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Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute

Posted by Jennifer Ortega | August 14, 2012 / 04:00pm | Local News, Crime
NOXUBEE COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) - Household items, clothes and even couches are being illegally dumped in Noxubee County. They're household items that people don't want and are disposing of illegally, even bathroom fixtures like a toilet seat. "Right now we're appealing to the public that if they're doing it stop, if you're not doing it don't start and if there is anyone that knows someone that's doing it contact the Noxubee County Sheriff department and we will investigate and do our best to bring these people to justice," said Sheriff Terry M. Grassaree of Noxubee County.

It's an issue that's happening all around the county, people are dumping random things on the side of the road including couches, tires, wood, all sorts of clothing. The sheriffs and supervisors are working hard to get this dumping issue under control. Old Macon Road has been cleaned up three times. The sign that read "Illegal dump site- Will be fined" in the area, is now nowhere to be found. "The penalty for littering is 500 dollars, starts at 500 dollars and is do have a tendency it can go up. For dumping, jail time, thats going to be at the discretion of the judge," added Sheriff Grassaree. "We have applied again for a DEQ grant to clean up illegal dumping sites, we gonna use so me signs to show that it's illegal, were also gonna get some cameras to monitor our waste spots all over the county," said Supervisor Bruce Brooks of District 5.

 The Board of Supervisors is looking into getting an enforcement officer to address the littering problem. "This has been an eye sore...when we are trying to draw various industries or just trying to get people to move to Noxubee County," added Brooks. Authorities say unwanted items can be taken to the local waste site free of charge. You can call Solid Waste to come pick them up free of charge at 662-726-4710 or 662-726-2938.
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