On a very hot August morning, over 55 volunteers showed up bright and early at Briceville School for their assignments in removing deadwood, debris, and trash from Coal Creek. This is the second effort since June 2000 in keeping the bridges clear so that Coal Creek keeps flowing smoothly and flooding is prevented.
Volunteers from the Clinch River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, American Society of Civil Engineers, Boy Scouts of America, Anderson County, local watershed residents, and others interested in helping the community made a difference at several of the bridges throughout Coal Creek. Also, we were very proud that Kristie Braden and Rocky Bailey, from the Coal Creek Scholars Program showed up to work on their community service efforts to improve Coal Creek.
Reporter Will Lewis and News Videographer Daniel Beckner from Knoxville's CBS Channel 8 WVLT-TV, and Anita Feliciano from the Clinton Courier News showed up and "got their feet wet" in Coal Creek.
The bridge across from Briceville School, Drummond Bridge, and Beech Grove bridges were cleared of debris and trash. Some of the action at Drummond Bridge and Beech Grove can be seen below:
|David Lickliter's patriotically designed winch really makes a difference in large wood|
|A large turtle hole was revealed when the tree was removed||Barry Thacker and Anderson County volunteers set a large stump for winching|
Barry Thacker takes time to give new volunteers a history lesson on where Dick Drummond was hung from the railroad bridge during the Coal Creek War.
|Eric Hubbard, Mark "Hollywood" Whaley, and Reporter Will Lewis discuss the effort||Barry Thacker on camera with Will and Daniel|
|The winch is moved to Beech Grove where Scott Arwood pulls cable to get to large trees||First tree from Beech Grove railroad bridge being winched up the bank|
|Some of the volunteers from Geo/Environmental Associates: Mitch Halsey, Jody Barker, Barry Thacker and Scott Arwood||Some of the large trees that were backed up against the bridge at Beech Grove|
|Volunteers preparing the trees for winching under the bridge and up the bank||Volunteers taking a break and watching the action below|
|Jody Barker uses his muscles|
Thanks to all the volunteers who included:
Anderson County Volunteers (12)
Daugherty, Rev. Roy
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