published Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Couple sued by Hamilton County WWTA for trying to pay bills with cash loses in court

Rick Carpenter, 48, puts another protest sign in front of his East Ridge duplex in this file photo. Carpenter and his wife, Anna Grace, 35, have no running water after their meter was removed for failing to pay sewer fees on their water bill.
Rick Carpenter, 48, puts another protest sign in front of his East Ridge duplex in this file photo. Carpenter and his wife, Anna Grace, 35, have no running water after their meter was removed for failing to pay sewer fees on their water bill.
Photo by Tim Barber.
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Chancellor Jeffery Atherton has ruled against an East Ridge couple sued by the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority for nonpayment of bills.

Rick Carpenter, who has not paid a sewer bill for two years because the WWTA has refused his cash, says he intends to appeal the matter to a higher court.

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about Louie Brogdon...

Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...

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