A pair of concerned citizens do not want their community to continue on its junky path.
Barbara Armstrong and her brother Larry Davidson, who both live on Ernest Baker Road, told the Panola County Board of Supervisors they were tired of the junkyard already located in the community and concerned about a second that is in the beginning stages.
"We know there is already one junkyard in the area and we do not want to see another one," Armstrong said. "It is making the value of our property continue to go down.
"It also doesn’t make the community a desirable place for other people that might be looking to move into Panola County," she said.
In addition to the junkyards in the community, Armstrong and Davidson said they are concerned with the abandoned houses in the area.
"There are two houses that I know of that are just sitting there about to fall in," Davidson said. "We would like to see the county come in and tear them down or either come in and do some work to them if you want to keep them up.
"It doesn’t matter which one you do," she continued. "But they are eyesores that reflect badly on our community and we want something done about it."
Board president Jerry Perkins said he knew the county had a junk car ordinance that could help relieve the junkyard issue, but added that the county did not have anything on the book pertaining to condemned property.
Armstrong said the owner of the new junkyard has been seen moving old cars in on several occasions.
"He is hauling them in all the time and just scattering them around the property," she said. "There has to be something that can be done."
"I know we can help you out with the new junkyard that is popping up because of the junk car ordinance," he said. "But as for the old junkyard and the houses, I don’t think there is much we can do about it."
Board attorney William McKenzie said the old junkyard has been located on the road for so long that there are no laws that can govern it.
"I has been there for so many years that none of the new laws can effect it," he said.
McKenzie suggested getting together with other members of the community to file a nuisance charge about the old houses and the oldest junkyard.
"You will probably have to get an attorney and take the matter to court," he said. "That might be the only option you have."
Supervisor James Birge said he would meet with the owners of the junkyards to see if something could be worked out in the matter before anything has to proceed to court.
No action was taken on the matter. It is expected to be discussed at a future board meeting.