By REGGIE ROSS
The standard orange trash bags were filled to capacity in the one mile trek as workers collected trash along Highway 8 East and there’s 19 miles to go.
“It’s a good chance we could have close to 1,000 bags of litter before we get to Knoxville,” said District Three County Supervisor Columbus Hankins.
The Grenada County Supervisors have hired a local company for a one-time clean up starting with Highway 8 East to the Calhoun County line.
Hankins said the private contractor that is handling the job is a five man crew. On Thursday Hankins and District Two Supervisor Chad Bridges, who he shares portions of Highway 8 with, watched as the early stages of the pickup began.
Hankins said the private contractor is Sammie Shack Contractors.
Following that mass countywide pickup, the supervisors will likely use inmate labor to control the litter, which they hope will keep it at a minimum.
However, Bridges said the county will need the community’s help in keeping the roadside appearance as clean as possible.
“If you see someone throwing anything out on the highway, take a tag number down and report them,” Bridges said. “We have to get this under control. We don’t need our roadways looking bad.”
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