Knox County woman can't get rid of dead deer on property

By: Lorena Estrada Email
By: Lorena Estrada Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Tara Cockrum was greeted by a dead and decaying deer she got to work Tuesday at Center Stage Dance Studio on Asheville Highway.

"When I pulled in, I noticed there was a deer that had been hit by a car and it was laying in the ditch," she said. She made a couple of calls and didn't think anything of it, but when she got to work the next day, she noticed something strange.

"Wednesday morning the deer had been moved by wildlife or I don't know what," she said.

The deer was moved onto the parking lot, and by Thursday, it was right next to her dance studio.

"The smell is just horrific," Cockrum said. "I had to cancel class last night and tonight because I felt it's unsanitary."

Cockrum spoke with the Knox County Sheriff's Office and TDOT. Both said it wasn't their responsibility.

TDOT told Volunteer TV that if the dead deer was in the ditch when they spoke to her, TDOT would have picked it up. But it's now on her private property.

As for Animal Services, they no longer get rid of wild life saying it's up to the individual to call a private company. Something Cockrum said she's willing to consider if she has no other choice.

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  • by Geff on Jul 8, 2011 at 09:21 PM
    I think this is crazy this woman is wasting time and our governments money on something as blatantly as a 15 minutes of fame reach from a small town girl looking for a free-be for her small business
  • by Tommy Gun on Jul 8, 2011 at 09:13 PM
    Tara I've been hunting all year... do you mind if I come by and claim that big'un. PS you a fine motha
  • by Billy on Jul 8, 2011 at 09:09 PM
    Tara you suk dirty socks. Hillbilly
  • by Anonymous on Jul 8, 2011 at 08:56 PM
    I'd love to see the video of this news story. Please post it!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 8, 2011 at 05:12 PM
    1. TDOT was called on Tuesday, TDOT mowers came and mowed around it. 2. On Tuesday when it was moved to her property, TDOT would not come get it and lied about the mowers seeing it or her calling, which the Sheriff's department called about it too. 3. I am very dissapointed with how the story turned out because it did not tell the whole story about what had happened. 4. The complaint was about TDOT, not the deer.... it's the principal and it wasn't even reported that way, sad
  • by Anonymous on Jul 8, 2011 at 04:59 PM
    This infuriates me! Why would anybody let a perfectly good deer lay there to decay? If she had it processed when she first found it, she'd have weeks of food for her family.
  • by steve Location: knoxville on Jul 8, 2011 at 12:27 PM
    the sheriffs dept has taken over animal control.and yet the highway dept has to pick up dead animals and yet they do not need a raise !
  • by Anonymous on Jul 8, 2011 at 12:03 PM
    I am shocked this makes news. Suck it up and help yourself, or ask a neighbor. The government doesn't need to do everything for you. Sometimes life isn't always pleasant. Deal with it. I'm sure if you asked a neighbor for help, they would be more than happy to. If not, hire someone. It's not a constitional right to have guaranteed carcass removal privileges. Spare us the whining and realize there are much worse things that you could have happen before you go cry to the media.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 8, 2011 at 08:21 AM
    TDOT Lied.. Tara called them on Tuesday while it was still in the ditch. This infuriates me.
  • by martie Location: tn on Jul 8, 2011 at 05:52 AM
    actually twra should have been notified when it was in the ditch and retieved it then or the state just because they are to lazy to take care of it in a timely maner and other animal are dragging it around it started in the ditch, asheville hwy is a state hwy so they should have been notified to pick it up by the twra or county or she should have been told by them to call them.
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