Keep Blount Beautiful received four 2011 Awards of Excellence from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Keep Tennessee Beautiful, which brought at total of $6,000 in awards to the organization.
Awards were received in the Public Education category “Schools K-8” for $1,000, the Public Participation Category “Most Improved Great American CleanUp” for $1,000, the “America Recycles Day of Tennessee” for $1,000, and finally in the “TDOT County Litter Grant Program in Class III” for $3,000.
The awards were presented to Charlene DeSha, Keep Blount Beautiful coordinator, and to Jarrod Millsaps, KBB board president, by TDOT Commissioner John Schroer during the Awards of Excellence banquet on Feb. 1. Awards were presented during the first day of the 2011 Biennial State Conference, Feb. 1-2, at the Franklin Marriott Franklin Cool Springs in Franklin.
Keep Tennessee Beautiful recognized the environmental achievements and legacies of people and organizations who work to improve their community’s appearance through public education programs. The event recognized 24 winners from around the state of Tennessee, totaling to $41,000 in grant checks.
Keep Blount Beautiful also specializes in elementary school education. In 2009-2010, over 2,100 elementary children were educated on recycling, litter prevention and proper storm water management practices. Keep Blount Beautiful educates children through Alcoa/Maryville/Blount County Landfill tours and in-school presentations. All programs are free of charge and available to Blount County residents, business and organizations.
Blount County residence’s Great American CleanUp participation increased from 350 in 2009 to 2,475 in 2010. This large increase in volunteers was mainly due to the previous Earth Round Up event, held in April 2009.
Keep Blount Beautiful won the first ever “America Recycles Day of Tennessee” award. Blount County’s America Recycles Day event has been a huge success. In the past two years, 5,000 pounds of electronics, 5,900 pounds of paper, 1,150 pounds of clothing, 163 Coats for the Community, 145 eyeglasses, 323 pairs of shoes for Soles4Souls and more have been recycled and diverted from the local landfill because of this event.
Last, but not least, Keep Blount Beautiful and the Blount County Sheriff’s Office won the “TDOT County Litter Grant Program in Class III” award due to their partnership in working together to keep Blount County clean. Keep Blount Beautiful offers a litter hotline (865-681-4809) for residents to report littered areas within the county. They, in turn, contact the Blount County Litter Crew to assist with clean up or send volunteers to the location. It is through this relationship that Blount County can actively attack the litter problems in the area.
For more information regarding Keep Blount Beautiful, visit their website at www.keepblountbeautiful.org, or call 865-681-4809.
Keep Blount Beautiful is an award winning 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization located in the Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Their mission is to improve our community by encouraging litter prevention, waste reduction, and beautification.
For more information on the 2011 Awards of Excellence, visit www.ktnb.org.