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.”