Residents track down trashy places to keep county clean

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HARDIN COUNTY, Tenn. — Hardin County sits along the river, drawing in tourists from all around whose tax dollars keep the area going. This is why officials say it is important as the vacation season approaches to keep the county clean. “I think that’s definitely a major focus to have a beautiful county, when people come to it, that they want to come back to it,” Hardin County Mayor Kevin Davis said. Davis said citizens have expressed concern over trash piled and tossed throughout the county, spanning downtown to state roads. Now, the mayor and local officials are partnering with the local newspaper to find the trashiest places in the county and send a picture, so the particular site can be addressed. “It’s a problem in a lot of the places, especially in the rural areas, and to me it’s a reflection on how we feel about our community and how we feel about ourselves,” Hardin County resident Keith Holloway said. Davis said in the last 10 years they have implemented programs in county schools to create awareness. While admitting some littering is unintentional, it is something county officials hope more cleaning up will improve. Officials are holding a meeting to spread awareness of the issue Thursday night at the Hardin County Courthouse.

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