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Volunteers clean waterways for 25th annual Tennessee River Rescue

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Every first Saturday in October volunteers dedicate their time to cleaning the waterways around the Tennessee Valley.

What started as a grassroots movement 25 years ago, with about two or three volunteers, has grown into a massive undertaking throughout the region.

Tennessee River Rescue, an organization dedicated to keeping the rivers and tributaries clean, now spreads throughout 22 different locations in three different counties.

Divers were on hand Saturday morning to help clean the trash from the bottom of the Tennessee River near Coolidge Park.

Christine Boch has been a part of the Tennessee River Rescue since the beginning, she says the river is important to everyone.

"We need to take care of the river. You could say the river is the life blood of the earth and you get down here, there's a lot of animals that live here. I mean this is home for the animals," says Boch.

Organizers tell Channel 3 between 800 and 1,000 volunteers show up for the annual cleaning day. You can find out more information at www.tennesseeriverrescue.org.

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