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Neighbors fight proposed rock quarry in Old Hickory

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Neighbors say the rock quarry would threaten the area's wildlife. Neighbors say the rock quarry would threaten the area's wildlife.
OLD HICKORY, TN (WSMV) -

Some neighbors in Old Hickory say a new rock quarry could steal habitat from eagles and other wildlife that fill the woods in the area.

The neighbors told Channel 4 they only learned last Friday an application for the quarry had been filed.

A community meeting on Tuesday night is set to address the residents’ worries.

Uncommon Grounds in Old Hickory has long been a central spot for the area.

“It’s pretty central to the village,” said Amy Pragnell of Old Hickory. “It’s essential to the village.”

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Pragnell will be part of a group meeting at Uncommon Grounds for those concerned about the new rock quarry that could be coming to Burnett Road near Old Hickory Lake Park.

“It’s a concern for us in the village because it’ll affect our quality of life,” Pragnell said. “There’ll be the noise disruption, pollution.

Pragnell said another major concern is the area’s wildlife.

“We have more protected species besides the eagles in this area,” she said. “It will definitely run them out of the area. It’ll disrupt their nesting, it’ll disrupt their mating, it’ll disrupt their feeding.”

Metro Councilman Larry Hagar said Industrial Land Developers, LLC, has only applied for the quarry’s permit, but it has not been issued by the state.

“The wildlife will be affected by this type of operation, which is blasting and things of that nature,” Hagar said.

Hagar has filed an ordinance now pending in Planning and Zoning.

“This particular ordinance introduces a 2,000-foot buffer zone between a quarry and a park, and also increases the buffer zone to a residential area at 1,000 feet,” Hagar said.

Pragnell said she knows many will be coming together on Tuesday night to talk about protecting the area.

“There’s a concern economically, ecologically, environmentally, so it’s multi-level,” Pragnell said. “They’re concerned about having another quarry in an area that should not have one.”

Hagar said he hopes his ordinance will go in front of a Metro Council meeting next month. Right now, he is waiting on a legal opinion.

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