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Bulls Gap files reply in sewer deaths suit, asks that suits be dismissed

Staff Report • Sep 30, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The Greeneville Sun is reporting that the town of Bulls Gap has filed answers in lawsuits related to the deaths of two Town of Mosheim employees who died after being overcome by sewer gases on July 28, 2008.Mary Neill Carmichael, widow of Ronnie Carmichael, who was supervisor of the Mosheim sewer system, filed a lawsuit against Bulls Gap on July 27 of this year, seeking $4 million in damages.On the same date, Stacey Goforth, widow of Jeremy Goforth, a Mosheim employee killed in the same accident, filed a similar lawsuit using different attorneys, seeking $3,395,000 in damages.The answers, filed by attorney Erickson Herrin, of Johnson City, and Kidwell King of Greeneville, deny that Bulls Gap's sewage collection system "generated excessive amounts of toxic gas (such as hydrogen sulfide)," the chemical believed to have caused the deaths of Ronnie Carmichael and Jeremy Goforth on July 28, 2008. The answers, which are very similar in each case, ask that the lawsuits filed in Greene County Circuit Court by the survivors of Carmichael, a longtime Mosheim sewer employee, and Goforth, a younger co-worker, be dismissed. Read the full report at the Greeneville Sun's web site.

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