Citizen Concerned About Dumping in Cemeteries

For about two years, some residents in Lauderdale County say scores of young people have been gathering at a couple of cemeteries to 'hang out' and party, and they're leaving trash behind.

"It's a lot of them," said Donna Kay Hill of Lauderdale. " When they party up in here, they party up in here. We need it stopped!"

Hill says the incidents at Confederate Union Cemetery and Lauderdale Cemetery on a regular basis disrespect the dead.

"All the neighbors, we can hear it. They'll come up in here on motorcycles, you know, old cars. They'll just be drinking, throwing everything around here," Hill said.

Hill says an estimated 70 to 80 people gather at times, leaving their trash, like empty beer boxes, as evidence.

About 6 weeks ago, District 2 supervisor Wayman Newell said he was notified by some of his constituents who live in the area about the problem. He said he asked deputies to look into the matter.

"(Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun) went out there and looked the situation over," said Newell. "He told me he couldn't find where any names or anybody that had dumped the trash there illegally. So, all he told me is that he could patrol it more often when the deputies are in the area, especially at night."

Aside from being disrespectful to the dead, Hill says this is also dangerous.

"Illegal dumping is trespassing," said Newell. "Anyone found guilty of doing so will be fined."

Newell said he believes illegal dumping has become more common since Lauderdale County's trash collection system changed to door-to-door pickup.

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