Carter County Proud eyes beautification projects

Published 10:09 am Tuesday, September 5, 2017

There’s never a dull moment for the members of a local county organization.

With fall in full force, Carter County Proud members are ready to tackle a bevy of projects and will discuss the future during a meeting set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, at the Smoke House BBQ Company located on Milligan Highway.

Carter County Proud founder Ed Jordan stated the meetings are open to the public and next week’s meeting will tackle a bevy of upcoming projects.

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Relying on partnerships, the organization joined with the Elizabethton Lions Club, Elizabethton Women’s Civic Club, the city fire department and Lowe’s for a beautification project at the welcome sign at the Elizabethton Golf Course in July.

Jordan said Friday that the meeting will include discussions about possible beautification projects in the city, including the Tweetsie Trail.

“We’re hoping this catches on all through downtown, from Elk Avenue to the Covered Bridge,” Jordan said following July’s project. “Carter County Proud is working to develop a plan to plant native trees and shrubs on the Tweetsie Trail.”

Jordan added if the plan receives the green light, donors across the stateline for tree nurseries would provide the group with native trees, but that they would need advanced notice.

“Our goal is to get this together to have at least some of the project done by the fall,” he said.

Along with the support of members, Jordan added it has been a nice asset to work alongside different community organizations and the city, including Elizabethton Parks and Recreation.

Delving into beautification, Jordan stressed the goal of the organization is to provide the resources but help by making sure the trees can have an easier upkeep.

“Overall, we want to make this project as maintenance friendly as possible,” he said.

Other items to be tackled include the organization status in regards to the transition from Carter County Proud to Keep Carter County Beautiful. Jordan added the meeting will include updates from Milligan College and Elizabethton City Schools, along with a discussion about the next Milligan Highway cleanup, the organization’s adopted highway through the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

For more information about the group and to learn more about what’s ahead, Jordan said the public can either attend meetings or stay up to date by visiting the Carter County Proud Facebook page online.