RUTLEDGE – Grainger County Cleanup week will begin Monday, April 12 and end Saturday, April 17. 

Residents and county officials will gather to help remove litter from roadsides  as part of Keep Tennessee Beautiful.

Grainger County Parks and Recreation Director Stacie Defrees said there currently aren’t a lot of participants for this year’s event. 

“This year, with the roads being in such bad shape, I was hoping that we would have more participate,” said Defrees. 

One group, led by Grainger County Deputy Clerk & Master Donna Burchell and assisted by Grainger County Mayor Mike Byrd, will be helping clean Jackson Rd. in Rutledge. Cleanup will begin at 8 a.m. at 1565 Jackson Rd. Saturday, April 17. Burchell is inviting all neighbors to clean parts of Jackson Rd. throughout the week and the remainder will be completed Saturday. 

Rutledge Mayor Fred “Speck” Sykes said he will have a group cleaning Bryan Rd. in Rutledge. Anyone who would like more information about assisting with cleaning Bryan Rd. can call (865) 828-4513.

Defrees said a group will also be cleaning Poor Valley Rd. in Rutledge, during the cleanup week.   

Grainger County EMS Director Mardy Bowen will be leading a group Saturday, April 17. Bowen’s group will be cleaning various city streets within Rutledge city limits. 

Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center will be cleaning parts of the Washburn area, according to Defrees. Anyone who would like more information about how to help Narrow Ridge with cleanup can call (865) 497-2753.

Bean Station Mayor Ben Waller said calls are being accepted at Bean Station Town Hall for people who want to help with the county cleanup. Anyone who has a certain street they would like to clean, or who would like to help but is unsure of where to clean can call the Town Hall to receive assistance. Waller said T-shirts would be provided by Parks and Recreation for those participating in the event.

Waller said anyone who needs the town to pickup gathered trash from the event can call the Town Hall to let them know and the town will pick up the trash. He said the following roads need a group to assist with cleanup including Paradise Valley, Monta Vista, Trent Rd. and Adriel Dr., among others. Anyone who would like to participate in the Town of Bean Station can call (865) 993-3177.

Those in Blaine who would like to participate may call the Town Hall at (865) 933-1240 to receive paperwork to collect the number of bags of trash picked up. 

Participants must keep track of the number of trash bags collected to turn in to Keep Tennessee Beautiful. Those who do not turn in their numbers at a convenience center can provide the numbers at the appreciation picnic sponsored by Grainger County Parks and Recreation. 

The picnic will begin at noon at Grainger County Park and is open to anyone who helps with the county cleanup. Grainger County Sheriff’s Department is helping to provide food. Hotdogs and chips will be available for participants as a thank you from the county for helping with the event. 

Anyone who wants to participate in the event can join one of the previously listed groups or call Grainger County Parks and Recreation at (865) 828-9900. Defrees said she will provide anyone who wants to participate with supplies, including trash bags and gloves. Anyone who is unsure of where to clean can call Defrees and receive direction.