Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Metro Code Enforcement: Worst Case Of Hoarding In 10 Years

by Kim Gebbia

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Some call it hoarding, but the owner of a cluttered north Nashville yard calls it a hobby. Now, she faces thousands of dollars in fines for not following city code laws for more than a decade.

The junk is frustrating surrounding neighbors on Ewing Drive who want the yard cleaned up and believe it is an environmental hazard and an eyesore.

Corlis Jordan avoids standing in her backyard because of what she has to look at.

"It's just junk, it's just pure junk. You have rotting wood, you have cars that do not run, in that cage there's a rabbit over there," Jordan said.

They said the collection seems to grow every day and Metro Codes Enforcement leaders have watched it multiply at two different locations for 10 years.

"This is probably in my mind the worst we have had to deal with," said Bill Penn.

And the owner, 73-year-old Jennie Houston is fed up with the thousands she faces in city fines.." More

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