Around 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jeff Jentes was contacted by a neighbor that someone was dumping raw sewage at the end of his driveway on W.E. Price Lane off Route 66-N north of Rogersville.
When he looked out his second-story window, Jentes reportedly observed the dump in progress being perpetrated by a man he knew as Robert Price, owner of Price Septic Service, located in the Lakeview community just west of Rogersville.
Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Bryan Sanders responded to the property after the initial complaint and then again around 8:30 p.m. Monday after Price reportedly returned to the septic dump and began spreading lime over it.
Hawkins County Emergency Management Agency Director Gary Murrell was also dispatched to the scene due to the septic dump taking place in close proximity to a designated watershed — Stock Creek, which drains into Cherokee Lake.
Sanders and Murrell then followed Price back to his office at 807 Old Highway 11-W, where Price reportedly signed a written statement admitting to the sewage dump.
Murrell said the septic dump was contained and didn’t reach the watershed.
There are several other septic dumps under investigation in Hawkins County, however, and this case was being transferred for further investigation and potential prosecution by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.