Billy Trammell, right, rubs his head in frustration after David Bernstein, the owner of the Town & Country Inn, announced that after ownership of the inn transfers at midnight Thursday, former employees will have four days to find new lodging in Chattanooga, Tenn. Trammell, who worked at Town & Country for five years, asked that he be allowed more than four days. Staff photo by Jenna Walker
Nearly 30 people who worked in exchange for their rooms at a Chattanooga extended stay hotel are being forced to leave the property because it’s been sold. New owners don’t want to hotel to continue housing the homeless, some say.
Town and Country Inn and its owners, David and Steven Bernstein, came under federal investigation last summer for violating federal minimum wage laws and unfairly trading work for housing.
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Joan Garrett McClane has been a staff writer for the Times Free Press since August 2007. Before becoming a general assignment writer for the paper, she wrote about business, higher education and the court systems. She grew up the oldest of five sisters near Birmingham, Ala., and graduated with a master's and bachelor's degrees in journalism from the University of Alabama. Before landing her first full-time job as a reporter at the Times Free Press, ...