Lawn Out of Control? Go to Jail

Posted: October 17, 2014 in Agenda 21/Sustainable Development
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The following article shows a number of things wrong with the current thought processes in America. In Florida, they put a lady in jail for living off the grid because she manually still used the drains in her home and therefore used the sewer. Please note that they didn’t send a bill to the sky for dropping rain on the streets and using the sewer in the process. Nor had they put in extra effort to attach the house to the sewer. This time, the “code enforcers”, an aspect of Agenda 21’s International Property Maintenance Plan, cite and finally sentence to prison a person who lost control of their yard. It doesn’t state that they were throwing garbage or causing health issues, simply that the grass was too long and the yard wasn’t being tended to. My question is if you were a neighbor of this lady, wouldn’t you ask her if you could mow her lawn for her if it was bothering you? Maybe on top of working two jobs, the lawnmower broke? I don’t know, but if I don’t like something and it isn’t SOP from my neighbors, I would ask if they wanted  help….Maybe I was raised wrong.

From the Great State of Tennessee:

Woman Sent To Jail For Overgrown Yard

 

Lenoir City, Tenn. (CBS ATLANTA) – An East Tennessee woman who fell behind in her yard work was sent to jail for not complying with city regulations regarding the maintenance of her overgrown lawn.

Karen Holloway was cited by Lenoir City officials in June for not keeping proper maintenance of her yard,WVLT-TV reports. She concedes that her yard definitely needed attention, but personal family issues have kept her behind in doing the yard work – and that jail time is absolutely unnecessary.

“With my husband going to school and working full time, me with my job, with one vehicle, we were trying our best,” she told WVLT, noting that she’ll be the first to admit the yard needed work. “[The bushes and trees] were overgrown. But that’s certainly not a criminal offense.”

A July citation from the city reads: “On 6/13/14 Karen D. Holloway was given notice to correct property maintenance violation at her property located at 810 West Broadway. Section 302.1 of the City of Lenoir City Property Code requires all exterior property to be maintained. Section 302.4 requires all grass to be cut to less than 12 inches. As of the date Mrs. Holloway has not complied with the notice she received.”

On Tuesday, Holloway turned herself in and made an appeal to city officials.

But Holloway says she was stunned when Judge Terry Vann handed down a five-day jail sentence, before amending it Tuesday to six hours. She says she offered to do five days of community service instead of jail time, but Vann refused her offer, insisting that she serve the time behind bars — although Vann noted that she is not a criminal and that it is not a criminal case.

“It’s not right,” she said. “Why would you put me in jail with child molesters and people who have done real crimes because I haven’t maintained my yard up to the city’s standards?”

Holloway said she feels like she’s “being bullied,” and claims she was not read her rights or told she could have a lawyer present.

“This opens a floodgate to everybody in Lenoir City being put in jail for silly things,” said Holloway.

Holloway said she’s received citations from city code enforcers in the past while her husband was serving overseas in the military. She has two children still living at home and says that personal, family issues got in the way of yard upkeep.

Code enforcement officers directed WVLT questions to Police Chief Don White, who oversees the department, but he did not immediately return calls regarding the case.

Judge Vann set a follow-up hearing in November to check Holloway’s progress and suggested that additional jail time may be added if the city isn’t satisfied with her lawn efforts.

– Benjamin Fearnow

 

 

Lenoir City, Tenn. (CBS ATLANTA) – An East Tennessee woman who fell behind in her yard work was sent to jail for not complying with city regulations regarding the maintenance of her overgrown lawn.

Karen Holloway was cited by Lenoir City officials in June for not keeping proper maintenance of her yard,WVLT-TV reports. She concedes that her yard definitely needed attention, but personal family issues have kept her behind in doing the yard work – and that jail time is absolutely unnecessary.

“With my husband going to school and working full time, me with my job, with one vehicle, we were trying our best,” she told WVLT, noting that she’ll be the first to admit the yard needed work. “[The bushes and trees] were overgrown. But that’s certainly not a criminal offense.”

A July citation from the city reads: “On 6/13/14 Karen D. Holloway was given notice to correct property maintenance violation at her property located at 810 West Broadway. Section 302.1 of the City of Lenoir City Property Code requires all exterior property to be maintained. Section 302.4 requires all grass to be cut to less than 12 inches. As of the date Mrs. Holloway has not complied with the notice she received.”

On Tuesday, Holloway turned herself in and made an appeal to city officials.

But Holloway says she was stunned when Judge Terry Vann handed down a five-day jail sentence, before amending it Tuesday to six hours. She says she offered to do five days of community service instead of jail time, but Vann refused her offer, insisting that she serve the time behind bars — although Vann noted that she is not a criminal and that it is not a criminal case.

“It’s not right,” she said. “Why would you put me in jail with child molesters and people who have done real crimes because I haven’t maintained my yard up to the city’s standards?”

Holloway said she feels like she’s “being bullied,” and claims she was not read her rights or told she could have a lawyer present.

“This opens a floodgate to everybody in Lenoir City being put in jail for silly things,” said Holloway.

Holloway said she’s received citations from city code enforcers in the past while her husband was serving overseas in the military. She has two children still living at home and says that personal, family issues got in the way of yard upkeep.

Code enforcement officers directed WVLT questions to Police Chief Don White, who oversees the department, but he did not immediately return calls regarding the case.

Judge Vann set a follow-up hearing in November to check Holloway’s progress and suggested that additional jail time may be added if the city isn’t satisfied with her lawn efforts.

– Benjamin Fearnow

 

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