published Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Pickin' up Tennessee combines litter pickup, instrument picking (June 15-26)

Pickin’ Up Tennessee project manager Marge Davis collected this much litter in 100 feet of roadside in Mount Juliet, Tenn.
Pickin’ Up Tennessee project manager Marge Davis collected this much litter in 100 feet of roadside in Mount Juliet, Tenn.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

PICKIN' UP TENNESSEE

PARTIAL SCHEDULE

(complete schedule is at www.pickinuptn.org)

Saturday, June 15 — Van Buren County

• Litter pickup: Mooneyham Road west of Spencer and 2.5 miles north of Highway 30, 11 a.m.-noon. Park at 3054 Mooneyham Road.

• Music performance: Spiritual/traditional music by Roger Neely and Junior Dodson, 4 p.m. CDT at Liberty Hill School, Andy Field picnic area, just inside north entrance to Fall Creek Falls State Parks in Spencer.

Sunday, June 16 — Cumberland County

• Litter pickup: Peavine Road in Crossville near Mile Marker 22, from Westminster Court to Weigel's, 6677 Peavine Road, 1-2 p.m. Park at Weigel's or the adjacent Cumberland County Bank lot.

• Musical performance: Bluegrass music and square dancing by students of Mainstage Studio, 4 p.m. CDT at Cumberland Mountain State Park Recreation Lodge in Crossville.

Wednesday, June 19 — Meigs and Hamilton counties

• Litter pickup: Goodfield Road/Finnell Road just south of Decatur, 1-2 p.m. Park at Goodfield Church. 0.7 miles north of Highway 58.

• Musical performance: Program by jazz clarinetist Booker T. Scruggs II, 4-4:30 p.m. at Tennessee Aquarium plaza, 1 Broad St.

Tuesday, June 26 — McMinn and Polk counties

• Litter pickup: Highway 30 (Decatur Pike) in Athens, 11 a.m.-noon. Park at Athens Regional Park.

• Musical performance: Jazz rock by Playing on the Planet and Native American flute player Matt Tooni, 3-3:30 p.m. at Ocoee Whitewater Center, 400 U.S. 64 in Copperhill; Reliance bluegrass band, 6-7 p.m. in the Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park amphitheater.

A Chattanooga family is on an unusual adventure: a cross-state tour to build awareness about being good environmental stewards.

Dave Porfiri and Linda Duvoisin and their daughters Jane, 10, and Harlan, 7, began their adventure, called Pickin' Up Tennessee, on June 1 at Tims Ford State Park in Winchester. Next week, their schedule will bring them closer to home.

Porfiri and Duvoisin are award-winning documentary filmmakers, and they are chronicling the more than 2,000-mile tour through video and still photography. Each family member also is blogging about adventures along the way.

In each of the 20 clean-up sites, video from the locations, as well as a tally of waste, will be posted on the tour website, www.pickinuptn.org. Music to accompany the video footage will be provided by various local groups. Their concerts are open to the public, as are chances to help the Porfiri/Duvoisin family pick up litter.

The schedule includes two stops on the Cumberland Plateau this weekend, followed by stops in McMinn and Hamilton counties next week. The last day of the tour will be in McMinn and Polk counties on Tuesday, June 26.

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