Weeding out a growing eyesore

One Jefferson County city wants the county to fix a growing nuisance. The mayor of North Johns says he doesn't want to put up American flags this Fourth of July until the roadside weeds are gone.

Johns Road runs past the city of approximately 130 people. It's a county road.

The mayor and neighbors complain that the overgrown weeds alongside Johns Road are an eyesore. They want them gone, so the city will look respectable when flags are hung for Independence Day.

"Everyone likes to make their place look better. Weeds make them look bad," said Charles Goodman, a veteran and North Johns resident.

The county says staffing shortages is making weeding and mowing more difficult. But it is trying to get crews out before next week.