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Last updated 8:49AM ET
July 16, 2018
WOUB Local News
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Coal Run water dispute not yet over
(WOUB) - Coal Run resident Jerry Kennedy says he felt a sense of relief when jurors awarded him and his neighbors nearly $11 million in damages.

Residents of the mostly black neighborhood near Zanesville had suffered racial discrimination, according to the jury, and should be compensated.

"I think the Lord looked after us. I really do. It just showed its time for to make credit. It's time for that," Kennedy said.

Kennedy is 58-years-old and has always lived in Coal Run, which had no water service until 2003 after residents sued in federal court.

"We were just so close from having water and we weren't allowed to hook on. It just shows that we were discriminated against," he said, "I mean its just obvious."

The City of Zanesville, Muskingum County and the East Muskingum Water Authority deny there was racism and plan to appeal Thursday's verdict.

Kennedy says if he ever gets his share, he'll spend it on his kids and improving the neighborhood.
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