Carter County Proud having a busy spring

John Thompson • May 1, 2018 at 10:11 PM

ELIZABETHTON — With the return of beautiful spring weather, there are many households at work on spring cleaning projects.

But no one can top Carter County Proud for welcoming spring with a thorough cleanup and landscaping of the Tweetsie Trail.

“For the past three weekends we have been out and working,” said Edward Jordan, founder of Carter County Proud.

On April 14, the group partnered with the Elizabethton Lions Club to pick up trash from two of Elizabethton’s highways. Jordan said the Lions cleaned U.S. Highway 19E, while Carter County Proud cleaned up along the Milligan Highway, the road the club has adopted.

On April 21, Carter County Proud celebrated Earth Day with another project to keep Mother Earth looking good.

“We had a fabulous cleanup/awareness walk down the Tweetsie Trail,” Jordan said. The members of the Carter County Proud were reinforced by students from two Elizabethton High School groups: the Bartleby Program and the Honor Roll students.

Jordan said the volunteers walked around 7 miles of the trail “and celebrated Earth Day by cleaning up litter and trash. Approximately 32 bags of litter and trash and assorted debris were gathered. We had a great group.”

On Saturday, April 28, Carter County Proud partnered with the Elizabethton Lowe’s and with the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department on a beautification and landscaping project to celebrate Arbor Day

Jordan said the Arbor Day “was a huge success … thanks to the hard work and donations by many of our wonderful volunteer citizens.”

Jordan said the trees and shrubbery were planted at the intersection of Mary Patton Highway and West G Street.

“I would like to thank Shane Case, manager of our local Lowe’s, for the donation of the trees and shrubbery,” Jordan said. “Mike Mains, director of the Elizabethton Parks and Recreation Department, provided the donation of mulch and various other garden items.” Jordan said.

Steve Grindstaff, owner of Grindstaff Ford, provided water and trash disposal.

Jordan said the next event is a celebration. On Thursday, May 10, at noon, there will be a dedication service at the Milligan Station on the Tweetsie Trail. He said the event is sponsored by the city of Johnson City, the Johnson City Lions Club and the Elizabethton Lions Club.

“It is amazing what we can accomplish when we all work together for the good of our community,” Jordan said. “More joint projects are planed for the near future. Stay tuned.”