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Neighbors complaining about smell, noise of hatchery

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LAFAYETTE, TN (WSMV) -

Bonnie Davis is not particularly happy with her neighbors who moved in across the street.

"It smells like rotting flesh," she said.

She's talking about Cobb-Vantress, owned by Tyson Foods. They built a hatchery across from her in what used to be grazing land. Since then, she and her neighbors have been complaining about the smell and the generators.

"They're so loud that you can't have a conversation out in the yard," she said.

Davis says the flies are a nuisance, too.

"When they bite you, it'll make a big old hard sore," she said.

Davis and the others brought their complaints to the company and the city.

The mayor himself even went and took a look.

"It kind of smells like rotten eggs," said Lafayette Mayor Richard Driver.

The company says they've taken several steps to address the complaints, including building a shed around the exhaust system and rerouting vents away from homes. They've also cleaned out their retention pond, installed better drainage and built an "acoustic barrier" around the generators.

But Davis says it's done little to rid them of the occasional horrible smell and the weekly generator tests.

"It only muffled it a little bit on me, but it threw it out the sides. Everybody got to hear it then," she said.

The mayor said that Davis now refuses to speak to him about the problem because of her frustration with the progress, though both he and the company are encouraging neighbors to voice their concerns.

"If there are some other citizens in the area that have some problems with it, I'd be happy to work with them and get back with Cobb and see exactly what's going on," Driver said.

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