Cemetery working on roads

I would like to clarify some issues mentioned in Ricky Justice’s letter, “Cemetery roads in disrepair,” in the Jan. 9 edition of the News-Herald concerning Loudon County Memorial Gardens.

On Dec. 13, 2018, Mr. Justice sent a message of complaint about the cemetery road to Loudon County Memorial Gardens on Facebook. I promptly responded, explaining that we have been working diligently to get the road repaired. I explained that the railroad brings in vehicles daily to their tower on the property and that we have reached out to them to get help with paving costs.

I then let Mr. Justice know we would be repairing in the spring and invited him to come and meet with me at our cemetery office to discuss. I gave him my name and he stated he would come into the office the next time he visited the cemetery. There was no further contact after the Dec. 13 exchange of messages.

Our family purchased LCMG in 1986 without knowledge that the railroad had right of way to their tower and would be entering the property daily with multiple vehicles. We are in the process of reaching an agreement to jointly pave the road.

We have already begun patching some spots prior to the letter in the News-Herald. It is unfortunate that he hasn’t returned to discuss with us as invited or see that we are working on the road issues.

Rebecca Willis

Loudon County Memorial Gardens