Erwin’s Hoover waste site reopened after state-compliance cleanup

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It was a busy two days, but the Hoover waste site in Unicoi County is now in state compliance. 

Unicoi County Commissioner Jamie Harris shared photos from the two-day cleanup at the site, located in the Industrial Park near downtown Erwin. 

Harris thanked the efforts of the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Office for allowing inmates to help with the cleanup. The site was cleaned down for two days and reopened on Wednesday at 10 a.m. 

Harris says this is all due to the county meeting state compliance at each of their dump sites. 

The county has until June of this year to cease all sales of items at each of their sites, which the state has said is a “gray area.” 

State inspectors visited the Hoover site weeks ago, Harris said, and noted the county had “several violations” and could face stiff fines if not addressed. 

Harris says the Higgins Creek and Limestone dump sites have already been addressed, and a meeting will be held Friday at the Unicoi County Courthouse to look at possibly offering additional funding for directors. Harris said the site operators sold items to help bring in revenue, but added the county was mandated by the state to stop. 

Harris also said he has been in contact with the state each time the county has met a goal. 

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