Residents complain Chapman Highway litter is an eyesore

Residents complain Chapman Highway litter is an eyesore

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"Parts of it look like a dump," said Danny Smith. "Along the highway there are all different types of litter. It's not a very pretty sight to look at." "Parts of it look like a dump," said Danny Smith. "Along the highway there are all different types of litter. It's not a very pretty sight to look at."
Allison Teeters with Keep Knoxville Beautiful says she is aware of the problem on Chapman Highway, but there are obstacles to getting the area cleaned up. Allison Teeters with Keep Knoxville Beautiful says she is aware of the problem on Chapman Highway, but there are obstacles to getting the area cleaned up.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - People who live along Chapman Highway in South Knox County are concerned with all the litter accumulating along the road side.

They say recently it has gotten worse, and it is making the area unsightly.

Danny Smith has lived along Chapman Highway for more than 20 years. He says along a three-mile stretch near Simpson Road, it has become unsightly.

"Parts of it look like a dump," said Smith. "Along the highway there are all different types of litter. It's not a very pretty sight to look at."

Smith says litter has always been a problem in this area, but recently it seems to have gotten worse.

"I don't know who is in charge of picking it up, but someone's got to do it," said Smith. "It's a bad situation."

Allison Teeters with Keep Knoxville Beautiful is one person trying to clean the mess up.

"It's a deterrent to visitors, to our economy," said Teeters. "Businesses are not going to move to a place that is dirty."

Teeters says she is aware of the problem on Chapman Highway, but there are obstacles to getting the area cleaned up.

"We don't go to Chapman Highway because there is no shoulder and people drive at high rates of speed," said Teeters. "It would be an accident waiting to happen."

She says they are trying to work with TDOT officials to try to close down some lanes to get that work done, but that has not happened yet.

"Since I've talked to you this morning, I've been at work trying to get TDOT aware of it," said Teeters, "Emailed several officials both locally, and in Nashville, to address this situation."

Smith just hopes soon this part of the county can be beautiful again.

TDOT officials tell us that they have had crews on Chapman Highway picking up litter back in October and November. At that time, they did have to close one lane of traffic.

There are several ways you can report people who are littering. One way is to call 1-877-8-LITTER or go to the Stop Litter website.

There is also a link on the Keep Knoxville Beautiful website to report litter offenders.

There is a $500 fine if you are found guilty of littering.

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