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Hinkle Contracting is region’s top volunteer for dump cleanup

Kevin Houston accepted Hinkle Contracting Company’s PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award from Congressman Hal Rogers

Kevin Houston accepted Hinkle Contracting Company’s PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award from Congressman Hal Rogers

For cleaning up an illegal dump in Knox County in October, Hinkle Contracting Company has earned southern and eastern Kentucky’s PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award.

Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-5), who co-founded PRIDE, presented the award Oct. 31 during PRIDE’s energy conservation workshop in Annville.

“PRIDE has transformed southern and eastern Kentucky for 14 years with the help of volunteers like Hinkle Contracting,” said Rogers. “When individuals and businesses volunteer their time and efforts for a common cause, we can make a difference. I commend Hinkle Contracting for its leadership and encourage other businesses to seek out opportunities to provide assistance in their communities as well. Together, we are restoring our region back to its natural beauty.”

Hinkle Contracting saved the Knox County Fiscal Court $10,000 by donating the heavy equipment and manpower to remove the illegal dump on Hwy. 225 in the Kay Jay community, near Barbourville.

Hinkle removed 120 tons of trash and 100 tires from the dump, which was estimated to be 40 years old. The trash covered a steep embankment, and it would have been difficult to remove without Hinkle’s equipment.

Hinkle Contracting Company, LLC, which is based in Paris, Ky., specializes in many types and applications of construction. Founded in 1942, the company now employs over 850 individuals.

The PRIDE Volunteer of the Month program recognizes hard work and dedication to the PRIDE initiative, which promotes environmental education and cleanup efforts in 38 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky. With corporate sponsorship from TECO Coal, WYMT-TV airs commercials about each PRIDE Volunteer of the Month.

“Volunteers are the backbone of PRIDE,” Rogers said. “We wouldn’t be where we are without our volunteers. More than 360,000 volunteers have helped with PRIDE cleanup and education projects. We want to thank TECO Coal for helping PRIDE give these generous people the recognition they deserve.”

If you know a person or group making a difference with PRIDE, please nominate them for the PRIDE Volunteer of the Month Award. Click here for the nomination form.

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