Atoka Gravel Pit
Jeffrey Nichols

United States

#1 May 19, 2006
May 18 was my first council type meeting in Atoka. It was a zoning appeal meeting where a big company meets with the zoning commission to decide if a business should get a permit to start their business.

In November 2005, I bought my house and at the same time Memphis Stone and Gravel bought a large piece of land just south of the cove (development) that I live in. Then, in the zoning commissions words, in March the town of Atoka, where I live was approached about putting a gravel pit about 400 yards from my house, totally encircling the cove where about 20 - 30 families live.

No homeowner knew about this companies plans to build this gravel pit and plant, but in March, the town of Atoka decided to annex our comminuty so that they could control the plant, without letting any members of the affected community know about it.

So, at the meeting two very nice ladies asked the question about the health effects of having the plant would be on their children who have Asthma. The company president was in attendance as well as the geological engineer who said that there was never a situation like this before. Then the women asked if their children were affected by this development, would the company be responisble for the hospital bills, for which the company would not answer until pressed by another man from the community. Then they responded with, "That would be up to the courts to decide." Sounded like a threat to me, you be the judge!

I then asked the council and the company about when they had decided to build this plant... the company bought the parcel of land in November 2005, the town said they found out about it in March and annexed the community in March, without any notice to the community. Now mind you, my property is the least to be affected by this, but I feel that I needed to stand for what I believe in!

We then asked for a 180 day extention for a vote on this, since the town decided that May 18, they would vote. I told the council that when in March they annexed us, that at that time, they began working for us and they need to be fair to the community. They made the decision to have another meeting in 30 days.

If anyone who is living in Atoka sees this, please, raise your voice, don't let them come in and rape the land and drop the property values of our homes that we have worked all of our lives to get.
Jeffrey Nichols

United States

#2 May 19, 2006
I don't know why it said I am from Kansas City, MO, but I am from Atoka, Tennessee!
mezone

Memphis, TN

#3 Aug 24, 2006
We are looking at some property in Atoka and wanted to see the update or progress on your meeting. We have searched for land in several spots in Atoka/Rosemark area. Where will the trucks be coming from? Tracy Rd or Miller Rd? We heard several storis but would really like to talk to someone who has been to the meetings. Thanks meevans3@msn.com
Rob Jones

Cincinnati, OH

#4 Sep 15, 2006
mezone wrote:
We are looking at some property in Atoka and wanted to see the update or progress on your meeting. We have searched for land in several spots in Atoka/Rosemark area. Where will the trucks be coming from? Tracy Rd or Miller Rd? We heard several storis but would really like to talk to someone who has been to the meetings. Thanks meevans3@msn.com
Here is a posting today in the Memphis newspaper about this.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/millingto...
roomie

Munford, TN

#5 Mar 8, 2013
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Resident

Millington, TN

#6 May 28, 2014
I would like to know more about this as I live on Tracy

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