Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

By Becky Jane Newbold
Managing Editor 

Solid Waste fee increases tabled

Papineau proposes solution to keep transfer station in black


February 27, 2020

Pete Noblin

Lewis County Commissioner Aren Ragsdale expressed frustration Monday during a discussion of proposed increases in commercial rates for solid waste disposal. A number of business owners addressed the Board during citizen input to protest the fee increases. One business, Big John's Barbecue, would see rates increase from $240 per year to $350 per quarter, if the rate increase passes. The measure was tabled Monday by committee chair, Ronnie Brewer.

Business owners turned out in force Monday evening to let Lewis County Commissioners know their thoughts on proposed rate hikes in solid waste disposal fees.

Some fee increases proposed included a 500 percent increase.

Ralph Tackett of Ralph's Automotive, Attorney Caleb Thomas, David Ashmore, Kenny Brown of Rockhouse Coffee Co. & Event Center and Ben Floyd of Floyd Appraisal Service were among those who addressed the Board during a time of citizen input.

Mr. Tackett called the increases "absurd" and requested the committee "go back over your figures." Rates at his automotive shop were...

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