Macon County Chronicle

TBI Arrests Trent Brothers

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested two Macon County men in connection with the illegal disposal of septage (contents of septic tanks) that had been discharged on privately owned property.

Charles Ray Trent, age 57, of 256 Chitwood Drive in Lafayette, was picked up on Friday, February 11th and charged with assault (3 counts), unlawful acts: water & sewage and willful/knowing pollute of water & other violations. He was booked into the Macon County Jail on a $5,000 bond. Terry Lee Trent, 47, of 2590 Galen Road was also charged with unlawful acts: water & sewage and willful/knowing pollute of water and other violations, and with bond set at $1,000 he was also booked into jail on February 11th.

On December 1, 2010, staff with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation visited the property of Charles Trent, on Chitwood Drive, in response to an anonymous complaint and upon arriving at the site, they identified locations where septage had been illegally discharged directly onto the land owned by Mr. Trent. The volume and frequency of this activity was evident in that the ground was covered with residue at a number of locations and at one location in particular the volume and frequency have been such that the septage covered the ground for approximately 100 yards and was observed flowing directly into Spring Creek. His 2010 Pumper Contractor Permit application indicated that the City of Lafayette Wastewater Treatment Facility would be the disposal location for the septage generated by his business and he was notified and advised that his Permit No. 406 to engage in the business of removing and disposing of domestic septage had been revoked for failure to comply with the Tennessee regulations.

A General Sessions Court date for both suspects has been set for Friday, February 16th.