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Snow didn’t stop annual tree giveaway, part II to be held this Saturday

By Thomas Sellers Jr.CBC Treegiveaway 1CBC Treegiveaway 2

Snow flurries and 32-degree temperatures didn’t stop father and son Todd and Albert Stinnett of Millington from coming out for their tradition Saturday breakfast near the Millington’s Farmers’ Market.

And the cold weather didn’t deter the members and volunteers of the City Beautiful Commission from showing up to the Market for the annual Tree Giveaway. Once the Stinnetts saw the group braving the freezing conditions, they stopped by to pick up some trees for Todd’s mother Margaret.

Volunteer Sandra Wilburn handed the Stinnett’s two of the 1,500 trees provided by the Tennessee Department of Arigculture. The CBC provided patrons with Silky Dogwood, American Plum and Indigo Bush seeding. More than half of the inventory was handed out slightly after 9 a.m., 30 minutes into the giveaway.

Last year the line for trees was long and cars were lined up on Easley Street. This year the vehicles came one at a time emerging slowly through the snow flakes.

“We knew when we saw the forecast the turnout would be down from last year,” CBC Director Jeremy Rochell said. “Then when we woke up and saw it was white, we were like, ‘Oh no.’ But we have some dedicated folks giving away trees.”

Joining Rochell was Wilburn, Lonnie Nunn, Tom Mashour, Liz Doss, Caryl Rawls, Alicia Sutherland, Cathy Skaggs and Rhonda O’Dell.

The CBC crew on hand provided information and planting advice to residents who came to pick up seedings.

At 10 a.m., the Tree Giveaway crew made a decision to leave. With several trees left, the members will be back at the market this Saturday at 8:30 a.m. to give out the remaning trees. Limited supplies of Silky Dogwood, Wild Plum and Indigo Bush are all still available and should not last long.

The CBC has more events coming up this spring and summer with free seminars at the Market the second Saturday from May to October. Planning sessions are held the last Thursday of every month at 7 a.m. at Millington City Hall.

And April is CBC Month with the Citywide Yard Sale scheduled for April 13. Turn in addresses or rent a table at Baker Community Center to participate. Then on April 27, the Citywide Clean-up will be held with volunteers meeting at Aycock Park.

For more information, contact citybeautiful@bigriver.net or call Rochell at 873-5770.

 

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