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Report: OR fines against Levitt tossed

According to the News-Sentinel, Knoxville attorney and Oak Ridge apartment owner Joseph Levitt has had a $406,250 fine assessed against him by the city of Oak Ridge for building code violations at the three apartment buildings on Hillside Avenue vacated. The Tennessee Court of Appeals vacated the fine after determining that Levitt did not have a chance to adequately defend himself after he was added as a defendant halfway through a one-day hearing in Anderson County Circuit Court on his appeal of an Oak Ridge City Court decision. The appeals court sent the case back to Circuit Court for another hearing before Judge Don Elledge, who initially ruled that there were 98 building code violations found at the apartments on Hillside Avenue that had been in effect of 650 days and imposed a fine of $50 per day. The city and Levitt have been locked in a legal battle over the building code violations at several of his aging apartment buildings, two of which an engineering firm said were in danger of collapsing, for almost seven years now. The city’s Board of Building and Housing Appeals has also identified four of the Applewood Apartments on Hunter Circle as unfit for human habitation and ordered them demolished. That ruling has been appealed to Anderson County Chancery Court. The Applewood Apartments were constructed during World War II.

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Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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