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Judge orders county to clean up trashy yard

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CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) -

Rats, trash and feral cats will soon no longer end up on a Carter County woman's property from a neighbor's trashy yard.

The owners of that property on 120 Lincoln Drive are required to clean it up within 30 days from when an order filed by County Attorney Keith Bowers is approved by a judge, or the county will send in the bulldozers.

Bowers expects the judge to approve the order on Tuesday.

Judge John Walton made his decision at a hearing Friday morning in Elizabethton.

J.D. and Nora Smith are listed as the property owners of the trash filled property at 120 Lincoln Drive in Elizabethton, TN.

Walton said the owners of the property will have to pay a $500 penalty to the county and $423.30 for the legal notices the county had to place in two papers.

And, if they don't clean up the property, a lien will be placed on their property.

This is an update to an "In Your Corner" report we first told you about in January when Thelma Pearce told us her neighbors bring their trash to the site to dump it.

Pierce said the neighbors have not lived on the property for years, and their trash ends up blowing onto Pearce's land.

Since then, the Carter County Planning and Zoning Office attempted to serve court papers to the owners of the property, but the department has not been able to locate the owners.

It then placed two legal notices in area papers alerting the owners to their obligation to clean up the land.

The owners now have 30 days to clean it up, and they are expected in court on May 24th to defend the complaint.

"Hopefully, they will see it our way and it will come out to where the court will let the county clean it up," said Pearce.

Pearce said she is still upset it has taken so long to do anything about the issue.

According to the Planning Office, employees there first learned about the problem back in 2008, but, Pearce said, nothing was done until now.

News Channel 11 will have a full report about what happens in court tonight.

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