Tenn. Adopt-A-Highway program celebrates birthday


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's Adopt-A-Highway program is 20 years old.

Gov. Phil Bredesen declared this week "Show Your Pride -Adopt-A-Highway Week."

Department of Transportation officials say the program, in which groups volunteer to pick up litter along specific sections of
roadways, has resulted in more than 12 million pounds of trash being removed.

Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely said the program is especially valuable in the current economy because volunteers' work
reduces state maintenance costs.

Adopt-A-Highway began Oct. 11, 1989.