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Rosemark residents upset about proposed gravel plant

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ROSEMARK, TN (WMC-TV) - Residents in Rosemark are trying to stop a gravel plant from being built in their backyard.

The proposal puts the entrance to the plant at the intersection of Rosemark and Mulberry roads. Residents like Scott Jones say the narrow roads are already dangerous.

"You've got buses, children, parents taking their kids to school, heading into work," Jones said.

The gravel plant would be located in south Tipton and north Shelby counties.

"I would like to see the site maintained in Tipton County, where the majority of it is," Jones said.

Memphis Stone and Gravel wants to build the plant, but Shelby County's Land Use Control Board has already denied the proposal twice.

Now, Memphis Stone and Gravel plans to appeal.

Millington city officials even wrote a letter against the plant. 

"They need to find a way to ship it out through Shelby County to state roads like Highway 51 and Highway 14," Jones said.

In a study conducted last year by Memphis Stone and gravel, it was estimated more than 6,000 vehicles drive Rosemark road a day, and more than 200 vehicles travel Mulberry.

Under Memphis Stone and Gravel's proposal, Mulberry would be widened to 22 feet with a 30mph speed limit.

A traffic light would also be added at Rosemark and Mulberry roads.

"That is gonna be interrupted into another three hundred trucks per day by forty ton trucks," Jones said.

Memphis Stone and Gravel president Hal Williford says they plan to appeal to the Shelby County Commission for their approval to have the plant built.

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