240 Bags!!

Saturday, March 19, 2005

State Senator Randy McNally has introduced a bill in the Tennessee Legislature to rename Highway 116 the Fraterville Miners Memorial Highway.  In recognition of that honor, April Byrge and other Coal Creek Scholars from Anderson County High School organized a litter clean-up to give the three-mile stretch of highway from the city limits of Lake City to Briceville an extreme makeover.  In addition to a hot water heater, mufflers, and parts of vehicles, 240 bags of trash were collected by over 40 volunteers.  Along with community members, volunteers included members of CCWF, Clinch River Trout Unlimited, and Anderson County.

Youth of Coal Creek learning to
take care of their own watershed

“I have noticed a situation that has grown really out of hand in Briceville - 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.”   (From April Byrge, Coal Creek Scholar and Sophomore at Anderson County High School)
We think the future of the Coal Creek watershed lies in the children.  Most of the volunteers on this day were children.  Mothers like Kippie and Lori were there setting a good example for their children.  Grandmother Faye worked alongside her grandson Kyle. 

April looks over the trash gathered
for the contest (including a lost bra)

After picking up the trash and litter, volunteers met back at Briceville Park for snacks.  A contest was held for the most unique piece of trash collected.  April Byrge had the crowd help judge the contest. A rusted out hot water heater was the winner, with a 1971 Tennessee license plate coming in a close second.   $100 was awarded to the group who recovered it.

See certificates of appreciation issued by Senator Randy McNally to each volunteer.

The offices of Sheriff Bill White, Road Superintendent Gary Long, and Jana Leonard from Anderson County Mayor Rex Lynch's office provided bags, gloves, signs, and patrols to control traffic during the clean-up.  They even closed a section of Highway 116 in Briceville so students from Briceville Elementary and Lake City Middle Schools could help.

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Bags collected along one section
of road in Fraterville

Volunteers gather at
Briceville School to
kick off the day
Coal Creek youth were
even heard to say,
"This is fun!"

Cleaning up the roadside

Volunteers thank Anderson County deputies for keeping them safe and for
modeling a toy holster belt
removed with the trash

Volunteers from
Anderson County jail

Several volunteers gather
at Briceville Park after
working all morning

Beneath all the trash, the Coal Creek watershed is as beautiful as any place on earth
Volunteers included:

Bean, Katie
Bolinger, Tammy
Brown, Steve
Brown, Taylor
Bullock, Alex
Bullock, Jenna
Bullock, Lori
Byrge, April
Byrge, Sarah
Cook, Faye
Golden, April
Golden, Matthew
Justice, Tonya
Leinart, Dawn
Leinart, Kippie
Leinart, Kyle

Leinart, Sarah
Moore, Carol
Morgan, Mark
Neland, Maura
Phillips, D.J.
Smith, Emily
Phillips, Rosemary
Phillips, Jacob
Samples, David
Sharp, Ashley
Thacker, Barry
Thurman, John
Toyohara, Hiroshi
Deputies from Anderson County
Volunteers from Anderson County jail

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