Call them the new conservationists. Volunteers who will float down the Duck River nearly two weeks from today, when they will haul trash from an illegitimate repository, get wet in the process and generally have fun.
Elsewhere, they call themselves river rats because of their slick manes, wet from the river water. But here in Marshall County and in Bedford and Maury counties, they're participants in a three-county event to clean up the Duck River and its river bank.
They're to gather at about 7:15 a.m. June 28 at Henry Horton State Park, Marshall County Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett said. The gathering place is accessed on the park road to the left after motorists drive in through the main gate.
"It'll be on the left after you pass the last pavilion," Liggett said.
Volunteers usually bring their own boats, but it's not a requirement for participation.
"We're expecting the same number as we had last year, somewhere between 75-80 people," the county mayor said.
This year's Duck River Cleanup is being held in coordination with similar efforts on the same day in the neighboring counties, Liggett said. Previously, it was on other days in the spring. "We'll have a clean sweep of the river that day," Liggett said.
River cleanups have been going on so long in Shelbyville that it was Gov. Don Sundquist who helped kickoff the project. Stones River Cleanups have been conducted in Rutherford County and through Murfreesboro since Ned McWherter was governor.
Used tires, drink cans, general rubbish and odd objects such as an electric stove, a broken microwave and other appliances have been found.
Marshall County Register of Deeds Dorris Wayne Weaver is coordinating this year's effort for the Duck River Cleanup, a project co-sponsored by the Duck River Development Agency that's headquartered in Shelbyville.
There's a coordinating committee meeting planed for Tuesday evening in the second floor kitchen of the Marshall County Courthouse Annex on the Lewisburg public square.
Also coordinating the event and making announcements in the kitchen will be Barbara Woods, chairwoman of the Three Star Beautification Committee of the Joint Economic and Community Development Board in this county.
Liggett said the day will include a road litter crew . . .Pick up a copy of today's edition, Friday, June 13, 2008, for entire story coverage.