July 30, 2009 10:33:00 AM
Tim Pratt -
STARKVILLE -- The railroad tracks beneath the University Drive bridge in Starkville are overgrown, littered with garbage and stink of stagnant water.
A Mississippi State University alumni group, however, is looking to rid the stretch of one of those problems next weekend and they want the public''s help.
The local Phi Beta Sigma alumni chapter will be out in force Aug. 8 to pick up trash along the stretch of track, which runs between Stromboli''s and the Starkville Fire Department. The group will meet at 10 a.m. at BankFirst, at the intersection of Lampkin and Russell Streets.
Communications Secretary Antonio Arrington said the group picked the cleanup location after hearing about and seeing all the garbage there.
"We''re going down there to pick up trash because, on weekends, people just toss their bottles down there," Arrington said. "So we''re inviting anybody to come out that would like to help us clean up that area."
The group is gathering garbage bags and gloves for volunteers, but encourages people to bring their own items, as well.
According to Arrington, the group has tried to clean up this same stretch of tracks several times before, but has been rained out on each occasion. He said the Aug. 8 attempt will take place "weather permitting."
For more information, contact Arrington at 601-227-1283, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.