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Craighead County, AR -- Marsha Mays Reporting

'Nailing' Down Who's Responsible

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR -- Trash on the roadway; it's a constant problem and especially around landfills.

You may recall last May, we showed you the trash being blown out of the trucks along Highway One in route to the new county landfill. The landfill is located south of Jonesboro, just off of Highway One along County Road 476.

Eight months later, this seems to still be a problem, one possibly without a solution. The residents and business owners around the area can't seem to get any answers.

Tammy Farmer lives along County Road 476, the road that leads to the new Craighead County Legacy Landfill. She says some of the trash isn't making it to the landfill.

"When these trucks stop, the flat bed trailers, that's when they jar and that's when these nails fall out," says Farmer.

The stop sign at the railroad crossing is where Tammy says she can always find the nails.

"We find at least 15 or more once a day, sometimes twice a day. I mean it's ridiculous. There are nails, roofing tacks, screws, everything on this road," says Farmer.

Tammy says she understands the trash. She knows that comes with living next to a landfill, but some of the roadside debris is taking its toll on her tires.

"The trash isn't destructive to property. These nails are," says Farmer.

Recently, both Tammy's son and her mother have had flat tires from the nails. She's worried it won't stop with just her family's vehicles.

There are not many nails out there now, but that's only because Tammy says she's been picking them up daily. But being a public, county road is that really her responsibility?

"He's [The landfill supervisor] basically said there's nothing he can do. I called the county's judge's office. They gave me Ed Hill's number and told me to call Ed and Ed said I wish we could do more, but there's not much we can do," says Farmer.

Tammy says she's started to take an alternate route to avoid the nails, but the other way is 3 miles of gravel to connect back with Highway One.

"We're kind of in a lose lose situation here. We either drive the road and we get flats, or we go another way," adds Farmer.

We spoke with the county landfill who said there's really not much they can do to enforce the law. Trucks hauling trash are by law supposed to make sure they don't litter along the roads, but it's getting that law enforced that seems to be the problem.

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