Citizens lead effort to clean up Blue Hole on Saturday

John Thompson • Mar 12, 2019 at 5:18 PM

ELIZABETHTON — A group of residents who are planning to spend next Saturday cleaning up the Blue Hole Falls will be getting some help from the recently organized Keep Carter County Beautiful anti-litter group. The cleanup is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. on March 16.

Ed Jordan, chairman of the Keep Carter County Beautiful organization, said he received the letter from Beverlie Margle, who described the problem at the Blue Hole. She wrote: “It’s a total mess! There is a couch, lots of trash, plus debris in the creek.”

The residents said collecting the trash wasn’t going to be a problem, They were reaching out to Keep Carter County Beautiful for supplies, including gloves for everyone, and trash bags. They also were inquiring about help in paying the disposal costs.

After receiving the letter, Jordan went to the Blue Hole and checked it out for himself. He saw what the residents described and took photographs. He said, “There is trash on both sides of the road and along the Blue Hole water falls. Really bad.”

Jordan replied by saying Keep Carter County Beautiful “is taking action in support of this citizens’ group cleanup efforts. We have scheduled with Benny Lyons, director of the Carter County Landfill, to have a dumpster delivered to the Blue Hole parking lot on March 15 and will pick it up on March 16.” Jordan said Keep Carter County Beautiful has also coordinated with Keep Tennessee Beautiful for additional trash bags and gloves for the cleanup and have these items on hand, ready for issue.

Jordan also issued a challenge to other residents and citizens groups: “I would highly encourage other citizens groups to get involved with cleaning up our creeks and waterways after our recent floods. KCCB will provide the necessary support and supplies I this effort. Please contact KCCB at [email protected], Attention; Ed Jordan.”

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