(WBIR - Blount County) Mother and son, Jean and Rick Lowe, say they've been walking through Clark's Grove Cemetery for quite some time cleaning the gravesites of their relatives.
Jean Lowe said, "The grass is up to your knees. It doesn't seem like anybody's taking care of it."
Rick Lowe said, "When you've got to walk through six to eight inch high grass just to get to the gravesite to look at the tombstone, that's kind of rough."
Rick's father, James, is buried in the cemetery. The Lowes said the graveyard was once as beautiful as a postcard. Now, although you can see sections of the cemetery have been mowed, there are still tombstones covered with high grass and several tall weeds.
The Lowes said they aren't the only family concerned with the cemetery's condition, especially since the gravesites' deed says the costs will go toward upkeep.
The groundskeeper for Clark's Grove Cemetery said he is the only person responsible for the upkeep of the nearly 20-acre cemetery. He said there was a time in which he was laid off and that's when the cemetery got into poor condition. After being re-employed a couple of months ago, the groundskeeper said he's doing his best to restore the cemetery's condition.
"I understand times are hard, but there are a lot of people here who have paid for the upkeep of the cemetery and it just really upsets them," said Rick Lowe.
"I'd like to see the graveyard taken care of," said Jean Lowe.
The Tennessee Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers / Burial Services said Clark's Grove Cemetery is in good standing with the state and is allowed to continue with burials.