Harrison residents upset over proposed landfill

People who live in one Hamilton County community are trying to stop a new landfill from being built near the Tennessee River. (Image: WTVC)

People who live in one Hamilton County community are trying to stop a new landfill from being built near the Tennessee River.

The 23 acre landfill will be put in Harrison near Bryan Road and Harrison Bay Road.

It's about a half mile from the Tennessee River, a golf course and a state park.

People who live near there say this has been discussed for decades. Each time, county commissioners have voted it down.

But, this time, they're worried that might not happen.

The planning commission's already approved the project.

Now, it's up to commissioners to make a decision if this is needed.

Birchwood II LLC is the company asking to own the landfill.

Residents, like John Chenkus, say all the company wants to do is make money.

"It's right in the middle of a residential area, and agricultural and a growing community. Birchwood II individuals had referred to us as a remote location. Harrison is not remote," said Chenkus.

Commissioner Chester Bankston says commissioners will hear this proposal on October 11.

A week later, on October 18, they will vote.

We reached out to the attorney of the company proposing the landfill.

He has not returned our call.

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