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Keep Kingsport Beautiful wins top honors

Staff reports • Updated Oct 3, 2017 at 2:10 PM

KINGSPORT — The Trash Barrel Paint-In, the Beautiful Tree Fund and Conservation Camp are some of the reasons Keep Kingsport Beautiful was recognized as a 2017 Award of Excellence Winner by the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Keep Tennessee Beautiful.

“Keep Kingsport Beautiful is very proud to have the efforts of the program’s volunteers and sponsors recognized at the state level,” said Robin Cleary, director of Keep Kingsport Beautiful. “KKB’s success would not be possible without the dedicated support of the Kingsport Chamber and the city of Kingsport, especially the Public Works Department, which is always willing to provide support to any project or event that KKB undertakes.”

Keep Kingsport Beautiful received top honors due to the implementation and continuation of multiple community improvement programs including:

• Keep Kingsport Beautiful Clean Sweep Kingsport Cleanups, sponsored by Eastman Credit Union, Indian Path Medical Center, Domtar and BAE, had more than 300 volunteers working together at six different locations to collected more than 31 tons of trash and debris, including cleaning up two illegal dump sites.

• Keep Kingsport Beautiful Beautification Awards, sponsored by Boehm Landscape, Inc. recognizes 50 homes, businesses and redevelopment projects annually for their efforts to maintain litter-free, well-landscaped and beautiful properties that are good examples in neighborhoods.

• Keep Kingsport Beautiful Tree Fund provides tree plantings on public lands in the spring and fall of each year. Donations to the Tree Fund are made by citizens in honor or memory of someone special. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes has sponsored this program since 1986.

• Keep Kingsport Beautiful Trash Barrel Paint-In, sponsored by Domtar, provides more than 500 colorfully painted trash barrels to the city of Kingsport to be used at more than 100 public events held throughout the city annually.

• Keep Kingsport Beautiful Conservation Camp, sponsored by Republic Services, is a three-day camp held each September for more than 700 fourth-graders from four area school systems. This camp gives students an inside look at how they may conserve, protect and improve the environment. Presentations include protection of water quality, recycling/composting, early settlement of our region, forest fire control, air pollution, regional geology and protecting nature’s pollinators

Keep Kingsport Beautiful is a partnership of the City of Kingsport and the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.



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