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City commissioner stepping down over cemetery trash

Tires aren't exactly what you'd expect to find buried in a graveyard, but a Harrodsburg city commissioner is stepping down over lots of trash buried at the Spring Hill Cemetery.

City Commissioner Marvin "Bubby" Isham says over 100 tires have been uncovered in one section of the cemetery. In another section nearby, more tires and trash were dug up. This is all after someone reported seeing oil seeping out of the ground to state environmental officials.

"We have found chain link fence. We've dug up over a hundred tires. A lot of them still have the rims on them. We've dug up a gas tank off a vehicle," says Isham.

A worker who didn't want to be identified says he can't believe what they've uncovered.

"I think it's a disgrace to the families and the bodies that's already here. Everybody comes up here and they're sad. They don't need to be seeing this," he says.

Isham says cemetery director Jerri Carter is responsible for keeping the grounds clean, but has failed to fulfill her duty.

"They need to change the supervision at the cemeteries," Isham says.

At a special meeting called last week to discuss the issue, Isham moved to fire Carter. No one seconded that motion and now Isham says he'll resign.

"They talk like, 'If you find some more stuff, we'll try to do something. I don't know how many months of investigation that you have to do to prove something to get somebody out of there to clean the mess up," he says.

Mrs. Carter declined to comment, instead directing us to the city attorney. He said he wouldn't comment until after an investigation is completed. There will be a special city commission meeting to discuss Isham's resignation Thursday evening at 7:00 PM.

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