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The City of Knoxville is joining in a massive effort to clean up the Tennessee River next spring.

Nonprofit organization "Living Lands and Waters" will travel down the Tennessee River as part of a major cleanup project beginning in Knoxville.

The "Tennessee River Tour" will include several days of student workshops on the group's floating classroom along with an industrial-strength public river cleanup event at each stop.

Ijams Nature Center's annual "River Rescue" will be integrated into Knoxville's river cleanup.

Other planned stops include Chattanooga; Huntsville, Alabama; Florence, Alabama; and Paducah, Kentucky.

"We accumulate all our debris that we pick up at our cleanups on the barge, so we really, it makes a statement without us having to say a word about how our rivers need more attention, by seeing all the debris on it. And it will be neat to see it as it travels down river to accumulate more and more garbage as we travel down river," said Tammy Becker, Programs Manager for Living Lands and Waters.

It's critical, especially in Knoxville, to have a clean river. Our downtown is right here on the river, so we offer all kinds of recreational opportunities in addition to just being able to sit and enjoy the view," said Christi Branscom, COO & Deputy Mayor of Knoxville.

"The Tennessee River Tour" is set for next April and May.

"Living Lands and Waters" is looking for volunteers and sponsors in the Knoxville area.For more information, visit their website. (http://bit.ly/1Abp6eE)

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