Tennessee River Rescue seeking weekend volunteers

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG

Posted 10/6/17

Volunteers are needed to help with Tennessee River Rescue, an event being held this weekend to clean up the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. This event, set to take place Saturday from 9 a.m. …

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Tennessee River Rescue seeking weekend volunteers

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Volunteers are needed to help with Tennessee River Rescue, an event being held this weekend to clean up the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. 

This event, set to take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, is one of several similar events taking place throughout Southeast Tennessee that day. 

Tennessee River Rescue was started some 30 years ago by environmentalists concerned about the Tennessee River and other nearby waterways. Events take place the first Saturday of every October, and the local event is organized by Cleveland/Bradley Keep America Beautiful. 

"Everyone enjoys the Greenway so much, and we want to make our community more inviting," said Joanne Maskew, executive director of the local KAB. 

Volunteers will break into groups to remove trash from the Greenway and its banks, before checking back in to see what they all gathered. Maskew said groups have been known to find everything from food wrappers to car tires. 

Maskew said volunteers provide a "really valuable" service to the community each year. Though Greenway visitors might occasionally see trash dumped by inconsiderate others, volunteers have helped keep it from accumulating. 

Anyone wishing to volunteer will need to meet at the Greenway parking area near Kingsway Press, located at 2120 Keith St. N.W. 

Volunteers are encouraged to wear clothing and closed-toed shoes which can get wet and can sign in beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Maskew said the event is appropriate for middle school-aged children on up, though children must be accompanied by an adult. 

"We really encourage people to come out and help — even if they can only stay one or two hours," Maskew said. "This is also great for students needing volunteer hours." 

For more information, contact the KAB office at 423-559-3307. 

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