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Percy Priest Becoming a Landfill?--Mikayla Lewis

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Percy Priest Lake is a place where people go to swim, hang out and soak up the sun. Some choose to do all of that amidst piles of garbage.

Woodland Pointe residents say the problem starts in the neighborhood.

Johnny Miller says, "Because of these people trespassing when they come down to our neighborhood to go swimming at the lake."

Johnny Miller moved to his house a year ago. Like many of the homes, his backs up to woods surrounding the lake. Miller says the land is private, despite the signs unwelcome visitors still show up.

Resident, Stephanie Grayer says it's been happening for nearly a decade.

Grayer says, " Especially on the weekends, like 4 or 5 carloads of young kids going down there. Drinking, underage, partying, bonfires."

Johnny Miller says, " They are showing up in droves. So follow me."

Fox 17 followed him down one of the many private trails on the property owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Johnny Miller says, "At this stage you'll normally see beer cans already but my daughter and I cleaned up this path  this morning and that's when ran upon the big mess."

Along the way, it didn't take long to run into some of the alleged trespassers.

Miller says he's called police nearly two dozen times this summer, all they can do is write parking citations.

Miller says, " It's not even a matter of trespassing at this point, it's about accountability. Everyone we talk to says they don't litter so who is doing it?"

Grayer says, " I don't want to take the kids down there anymore with all the glass, cans, nobody ever wants to pay attention to it."

Miller says he hopes city leaders will take notice.

Miller says, " I am afraid someones going to get killed and fall off a cliff and then you'll see some action, until then it's just a big landfill."

Fox 17 reached out to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the TWRA. We are waiting to hear back.

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