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CORBIN, Ky. (WKYT) - Corbin city leaders are cracking down on a hoarding situation in town. They gave Lawrence Johnson 20 days to clean up his house. Friends are helping him clear off his property.
The outside of the home has defined Johnson in recent years, but there's much more to his story. He's from Hungary and came to America after his family's bakery was taken away.
"We lost everything," he said.
He then, went to Columbia University in New York. Through a professor, Johnson got involved with the Manhattan Project as a scientist, where they developed the first atomic bombs.
"I believe it keeps the peace," said Johnson.
He would later teach at Union College and work with Corbin City Utilities. It's where he met and became friends with David Greene.
Now, Greene and his family are helping Johnson clean up his home.
The goal is to remove the house and everything else on the property, leaving only a patch of grass behind.
"I want to honor and respect what he holds as valuable and not just throw it away as trash," said David Greene.
Johnson has until June 6 to clean up the property.