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Iuka plans clean up day on Saturday

By L.A. Story

IUKA — Residents of Iuka will get the opportunity to do some spring cleaning as a community this Saturday.

Sponsored by the Iuka Development and Economic Association (IDEA), Iuka's Big Event Clean Up Day will take place from 8 until 11 a.m. Saturday.

Event organizers ask for volunteers to come to Jaybird Park at 8 a.m. Saturday for street assignments to pick up trash and clean up streets. Garbage bags will be provided.

Everyone in the City of Iuka is asked to take the hours of the Iuka Big Event Clean Up Day to tackle those yard tasks they have been meaning to get to and take advantage of the opportunity to have some of their unwanted items hauled off.

"All you have to do is get it to the curb," said Kenny Carson, Iuka Alderman and IDEA Vice-President. "We're asking people to take this opportunity to help the community and choose this Saturday to clean their yards, carports and porches and haul stuff to the road. If you live in the city limits, the city workers will come by and pick it up and save citizens from having to load it up and take it to a dump."

The alderman added that it could be any item — old lawnmowers, appliances, limbs or garbage around the house — it can be taken away.

He said they were also asking people to help their neighbors.

"If your yard is in good shape, that's great. Why not help an elderly neighbor or help clean up the street where you live?" asked Carson. "We have a great little town. It's just in need of some de-cluttering."

The alderman said that those who are physically unable to participate, or those who would like help with their clean up, to call and let IDEA know.

IDEA's stated mission is "Making Iuka a better place to live and work while providing different events for the community."

"IDEA has really tried to get involved in doing things for Iuka. We're all about promoting Iuka and this is a way for us to give back. We're looking for any and all volunteers," said Shana Hollon, IDEA President.

Carson said the idea of a clean up was something that was near and dear to his heart when he ran for the office of alderman.

"Litter is a pet peeve of mine. What we are hoping for is to find people who want to get involved and make an investment in helping our town," said Carson. "This is a great time to take advantage and do spring clean up as a community."

(For more information, see the IDEA Facebook page at facebook.com/IDEA-Iuka-Development-Economic-Association-141826702569710 or their website at idea38852.com or call Kenny Carson at 662-212-3702 or Shana Hollon at 662-279-4116.)