Johnson City Press: Blue Hole dump site cleaned up by volunteers last weekend
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Blue Hole dump site cleaned up by volunteers last weekend

John Thompson • Mar 19, 2019 at 9:04 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Keep Carter County Beautiful had one of its most successful efforts on Saturday with an effort to clean up an illegal dump site near the picturesque Blue Hole waterfalls in Stoney Creek.

“It was a huge success,” Ed Jordan, chair of Keep Carter County Beautiful, said. “The event was successful because of all the citizens that organized, participated and that supported it. In three hours, 45 citizen volunteers moved and picked up over 1,200 pounds of trash, debris and litter. We had volunteers from California, Florida, Maggie Valley, N.C., and Bristol. Carter County was also well represented by many local volunteers and our city and county officials.”

Jordan saved his biggest praise for Beverly Margle, who started the campaign to clean up the dump site. She and her friends had planned to clean up the site on their own, but contacted Keep Carter County Beautiful in the hopes of getting gloves, trash bags and help in waiving disposal fees at the Carter County Landfill.

Keep Carter County Beautiful quickly responded to Margle’s request for help. The organization contacted Landfill Manager Benny Lyons, who was able to provide a 30-yard roll-off dumpster that he delivered to the site. That support made the cleanup a lot easier.

Jordan said the cleanup was well publicized and people responded. “It is wonderful to see our community leaders and citizens come together and accomplish such a large job. Again many, many thanks to all who were involved.”

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