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Walter Hill residents say landfill is trashing their property values

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The site is expanding so fast that officials say it is running out of room. The site is expanding so fast that officials say it is running out of room.
WALTER HILL, TN (WSMV) -

For residents who share the neighborhood with the Middle Point Landfill, it's like deja vu all over again.

People in the Walter Hill community call it "Mount Trashmore" or "Trash Mountain." They say the smell, sight and pollution of the landfill is making their properties worthless.

For decades, it has been a cycle of complaints and meetings with no solutions, and now, homeowners' frustrations are reaching the boiling point.

They vented their anger at TDEC officials and Sens. Jim Tracy and Bill Ketron at a meeting on Monday night.

For homeowner Danny Dill, there are too many meetings and no solutions.

"I had a pretty good idea what was gonna happen when we came here tonight ... nothing!" Dill said.

The smell is bad, but for another homeowner, that's just part of the problem.

"It's way bigger than just an odor problem. We've got air quality, we've got water issues," said resident Heather Ann Brown.

Trash from more than two dozen counties ends up at the landfill, about 3,000 tons of it per day.

The smell is particularly bad on hot and humid days.

"You can drive all around Murfreesboro now, and it's getting more and more strong, and this is right around our drinking water too. We're really smart folks," Dill said.

Mounds of trash should be covered as it arrives to prevent the smell from rising into the air, but homeowners say that seldom happens.

"The odor comes from the trash not being covered. That's the problem. If you have uncovered trash 24 hours or so a day, it's not gonna be stropped," Dill said.

Dill says the odor problem would disappear in quick order if the smell traveled beyond their neighborhood.

"I guess if it starts stinking at the right man's house, something will get done," Dill said.

Tracy and Ketron got commitments from TDEC to do everything they could to help homeowners with the smell problem, including more inspections.

Another potential problem looming is that the landfill is expected to reach capacity in five to eight years. Where will the trash go then? That's the question hanging out there with no real answer.

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