BY KEN LITTLE
A house at 4990 Gap Mountain Road was demolished Thursday without the owner's knowledge, sheriff's Deputy Jimmy Morgan said in a report.
The man who contacted the Sheriff's Department holds the deed of trust to the wood-frame house, which was in the process of being sold to a woman and her adult son.
The owner is still owed $45,000 for the property, the report said.
One of the people buying the house applied for a home improvement grant through the Northeast Tennessee Economic Development Corp., and a grant of $73,629 was allocated for the demolition and rebuilding of the house.
A Blountville contractor was hired to take down the house and build a new one on the site, the report said.
But the property-buyers "never received permission from the property-owner" to demolish the house, the report said.
The owner "was not advised by anyone that the structure would be torn down," the report added.
The demolition work started at 9 a.m. Thursday and by the time deputies arrived later in the day, the house "was completely destroyed," the report said.
The property-owner was advised by deputies to bring paperwork showing home ownership to the Sheriff's Department and speak with a detective "as to what the next step would be regarding reimbursement of the value of his property," the report said.