Leaders make plans for safe Teaberry Road cleanup

John Thompson • Apr 24, 2019 at 7:55 PM

ROAN MOUNTAIN — The Teaberry Road cleanup, set for this Saturday, is going to be a big job, and several leaders went to the illegal dump site on Tuesday evening to assess the conditions and ways to safely work it.

Edward Jordan, chairman of the Keep Carter County Beautiful, said in a Wednesday email that several members of his board, along with the three Carter County commissioners who represent Roan Mountain — Nancy Brown, Mike Hill and Patty Woodby — met at the site to take a first-hand look at the litter conditions.

“There is a lot of trash that needs to be removed in this weekend’s scheduled cleanup event,” Jordan said. “Sadly, there is also the reality of a great deal of litter that simply cannot be removed from the steep banks of Teaberry Road in a safe manner. I would advise not to bring children to this particular cleanup event.”

Jordan did have some good news. People are keeping an eye on the Teaberry Road dumping area. A community watch group has been organized and there have been some charges placed by the sheriff’s department.

Jordan recommended that people coming to Saturday’s event should drive to Cloudland High School and park in the lot across the road from the school by 9:45 a.m. for the commute to Teaberry Road.

Jordan said those who do drive to the site need to stop on Teaberry Road when they come to the large dumpster provided by the Carter County Landfill. He said the paved part of the road will turn to a gravel road. He recommended that workers wear hiking boots or shoes. Work gloves and trash bags, along with several trash grabbers, will be provided by Keep Carter County Beautiful. At least one wheelbarrow will be needed.

A safety review will be given to volunteers at the dumpster site at 10 a.m. Volunteers will only collect trash from areas easily reached.

The cleanup is expected to end around 12:30 p.m. After that, volunteers can commute back to Roan Mountain Community Park shelter behind the Roan Mountain Post Office to enjoy a meal arranged by Hill. Keep Carter County Beautiful also will have giveaway items.

“Working together, we can make a difference,” Jordan said.