Jasper, Tenn., officials continue to have problems catching, prosecuting litterers

Jasper, Tenn., Mayor Paul Evans displays a folder full of certified letters that he says he's sent out to landowners trying to get them to clean up their properties.

JASPER, Tenn. - Littering in Jasper continues to be a frustrating problem for Mayor Paul Evans.

At the February meeting of the Jasper Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Evans said there are some particularly troublesome areas for littering around town, including vacant sections of North Pryor Cove Road, Turner Street and Industrial Boulevard.

"In places it's better, but other places it's gotten worse," he said. "Especially those three places right there because there's nobody living there right in those stretches, and I think it's easy to do."

To get a citation for the offense, a police officer has to witness the violation in most cases.

City Attorney Mark Raines said the penalty for a citation to City Court is a $50 fine plus court costs, but that could be imposed as a daily fine for each day an offender is in violation.