Man Headed To Federal Prison For Jones County Dumping Case

A man will spend six months in federal prison for his part in illegal dumping of contaminated dirt on wetlands in Jones County several years ago.

Harvey Pridgen of Nashville will also have to serve a year of supervised release that includes six months of home confinement with electronic monitoring and pay a $300,000 fine.

The feds say Pridgen was hired to deliver soil to a farm which would fill a low-lying area in April 2010. Some 50 to 60 dump truck loads of dirt went to the farm, and a bulldozer pushed the dirt to wetlands of a tributary to the Trent River.

Investigators later learned the dirt was petroleum-contaminated soil that came from the New River Air Station in Jacksonville.

Court evidence said Pridgen's company, P&F Services, was supposed to haul the contaminated soil away from the Air Station and ensure it was properly disposed.

In 2011, Randolph Foy, Jr., who owned the farmland near Trenton pleaded guilty in federal court.