Saturday, March 27, 2010

178 BIG Bags of Trash plus tires,
bowling balls, etc. collected!!!

 Forty-two volunteers cleaned up trash along
the Fraterville Miners' Memorial Highway
(Highway 116) from Lake City to Briceville

We were blessed with beautiful, sunny weather during this week of rainy days.  Over 178 BIG bags of trash and 12 tires, 2 bowling balls, and miscellaneous gross stuff 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 Coal Creek Company, and folks who just think this is an area worthy of being clean!

Ricky and Tyler wondered,
"Who would throw out perfectly
good bowling balls?" 

The fifth annual Coal Creek Spring Cleaning Day was held on Saturday, March 27, 2010.  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 20 BIG bags along with their new bowling balls, and a few tires and split the award.  Everyone received a STOP LITTER t-shirt from the Anderson County Solid Waste Department/Beautification Department, and a bandana from the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation.

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A few of the volunteers gather at Briceville Park
after picking up trash all morning along the
Fraterville Miners' Memorial Highway
(All volunteers not pictured)

The annual event began five 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.

Volunteers included:

Adams, Jacob
Bailey, Ricky
Bolinger, Tammy
Brown, Johnathan
Brown, Steve
Buck, Jimmy
Bullock, Jenna
Byrge, April
DeCouteau, Cindy
DeCouteau, Matt
Exum, Roger
Freeman, Daniel Leinart
Galloway, Brent
Hightower, Mark
Lamb, Ashley
Leinart, Kyle
Linebarger, Rodney
Moore, Carol
Morgan, Amy
Morgan, Mark
Myers, Joe
Oates, Frances

Phillips, Cassie
Phillips, Jacob
Phillips, Jared
Phillips, Rosemary
Shepherd, Phylicia
Stooksbury, Greg
Taylor, Seth
Taylor, Sue
Thacker, Barry
Thurman, John
Tinker, Brenda
Trabalka, Geoff
Van Fossen, Beth
Van Fossen, Jerry
Vandergriff, Ryan
Vandergriff, Tyler
Widener, Nathan
Wilson, Ann
Wrede, Bethany
Wrede, Christopher
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.

Gary Long at the Anderson County Highway Department for supplying  safety vests and Geoff Trabalka with the Anderson County Solid Waste Management and Keep Anderson County Beautiful program.

The Anderson County Sheriff's Department for allowing inmates to volunteer and Chief Mark Lucas for supply patrol cars to keep traffic safe along the roadway.

Several unnamed officers and inmates from Anderson County and probably others we missed!


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