a man got away from one of the homes and experienced a mental episode.Gaither said his staff followed proper procedure and this incident has been blown out of proportion."But we still have neighbors there that would like to have us out of there. Anything ot of the blue that happens, they're going to use whatever influence they can to try to make it more difficult."
Because of privacy laws, Gaither wouldn't describe the man's condition. But today NewsChannel 9 learned Dayton city police and Rhea County deputies responded after a 911 call from the home.
Deputies transported him back to Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute, which is a lock down facility. The homes in Dayton aren't locked down.
Three other neighbors expressed similar, serious concerns. All of them said they feel like they can do nothing about it. They've been to the city council two times and nothing has happened, in their favor.
City council told residents that Generation/Gaither's group falls within zoning ordinances. And Gaither said as long as they maintain the homes dignity and integrity, they stay within those ordinances.
One neighbor who opposes the homes acknowledges Generation/Gather's group have made the homes nicer.
by John Madewell