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3 ON YOUR SIDE: Family told to move over trailer violations

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Less than three months after moving into their mobile home, the state of Tennessee told one family their home violates state law and they have to relocate outside of Tennessee.

This news comes after they passed their electrical inspections and earned their building permit with Marion County.

"We put all of our money into this, all of it. When I say all, I mean all of it, to get in this," says homeowner Heather Grimes.

Grimes, her husband, and their two children were given a mobile home by their aunt and uncle. The new parents paid almost $3,000 to move it from North Alabama to Jasper.

They passed every inspection they needed to earn electricity and pass Marion County's building code. But shortly after moving in, a state inspector broke the bad news.

"He walked in our trailer and said you gotta get out of Tennessee; it's a thermal one zone," says Grimes.

They didn't know it but their trailer wasn't zoned for Tennessee. It doesn't have enough thermal insulation. It's only zoned for the seven states below Tennessee.

"We told the guy we have nowhere to go. Nobody has any money to give us, we have nowhere."

So how did it get this far? Whose fault is it that their mobile home isn't legal in Tennessee?

A local mobile home dealer says the fault falls on the licensed mobile home mover who's supposed to know the zoning laws before moving a home across state lines.

The mover confirmed to Channel 3 that he's been fined by the state for the mixup and said he's willing to relocate the grimes free of charge.

"Is moving an option? Not when you don't have any money."

A relative is giving them the Tennessee land for free. Land in another state would cost them. Their 30-day notice by the state to relocate is up.

The Sequatchie Valley Electric Co-op said they're not going to flip their switch until they are legally forced to.

The electric company suggested they contact a lawyer and the local mobile home dealer said they need to file a complaint with the Tennessee manufacturing housing association.

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