Cleveland cemetery faces possible license suspension

Sunset Memorial Gardens on North Lee Highway in Cleveland, Tenn., is facing a licence suspension for violating state regulations.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - Sunset Memorial Gardens on North Lee Highway is in trouble again.

The cemetery, owned by Cecil Lawrence Inc., of Dallas, Ga., is facing summary suspension of its license after a July 31 inspection discovered violations of public health, safety or welfare, according to a state news release.

The Tennessee Burial Services/Cemetery division of the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance has summoned the owner to an Aug. 21 hearing in Nashville.

"The sole issue to be considered will be whether the public health, safety or welfare imperatively requires emergency action including summary suspension of the cemetery license of Sunset Memorial Gardens," said Assistant General Counsel Shilina B. Brown in an Aug. 12 letter addressed to Cecil Lawrence, the company's CEO.

The company did not respond to Times Free Press requests for comment.