April 29th , 2013 9:29 am Leave a comment

100 get their feet wet for clean streams

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Though gray skies and the threat of rain may have kept some at home, a group of private citizens, public servants, inmates, and students donated part of their weekend to help keep Carter County’s waterways clean.

Photo by Max HrendaKim Eggers bags a discarded blanket she pulled from the Doe River Saturday morning during the Carter County Clean Streams Cleanup. Nearly 100 people volunteered their time on a rainy Saturday morning to help clean the county's waterways.

Photo by Max Hrenda
Kim Eggers bags a discarded blanket she pulled from the Doe River Saturday morning during the Carter County Clean Streams Cleanup. Nearly 100 people volunteered their time on a rainy Saturday morning to help clean the county’s waterways.

Saturday morning, members of the Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce, the sheriff’s department and its Clean Teens team and Carter County Tomorrow worked side-by-side with some of the county’s concerned residents.

Gary Barrigar, who chairs the chamber’s Environmental Committee, said despite the threat of rain, more than 100 people participated.

“With a rainy morning, I think we had a good turnout,” Barrigar said. “It’s really nice to see our environment cleaner here, and so many good people. You see the very best of people when you come to things like this.”

Stephanie McKinney, events and marketing coordinator for the chamber, agreed the volunteers’ efforts contributed to the event’s success.

“We’ve had a tremendous crew come out and help,” McKinney said.

“That means a lot to me, and I hope it means a lot to everybody else.”

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