Local Teams Participate in Clean Up
Fifty volunteers participated in this year’s Great Arkansas Clean Up during the Trashiest Team Contest hosted by the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce. Local teams collected a total of 87 bags of trash along 13 miles of roadways, parks and lake banks in the Newport and Diaz area. Teams also collected an interesting assortment of other debris including eight tires, three televisions, a futon, wooden signs and a debit card.
The 2015 Trashiest Team trophy went to Team Move By Inspiration, headed by team captain Amesha Brown, which collected 18 bags of trash. Move By Inspiration meets every Monday for a community faith walk at 5:15 p.m. at Remmel Park to encourage citizens to be active and live healthy.
Other participating teams included Lindley Health & Rehab, Merchants & Planters Bank Solutions Center, the City of Newport, Arkansas State University-Newport, Boy Scout Troop 264, St. Michael’s Place, Newport High School ROTC and several individual volunteers.
The Great Arkansas Clean-Up is the annual fall statewide litter pickup campaign promoted by Keep Arkansas Beautiful (KAB), a state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc. and a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.