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Two groups teamed up Friday to clean the Little Pigeon River in Sevierville.

Keep Sevier Beautiful and Smoky Mountain Outdoors used kayaks and rafts to collect trash along the river. The groups started at the Sevierville City Park and ended at the Wilderness at the Smokies waterpark.

One organizer says it's important to keep the river clean since tourism is so important to the economy.

"I'm not surprised at the amount we're finding; this river has been on the contact advisory list from the TDEC, so it's been hard to get volunteers down here to clean it up," said Laura Howard. "So now that the advisory's been lifted we can get people down here to clean up the riverbanks."

The group found tires, car parts, TVs and lots of plastic bags during the effort. They hope to make the river cleanup an annual event.

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