Residents voice complaints about Old Jasper Road in South Pittsburg

Virgil Holder

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. - After the South Pittsburg City Commission voted unanimously last week to abolish a policy requiring a written request to speak at board meetings, the door was opened for residents to voice grievances openly - and they did.

One resident complained that Old Jasper Road, which runs along the side of South Pittsburg Mountain just above U.S. Highway 72, is "sliding" off.

The resident said she had complained about the problem before to officials in the previous administration, but had "gotten no results."

"The road is in dire need of help," she said. "Even the guardrail is sliding over towards the main highway."

The resident said she owns property near the road's intersection with Coburntown Road, and city-owned drainage ditches are "full" of debris, which has caused gullies to form on her land.

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