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Former Nashville TV Producer Opens Up About Troubled Experience with Wrecker Firm

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Former Nashville TV Producer Opens Up About Troubled Experience with Wrecker Firm

In an unexpected saga involving Chattanooga’s vehicle storage, a former Nashville TV producer has come forward with a disturbing account of her dealings with a local wrecker company, Chattanooga Impound. Corinne Gould, currently serving as the assistant commissioner for public affairs at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, recently released a video documenting the incident with the Chattanooga Impound.

Video Release Sheds Light on Disturbing Incident

The video was shot by Bryan Payne, a friend who joined Gould during her trip to Chattanooga Impound’s lot on Shepherd Road, to retrieve her towed pickup truck. In the video, the pair are presented with a $330 bill, demanded in cash without a receipt.

Gould, originally from Spring City, maintains that she researched the city’s towing ordinance and discovered that it limits charges to $125. Furthermore, she discovered that a storage fee shouldn’t be charged if the vehicle owner contacts the company within 24 hours. However, they were informed by Chattanooga Impound that their fees and operations are not subject to these constraints. Gould feels that such practices negatively impact the city’s reputation.

Wrecker Company Denies Ties

Meanwhile, Gregory Black from American Tow & Recovery denied any connection to the incidents involving Gould, asserting that his company had no affiliations with Chattanooga Impound. Upon further investigation, it became clear that Aaron Black, who bears a relationship with Chattanooga Impound, operates American Towing.

Loopholes and Legalities

It appears that Chattanooga Impound skirts around local regulations by not being listed on the city’s wrecker call rotation list. However, Sgt. Jason Wood from the Chattanooga Beer and Wrecker Board stated that people are being victimized, and it’s tarnishing the reputation of the towing industry.

Gould considers Chattanooga Impound’s operations as potentially illegal and worries they might compromise the city’s friendly character. She reflects that as former TV news producer, she understands that this situation is a genuine cause for public concern, primarily because people may be unclear about their rights when their vehicles are towed.

Call to Action

Following her unsettling experience, Gould has called upon the city council to revisit and revise the current towing ordinances. She passionately appeals to the authorities to close the loopholes that are enabling such problematic practices to persist.

To highlight the need for action, Gould’s video openly documents her exchange with Chattanooga Impound. It showcases the problematic demands for payment, the refusal to provide a physical receipt, and the violation of pricing constraints prescribed by city ordinances. With this evidence in hand, Gould hopes that revisiting laws can prevent other citizens from having similar stressful experiences.

Concluding Update

Though there has yet to be a definite resolution, this unsettling incident has begun to shine a light on the pressing issues surrounding local tow truck companies, possibly leading to future changes in city regulations and policies. The video and related reports serve as a reminder to vehicle owners to keep themselves educated and aware of their rights and the local regulations in place to protect them.

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