For the first time ever, the Annual WCU Tuck River Cleanup (now in its 19th year) has down to the confluence with Fontana Lake.
WATR volunteers worked with Wildwater staff – they supplied guides and rafts — and we removed trash from Bryson City at the Horsepen down to the Lake. Kids from the Swain High Environmentally Aware Club pitched in. The highlight was the recovery of a muddy old – but still readable – banner advertising Maniac Mattox – and below that the Outlaw Rebel Band. We got lots of trash, unfortunately there are numerous pockets of trash along the 288 road. We need more pickups but also a litter prevention program for Swain. Carolyn Allison, thanks for your help!
We had great coverage in the Smoky Mountain Times and Jerry Mattox, long-time Swain resident and former band headliner, told the newspaper that he lost the banner in a 1996 performance in the Community Theater. Great story, Jerry! Thanks for stepping up.
Group Pic: Colyn Petty, Pappy, Matt Cooke, Cricket, Joshua Martin, Kathy Gray, Roger Clapp, Gwen Albers.