Tree trimming by LG&E leaves homeowner in tears

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by Chelsea Rabideau

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 2 at 1:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky.(WHAS11) – A routine tree trimming leaves the owner of a home off Lexington Road in tears. LG&E set out to clear some branches from around power lines and may have gone too far.

Scottye Ghent is in tears as she looks at what’s left of the holly tree in her front yard on Morningside Drive. “It’s been a hard day,” she says. It was a routine trim by LG&E to keep branches away from wires coursing through the edge of the yard. Just one of many trims over the many decades the tree has been rooted here. But, this time, Ghent says they went overboard. “All my neighbors came out and said, ‘Oh my heavens, what have they done to your tree?’” She explained.

It might seem trivial to some, Ghent is aware of that. But, this isn’t just any tree to her. “When my husband and I first looked at this house,” she says tearfully, “The tree was a big reason that we bought this house.” That was back in 1976. Her husband, a teacher like herself, and also a trainer at Churchill Downs died of a massive heart attack. This tree, Ghent says, was a reminder of their life together. “It’s just, it’s meant a lot. But, it’s not just me, it’s the neighbors on the street that have enjoyed the beauty of this tree and, it’s just lost.”

As a widow on a fixed income, if Ghent ever had to sell the house, she fears a big chunk of the curb appeal has been lost. “This tree would sell the house. Not now.”

 

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