Judge postpones decision on developmental center
GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A federal judge says he’ll take some time to decide whether the Tennessee’s last large facility housing mentally disabled people should be closed.
Media report that Judge Kevin Sharpe heard arguments on Wednesday for and against the closure of Greene Valley Developmental Center, which has nearly 100 residents and about 600 workers.
State officials recommended closing the facility to end a long-running lawsuit over care of the mentally disabled.
Others argued to keep it open, saying residents who live there receive good care. An attorney representing seven families of residents at Greene Valley asked the judge for permission to intervene in the case, and state Rep. David Hawk of Greenville said instead of closing the facility, the state should expand services to others on a waiting list for care.
Sharpe said he would issue a ruling within in week.