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Residents rally to save facility for disabled

With a federal judge's hearing to close Greene Valley Developmental Center (GVDC) a week away, concerned citizens are doing everything they can to postpone a decision.

Dozens of people showed up for the "Rally for Greene Valley" on Thursday in hopes they can convince a judge to push back the January hearing.

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GVDC is home to 96 people who have intellectual and development disabilities. Closing it would help settle a federal lawsuit by people who want to stop the practice of housing people with disabilities in large state-run asylums. GVDC is the last one in the state.

Staff members and family members of the residents want to keep the facility open, saying it is a real home to the residents, and they consider each other family.

"When you are disabled, you kind of get into a routine of things. You know to break that routine is totally devastating," said Joshua Guthrie, a supporter of Greene Valley.

In addition, closing GVDC could cost 600 jobs

Greeneville officials passed a resolution asking Tennessee state officials to consider the burden losing this facility would put on the community.


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