A Rock Quarry?

Instead of shutting down an illegal operation, our city officials will work around the problem to bring it into compliance according to the DNJ.

The 30-acre site on the edge of the city limits — located just off Interstate 24 exit 66 near Blair Road — was originally zoned as I-2, which would allow for grading. But Duggin Construction crews have been sizing and selling rocks mined from the site, which would classify the area as a quarry.  The mayor and city officials didn’t know about the quarry operation until a News Channel 5 investigation this week proved otherwise.

Is this where that big rock slide was that shut down I-24 several months ago?

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9 Responses

  1. Kathy,
    I believe the quarry in this story is just North of the Sam Ridley exit on the west side of I-24. I remember seeing the rock face above the trees from Industrial Blvd or somewhere on the south end of the Target parking lot and wondering what was happening there. ….Clearly not what was suppose to be. Even if they do end up rezoning and “bringing it into compliance,” there has to be some kind of penalty for being in violation.

    The rock slide that shut down I-24 was North of the Waldron Road exit on the west side of the road next to the county line. This does bring up the question of whether that project has the correct permits as well. I can only assume that it does between the rock slide and the obvious nature of it.

  2. So I guess the city has been receiving taxes on this operation since it is commercial, right? Wrong becuase if that were the case, everyone would know it’s there & it wouldn’t have surprised everyone — it’s ILLEGAL & why would it not be shut down until it is in compliance with the State & City — who monitors these “grading permits” anyway? . . how much more of this kind of “head in the sand” can this city take!

  3. The interstate was shut down a few years ago when rocks were thown onto it because of improper blasting at this site. City officials came to this site at that time. Dump trucks have been coming out of that site for years. To say this was not known is just crap.

  4. I hope everyone in this particular area shows up for the work shop tonight (5:00) and make their views know to the board. It’s time to put a stop to this seemingly “special treatment” for the few.

  5. Hey folks, the DNJ got the story wrong, according to our officials.

    According to City Planner Grant Green, the Board is simply LOOKING at changing the regulations so that rock quarries can be approved or denied.

    There will be something on the agenda at Tuesday’s meeting (tonight is a workshop) to vote on a zoning ordinance, but it does not mention a particular quarry or specific rezoning issues.

    I hope this clears up the matter. The agenda for the workshop can be found at http://www.lavergne.org.

  6. But this “regulation change” just happens to follow on the hills of the investigative story on the quarry??? The workshop is where tthe board does most of their discussion on the issues up for vote & give their individual views and is also OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, so in order to see who’s saying what, the workshop is the place to be as not much discussion is done “on camera” at the meetings. Check it out — most would be surprised by what you hear there . . .

  7. . . . on the “heels” of the investigative story . . . happy fingers at work too fast again!

  8. BTW, this rock quarry is CLEARLY evident from google maps. I cannot believe the city didn’t know it was there!!!

    And it is on Sanford road, near exit 66 behind the Peterbilt facility. This is NOT where the rock blast shut down the interstate a few months ago.

  9. The entrance to the quarry is on Blair Rd. at Smyrna city limits. I believe the blast a few months ago was at the Center Point construction site.

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