Letter: Trash Talk

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602 S. Gay Street
2nd Floor
Knoxville, TN 37902

My wife and I just returned from our annual Easter weekend with family. As we drove down the pristine highways of North Carolina and Georgia, we marveled once again at the absence of trash of the sort that litters our own roadways. Also different from our Tennessee roads was the presence, every few miles, of highway signs that warned of “Fines of up to $1,000 for highway litter.”

Our state is every bit as beautiful as Georgia or the Carolinas, yet we allow a few heedless people to trash the view for everyone else. Why doesn’t our state protect the beauty of our landscapes, and the quality of our lives, by posting anti-littering signs the way these other states do? The state is also passing up a potential source of substantial revenue when it fails to impose fines on those who litter. Why doesn’t Tennessee do more to stop the trashing of our highways? Why doesn’t Knox County? Why doesn’t Knoxville?

Tony Mosley


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