By Nathan Baker
A concerned citizen hoping to dig up county support for her attempt to stop a quarry operation from resuming business near her home unearthed differing viewpoints from nearby residents in her Stoney Creek neighborhood at a commission meeting Monday.
Phyllis Hodge, a resident on the lower end of Judge Ben Allen Road, presented the Carter County Highway Commission a petition asking that the roadway not be widened to the stone quarry at the end of a bend in the road.
She complained of the “dangerous traffic and polluted air” caused by heavy trucks travelling to and from the quarry when it was last active 18 years ago.
“It was a mess,” Hodge said. “The trucks flew through there where my grandchildren now ride their bikes and scooters. It would be horribly dangerous for them if the road was widened.”
The rumbling equipment on the blacktop could damage structures in the area, she added, including the century-old Allen Farm near the entrance of the quarry’s driveway.
Hodge said her fears that the quarry could reopen were sparked when she spotted a survey crew working alongside the roadway.
County Planning Director Chris Schuettler said he did notice the marks the survey crew put down to denote the locations of utility lines near the road, but said they were not working for the county.