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Clinch River Clean-up needs more volunteers

This year’s Big Clinch River Cleanup on Saturday, July 21, is very short-handed, as many of our regular participants are unavailable this summer.

There’s still time for volunteers to sign up for the sixth annual cleanup, which starts at 8 a.m. with a free breakfast at the scenic Museum of Appalachia, 2819 Andersonville Highway, Norris. The cleanup will wrap up about 2 p.m.

Everyone who enjoys the river, from anglers to kayakers to wildlife watchers, is invited to help remove litter from the Clinch and its banks. The communitywide cleanup is an expansion of annual pickups run for many years by members of the Clinch River Chapter, Trout Unlimited, which hosts the event. Last year, 103 volunteers gathered 75 tires and nearly 2,200 pounds of trash from the river.

Volunteers work in a variety of ways:

* Above the water line, workers walk along riverside roads and through parking areas, gathering trash.

* Volunteers wearing waders patrol for litter in shallow water.

* In kayaks and canoes, volunteers work to clean shorelines and shallow water where there is no public access by road.

* In powerboats and driftboats, volunteers haul tires and other items from the depths.

Support for all the teams is supplied by volunteering emergency medical people, ham radio operators, tire disposal professionals and workers with trucks who collect and dispose of filled trash bags.

The first 100 volunteers to register will qualify for a free full breakfast at the picturesque museum (expenses of the meal are supported by a grant from the Tennessee Valley Authority). To sign up, please visit http://crctu.org and click on Big Cleanup Registration. For more information, contact Rusty Hallett at hallettrusty@gmail.com or (859) 227-1227‬, or Dave Easter at dleaster660@gmail.com or (859) 608-7090‬. The event will be held rain or shine (in case of severe weather, the breakfast will be held but volunteers will stay on shore).

Clinch River Chapter TU works to preserve and protect the Clinch River tailwater and its watershed through conservation projects and through education of children and adults in aquatic natural resources. Meetings are held the second Thursday of the month in the parish hall at St. Francis Episcopal Church, Norris, except when outdoor activities are scheduled.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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