Knoxville neighbors frustrated with 'trash dump' property

Knoxville neighbors frustrated with 'trash dump' property

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A Knoxville neighborhood is upset over a homeowner's property that they say looks like a trash dump, and they don't think officials are doing enough to clean it up. A Knoxville neighborhood is upset over a homeowner's property that they say looks like a trash dump, and they don't think officials are doing enough to clean it up.
The lot, seen here, has a variety of trash on it from front to back The lot, seen here, has a variety of trash on it from front to back
"If any officials lived next to neighbors like this, they would want their neighborhood cleaned up too," McHenry said. "If any officials lived next to neighbors like this, they would want their neighborhood cleaned up too," McHenry said.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville neighborhood is upset over a homeowner's property that they say looks like a trash dump, and they don't think officials are doing enough to clean it up.

The home is on Beaver Ridge Road in Karns.

Dee H. Higgins says the dirty yard is hurting his whole neighborhood.

"A trash dump. It's bad, and it hurts the people's property values here too," Higgins said.

George McHenry says he's also fed up with the trash and debris in his next-door neighbor's yard.

"If any officials lived next to neighbors like this, they would want their neighborhood cleaned up too," McHenry said.

The eyesores aren't the only thing frustrating him. He's called Knox County Animal Control at least seven times with complaints about the owner's dogs.

"I put a deck on the back of my house, and I was not able to use it at all last summer due to the dogs barking continuously," McHenry said.

The neighbors say it's been like this for about two years.

"I would just like someone within some organization to say this is not right and that I deserve to have the same peace and liberty that somebody else does," McHenry said.

6 News took these concerns to Roy Braden, he's a building official with the Knox County Code Administration.

"January 30th a call came in that this was a dirty lot. We sent an inspector out a week later on February 6th. The inspector wrote an NOV which is a Notice of Violation, gave them 30 days because it was a big project, big dirty lot," Braden said.

Braden says the inspector will be back Friday to see if progress has been made. If it has, he says the owners will likely get more time to work on it.

"We try to get all parties involved to try to do what they're supposed to do so the county doesn't have to spend taxpayer money to clean up something that the property owner should do," Braden said.

The owners didn't want to talk on camera, but they tell 6 News they're working to clean it up. If they don't, then Knox County's Dirty Lot Crew will come clean it and send the owner's a bill. If that bill isn't paid, a lien will be put on their home. Either way, Braden says the property will be cleaned up within a couple of months. 

 

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