Highway cleanup scheduled

Published 8:08 am Friday, September 29, 2017

Multiple organizations will be out in full force over the weekend during their part to help beautify the community.

Carter County Proud founder Ed Jordan announced the organization, along with the Elizabethton Lions Club, is scheduled to host a two-mile cleanup of US 19E in Elizabethton on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. The highway is the adopted highway of the Lions Club through the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Adopt-A-Highway Program. Volunteers will start at 2600 HWY 91E.

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“We’re encouraging citizens to stop by and join in with the cleanup,” Jordan told the Elizabethton Star Thursday. “There’s been a lot of progress over the past couple of weeks with litter issues in the county.”

Jordan praised the efforts of the Carter County Planning Commission and other entities looking to help with beautification projects.

“Progress is being made,” Jordan said. “We want people to keep showing their support.”

Another cleanup on the weekend includes the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) Lower Doe River Cleanup, beginning Saturday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. at the river access point located across the highway from Hampton High School.

“Please come out and support these groups’ efforts to rid our beautiful roads and rivers of harmful and ugly trash and litter,” Jordan said in a message directed to citizens. “It is harming our beautiful community, rivers and countryside.”

With different organizations starting to kick up dust for the help of bettering the region, Jordan promoted the idea of groups working together and thanked the community for the support for Carter County Proud.

Work from the organization is trickling more fluidly into the school systems. Elizabethton High School students involved with the Bartley Project, along with Milligan College students, have pledged to do their part to assist with upcoming even