BURNWELL, Ky. – For the past four years Pike County PRIDE has partnered with several different organizations to hold an annual “River Sweep”, this year the group will be working in conjunction with Big Sandy River Coalition, Food City and Hatfield McCoy Air Boat Tours.
The event has previously been held in various locations along the Tug River and this year’s cleanup will be held on Friday, October 28 in an area commonly referred to as “Burnwell Beach”.
Kent Stacy with Pike County PRIDE encourages any individual, groups or organizations to come out and volunteer, last year over 100 volunteers participated in the clean-up efforts. Inmates from the Pike County Detention Center Work Program and a group of student volunteers from the University of Pikeville will participate in the clean-up.
Pike County Jailer Freddie Lewis said, “We are always happy to do our part in keeping our communities in Pike County clean, we know and understand that our inmates are a huge part of the work that is done on a county level, from cleaning up litter throughout the county to painting our county buildings, fire departments, schools and a lot more, they clean grave yards and parks, provide lawn service to the senior citizen centers and schools, now we have added a public works crew to help on the building and maintenance. We hope to grow, it has much possible and this is great because it’s at no expense from our tax payers in our county. This year alone our inmates have picked up 15,396 bags of garbage in this (Pike) county.”
Sign up for volunteers will begin at 8:00 a.m., lunch will be provided by Food City and Hatfield McCoy Air Boat tours.
Stacy said, “We have some of the prettiest country around here, and we have a lot of potential for tourism, kayaking and canoeing are becoming popular in this area, but no one wants to go down the river and see all the debris in the water.”
Last year the clean-up area last year was focused around the Buskirk area and more than 600 tires and hundreds of bags of garbage were removed from the river banks and the waterway.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext. 2278.