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Johnson County wins PRIDE volunteerism award

Photo by Sarah Hill, The Paintsville Herald. Left to right: Lilian Wheeler (Johnson Co. PRIDE Coordinator), Cathy Lenox (PRIDE staff), Becky Calhoun (PRIDE staff), Judge/Executive R.T. "Tucker" Daniel (Johnson County).

Johnson County won a trophy for recruiting the most volunteers during the 2015 PRIDE Spring Cleanup. Left to right: Lilian Wheeler (Johnson Co. PRIDE Coordinator), Cathy Lenox (PRIDE staff), Becky Calhoun (PRIDE staff), Judge/Executive R.T. “Tucker” Daniel (Johnson County). Photo by Sarah Hill, The Paintsville Herald.

Johnson County received a trophy on Oct. 5, 2015, for outstanding volunteerism.

The county recruited more volunteers than any other community across 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky during the 2015 PRIDE Spring Cleanup.

Johnson County recruited 1,960 Spring Cleanup volunteers. The county’s Spring Cleanup efforts netted 497 tons of trash and 165 tires.

“On behalf of PRIDE, I congratulate Johnson County for leading the region in cleanup volunteers,” said PRIDE’s Becky Calhoun, who presented a trophy to the county.

“I want to thank the local officials who organized Johnson County’s Spring Cleanup campaign, as well as all the volunteers who participated,” Calhoun said. “Thank you for making our region a cleaner, more beautiful place to live.”

“Community pride is clearly strong in Johnson County, and that is a big asset,” Calhoun said. “By rallying together, volunteers can make a long-lasting impact on their community and environment.”

“October is Roadside PRIDE Month, and I encourage volunteers to pick up litter near their homes, churches and businesses,” Calhoun added. “As visitors drive here to see our gorgeous fall scenery, it is a great time to make our roads look their best.”

During the annual PRIDE Spring Cleanup, communities organize cleanup activities and recruit volunteers to remove litter. They receive cleaning supplies from PRIDE, a nonprofit organization that promotes environmental cleanup and education in the region.

The 2015 PRIDE Spring Cleanup was sponsored by Outdoor Venture Corporation, Walmart and Waste Management of Kentucky.

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