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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Greenest State in the Land of the Free

My congregation is located in Carter County, Tennessee and Carter County is going green! Check it:

Carter County is Going Green for Earth Day.

Carter County is making an effort to “go-green” and cleanup the county. As part of the festivities they will hold an Arbor Day Celebration today, April 22, at 1 p.m. at Sycamore Shoals Hospital.

Earth Day is officially celebrated across the world on April 22; Arbor Day is officially celebrated on April 24.

On Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, Carter County will hold Countywide Cleanup Days. The county landfill will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The idea is that every resident will have an opportunity to clean up around their home or business and rid it of debris and unused items. County officials say they hope the cleanup day will reduce litter on the roads and steams as well as beautify the community.

“This is a great opportunity to clean out items that are no longer of use or needed,” said Johnny Holder, county mayor. “The county is working hard and becoming more environmentally friendly.”

The landfill will take household garbage, demolition materials, construction debris, furniture and appliances. A charge will be placed on tires.

Other events taking place are various litter pick-ups, and a Downtown Business Association “Downtown Cleanup” on May 4-8. The County and City-wide stream and river cleanup will be on Saturday, May 16 at 9 a.m. at the Covered Bridge Park.

From March to May Elizabethton and Carter County are participating in the Great American Cleanup, a project of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Tennessee Beautiful. For more information, call 547-3850.

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