Carter County Proud kicks off busy week with cleanup

Published 3:49 pm Monday, July 10, 2017

Expect the workflow to pick up in the coming weeks for one local organization.
Members of Carter County Proud kicked off a busy week of activities on Saturday, July 8, with their regularly scheduled cleanup of Milligan Highway.
“We had a great cleanup Saturday,” said Ed Jordan, Carter County Proud founder.
Volunteers worked up Milligan Highway in the morning hours and were able to gather 26 bags of trash and logged 34 man hours for the event.
“It’s important to have these cleanups,” Jordan said. “We want to promote this to the public and hopefully get more people on board to show support for their county by keeping it clean.”
While strides are being made, Jordan added there are some tough spots to view. During Saturday’s cleanup, the group’s founder noted that certain spots had heavier types of debris located on the side of the road.
“It’s sad to see this,” Jordan said.
But if Saturday is any indicator, work will be picking up for the organization.
During Monday’s discussion with the Elizabethton Star, Jordan added he received over 50 flowers courtesy of Lowe’s of Elizabethton to go toward their upcoming beautification project scheduled for Saturday, July 15, at 9 a.m. at the City of Elizabethton welcome sign located right off the interstate beside the Elizabethton Golf Course.
“We’re housing the flowers in a greenhouse now until Saturday,” Jordan said. “We’re very appreciative of Lowe’s support for this project and for Manager Shane Case allowing us the opportunity to use these flowers.”
Carter County Proud will be joined by the Lions Club and Elizabethton Woman’s Civic Club for the project. Volunteers are invited to participate in the beautification project.
“We definitely want to encourage citizens to come out and take part in the project,” Jordan said. “We just ask people to attend with a trowel and some work appropriate clothes. We hope to have more events like these where we can encourage the public to come out and show support for their community. Carter County is a beautiful place and we want to make sure it stays that way.”
Other plans are on the horizon, according to Jordan. But details are still mum until further meetings with other organizations can be scheduled.
To stay up to date with the progress of the local group, be sure to visit the Carter County Proud Facebook page online.

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