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Walker County junkyard angers neighbors

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WALKER COUNTY, GA. (WRCB)  --  Champion Road in Walker County is quite and peaceful. Those who live there,  including many retirees, do their part for curb appeal. However, there is one exception.

Residents say trash has been building up around one home on Champion Road for decades.

Teresa Peters has lived next door for 15 years and says she's had few close calls. At one point, the fence separating their properties caught on fire while her neighbors burned trash. It nearly burned her oak tree.

"They're just dragging the property down and everything. They just keep bringing in more stuff. It doesn't stop," says Peters.  

The pest problem has also gotten worse, especially rats says Peters. Neighbors called the county commissioner and codes office but say citations aren't working.

"They've come out, but they said they can't make them do anything. They can't make them get rid of it," Peters says.

The county is taking the homeowners back to court. Channel 3 tried to contact the homeowners, but no one answered the door.

The Walker County Codes and Enforcement Office reports a number of complaints and says the case has gone to state court.

The judge ruled the homeowners had made progress and granted them more time to clean up. However, the county says that time has passed and they've been cited back to court in May.  

In the meantime, Peters says all she's asking for is higher fence.

"Everybody has tried and we just can't make them do nothing," Peters says.  

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