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Steven Ryan is shown with the retort that is being installed at Ryan Funeral Home as they add to the services they provide. They are currently waiting on approval from the Trenton City Commission after they passed a moratorium of no more than 60 days to make sure all local and state regulations have been met.
Ryan Funeral Home in Trenton is looking to add a crematorium to expand their services to the community.

Steven Ryan, who is part owner of the family business, said they are looking to expand the services and to keep those services here.

Ryan Funeral Home was established in 1977 and has provided Trenton and Dade County families in need of a funeral services for their loved ones ever since.

Ryan said, "Due to the increase in cremations, we want to bring cremation services here, in Dade County, in order to better serve our community by not having to seek cremation services outside the county.  Once your loved one enters the care of Ryan Funeral Home they will never have to leave our care again."

The funeral home must wait before this service can begin however.

The Trenton City Commission approved a moratorium at its meeting last week to give city commissioners time to research local and state regulations on the operation of a crematorium. There are multiple crematories located across the northwest corner of Georgia in nearby cities of Rossville and Fort Olgethorpe.

“We have researched all local and state laws before we begin building our crematory and feel that we have met all requirements. We are in ongoing efforts with the City of Trenton to resolve any outstanding issues pertaining to local codes,” Ryan added.

According to CANA, Cremation Association of North American, cremation rates were near 15 percent in 2008 and more recently over 33 percent in 2012 for Georgia statewide. According to their website, they are estimating cremations to be over 55 percent nationwide by the year 2025.

The moratorium is not to exceed 60 days.

Ryan stated he wanted to ensure local residents that once they begin cremations, there would be no problems concerning environmental issues.

“Its all computer controlled. It monitors emissions. There’s really not even smell or smoke,” Ryan said.

The state of the art retort is equipped with an after burner that is supposed to eliminate smells.

The Ryan family says if they get the approval, they will operate the crematorium as if it was never there in the first place; meaning most people wouldn’t even be aware of its existence.

The actual location of the retort is on the backside of the property next to I-59.

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