Town threatens to have bodies removed if bill isn’t paid

Published: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 14:46 PM.

CARYVILLE — Caryville Town Council Member Jim Taylor informed the council that there are unpaid graves at the Caryville Town Cemetery during Monday’s town council meeting.

The council agreed to send a letter to the deceased persons’ next of kin informing them of Caryville Town Attorney Lyndia Spears’ advice that the town send a warning that the bodies would be removed if the bill isn’t paid.

“It was a tragedy two years ago when a man shot his wife and then himself,” said Taylor. “People who lived in the town used to get a plot for free but then it was becoming crowded and people were abusing the right. We need a system.”

Taylor explained that the couple was placed in the cemetery before their rates were increased and that they placed the bill on the next of kin’s water bill.

“You can bill them but you can’t put it on their water bill,” said Spears. “We need to send a letter stating they had no authority to use the cemetery and that we will have the bodies removed or they can come pay the bill.”

Taylor also informed the council that there were several unpaid markers at the cemetery.

“They had no right to mark their plot without paying and we need to let them know that we’re taking it up until they pay,” said Spears. “You’ll wind up not having a plot for the people of this town because of people taking advantage of the system.”



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