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It took two days for volunteers to remove 15 tons of trash from Wildcat Road in May, and mere minutes for two suspects to dump 1,500 gallons of raw sewage over its banks in December.
Located in a remote area between Tyrone and Stringtown, Wildcat Road is considered one of the county’s most scenic areas and one of its biggest eyesores.
Disgusted at the amount of junk ranging from household trash to hot tubs that had been dumped into the ravine that rims the narrow section of gravel road, volunteers gathered in May and filled a dump truck eight times with trash.
The dumping, which has been going on for decades, frustrated Magistrate David Ruggles to the point where the Anderson County Fiscal Court debated closing the gravel portion of the road before deciding to keep it open and install surveillance cameras.
By December, though, trash had again accumulated and, to add insult to injury, two men allegedly dumped a load of raw sewage into the ravine before being caught by the police.
That case remains under investigation by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office along with state and federal authorities, but no charges have been filed.