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April 17, 2014

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Teams needed for annual Cherokee Lake POWER Cleanup

Published: 12:12 PM, 04/12/2013 Last updated: 12:12 PM, 04/12/2013

Author: Joel Spears / Managing Editor
Source: The Rogersville Review

Next Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. until noon, head to the lake for a good cause and help keep Hawkins County Beautiful at the annual Cherokee Lake POWER Cleanup.

Last year in Hawkins County alone, 300 volunteers gathered approximately 64,000 pounds of litter during the annual spring event, part of the Keep Tennessee Beautiful campaign and Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup.  This year, organizers said they are looking for even more volunteers for greater success.

Individuals, families, church groups, civic groups, school organizations, scouts, neighborhood associations, and businesses are all encouraged to organize a team and help remove unwanted litter and other debris from around Cherokee Lake in Hawkins County.

The event will begin at Quarryville Boat Ramp on U.S. Highway 11W, located west of Rogersville near Mooresburg.

Jenny Lawson at Holston Electric Cooperative, who assists in organizing the event, said several sites along the lake have been targeted for cleaning.  Participants will receive gloves and trash bags when they arrive at Quarryville, then return all collected trash there at the conclusion of the cleanup.

Those with trucks, boats, and other tools are encouraged to call and offer their services in transporting the trash to the boat ramp.

The first 200 registered participants will receive free t-shirts and treat bags.

In addition to the annual lake cleanup, if you would like to host a litter pick up in your community or a section of highway or roadway from now through the end of May, the Rogersville Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce will provide bags and safety vests to assist with the event. 

We encourage community beautification projects,” Chamber Executive Director Nancy Barker said.  “Take pictures, track your number of volunteers and drop the information by the chamber office so we can help share what you are doing to help Keep Hawkins County Beautiful.”

For more information or to register a team call Lawson at Holston Electric at (423) 272-8821, Barker at Rogersville / Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce at (423) 272-2186, or visit the Keep TN Beautiful website at -involved/.

Last year Tennessee volunteers donated more than 333,293 hours to clean, beautify, and improve more than 1,022 communities. Over 8,324,757 pounds of litter was collected from 6,275 miles of Tennessee roads. Over 6.5 million pounds of recycling was collected as well.

Keep Tennessee Beautiful Interim Executive Director Gordon Wilson said, “Tennessee residents have repeatedly displayed their ability to excel during the Great American Cleanup over the years. We are confident that our volunteers will shine once again this year in all 95 counties, helping us achieve more success during KAB’s signature event.”

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