Emissions issues for one Hamilton County man
Michael Kitchens' Oldsmobile may be close to two decades old, but he says it runs like new.
To the Federal and State government, it's polluting the atmosphere and failed emissions not once, but three times.
He is having his fourth test since January.
According to the State of Tennessee, Kitchens is like the nearly 30,000 people who haven't passed since 2006.
The only way to avoid paying $10 for each test is to obtain all the required repairs and keep paperwork for the state mechanics approval.
Kitchens is on his fourth repair and he's lost hundreds, all while trying to save whatever he can.
"I am looking for a job and I get only 100 a week and with bills, it is rough."
Every time Kitchens fails a test he receives a notice stating he has 30 days to get it right.
Here's lesson number two: you legally still can't drive your car, especially out of state. Kitchens found out the hard way when a Rossville police officer pulled him over for expired tags.
Now he hopes the final repairs will get his car in good standings but he wants others to know there isn't a quick fix to getting around testing.
"We think you get the paper, stick it in your car and have your proof of insurance and you're ok, but you're not."
The State of Tennessee doesn't set a limit on the number of tests you take but you can get a waiver if you complete the necessary repairs and can't pass.
You do need to keep all the receipts.