Over 2200 pounds of trash, another bowling ball, and miscellaneous gross stuff were collected along a four mile stretch of roadside in the historic Coal Creek community. A large number of students volunteered and learned to take care of their own community. We hope 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, Anderson County Commissioner Tim Isbel, the Coal Creek Company, and folks who just think this is an area worthy of being clean!
Krispy Kreme doughnuts to start the day and
|The sixth Coal Creek Spring Cleaning Day
was held on Saturday, March 31, 2012. 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 that collected and filled the most bags of trash. The winning team collected 14 BIG bags and split the cash award. Everyone received an orange bandana in honor of the Coal Creek miners who would have been pleased with the results.
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(NOTE: Please excuse the ditch
|The Spring Cleaning event began as an idea from Coal
Creek Scholar April Byrge as she rode the bus home from school one day in
"I have noticed a situation that has grown really out of hand in
- 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.”
Pictured at right is April Byrge with Carol
Recognition from State Senator Randy McNally:
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THIS is where
kept us safe
|Our third bowling ball!|
|Fletcher Bean joined us. He and his daughter and grandson have been voluntarily clearing off one of the Coal Creek Mine Disaster Burial sites. Read about them in the news here!|
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|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. This included Geoff Trabalka and Rodney Linebarger.
Thank you Gary Long, Director of 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 for directing traffic and coordinating the inmates great work.
We appreciate 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 inmates from Anderson County and probably others we missed!
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