Neighbors In Lebanon Upset, Worried About Blasting
by Chris Cannon
LEBANON, Tenn. - Since March, people who live in the area of Lebanon, bordered by Maplecrest Drive, have been dealing with the fallout of nearby construction blasting.
"This rock was blasted out 200 yards towards my house," said Dottie Climer.
She is just one of more than a dozen people who have complained about the blasting coming from the construction project just off Hartman Drive.
Deborah Ownby was home with her grandchildren when a large rock crashed into her house on June 15.
"(It) came through the roof, hit the drywall, and landed a foot from my bed," Ownby explained.
Crews are blasting rock at a nearby borrow pit and using it to level a piece of property where they are building several businesses.
A blasting report from the Tennessee State Fire Marshal's Office outlined damage that occurred in the neighborhood on June 15.
"You're not safe in the house. Where do you take cover," Ownby asked.
The damage to homes was a obvious concern to the people who live in the area. Safety is a bigger issue for many of them.
"Any of these rocks could pretty much kill somebody if they hit them in the right place," Climer said.
"You know, that's a problem. This is serious stuff, people could really get hurt here," said neighbor Tom McCrimmon.
The affected residents have raised their concerns about the blasting with many different people.
"And everybody tells us the same story, there's nothing we can do. Nothing. I don't agree with that," McCrimmon said.
After the June 15 incident Scott Mitchell from Dillard and Maynard Construction filed a corrective plan of action with the State of Tennessee. It outlined what the company would do to lessen the issues with blasting at the Hartman Drive site.