By Nathan Baker
A Hampton landowner says nearly a decade of inaction on the part of Carter County government has left two families
homeless and a waterway threatened by biological pollutants.
David Hampton said Friday that, despite his numerous warnings and pleas for help going as far back as 2004, the county commission and planning office played a game of hot potato while Laurel Creek swallowed more than 50 feet of his property on Carl Smith Road and left two mobile homes uninhabitable.
“These people lost everything,” Hampton said, motioning to the two-tone mobile home owned by his tenants that now hangs precariously over the creek. “The county was relieved of legal responsibility by the court, but they never even considered their moral responsibility to these people.”
Hampton traces the origin of the problem back to the devastating flood of 1998.