Sewage, storms and public health: How aging infrastructure hurts small Tennessee towns

by Mike Reicher, Nashville Tennessean

This town has never fully recovered since the last coal mine shut down in 1983.
The population has stagnated. Even large swaths of commercial real estate — prime for restaurants and truck stops — sit empty by Interstate 40 exits.

But it was not only the loss of a major industry that crippled the local economy. For more than 15 years, Monterey city leaders haven’t been able to perform the most basic of government functions: lay the sewer pipe they need.

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