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Corley pitches in to help keep rivers clean
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Mike Corley is doing his part to keep Warren County rivers clean. He took advantage of last week’s warmer temperatures to begin a river cleanup effort of two miles that he adopted through McMinnville Breakfast Rotary Club’s Adopt-A-Mile program.
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Mike Corley

McMinnville Breakfast Rotary Club began offering an Adopt-A-Mile of River program two years ago and local resident Mike Corley signed up.

“I adopted two miles on the Collins River, the Myers Cove section,” said Corley. “I think this is a good community effort, and I’m more than willing to do my part. Plus, it’s an excuse to get down on the river.” 

Taking advantage of warmer temperatures last week, Corley was the first to plunge into the 2020 cleanup effort. He removed 80 pounds from the banks of his two-mile section.

“In the spring, I try to do the banks,” said Corley. “During the summer, I use an open canoe and load it up. This time I walked the banks picking up items. About 75 percent of what I found was drink containers, mostly beer cans. I found a TV and miscellaneous containers.”

Similar to Adopt-A-Mile programs for highways, the river adoption seeks to get the community more involved in keeping the rivers clean by allowing people to adopt a section they can then care for as a project. It is open to individuals, as well as teams from civic groups, churches, businesses, etc. 

Club member Rachel Killebrew hopes this prompts others to do the same. 

“This is a great thing to do while we are all out of our normal routine,” she said. “Maybe this will inspire everyone else. Thank you, Mike, for this first cleanup of 2020. Thank you to everyone who has helped with keeping our rivers clean and safe.” 

Warren County has 145 river miles. 

For more information about the Adopt-A-Mile of River program or how to adopt, Killebrew can be reached at 931-808-3419 or email