Archive for July, 2007

More Pictures from the “Private Property” Dump Site

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Here are more pictures of trash dumped near my neighborhood. We have a broken bathroom vanity bowl, a baby swing and an auto catalog. All legally there according to our Metro Public Works.

 

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Sacred Private Property

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We contacted Metro Public Works about the trash heaps by our subdivision. Public Works will not clean up the garbage because it’s on private property. They advised us to contact the health department. Since there are hazardous wastes on the property, such as paint and broken glass, we will contact the Metro Health Department. We’ll let you know what happens.

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Lady Bird Johnson, Thanks

I’m old enough to remember Mrs. Johnson‘s efforts at the beautification of our roadways in the 60s. At the time, we made fun of the sometimes funny way she talked, as “Plant a boo-sh.” Mrs. Johnson, I’ve planted many shrubs (as I try to use the word “Bush” as little as possible) during my life. I enjoy planting trees, flowers and other greenery and watching them grow making the world a little prettier in my little corner.

While the junkyards are mostly gone from roadways, I know where one is along a stretch of McCrory Lane in Tennessee.

Lady Bird Johnson

1912-2007

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Is It Only Tennessee Trash?

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I’m traveling for work this week, and I brought my camera to Wisconsin to take photos of their street trash. There is very little litter here. Maybe a can or two here or there, but nothing major. When I stop at a redlight and look at the curb, it is not paved with cigarette butts. I suppose most Wisconsin smokers know that there are container in their cars are for butts. It hurts to say that Tennessee Trash is alive and well in 2007.

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Trash on the Highway

It’s not the title of a country song, but one of the things I get maddest about because of its danger as well as the fact that it’s littering. Hauling “things” in an open truck bed should not be legal. I have spent thousands of dollars repairing my car because I’ve hit pieces of a wooden pallet and a blown semi truck tire on the interstate. I drive defensively looking ahead in the road for pieces of furniture dumped out of open bed trucks. I’ve had a dresser drawer slide out of a truck in front of my car. Fortunately I was able to move into the left lane and avoid it. One morning, I was driving out of town very early, and a hardback book hit the driver’s side of my windshield. It wasn’t War and Peace, but made a SMACK on the windshield and frightened me.

A horrible accident happened on the interstate a few years back when mattresses fell out of a truck and killed several people in a car hit by them. After that happened, I hoped that legislation would be passed to outlaw open bed hauling, but folks continue to haul and dump.

Recently I’ve spotted a destroyed mattress on the side of the interstate, after some poor soul hit it. It’s insides are blown everywhere. I see chairs on the side of the interstate, and I know that these toppled out of trucks. I saw a semi trucker run over a plastic play gym as it fell out of an open truck in front of him. No, the play gym didn’t survive. I don’t have any photos to attach to this post because it’s too dangerous to take photos on the interstate. Someone’s bed may hit me.

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If It's Illegal to Buy Fireworks in Nashville….

Why are its residents free to use them. Since we are going to contact Metro Public Works to remove the trash, why doesn’t the Metro Government sell the fireworks to get some tax money to pay for their removal?

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If It’s Illegal to Buy Fireworks in Nashville….

Why are its residents free to use them. Since we are going to contact Metro Public Works to remove the trash, why doesn’t the Metro Government sell the fireworks to get some tax money to pay for their removal?

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