LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT: Freezing temperatures will develop later tonight, causing damage to flowers and plants that are left exposed to the cold. Be sure to bring in your potted plants before you go to bed, as lows drop into the lower to mid 20s...about 25 degrees for Knoxville and Oak Ridge. Look for 1 to 3" of snow for the Smokies by morning.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- Stink, steam, and smoke continue to rise from the Tedford Road dump in West Knox County this afternoon.
Crews were out digging today and yesterday on the latest round of smoldering spots.
Residents in the neighborhood say they are concerned about the effects the dump could have on the air they breathe, the water they drink and the soil.
Knox County Engineering and Public Works Director Bruce Wuetrich says the first round of soil samples showed high levels of arsenic and benzene.
Further testing of the samples is in progress right now and results are due back this week.
Knox County Health Department officials say tests on the ground water didn't show any problems.
The office is in the process of looking at how the land lays and how the water flows, in order to most effectively conduct the next set of water tests.
Wuetrich estimates the cost of the cleanup to date has cost the county more than $200,000.
They plan to try to recoup the costs from the landowner.
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