Community volunteers needed to clean up litter

Published 12:27 pm Wednesday, October 11, 2023

FROM STAFF REPORTS
As autumn paints the landscape with vibrant hues, the Keep Carter County Beautiful (KCCB) organization is calling on local residents to join hands and clean up their community in an event that is equal parts environmental stewardship and community building.
On Saturday, Oct. 14, at 10 a.m., KCCB is organizing the “TDOT Adopt-A-Highway Fall Litter Cleanup.” This event will focus on the stretch of Milligan Highway from Highway 321 to Okolona Road.
Volunteers are asked to meet at the Happy Valley Elementary School parking lot at the designated time. To facilitate the cleanup, KCCB will provide participants with essential tools, including garbage bags, gloves, safety vests, and grabbers. Volunteers can even take home these grabbers for future cleanups or “Trashercise” activities in their own neighborhoods. Complimentary bottled water will also be available for those who need it.
For more details and a map of the cleanup area, residents are encouraged to visit the KCCB website at www.kccbtn.org/events. The website also hosts a safety video at the bottom of the events page, which attendees are advised to watch before joining the cleanup.
The event is officially sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TOOT), and all participants will be expected to adhere to TDOT’s safety protocols. To comply with regulations, all volunteers will be required to sign the TDOT waiver, and volunteers under 18 years of age will need their parent or guardian to sign the waiver on their behalf.
While this cleanup aims to revitalize the local environment, it’s also an opportunity to reflect on the importance of keeping the community clean. Littering in Tennessee can result in a $500 fine, and a $50 reward is offered to anyone providing evidence leading to a conviction. By participating in such events, community members actively demonstrate their commitment to a cleaner and more beautiful environment for all to enjoy.
So, mark your calendars for October 14, and join the efforts of KCCB and fellow community volunteers in making Carter County even more beautiful this fall.

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