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Taking Back Our Neighborhoods- Rainey Road follow up

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By Howard Ballou  - bio | email | twitter


JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A burned out vehicle abandoned in a front yard is not a pretty sight, but it is the view residents along the 3900 block of Rainey Road in south Jackson have had to put up with for several months now and at least one neighbor is fed up. 

As promised, Three On Your Side checked back in on 3935 Rainey Road to see if anything has been done about it our Taking Back Our Neighborhoods report. 

Last November, Lue Mallett told WLBT, "I'm going to try to alleviate that problem soon as possible." 

It was in response to questions about a burned out Chevrolet pickup truck in her front yard. She was apologetic to her neighbors and told me the vehicle would be gone by the end of the week. That was then; this is now. The burned out Chevrolet truck is in the same place it was when we visited last November. 

We tried to talk to Mallett again. We heard what sounded like a television inside but no one came to the door. I first reported on the problems at this address a year ago when neighbors, Richard Spooner and Dustin Bailey called Three On Your Side to complain about garbage and abandoned cars. Fed up, Bailey has since moved away. 

"We go back several years with that particular address and we do have a case on it and it is moving forward in our system," said Claude Smith. He is the Community Improvement Manager for the City of Jackson. 

Smith says the new system where a judge has been assigned just for cases like this, has been effective and the problems at 3935 Rainey Road will be addressed. 

"If she does not take care of the problem, then we will send contractors out to remove the issue and we'll send her a bill," said Smith.

Meanwhile, Richard Spooner says he, too, will move away from Jackson unless something is done, soon, about the problems at his neighbor's house. We will keep you posted.

Let us know how we can help you take back your neighborhood. And, if you've already turned your community around, we want to know how you did it. Just send an email to hballou@wlbt.com


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