Citizen Journalism At Work In Tennessee

20 04 2008

There are several posts over at Aunt B.’s abode that I think need some attention. Actually, they’ve had some attention before and we will get to that, but apparently the issue hasn’t been fixed.

In life, sometimes things don’t get fixed but they do not need to be ignored either. And then it brings up new questions that, in a word, are scary.

It concerns a landfill that has an infamous history located in Dickson.

Aunt B. was extensive in researching the landfill and there is a great deal of information attached in two very well-researched posts here and here.

She went to Eno Road yesterday and took video footage of houses in proximity to the landfill which is extremely eye-opening.

One buzz word on the Internet right now is about Citizen Journalism. I think there is some fine citizen journalism happening at Aunt B.’s right now.

I googled Eno Road as I’m wont to do, and I found several articles about the Holts and the town from a couple of years ago. You can find one of them here.

Egalia also wrote about Eno Road in a post here.

I don’t know why the story lost it’s “buzz” after the original posting but I have to say that showing houses setting on the fence line of the landfill is very disturbing to me. I realize I’m late to the game, but an interesting report on Paula Zahn’s now defunct TV show on CNN has some revealing conversation about Eno Road. An argument ensued about whether the Eno Road issue with The Holts was an issue of classism or racism. Go read it. I’ll wait. It’s about half-way down the page. Apparently there was a video from CNN filed by reporter Rusty Dornin but I couldn’t find it.

There has already been one lawsuit which Dickson County filed against an automobile company which was settled last November  in regards to the dump and the Holts are suing too and have filed a federal lawsuit in a story from March of this year from the Tennessean.

It appears Sheila Holt-Orsted will have a website up soon about her family’s extensive issues about their home, where they have lived for generations.

I wonder if any other communities are having this problem. Makes one wonder.




2 responses

20 04 2008
Ghazala Khan

Hello Dear and Respected,
I hope you are fine and carrying on the great work you have been doing for the Internet surfers. I am Ghazala Khan from The Pakistani Spectator (TPS), We at TPS throw a candid look on everything happening in and for Pakistan in the world. We are trying to contribute our humble share in the webosphere. Our aim is to foster peace, progress and harmony with passion.

We at TPS are carrying out a new series of interviews with the notable passionate bloggers, writers, and webmasters. In that regard, we would like to interview you, if you don’t mind. Please send us your approval for your interview at my email address “ghazala.khi at”, so that I could send you the Interview questions. We would be extremely grateful.


Ghazala Khan
The Pakistani Spectator

20 04 2008

That’s a lot of good local blogging there. The power of word is there.
It’s good to see so many using it to do good things.

Pity about Egalia. She used to be a credible blogger.
Hope she changes her way one day.


Pakistani outreach committee? Far out. 🙂

Khan is the most authentic Paki name there is so I’m sure this is on the level.
If you’re pushing for peace and understanding, rock on.

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