Volunteers Make “Clean the Clinch” a Success for 2019

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (October 4, 2019) – The recent cleanup effort along a portion of the Clinch River near Edgemoor Road saw very successful results thanks to a wonderful turnout of volunteers. The event, called “Clean the Clinch,” was hosted by the City of Oak Ridge’s Stormwater Division and its Healthy Waters Program.

Approximately 30 volunteers came out on Saturday, September 21, to remove trash that had gathered in pockets along the Haw Ridge Park shoreline and the Solway Park area, both popular recreation spots.

The Oak Ridge Fire Department also offered their boats, time, and expertise to transport volunteers to areas in dire need of cleanup, as well as pick up trash along the waterway itself. Several volunteers even brought their own boats and kayaks. Other volunteers stayed on land, clearing litter from around the boat ramp and Solway Park.

As a group, they were able to remove nearly 30 bags of trash, five tires, two plastic containers, a chair, a mailbox, and more from in and around the river. Organizers would like to thank all the volunteers who took time out of their weekend to help make this event such a success.

Anyone interested in being notified of future cleanups or similar events can be added to the Healthy Waters Program volunteer list by contacting the AmeriCorps Stormwater Team at [email protected] or by calling (865) 425-1890.

To learn more about litter, recycling, and keeping our waterways clean, please visit http://stormwater.oakridgetn.gov/.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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