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Illegal dumping plagues a Memphis neighborhood

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Residents are speaking out against illegal dumping near their neighborhood.

They say that tires, old furniture and trash are constantly being thrown out near Tillman Street, near Jackson Avenue.

Community Activist Melissa Monie is the founder of SOLIDS Network, a group advocating for building up the quality of life for aging adults living in this community. She says that for years neighbors have asked the City of Memphis to crack down on property owners.

"Their voices still aren't being heard. It's not just in this area, but throughout the city," said Monies. "There are places like this and people have given their voices; they volunteered for clean up, they've done what they can."

Thursday Monie called the WMC Action News 5 Investigators and within hours, city workers arrived to clean up the area. Loaders came out to pick up garbage and a large team of men threw away tires that had been left on curbs.

According to a city worker, they received a "hot call", meaning a higher up with the city called and told them to clean up the area immediately.

Monies added, "It feels like our voices are still not being heard throughout the city, and we have to go to the extreme of calling the media to get attention."

The city says they are aware of the illegal dumping and they're anxious to demolish this blight.

The city says they are working to bring a Neighborhood Preservation Act Lawsuit against the property owners, but a change in ownership delayed their action.

If you're concerned about dumping or trash in your neighborhood, call 311 to report it.

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