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Woman concerned about trees blocking cemetery entrance, trash

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Williams says when they got there, they couldn't enter the cemetery because a tree was blocking the driveway. Williams says when they got there, they couldn't enter the cemetery because a tree was blocking the driveway.
They also found tires, trash, and furniture scattered throughout the cemetery. They also found tires, trash, and furniture scattered throughout the cemetery.
SHELBY COUNTY, TN -

(WMC) – A family went to visit a cemetery in Millington only to find trees blocking the entrance and trash scattered all over.

Tamara Williams and her family went to Belmount Cemetery located on Hamlet Road on Saturday, April 26 to visit their family members' graves.

Williams says when they got there, they couldn't enter the cemetery because a tree was blocking the driveway. She says they walked around the tree, only to find more trees down in the cemetery.

Williams says she and family members also found tires, trash, and furniture scattered throughout the cemetery. Williams is angry and wants something done. 

So do others in the community.

"From TVs to couches, mattresses, whatever you could possibly think of, it's over there," said Jeremy Turner, who has loved ones buried in the cemetery. "You wouldn't want your own family to be in such an area that's supposed to be their final resting place."

Getting to the cemetery is also a problem; Turner says his elderly grandmother can't make the walk because of holes in the road.

WMC Action News 5 reached out to Shelby County officials about this issue and they released the following statement.

"Since this property is in unincorporated Shelby County, it falls under the amended Shelby County Code for "trash/rubbish/debris," which allows Vector Control (Shelby County Health Department) to execute the ordinance under the letter of the law. We inspect on day one, give a notice of deficiency for trash/rubbish/debris to the property owner giving them five days to clean-up and remediate. On day six, we re-inspect. If there is no remediation, then we give them a notice of violation, in which they have 10 days to clean or face going to Division 14 (Environmental Court) for additional sanctions. On day 17, we inspect and no improvement, we cite them and summons them to court. For the tires, we investigate any type of mosquito breeding and/or pooling of standing water. The owner can be cited for tires under the ordinance described above. We will treat the premises if we notice mosquito activity and get the owner into compliance by getting them to clean up and dispose of the tires. We encourage residents to contact the Shelby County Health Department about these types of complaints by calling the Mayor's Action Center at (901) 222-2300."

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