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Tennessee is surrounded by natural beauty, but it can sometimes become polluted.
Now it's time to make a change.
Volunteers are willing to get dirty to make things clean.
On the roads surrounding Percy Priest Lake, dozens of people are in the weeds, clearing and cleaning truck loads of trash.
"You see all kinds of things here and all of it's just totally improper," says Mark Thien with the Nashville Clean Water Project.
It is National Public Lands Day, and all across the state and nation, volunteers are cleaning parks, lakes, and forests, and wetlands.
Nashville's Clean Water Project has spent years cleaning Percy Priest Lake, now they have moved out to the 18,000 acres that surround the water.
Mark Thien is one of the group's organizers.
"We just put into the truck an old-fashioned big screen tv," says Thien.
It's clear some people dump things here on purpose.
The Clean Water Project has 100 people working around the lake.
Thien says when it comes to cleaning the environment, someone just has to step up and do it.
"It's a unique person that is willing to come out and pick up another person's trash," says Thien.
With each trip into the woods comes another surprise. Some of it has been here for years. Now it's gone in a day.
The ground is cleaner, and volunteers hope it will make a difference that next time someone chooses to litter.
"The big key to this fight is getting the stuff off the ground so people don't see it, and don't think that's it's ok, in some weird way, to leave their stuff," says Thien.
The Nashville Clean Water Project organizes one of these clean-up days twice a year.
The hope to do even more in 2013.
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Monday, October 1 2012, 04:12 AM CDT
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By CHEVEL JOHNSON Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The sounds of country music take over the City of Baton Rouge as the Bayou Country Superfest brings some of the genre's biggest names to LSU's Tiger Stadium for a Memorial Day holiday jamfest.
Headlining Saturday are Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker and Aaron Lewis, the former frontman for rock band Staind. The two-day festival concludes Sunday with performances by Zac Brown Band, Luke Bryan and The Band Perry.
Festival producer Quint Davis says the talent and free fan fest held before the nightly concerts help to entice attendees. In its fourth year, the festival drew 75,000 people last year.
Visit Baton Rouge executive vice president Renee Areng says Superfest has encouraged people to travel to Baton Rouge on a traditionally sleepy weekend.
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