Family says construction company showed no respect at cemetery - WKRN News 2

Family says construction company showed no respect toward cemetery


A local woman is upset that a construction company used the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Carthage to park heavy equipment and a construction dumpster.  

On Mother's Day, Lettie Davis' grandson visited the cemetery to leave flowers at his mother's grave.

She said her grandson was mad when he found equipment blocking the entrance to his family's cemetery.  

"He was quite emotional about it and that is understandable," she said.

Her grandson took several pictures of the equipment and sent them to Nashville's News 2 I-Report Two.

"We just felt like it was a disrespectful situation there," said Lettie Davis. "My daughter and my mother and a lot of my family members are there also."

The cemetery is located next to the Riverview Regional Medical Center, which is doing the construction.

The hospital is expanding their emergency room and hired Batten & Shaw, Inc. for the project.

Hospital administrator Rod Harkleroad would not go on camera, but said he asked Batten & Shaw to move their equipment as soon as he was made aware of it on Monday morning.

Davis does not understand why the company decided to use the cemetery to store machinery and dumpster instead of using hospital property.

"Why would they even park a dumpster by the cemetery? What kind of respect is that for the dead?" she said.
Batten & Shaw told Nashville's News 2 the equipment was moved Sunday afternoon and the dumpster was relocated to hospital property by Monday afternoon.

The company said they apologized to the Davis family for any inconvenience.

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