Keep Union County Beautiful Brings Awareness to Litter
When Tammie Carter thinks about litter and illegal dumping in Union County, she likes to look on the bright side. It's a problem, and a big one, but year by year, things are getting better.
"I don't know that we'll ever solve it or get people to stop doing it, but hopefully it will be minimal one day," she said.
Carter is a deputy assessor in the Union County Property Assessor's office. Since 2015, she's been director of Keep Union County Beautiful, an organization that's been fighting litter in Union County since 2002. KUCB has been in the spotlight in recent weeks as Carter's posts on the group's Facebook page caught countywide attention. The posts feature photos of unsightly litter and illegal dumpsites. While some of the attention has been negative, Carter said it's also sparked interest in community clean-ups.
"I honestly think it's the Facebook. It's bringing more awareness to it. People need to see those pictures," she said. "People see it and realize it's a problem. It makes people mad. We have almost 1,000 followers now."
Even though she sees the litter problem getting a little better each year, Carter said she still gets calls about illegal dumpsites "almost every day."
"They will sometimes be within a mile or two from a convenience center," she said. "It boggles the mind."
When those calls come in, Carter contacts Union County's Litter Officer, Brett Pursel, who is part of the Union County Sheriff's Office. If the dumpsite isn't on private property, and if Pursel and a crew of inmate workers can get to it, they go out and clean it up. In the past six months, Pursel and the inmates have cleaned up about five illegal dumpsites, Carter said. Sometimes, Pursel finds evidence in the trash that allows him to prosecute the people who dumped it.
"He does wonderful work," said Carter. "I can't say enough good about Brett. He's dedicated and wonderful. He'll go pretty much right then and pick it up."
But, Carter said that there's not much to be done about litter and trash on private property since Union County's current dirty lot ordinance involves "such a lengthy process."
"Hopefully in the future there will be one that's more cut and dried," she said.
Carter said battling litter and illegal dumps isn't just about environmentalism, it's about taking pride in where you live.
"We get a lot of visitors to this county from all over the world, and to me, is the trash on the side of the road the impression we want them to take back to wherever they're from?" she said. "With all this rain we've been having, it's more noticeable right now, and all that stuff washes down and in a lot of places ends up in the lake. I see coves that are just covered in trash."
Carter encouraged everyone to take part in the countywide KUCB clean-up, set for April 21, or to pick up litter when they can.
"Anybody can pick up their road," she said. "You don't have to wait for a countywide clean-up."
She said Warwick's Chapel Church recently did their own clean-up, and folks in Plainview and Sharps Chapel have expressed interest, too. People can call the Property Assessor's office or the Mayor's office, and KUCB will provide equipment like bags, gloves, pickers and vests. She's been attending neighborhood watch meetings to promote the countywide clean-up, and she and Pursel are planning school outreach activities this spring.
KUCB also administers the Adopt-A-Road program, a two-year contract with a business, organization or group, to pick up trash along a stretch of road four times each year. Right now, 25 groups are participating in the program, including the Union County Business and Professional Association.
For more information about KUCB and the county-wide clean-up, call 865-992-1209 or visit https://www.facebook.com/keepunioncountybeautiful.
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REGULAR WORKSHOP UNION COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION THURSDAY, JULY 26, 2018 6:00 p.m. Union County High School
1. Discuss School Trips
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2. Budget Amendments and Transfers/Director’s Monthly Report—Ann Dyer
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LaVerne McLain Cummings, of Knoxville, suddenly went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 at Parkwest Hospital. Preceded in death by parents Ed and Mildred McLain, grandson Chad Breeden, and sister Sandra Leach. Survived by loving husband Harlan J. Cummings, daughter Angelia (Bob) Love, son Brent Cox, grandson whom she raised Matthew (Amber) Cox, granddaughters Amanda Dykes and Brittney Russell, sisters Faye (Roger) Neff and Burlene Tolman, as well as 6 great grandkids. She was looking forward to seeing her great grandson Grantley expected in August.
Michael Ernest Smith – age 53 of Maynardville, passed away suddenly Saturday, July 8, 2018.
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Jackie Owen Carpenter, age 83, passed away at home on July 9, 2018. Jack was born October 28, 1934 in Claiborne County and graduated from Claiborne County High School in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1960. He earned his BA from University of California, Northridge in 1972. Jack accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Salem Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School for many years. He retired in 1998 from Harrison-Chihowee Baptist Academy (The Kings Academy) after 22 years of working as Business Manager.
Carolyn Lee Underwood-age 52 of Maynardville went to be with the Lord, Monday, July 9, 2018 at her home. She was a member of Grace Full Gospel Baptist Church. Preceded in death by husband, Richard Williams; grandson, Richard Dylangaddy.
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