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TBI digs up Millington parking lot in search for evidence

Authorities were back in Millington early Monday serving another search warrant at the Transmission Doctors auto shop. Authorities were back in Millington early Monday serving another search warrant at the Transmission Doctors auto shop.

(WMC-TV) - Authorities were back in Millington early Monday serving another search warrant at the Transmission Doctors auto shop.

Along with Millington City Hall, the Transmission Doctors has been at the center of a state investigation into allegations of official misconduct, gambling, and bribery. Monday, with the help of an excavator, state agents dug up the concrete parking lot at the business.

"To try to find oil, fuel, valves, debris, and additional contaminated soil on this site," TBI spokesperson Kristin Helm said.

Investigators believe owner Marlon Roberts transported three old fuel tanks to his home in Tipton County about a year ago after digging them up from Transmission Doctors' property without permit and without following proper procedure.

"We have information that it was back-filled with some limestone and covered up," helm said.

A week ago, agents collected soil samples from this same spot. The TBI says there are six city water wells near the site, but none of the finished drinking water tested positive for contamination.

"They were analyzed with an elevated level of a chemical that is a known carcinogen," Helm said.

Monday, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation agents collected more soil for analysis.

Agents learned of this contamination only after opening an investigation into alleged bribery, gambling, and official misconduct surrounding Millington City Hall - a case based in part on statements made by Roberts, who at one time a TBI confidential informant.

But Roberts has since made comments backing Mayor Richard Hodges, and his business is now at the center of an offshoot investigation.

"It's just how investigations tend to evolve," Helm said.

And in Millington, it's an evolution with no clear end in sight.

Agents expect to be in Millington again Tuesday.

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