Trash removed in South Memphis neighborhood after FOX13 report

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — FOX13 continues to get results in the community.

A report last week focused on a South Memphis neighborhood overwhelmed with piles of trash on its street. It looked into the problem and helped residents get some solutions.

“So just imagine 17 years I’ve been doing this every year,” one resident told FOX13. “It took FOX13 to come out and get something done because the day you all came out that Friday, Saturday morning they were out here.”

A video from a concerned Jennette Place Apartments resident in December showed trash flowing down the street from recent flooding. A FOX13 crew visited the location last week, and residents complained of the same problem and expressed fears of a rodent takeover.

“Rats like trash, and those rats that like that trash will also come into your home,” said Jennette Place tenant Daryle Brown.

After some digging, here’s what FOX13 found out about the location.

The apartment property at 660 Jennette Place is listed under six different owners since 2008. After a sale in September 2021, the property was resold just four short months later. It then changed hands twice in 2022, showing two different owners.

The building is now owned by a Utah company called SCKOB LLC. A number for the company is not listed.

Meanwhile, residents continued to vent their frustrations about the property.

“If you can come empty a can, just pick it up; it’s not that hard to do,” said Brown.

However, FOX13 learned the process isn’t that simple. When reached about the trash pile, the City of Memphis responded by sending out waste crews the next day to remove most of the problem, such as the old furniture, garbage bags and boxes strewn along the side of the sidewalk.

Some of the litter still remains.

City officials explained they are not authorized to remove trash from private property, leaving residents flustered with the process.

The City of Memphis’ Code Enforcement sent a violation notice to property owners.

The owners have seven days to clean up the rest of the location, or they will be cited to environmental court where a judge will make a final ruling.