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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  • by Peabody Location: Zero on Sep 26, 2010 at 12:35 AM
    Inmates at Bonita are supervised. City does own the mule. Inmates cut grass, build fences,keep trails cleared,clean up goose crap,clean restrooms and anything else needed to keep park up that would otherwise would cost taxpayers more money.
  • by meridian tax payer on Sep 24, 2010 at 10:07 AM
    To:peabody. This is a great idea, but the trustees are too busy riding aroung on a bad boy buggy at Bonita (probably bought with taxpayer's $)under no supervision. Don't believe me? Go to Bonita and see for yourself.
  • by Peabody Location: Zero on Sep 22, 2010 at 11:36 PM
    Thanks Big Boy. Why not use the inmates that are already picking up trash along the road?In my perfect world you would call your supervisor and he would set it up with sheriff department and it's cleaned up.
  • by Big Boy Location: Above Zero on Sep 22, 2010 at 04:39 PM
    In Response to Peabody's question. It is the same policy it has always been, take it to the county barn dump site or take it to a waste disposal company. One of the main reasons the green boxes had to be taken away was because people were dumping illegal items such as couches and as southeast calls them, red love "sits" at the green boxes. It sounds like that cleaning the cemetary would be a could "community service" project for some of those that have been sentenced to community service work.
  • by southeast Location: southeast area on Sep 22, 2010 at 09:59 AM
    ever since they took the green boxes up, the road i live on is full of house hold garbage, i have called every one i know to call, right now there is a red love sit setting on the side of the road, and go down old wire road to linton road and you will find the land feild now, people dump there trash there all the time , and the bad thing is this is someones property, it just dumbfounds me, on how people just dont care about other peoples things, the whole nation is going to ____ in a hand basket. and most of the real problem is with these parents of these wild/no home training kids, how do people exspect for these kids to act, when there are more parents spending time in bars getting drunk every weekend and leaving these poor kids to take care of there selfs, so lets all think about the word RESPECT, people tend to your kids, as the news says its 10pm do you know where your kids are? heck no the parents are to druck and drug up to know what time it is.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 22, 2010 at 09:09 AM
    this has been going on for a long time, its not anything new. people were going up there shooting the head stones. i go there and have lunch now and then, and spend most of my lunch hour picking up other peoples crap. its not about dumping trash its about RESPECT or the lack of it. if you have no respect for yourself how can you have any for anything or anybody else. if we dont start showing respect how are our young people going to know how. ive said it before if we dont stop playing the blame game and start pulling together to fix stuff it wont do anything but get worse.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 22, 2010 at 07:13 AM
    ohboy a way of blaming the new system.. fact this is from others from other counties.. this was one of the reasons the system was changed as we put the bill for those in kemper and the other areas come here dump their trash ..
  • by Peabody Location: Zero on Sep 22, 2010 at 05:55 AM
    Can someone refresh my memory on what people are supposed to do with big stuff like couches,beds and such. Maybe they need to set up more daytime only spots for this type trash. If this stuff has to be paid for to dispose, watch out gullies everywhere.
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