Rossville residents protest proposed rail yard

ROSSVILLE, TN (WMC-TV) - Residents of a Mid-South community who say they don't want a rail yard built in their back yards are fighting against Norfolk-Southern railroad.

For years, the Norfolk-Southern has played a vital role in the success of Rossville Tennessee.

Now, that success could be jeopardized if the same railroad company builds a rail yard on a farm along Highway 57.

"Not many people are going to want to have fine homes next to an intermodal yard," says Rossville resident Buck Clark.

Clark is leading a group trying to stop the rail yard construction. He and city leaders are concerned the yard will bring more than traffic.

"When the trains are backing up, they do like those trucks, 'beep, beep, beep,' when they're backing up, and you know you'll hear them for a long ways," added Rossville Mayor James Gaither.

Fayette County Mayor Skip Taylor says Norfolk-Southern intends to build in Rossville, and they have the option to buy this thousand acres of farmland.

"We like the railroad companym but who wants to live next to a place like that with pollution and noise all through the night?" continued Rossville resident Lenora McLean.

McLean's house backs up to the proposed rail yard property.  She's not looking forward to the noise the new facility could bring.

"Retired people need some rest, and I would think if they would put it somewhere else. It would be so much better for us," she said.

Residents of Rossville will host a public meeting Thursday night at 6:30 at Rossville Academy and there, concerned residents will be informed of the railroad's decision to come to the area.

Calls to Norfolk-Southern Railroad on Thursday were not returned.

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