Volunteers Remove 9,400 Pounds Of Trash

Tennessee Recipients In 1st Annual Ripple Effect Awards Recognized

Thursday, October 3, 2019

In a kickoff weekend celebrating October as ‘Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful Month,’ 73 volunteers removed a total of 9,400 pounds of trash from the Tennessee River’s Fort Loudoun Lake in Lenoir City and Knoxville during river cleanups.

 

Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful (KTNRB) hosted the events in partnership with Living Lands & Waters, Tennessee Valley Authority, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)’s Highway Beautification Office, Keep Tennessee Beautiful, Keep Knoxville Beautiful, and Yamaha Rightwaters™.

 

Living Lands & Waters brought five 30-foot-long aluminum boats to add to KTNRB’s 25-foot-long boat.

Volunteers ventured out to various shorelines, collecting 270 bags of trash (mostly filled with plastic bottles), 30 tires, 855 pounds of scrap metal that will be recycled, a 30.5-foot-long concrete dock, and much more. 

 

In Lenoir City, 30 volunteers removed 5,903 pounds of trash before enjoying a free lunch sponsored by Calhoun’s at the Marina at the riverside restaurant. The 43 volunteers in Knoxville removed 3,497 pounds of trash after enjoying a sponsored brunch at the Lakeside Tavern, where KTNRB’s 1stannual Ripple Effect Awards presented by Yamaha Rightwaters™ were awarded to nine Tennessee recipients.

 

“It was a truly inspiring weekend, with passionate volunteers smiling the whole time they cleaned the river, elected officials reading proclamations for our waterways, and river champion award recipients getting recognized,” said Kathleen Gibi, KTNRB Executive Director. 

 

TDOT Transportation Manager Mike McClanahan read a proclamation by Tennessee Governor Bill Lee declaring October to be ‘Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful Month.’ City of Knoxville Vice Mayor Finbarr Saunders and Knox County Commission Chairman Hugh Nystrom presented similar proclamations from Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs.

 

“We’ve got a lot to be proud of with this treasure called the Tennessee River, and what we’re seeing through KTNRB Month is that everyone—private citizens, companies, sponsors, nonprofits, governments, elected officials—are all demonstrating how valuable the river is to them,” said Gibi.

 

Recipients of the 2019 Tennessee Ripple Effect Awards presented by Yamaha Rightwaters™ included:

 

Adopt a River Mile- Anthony Laurino

Conservation- Ijams Nature Center

Corporation- Waterfront Management, 

Standout Youth - Cash ‘The Conservation Kid’ Daniels

Keep America/Tennessee Beautiful Affiliate- Keep Bristol Beautiful

Government Department- TDOT’s Highway Beautification Office

Elected Official- Alderman John Stamps of Collierville, TN

Marina- Hickory Star Resort & Marina

Beacon- Jake Davis

 

 

Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful will continue with two additional 2019 Ripple Effect Awards ceremonies for Alabama/Mississippi and Kentucky on the following dates:

 

Friday, Oct. 4 @ 8:30 a.m. – Guntersville State Park Lodge | Guntersville, AL

Saturday, Oct. 19 @ 10 am. – Kenlake State Park Bayview Building | Golden Pond, KY

 

River cleanups will be held immediately following the awards. Please visit www.KeepTNRiverBeautiful.org/upcomingcleanupsfor more information.

 


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