Friends of Peavine group’s litter pickup a huge success
For The Vista
The Friends of Peavine registered last fall with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to adopt two miles of Peavine Road and recently completed its first litter pickup Friday, April 11.
“We had a great turnout for the day and the weather was perfect,” said Cathy Tipton, moderator of the Friends of Peavine, a small group of local citizens organized to obtain a Scenic Parkway designation for Peavine Road. Last fall the Friends of Peavine submitted to the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Commissioner John Schroer a request to have Peavine Road designated as a scenic parkway. If approved, this designation will protect Peavine Road in the future by placing limitations on the erection of outdoor advertising. Commission Schroer has not yet made his decision, which may come later this year.
Friends of Peavine volunteers were joined by volunteers from Gwin Realty, which also adopted a two-mile stretch of Peavine Road. According to Tipton, the opportunity to partner with Gwin was a big plus. “We had close to 25 volunteers working on the route from Jacqueline’s Boutique all the way to Howard Terrace, and we collected 30 bags of trash,” Tipton added.
According Tennessee’s Adopt-A-Highway’s website, the program provides an opportunity for individuals and groups concerned about the environment to take an active role in preserving and protecting our state’s natural beauty. Since the program’s inception in 1989, volunteers have collected more than 12 million pounds of litter from Tennessee’s roadsides. These valuable contributions are helping produce cleaner roadsides, reduce maintenance costs, and boost litter prevention awareness in the “Volunteer State.”
“We plan to conduct litter pickups on a regular basis,” added Tipton, “and we encourage interested residents to join us.” Individuals can volunteer to help with this project by emailing interest to [email protected] or feel free to call 931.456.4714.
Residents can learn more about the Friends’ efforts by visiting their website at www.friendsofpeavine.org.