I first told you, in April, about an empty shopping complex in Presidential Hills that had become a dump site, distressing residents of the community.
I contacted the City of Jackson and went back two weeks later to see what, if anything, had been done.
I saw mounds of trash, a discarded toilet and printer; even used tires in the abandoned business on North Flag Chapel Road, after responding to complaints from Presidential Hills residents. What was once The Red Rooster convenience store and coin operated laundry had become a convenient place to dump almost any and everything.
At the time, nearby resident Ronnie Jones said, "We have called the city several times and a lady came out here today, took pictures, said it was her first knowledge about it.."
That story aired April 14th. I called city officials and we went back April 28th to see if anything had been done. It was clear that nothing much had been done. But, while we were preparing to shoot video:
"We were just riding by and saw you guys setting up and he's telling us about taking back our neighborhoods and that's exactly what we're gonna do.", said Bobby Quinn.
If Bobby Quinn looks familiar, you've seen him in a previous WLBT news report announcing his plans to raffle off a house he rehabbed for 10-dollars a ticket.
Asked if he was going to clean all this up at his own expense, own labor and own time, Quinn said, "It'll be done; gimme one day and it will be done."
Quinn admits he wants the publicity for his Nu South Construction company, but he says he's driven by a higher power.
Quinn said, "I'm a God fearing man, I believe ok? And I see how the Lord recycles and I'm just going to fall in line."
We went back the next day and what we found was an eyesore no more. Quinn kept his word and the residents of Presidential Hills who live along Flag Chapel Road can, once again, take pride in their neighborhood...free of blight and free of charge.
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