Rutherford County Rescue to cease operations

Jun. 13, 2014 @ 05:12 PM

Rutherford County Rescue will cease operations at 7 p.m. Friday night. The action comes as a result of the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) seizure of some of Rescue’s assets.

According to Rescue Chief Allen Emory, the IRS removed approximately $11,000 from Rescue’s bank account Thursday night.

“We have some back taxes from 2012 and 2013 and we knew we had them,” Emory said. “That just put us over the edge.”

Emory said Rescue has paid all of its state and unemployment taxes but the removal of federal back-taxes from its account provided no operational funds. The $11,000 did not cover the entire amount. According to a letter to the county from the Rescue Board of Directors, the total amount of back taxes is approximately $18,000.

Rescue will halt operations for "at least 10 days" while its board determines a course of action, Emory said. He added the board is tentatively scheduled to meet Tuesday night.

County officials met Friday to discuss plans on compensating for the lack of Rescue coverage.

“Our focus is the care of Rutherford County citizens,” Rutherford County Manager Carl Classen said. “EMS in coordination with emergency management, fire departments and first responders have met already and we have put a plan in place.”

County Transportation Services Director Kerry Giles said the county added an additional truck for 24-hour service Friday night. She said that truck will be based out of Spindale but the county will look at other locations, if necessary.