Cleanups, plans on docket for CCP Thursday

Published 4:08 pm Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Star Photo/Curtis Carden                           A Tweetsie Trail cleanup will be on the agenda during Thursday's Carter County Proud meeting.

Star Photo/Curtis Carden
A Tweetsie Trail cleanup will be on the agenda during Thursday’s Carter County Proud meeting.

Traction continues to pick up for Carter County Proud.
Founder Ed Jordan spoke highly of initiatives currently underway by the group and encourages the public to come out for the organization’s meeting scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 23, at Smoke House BBQ Company in Elizabethton. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and is free to the public — unless individuals are looking to dine while attending the meeting.
“This will be a very informative meeting,” Jordan said. “Plans are starting to take root and we have a lot of momentum building.”
Representatives from the organization have being working alongside various entities, including Carter County and Elizabethton school systems, Milligan College, the public library, local law enforcement and members of the judicial system, to help crank up educational efforts for litter in the county.
Jordan added Carter County Proud is working to have a Tweetsie Trail spring cleanup event, tentatively scheduled in April.
Planning is the name of the game for Thursday’s meeting. To go along with other initiatives, one beginning to pick up traction is the idea of a tire disposal event. Jordan added he’s been working with manager Benny Lyons in the hopes of getting the events situated. If ideas come together, it would have to go through the proper channels through county government before becoming a reality.
“There have been state troopers at sites providing pamphlets encouraging residents to keep their loads covered when going to the dump,” Jordan said about the current programs in place, while encouraging the public to utilize the current recycling centers available in the county.
Coming together has been the motto, Jordan explained, who added that Carter County Proud is working alongside the recently created IDEAS Group to come up with beautification projects to help within the county.
Other items on the docket include a guest speaker from Overmountain Chapter Trout Unlimited and updates on the group’s transition to Keep Carter County Beautiful and upcoming highway cleanups sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
For more information, visit the Carter County Proud Facebook page online.

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