The cleanup was organized by Hawkins County-based environmental awareness group Care NET, which brought 11 members to the site on April 13.
Another three volunteers showed up after reading about the cleanup the week before in the Times News. One woman reportedly stated she wanted to help after realizing the dump was less than a mile from her home.
The site was on McKinney Chapel Road about a mile east of the the Route 66 intersection and Hugh B. Day Bridge on property owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority along the Holston River.
The cleanup was scheduled in conjunction with the Cherokee Lake Users Association (CLUA), which had its annual Spring Lake Cleanup at various locations around the waterway on April 13 as well.
Care NET coordinator Nancy Bell noted that the TVA donated trash bags and gloves; CLUA contributed bottled water, snacks, grabber sticks and gift cards to share with the participants.
Hawkins County provided a 22 by 8 foot dumpster, which was filled to the top by the time the cleanup was completed.
“Dan Ely came with a rope and grappling hook, and he was able to snag cushions and tires and pull them up the 10-foot embankment to stack by the dumpster,” Bell said.
Another volunteer who wished to remain anonymous arrived in a truck with a knuckle boom on the back. Using that piece of equipment, he lifted out couches, bed springs, stacks of tires and tree trimming debris.
Bell added, “Altogether we took out 59 tires and 85 bags of trash that weighed over 2,500 pounds. The dumpster is full.”