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Man accused of illegal dumping behind bars

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McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy joins several upset residents after Michael Calhoun was accused of dumping raw sewage into the Hiwasee River last weekend.

"We are concerned about it and not very happy about it. How could someone come down there and pollute those waters, especially public waters people use?" says Guy.

An eyewitness sent a picture to Channel 3 and to detectives.

It shows the truck, detectives say, Calhoun used to empty his tank into the river.

Guy says, "He really wasn't trying to cover anything up. The fisherman took pictures and photographs and then came to us."

Calhoun is an employee of BCS Portables in Athens, a company known for portable restrooms.

The company owners wouldn't talk to us on camera.

Sheriff Guy says the fisherman recorded cell phone video and Calhoun didn't stop emptying the waste.

The area where this happened is a popular with families.

"That is a well used area down there. We see a lot to people fishing down there and canoeing."

Calhoun was arrested by Meigs County for driving on a suspended license and records show that was his second offense.

Sheriff Guy says state environmental agents are now testing the waters for any potential dangers.

He says Calhoun could face a laundry list of charges.

"We hope that as we investigate this and other agencies will take this serious and there may be some more charges coming as well."

Calhoun is facing vandalism charges by illegal dumping.

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