LETTER: Homeowners Near Quarry Urged To Take 3 Actions
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Dear Editor,

I feel compelled to inform my fellow Cannon Countians of the contents of a conversation I had last week. I ran into a geologist friend of mine I met when I worked for the State of Tennessee.  He is very familiar with the geology of Middle Tennessee and the area's rock formations. I told him about Cannon County's newest quarry. We discussed all the possible negative impacts resulting from the quarry's frequent blasting.

The blasting over time will impact the surrounding area's water table and surrounding buildings' foundations. Based on our discussions it is very clear that every home owner in the area should take three actions.

1. Pay for your own water certification test.

2. Pay for your own video certification of the soundness of their foundation(s). (Keep these test results in a secure location.)

3. Contact your insurance provider regarding your home owner coverage.

These actions create for the home owner a clear record of water and foundation conditions as they now exist.

Once open the quarry must continue frequent blasting to meet their customers' needs.  That clearly means over time water tables and quality will be altered and some foundations will be cracked.  The prudent home owner near should take these three actions as soon as possible.  Then, if necessary, the home owner will be able to document their loss.

John Hackett

Locke Creek Road

EDITOR’S NOTE: The quarry referenced in the above letter is the Stones River Quarry at the intersection of Bradyville Road and John Bragg Hwy.

 

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January 26, 2012 at 2:21pm
This is very good information Mr. Hackett and very good ideas to be able to prove and show damage to the water systems or foundation of a house if it occurs due to blasting.

I am glad to see someone thinking ahead and looking toward what might happen to those unfortunate people who surround that area.
January 29, 2012 at 10:16am
If Cannon Countians think their quality of living will not be affected by the changing times; then think again. These changes are already in motion. What other changes will be brought about by development of our county? As time moves forward and the population overflow from Rutherford County continues to adversely affect Cannon County, there is much in the way of life quality changes possible. Rock Quarries are but one of them. Cannon County has many beautiful cultural, historic, and natural amenities that now lie unprotected from future development. Change is inevitable. How Cannon County deals with that change is up to Cannon Countians and their government leaders.

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