Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tires Plus helps rancher who had a heap of trouble

Plant City

Tires Plus helps rancher with a heap of trouble

John Moseley's tire mountain is gone.

Three weeks ago, the rancher discovered more than 1,600 tires that had been tossed down an embankment on his property on Henry George Road.

A Hillsborough sheriff's deputy the night before arrested three men, including a neighbor of Moseley's, after they were spotted hurling the tires from a truck. Moseley welcomed the arrests, but that still left the four big tire piles to deal with.

He turned to the county but was told it couldn't step in because the tires were on private land, not a right-of-way. The state also balked, and a private hauler's estimate — $7,500 for 1,000 tires — proved too costly.

Enter Tires Plus Total Car Care, based in Clearwater.

Jeremy Persinger, vice president of sales and marketing, saw a news report about Moseley's plight and figured the tires could be recycled under a program by Bridgestone Americas, an affiliate of Tires Plus parent Bridgestone Retail Operations LLC.

"I live 10 minutes form Mr. Moseley's place, so this kind of story hits close to home," he said. "It was terrible."

So Persinger and a crew of nine Tires Plus employees showed up on Dec. 7 and, with Moseley, spent more than five hours removing the tires and packing them onto a semitrailer truck. About 400 tires that couldn't fit onto the truck were left on the side to the road to be picked up the following Tuesday. They went to Liberty Tire Recycling in Rockledge.

"What they did was huge," Moseley said. "I was impressed."

Wish Farms boosts organic production

Plant City-based Wish Farms, the state's largest strawberry grower and year-round blueberry supplier, is stepping up its organic production. Responding to consumer feedback, the grower said it expects to double organic blueberry production this year and boost output of organic strawberries by 20 percent.

Rave reviews for the Redskins float

The Antioch Redskins youth football and cheerleading squad float took first place at this year's Christmas parade. A trophy and a $100 check were presented to the team Tuesday at McCall Park in downtown Plant City. The float's theme: "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."

Rich Shopes can be reached at rshopes@tampabay.com or (813) 661-2454.

Tires Plus helps rancher who had a heap of trouble 12/20/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:30am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Manhattan Casino controversy resumes after taking a break for Irma

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration has once again found itself defending its controversial choice of the Callaloo Group to open a "Floribbean" restaurant in the historic but currently empty Manhattan Casino.

  2. At Menorah Manor, planning paid off during Irma

    Nursing Homes

    ST. PETERSBURG — Doris Rosenblatt and her husband, Frank, have lived in Florida all of their lives, so they know about hurricanes.

    Raisa Collins, 9, far left, works on a craft project as Certified Nursing Assistant Shuntal Anthony holds Cassidy Merrill, 1, while pouring glue for Quanniyah Brownlee, 9, right, at Menorah Manor in St. Petersburg on Sept. 15. To help keep its patients safe during Hurricane Irma, Menorah Manor allowed employees to shelter their families and pets at the nursing home and also offered daycare through the week. The facility was able to accommodate and feed everyone who weathered the storm there. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  3. Carlton: The cross atop the church that moved, and other strange tales from Hurricane Irma

    Hurricanes

    Down in Miami, the famous tan-don't-burn Coppertone Girl on the side of a building lost her head — part of it, at least, the top of her blond hair lopped off in the fierce winds of Hurricane Irma. ("At least her tan line and doggie weathered the storm," the Miami Herald noted optimistically.)

    Hurricane Irma partly decapitated the Coppertone Girl in Miami. [Miami Herald]
  4. After Irma, nursing homes scramble to meet a hard deadline

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida's nursing homes and assisted-living facilities find themselves in an unfamiliar place this week — pushing back against Gov. Rick Scott's administration over new rules that require them to purchase generator capacity by Nov. 15 to keep their residents safe and comfortable in a power …

    In this Sept. 13 photo, a woman is transported from The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills as patients are evacuated after a loss of air conditioning due to Hurricane Irma in Hollywood. Nine have died and patients had to be moved out of the facility, many of them on stretchers or in wheelchairs. Authorities have launched a criminal investigation to figure out what went wrong and who, if anyone, was to blame. [Amy Beth Bennett | South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP]