Mike and Jody Weaver, owners of the White Oak rock racing course and Rocky Top OHV Park, donated a winch to the county in an effort to aid Environmental Officers Glennis Monday and Roger Byrge in cleaning the area up.
“We’ve been to 49 of the states and this is probably the most beautiful area of them all; anything we can do to help keep it beautiful is worth the effort,” Mike Weaver said.
He, along with his wife, have assisted Monday in the past on some of his county cleanups so they knew just how much the county needed a winch.
“Previously, we’ve had to pull everything out by hand or with ropes and chains hooked to the truck; this will help so much,” Monday said.
“We know what Glennis does and we think it’s great; we wanted to make his job easier,” Weaver said.
With 1,400 miles of roads to patrol and keep clean between two environmental officers, the 9,000-pound Warn Winch will certainly make a big difference.
“It’s going to save us a lot of time and a whole lot of back aches,” Monday said with a big smile.
The Weavers donated the $1,200 winch, along with 150 foot of cable and the hitch that mounts to the front of the truck on Tuesday morning.
Monday said he, Byrge and local volunteers have made great strides in cleaning up the county already.
“In the last five years, we have cut the litter in the county by 80-percent; we used to collect over 1,000 bags of trash a month and now we collect around 200 to 300,” Monday said proudly.
He said citizens may still see trash out there, but they are working on it.
“We go all over the county, we might be in Alder Springs one day and up in Tackett Creek and Roses Creek the next; it makes for a long day, but I love it,” Monday said.
He said for large cleanup jobs especially, the addition of the winch is invaluable.
“We work pretty hard to clean this county up and if I catch people littering, I arrest them,” Monday said. He pointed out that the fines and jail times were steeper now and he hoped that proved to be a deterrent to potential litterers.
“It’s a $2,500 fine and a year in jail for commercial dumping, also known as aggravated criminal littering and we stick it to them when we catch them,” Monday said.