Zoning Appeals Gives Go-Ahead For Body Farm

Zoning Appeals Gives Go-Ahead For Body Farm

Jefferson County zoning officials have approved a cadaver research site to be operated by Carson-Newman College.
DANDRIDGE, Tenn. (AP) - Jefferson County zoning officials have approved a cadaver research site to be operated by Carson-Newman College.

The 3-2 approval Tuesday night by the Board of Zoning Appeals came despite objections from people who live near the property. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported one man angrily told the sponsor of a motion to approve that the board member wouldn't want to live next door to it. The man declined to give his name.

Carson-Newman nursing professor B.J. Ellington said there will be nothing toxic and no infectious diseases involved. The purpose is to study the effects of corpse decomposition on soil, air and water near it.

That's a different emphasis than the famous University of Tennessee body farm.

Attorney Arthur Seymour said neighbors would look at appropriate legal remedies.

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