Robinsons take litter problem into their own hands

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 28, 2000

J.T. Robinson and his family are joining other local residents beautifying Adams County through an Adopt-A-Road program. Robinson, his wife, Janifer, and their son, Jay, want to remove litter near their residence on Old Country Club Road off Martin Luther King Jr. Road.

&uot;I don’t want to see all this trash (on the road),&uot; Janifer said.

Seven other clubs and organizations are members of the Adopt-A-Road program which the Robinsons joined by filling out paperwork with the Adams County Road Department.

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The Robinsons said they wanted to join because they have an ongoing problem with litter near their house, which is located in a rural section of Adams County.

&uot;I like the country setting, and when I come home I’d like to see a clean road,&uot; Janifer said.

The family plans to adopt about a one-mile stretch of the road from their residence to Martin Luther King Jr. Road.

J.T. said the adoption will be a family project in which everyone will participate.

Jay, a student at Natchez High School, agrees cleaning the road is a good idea – even though he knows it means extra work. &uot;I enjoy seeing (the road) look better but it’s not something we really want to do,&uot; Jay said.

The Robinsons got the idea to adopt the road after talking with Adams County Supervisor Darryl Grennell several years ago.

Because it can be difficult to catch people who litter, the Robinsons decided they needed to take the initiative if they wanted to live in a neater area.

&uot;The only recourse we decided we had was to clean it up ourselves,&uot; J.T. said.

As the Robinsons prepare to begin this task, they often joke about who will get to ride their four-wheeler while working and the advantage of getting exercise as they don gloves and trash bags.

Yet they remain optimistic about the project.

&uot;If we (pick up the trash) often enough it shouldn’t be so bad,&uot; Janifer said.

Adams County Adopt-A-Road participants

-WTYJ 97.7 WMIS 1240 AM – 1.8 miles of Martin Luther King Jr. Road; from the end of state maintenance to Sedgefield Road.

-Natchez High AFJROTC – Liberty Road. from the city limits of Natchez for a distance of two miles to Mississippi 33.

-LaGrange Ruritan Community Club – two miles of LaGrange Road.

-Dorphus Wilson – intersection of Spokane Road and Kingston Roads – one mile north on Spokane Road.

-Natchez Children’s Home – city block around the home; Elm Street, North Union Street, Oak Street and Myrtle Street.

-Residents of Major Boulevard and Lerel Subdivision; Lerel Subdivision.

-Scott Family; Spokane Road from Liberty Road to first bridge, 1.5 miles.