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East Tennessee Crossing Scenic Byway Council Partners for a Service Day to Raise Awareness of the Powell River Blueway

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The East Tennessee Crossing Nationwide Scenic Byway partnered with Norris Lake Mission and Hold TN River Stunning on October 14, 2023 for a river clean-up.

NORRIS, TN, USA, October 16, 2023 / — The Norris Lake Mission Crew and East Tennessee Crossing Byway Steering committee organized a volunteer occasion on Saturday, October 14, 2023 to take away shoreline litter from a part of the Powell River Blueway, one of the blueways that may be accessed by guests touring the East Tennessee Crossing Nationwide Scenic Byways.

“Since 2011, volunteers from the counties surrounding Norris Lake have picked up over 1 million kilos of trash,” stated Stephanie Wells, Director of the Anderson County Tourism Council. “We proceed to conduct two giant public cleanups yearly, and particular requests like the Powell River Blueway occasion annually as a result of Norris Lake is just not solely a leisure vacation spot for residents and guests, it’s an financial driver for all 5 counties and we want to defend its shorelines.”

Hold Tennessee River Stunning donated boats to shuttle volunteers to and from the cleanup websites that aren’t assessable by land. Bunch Hole Campground and Resort supported the effort with tools to transfer trash from the trash boats to the dumpster. Volunteers had been offered gloves and baggage by Norris Lake Mission, and t-shirts by East Tennessee Crossing Byway. A complete of twenty-six volunteers participated, with some volunteers working a number of days.

“We conduct these cleanups to not solely clear up the illegally dumped trash however to additionally elevate public consciousness about the leisure property which might be simply off the roads ,” stated Julie Graham, Govt Director of the Center East Tennessee Tourism Council. “The nationwide scenic byways that cross our 9 Lakes Area are wealthy with leisure actions and historic websites. The East Tennessee Crossing Byway is Tennessee’s “wilderness street,” connecting Cumberland Hole Nationwide Historic Park to the foothills of the Nice Smoky Mountain Nationwide Parks. Vacationers will cross three lakes, plus some of the most necessary historic rivers like the Powell, which had been utilized by early explorers of the western frontier.”

“ We are able to’t do these clean-ups with out the assist of our persevering with accomplice sponsors- Tennessee Wildlife Assets, Tennessee Valley Authority, and Tennessee Division of Transportation, which additionally helps the native litter grants that fund street trash pick-ups.” stated Wells. “A degree of entry for trash can come from the roads and bridges that cross the waterways.”

The Norris Lake Mission Crew is a grassroots effort of people, organizations, companies and businesses to protect the water high quality of Norris Lake, preserve the land surrounding the lake and encourage the stakeholders of the lake to do their half in maintaining Norris Lake the cleanest and most secure leisure asset in Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger and Union Counties.

In case you are inquisitive about volunteering with NLP, go to to discover a location and occasion close to you, or to register and get extra data. Volunteers may register the morning of a scheduled cleanup. Please word that minors have to be accompanied by an grownup and have a registration and launch kind signed by a dad or mum. You too can name 865-659-2829 or electronic mail for extra data.

The Norris Lake Mission Crew is a partnership with the Anderson County Tourism Council, Campbell County Authorities, Claiborne County Authorities, Union County Chamber of Commerce, Norris Lake Marina Affiliation, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Wildlife Useful resource Company, Tennessee Division of Setting and Conservation, Norris Dam State Park, Huge Ridge State Park, Anderson County Litter Grant, Sundown Bay HOA, Hickory Level HOA, Norris Shores HOA, Lone Mountain HOA , Pinnacle Level HOA, Stiner Woods Homeowners, and Highlands HOA.

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