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April 12, 2001

Offenders Help Make Clean Sweep Of State Roadways

Offenders around the state will be helping clean up the state's roadways during "Spring 2001 Litter Sweep." To emphasize the importance of the cleanup Governor Michael Easley issued a proclamation designating "Litter Sweep" as Monday, April 16 through Monday, April 30.

"The Department of Correction has always been conscious of the importance of preserving the state’s environment," said Secretary Theodis Beck. "This project allows inmates to do something positive for the community and the citizens of North Carolina."

Each spring a two-week period known as "Litter Sweep" is dedicated to cleaning North Carolina highways. Last spring, offenders collected 57,000 bags of trash along nearly 5,000 miles of roadway during "Litter Sweep 2000."

Inmates pick up trash
Inmates from Carteret Correctional Center pick up trash as part of Litter Sweep along NC 101 between Havelock and Beaufort.

Among the locations where offenders will be participating are:

Duplin County- Interstate 40 in Duplin County and various secondary roads. For more information call Sgt. W.D. Tucker, Duplin Correctional Center, (910) 296-0315.

Greensboro- U.S. 29 from Guilford County line to Caswell County line. For more information call Sgt. A.B. Hodges, Dan River Prison Farm, (336) 694-1583.

Haywood County- 23/74 bypass, Highway 19 in Maggie Valley, Highways 276 and 110, Old Asheville Highway, and in Jackson County; Highways 107 and 281. For more information call Superintendent Doug Mitchell or Sgt. Jim Frazier, Haywood Correctional Center, (828) 452-5141.

Marion- Roadways in city limits (Interstate 40, Highway 221, Highway 70, East Court Street and Main Street). For more information call Sgt. Sandra Stamey, Marion Correctional Institution, (828) 652-4321.

Robeson County- Various state roads around the county. For more information call Sgt. Brenda Mitchell, Robeson Correctional Center, (910) 618-5535.

Wake County- Highway 70 east of the Interstate 40 merge and Highway 42 west of Interstate 40. For more information call Lt. Steve Putman, Wake Correctional Center, (919) 733-7988.

Winston-Salem- Interstate 40 between Guilford and Davie county lines, Highway 311-109 and Highway 421. For more information call Sgt. Larry Gilley, Davidson Correctional Center, (336) 249-7528.

For additional locations in your area contact the Public Information Office at (919) 716-3700.

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