Saturday, March 18, 2006

305 Bags of Trash Collected!!!
 Volunteers cleaned up litter and trash along
Highway 116 from Lake City to Laurel Grove

The good news is that over 40 volunteers collected 305 bags of trash from a five-mile stretch of roadside in the historic Coal Creek community.  The bad news is that there was enough trash along the roadside to fill 305 trash bags!!  We were thrilled with the number of students  who participated in learning to take care of their own community.  Volunteers found a ceramic bulldog statue, tent poles, a working Olympus digital camera, antique glass bottles, and a live hen's nest complete with eggs.  Along with community members, volunteers included Anderson County inmates and members of CCWF, Clinch River Trout Unlimited, and Anderson County Commissioner Doug Haun.

The second annual Coal Creek Spring Cleaning Day was held on Saturday, March 18, 2006.  The day was organized by the Coal Creek Scholars and sponsored by the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation.  Volunteers of all ages helped to clean up litter and trash along Highway 116 in the Coal Creek Community from Lake City to Laurel Grove. 

A prize of $100 was awarded to the team who collected and filled the most bags of trash.  The winning team collected 48 bags and split the award.

See more photos below...

Volunteers gather at Briceville Park after
their productive morning efforts

Volunteers gathered at Briceville School
to sign in, get trash bags and gloves,
and receive assignments.

The annual event began 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.” 
Click on images to enlarge:  

April Byrge and friend

Rosemary Phillips &
Tammy Bolinger

Jacob Phillips &
Ian Starnes

Jennifer Phillips

Charlotte & Cassie Phillips

Terry & Bonnie Phillips

County Commissioner
Doug Haun

Ryan, Tyler, Nora
and Kyle

Kippie Leinart and
her fan club

County inmates
pitched in greatly

Volunteers with Walden Ridge
in the background

Kids will be
kids after
the work is

Barry Thacker presents
$100 bill to the
winning team

Coal Creek Scholars know that volunteering in
the Coal Creek Watershed is part of the
requirements for being a Coal Creek Scholar


Phillip Smith
& Carol Moore

Cool pile
of sand!!

Historic Briceville Church is part of the
beauty of the newly cleaned up area
in Coal Creek

Full trash bags line roadways next to Laurel Branch Baptist Church and Highway 116
Volunteers included:

Bolinger, Tammy
Brown, Steve
Brown, Taylor
Buffington, Buzz
Byrge, April
Cherry, David
Davis, Chris
Haun, Doug
Hess, Brad
Knight, Burton
Leinart, Dawn
Leinart, Kippie
Leinart, Kyle
Leinart, Nora
Leinart, Sara
Moore, Carol
Moore, Kyle
Oldham, Bill
Oldham, Erik

Phillips, Cassie
Phillips, Bonnie
Phillips, Charlotte
Phillips, Jennifer
Phillips, Jacob
Phillips, Rosemary
Phillips, Terry
Rutherford, Miranda
Samples, David
Sharp, Richerd
Smith, Phillip
Starnes, Ian
Thacker, Barry
Tinker, Brenda
Vandergriff, Ryan
Vandergriff, Tyler
Widener, Nathan
Wollard, Ron
Several unnamed inmates
Additional thanks to:

Anderson County Highway Department for supplying street signs and safety vests.

Mayor Rex Lynch and Jana Leonard for supplying trash bags and gloves through the Anderson County Litter Grant Program.

Sheriff Bill White's office and Jim Leinart and other officers for slowing down traffic along this curvy stretch of highway and allowing inmates to volunteer to help pick up litter.

TDOT for supplying street signs and picking up the full trash bags for proper disposal.

Clinch River Trout Unlimited member Bill Shipman provided water and soft drinks for the volunteers.

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