Talking Trash in Johnston County


Six Johnston County community support groups are joining together for beautification and need lots of help to make good things happen.  Good things planned for March are two cleanup events that promise to make a difference for all.

Project partners include INCA-RSVP, Tishomingo Development Team (TDT), Murray State College, Tishomingo’s Police Department, the Johnston County Sheriff’s Department, and the Johnston County Ministerial Alliance.

“We’ve noticed that downtown and surrounding areas aren’t as clean as we’d like them to be,” Healthy Living Wellness Coordinator for Johnston and Marshall Counties Laura Wood said.

“Taking pride in the upkeep of our communities is a priority, and we’re asking for help with two very important cleanups.  If we all get involved, we can make a real difference,” Wood added.

On Saturday, March 4, volunteers are needed to help Tishomingo’s Blue Thumb Group clean up Pennington Creek.  The group needs help searching out trash beside, in, and around the creek.  Participants are invited to meet under the Pennington Creek awning to gather supplies.  A hot dog lunch will be provided to volunteers around noon. 

An infusion of youth and vitality will make its way into cleanup efforts during the afternoon when Luke Holmes, pastor of Tishomingo’s First Baptist Church, and 50-75 volunteers from Oklahoma Baptist youth groups arrive to assist.   With input from Tishomingo Public Works Director Marlin Sullivan, the group will take on additional areas of concern as noted by city services.

“It’s amazing that we will have help from so many young people in this effort.  I really want to encourage everyone to stop and thank them as they are out and about helping clean up Tishomingo,” Wood added.

“We can all do our part by throwing away our own trash or stopping to pick up trash that has been discarded illegally.  It’s not just big things, it’s soda cans, candy wrappers, and cardboard, too.  It doesn’t take much effort to make a big difference,” Wood said.

On March 11, help is needed to accomplish a countywide cleanup registered through Keep Oklahoma Beautiful.  March 11 leader Wanda Gray, who organized the event, is asking for help from schools, businesses, government agencies, individuals and others.

Each community in Johnston County is encouraged to form a beautification team to collect trash along the highway or in town.  Trash bags, gloves and other supplies for the cleanup may be obtained by calling Wanda Gray at 580-371-2352.

“Even a one-mile stretch that is clean makes Johnston County a more beautiful place for us to live.  By working together for the good of all, we can create real beauty in and outside our own communities,” Wood said. 

For additional information, please contact Laura Wood at the Johnston County Health Department at 580-371-2470 or


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