Beautification scheduled to take place at city welcome sign

Published 3:58 pm Friday, July 7, 2017

Expect an extra bit of color with a welcome to the City of Elizabethton.
The city’s welcome sign located right off the interstate on the Elizabethton Golf Course is scheduled to receive some beautification Saturday, July 15, with multiple organizations coming together to plant flowers to help add more appeal to the area.
“We’re attempting to beautify the area,” said Ed Jordan, Carter County Proud founder.
Carter County Proud is spearheading the charge and received support from the City of Elizabethton along with the Woman’s Civic Club of Elizabethton and the Elizabethton Lions Club to move forward with the project, which is scheduled to take place at 9 a.m. Saturday.
“This has been one of the projects we’ve been looking at since March,” Jordan said. “We’ve gotten the support and we’re excited about the opportunity to help beautify our city with the different flowers that will be on display at the sign.”
Another interesting portion of the beautification project is the support from Lowe’s of Elizabethton. Jordan alluded to the fact that Shane Case, manager of Lowe’s, supported the project by providing the necessary flowers to be used at the location.
“We appreciate the support of Lowe’s,” Jordan said. “We worked alongside the Woman’s Civic Club to pinpoint the right flowers for the area and Lowe’s supported us by providing the plants.”
While there may not be a cost involved, volunteers are encouraged to come out for the project.
“All we ask is that people dress appropriately and bring a trowel … if the weather cooperates with us,” Jordan added with a laugh.
Ever since the group’s creation, Carter County Proud members have been busy throughout the community participating in various activities to help promote recycling and litter cleanup in Elizabethton and Carter County. One of the milestone events for the organization was the recent Tweetsie Trail cleanup, which saw different members of the organization, City Manager Jerome Kitchens, County Commissioners Ross Garland and Cody McQueen, along with others walk down the trail to pick up different pieces of litter located on the stretch of trail from the Lions Field to Elizabethton High School.
Other ideas are brewing in the pipeline, Jordan added. The biggest goal moving forward is to see about the group’s classification as part of Keep America Beautiful.
Jordan added he requested a meeting with the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce for the middle of the month to see about the entity becoming the sponsors to begin the transition to Keep Carter County Beautiful. Jordan added the group was also excited about Saturday’s regularly scheduled cleanup of Milligan Highway, a roadway sponsored by Carter County Proud through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s “Adopt-A-Highway” program.
For more information on Carter County Proud, email Jordan at or visit the Carter County Proud Facebook page online.

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