Loudon commission wants more on cattle deaths

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LOUDON, Tenn. (AP) - The Loudon County Commission wants more information about the deaths of 24 cattle in a field near a landfill.

The animals died in 2010 and farmer Jerry Hughes recently told the county he thinks tainted runoff water from the landfill caused it.

The Knoxville News Sentinel ( ) reported that commissioners questioned Gordon Harless at a commission workshop on Monday. Harless was, in 2010, in charge of county emergency management.

Harless said the cows were being fed low nutrition sage grass and said a necropsy confirmed the cows died of malnutrition.

Hughes told the newspaper the cattle were fed hay that he baled himself and denied they were underfed.

Solid Waste Commission Chairman Steve Field told commissioners that the state regularly tests the water in areas around the landfill.


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