Over 250 bags of trash and 12 tires were collected along a four mile stretch of roadside in the historic Coal Creek community. We were very happy with the number of students who participated in learning to take care of their own community. Maybe the students can teach others not to trash our world. Along with community members and students, volunteers included six Anderson County inmates and members of CCWF, Clinch River Trout Unlimited, and the Knoxville Office of Surface Mining.
|The third annual Coal Creek Spring Cleaning Day
was held on Saturday, March 17, 2007. The day was organized by the
Coal Creek Scholars and sponsored by the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation.
Volunteers of all ages helped to clean up litter and trash along Highway 116
in the Coal Creek Community from Lake City to Briceville.
A prize of $100 was awarded to the team who collected and filled the most bags of trash. The winning team collected 47 bags and split the award.
See more photos below...
|The annual event began with an idea from Coal
Creek Scholar April Byrge as she rode the bus home from school one day....
"I have noticed a situation that has grown really out of hand in Coal Creek - litter. There is not one square foot of unpolluted ground from Anderson County High School all the way to my house. I have to look at this everyday on my way home from school. I have to say, it hurts to see a place so dear to me being destroyed by its inhabitants.”
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|Anderson County Inmates who volunteered were not in the photos, but they picked up a lot of trash and were led by Officers Jim Leinart, Gene Rose, and Clyde Drummond|
Several unnamed inmates
|Additional thanks to:
Anderson County Highway Department for supplying safety vests and trash bags.
The Anderson County Sheriff's Department for allowing inmates to volunteer.
Clinch River Trout Unlimited member Bill Shipman provided water and soft drinks for the volunteers.
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