Saturday, March 22, 2008

160 BIG Bags of Trash and 4 tires collected!!!
 Volunteers cleaned up trash along
the Fraterville Miners' Memorial Highway
Highway 116 from Lake City to Briceville

Over 160 BIG bags of trash and 4 tires were collected along a four mile stretch of roadside in the historic Coal Creek community.  The largest number of volunteers were made up 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 Anderson County inmates and members of the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation (CCWF), Clinch River Trout Unlimited, the mothers and grandmothers of the students, and folks who just think this is a precious area worthy of being clean!

The fourth annual Coal Creek Spring Cleaning Day was held on Saturday, March 22, 2008.  The day was organized by the Coal Creek Scholars and sponsored by the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation. 

A prize of $100 was awarded to the team who collected and filled the most bags of trash.  The winning team collected 33 BIG bags and split the award.  Runners-up received Coal Creek Watershed Foundation hats or bandanas.

See more photos below...

Volunteers gather at Briceville School
before they get started cleaning up the highway

Coal Creek Scholar Phillip Smith distributed flyers at Anderson County High School to recruit student volunteers.  The annual event began three years ago 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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Volunteers gathered at Briceville Park for fellowship, awarding prizes, and the famous cooking of the Briceville ladies.

Area ladies did some home-cooking for the volunteers to reward their efforts in making Coal Creek more beautiful

Volunteers included:

Bolinger, Tammy
Brown, Steve -- Clinch River Trout Unlimited (CRCTU) (CCWF)
Burris, Kathy
Byrge, April -- Coal Creek Scholar
Byrge, Sarah-- Coal Creek Scholar
Daugherty, Della (CCWF)
Douglas, Terry -- (CRCTU)
Gregory, Bob -- Anderson County Library Board
Hayes, Jessica-- Coal Creek Scholar
Hayes, Mildred
Leinart, Kippie
Leinart, Kyle-- Coal Creek Scholar
Leinart, Nora
Long, Krystina-- Coal Creek Scholar
Moore, Carol-- (CRCTU) (CCWF)
Morehead, Sheila
Morgan, Mark
Naik, Dhara
Patterson, Melinda-- Coal Creek Scholar
Pemberton, Rachel
Phillips, Cassie
Phillips, Charlotte
Phillips, Jared-- Coal Creek Scholar
Phillips, Jennie-- Coal Creek Scholar
Phillips, Rosemary (CCWF)
Powers, Payton-- Coal Creek Scholar
Roberts, Jeff
Smith, Phillip-- Coal Creek Scholar
Sparks, Margie
Street, Arielle
Thacker, Barry -- (CCWF) (CRCTU)
Thurman, John-- (CRCTU)
Tinker, Brenda -- (CCWF)
Vandergriff, Ryan-- Coal Creek Scholar
Vandergriff, Tyler-- Coal Creek Scholar
Widener, Nathan
Wollard, Ron-- (CRCTU)

Additional thanks to:

A big thanks goes to Anderson County Sheriff's Department and their volunteer inmates who picked up a lot of trash and watched out for the volunteers' safety from traffic speeding down the roadway.

Anderson County Highway Department for supplying  safety vests and and County Zoning for the trash bags.

The Anderson County Sheriff's Department for allowing inmates to volunteer.

Several unnamed officers and inmates from Anderson County







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