By Jonquil Newland, Weekend Today Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) -
Della Hensley says she could barely make it back to her son's grave sight at Fort Hills Cemetery in Cleveland because of the over grown weeds and bushes.
"They're disrespecting the dead and the families," Hensley says. "It makes me sick. I think it's horrible they disrespect the dead like this."
The 40 acre, historic cemetery is maintained by the city, the county and a company called the Louisville Land Company.
District Attorney Stephen Hatchett says he's managed a number of complaints surrounding Fort Hill Cemetery for several years and filed two petitions of contempt against the Louisville Land Company.
In 2006, the courts ordered Louisville Land Company to maintain the property at better standards.
Channel 3 spoke to a lawn care supervisor at the cemetery. He says he "firmly disagrees with how the cemetery is kept" and he's only allowed to work about once a month. However, for the families with loved ones here, that's hardly enough.
"My son passed away nine years ago, he had a seizure," explains Hensley.
Channel 3 did contact the owner of Louisville Land Company, Joe Williams. He says he'll be at the cemetery first thing Wednesday morning to assess which areas need to be cleaned.