Keep Tennessee Beautiful volunteers pick up a ton more trash than last year

MARCH 20– For the second year in a row volunteers gathered at Pickwick Lake as part of efforts by Keep Tennessee Beautiful and TVA to collect debris from local waterways.
“We collected 5,700 pounds of litter this year as part of the ‘Keep Tennessee River Beautiful’ campaign,” said Randy Etheridge, Hardin County Solid Waste Department director. “Last year we collected 3,800 pounds.”
With 50 helpers on March 11, more than double from last year, the clean-up was done around the lake in a few hours.
The event kicked off at Aqua Harbor Grille with a meal provided for everyone.
Missy Marshall, executive director of Keep Tennessee Beautiful, spoke to the crowd.
“A lot of roadway litter ends up in our waterways. This is a great day to work together to get our waterways clean,” said Marshall. “The month of March is ‘Keep Tennessee Beautiful Month.’ By getting the river clean, it helps keep America beautiful.”

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Pickwick State Park hosting spring hike Saturday

MARCH 17-- Pickwick Landing State Park is joining Tennessee’s 55 other state parks in hosting free guided hikes on Saturday, March 18 to celebrate the coming of spring and the bounty of recreation opportunities state parks offer.
Park staff – who can speak to the natural, cultural and historical treasures that all Tennessee State Parks have to offer – will guide free hikes throughout the day. From the cypress swamps of the Mississippi River in West Tennessee to the rugged ridge tops and waterfalls in the middle of the state to the majestic mountains in the East, every park showcases a unique piece of Tennessee’s outdoor beauty.
“For 80 years our state park system has created outdoor adventures and recreational opportunities for all Tennesseans,” said Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Conservation Brock Hill. “We are always excited to highlight our state’s beauty and special stories.”

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Hee Haw show fights cancer with laughs

MARCH 15– The family-friendly “Hee Haw” show, a benefit for the Hardin County Cancer Association, will be held at the Hardin County High School auditorium on March 17 and March 18, with a nightly pre-show beginning at 6 and the Hee Haw show starting at 6:30.
On Sunday, March 19, at 2 p.m., the seventh annual Kornfield Kounty Kountry Kids show, starring an all-children cast, will be held.
“Four cast members of Kornfield Kids are high school seniors and have grown up with Hee Haw,” said Kathy Moon, Hee Haw co-director. “They will be singing the fishbowl song this year.”
At a certain point during the show, HCCA donations are collected in a “fishbowl” passed through the audience as the special song is sung.
Moon says many of the new jokes this year, thanks to a donation from Lisa Armstrong Bevis, include some of the original jokes from the television show, which Moon says are hilarious.
Tickets are reasonable with donated money staying in Hardin County to help those with cancer who have a variety of needs.
“Last year Hardin County Cancer Association helped 113 patients,” said Moon.
Moon says financial assistance is available for each cancer patient’s individual needs, not only for gas assistance but also for things like medication, co-pays, prosthetics, Ensure nutrition drinks and more.

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