Volunteers are needed for Tippah County Event Saturday May 16

RIPLEY – Next Saturday Tippah County volunteers will come together and participate in the largest event of the Nation. Over 3 million citizens nation-wide will work in their hometowns to help clean up America as part of a nationally organized environmental program. According to Bonnie Garner, long- time anti-litter leader and event organizer, this signature event will begin across the country at 7 a.m. May 16. In Ripley volunteers will begin at the Ripley Volunteer Fire Department. Dumas Fire Department, Walnut Fire Department, New Hope Community Building, and Spout Springs Fire Department will all be participating in the event and will open at 7 a.m. for registration, distribution of information, and cleanup supplies. Free tee shirts and armbands will be given to the first 200 volunteers. Refreshments will be offered at some locations. Blue Mountain held a locally organized clean up in April. The event will conclude around noon. Garner said, “Isn’t it amazing. We will have a small piece of our country ‘s environment in our hands on Saturday. It will make us all aware of our beautiful homeland and our responsibilities.” Said Ripley Main Street Director Allison Windham, “The national goal is to clean up America and to keep America beautiful. We want a large number of volunteers and have asked scout troops, church and school and civic groups to form their own teams and help.. Working in their own specific parts of the county will give us the coverage we need.” “Retired businessmen Dan Wiggs and Nelbert Lewellen have both been leaders in Tippah County anti-litter efforts for years. We are so fortunate in having a great head start and education in areas of environmental protection,” Windham added. Windham also explained that an application is in process for Tippah County to become a chapter in the national Keep America Beautiful/Keep Mississippi Beautiful. Sponsors for the local activities include; Ripley Main Street, City of Ripley, The Peoples Bank, Tippah County Development Foundation, Rotary International Club, RES, Dixie-Net, Ripley First United Methodist Church, Tippah County Board of Supervisors, and Spout Springs Presbyterian Church. For more information call Ripley Main Street at 662-512-0226 or visit www.mainstreet.ripley.ms.

Jane Matthews/Southern Sentinel