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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2007
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State needs help cleaning highways

Itís a mindset in the South among certain people that keeping trash in their automobile says something bad about their housekeeping.

So, what do they do? They litter.

A spokesman for the local district office of the State Transportation Department says motorists toss trash faster than crews can pick it up.

Would you believe that workers picked up the litter on Alabama 20 between U.S. 31 and Interstate 65 after the holidays?

The district shop has 25 workers who alternate their time between repairing road signs, fixing potholes and picking up litter. The district shop also uses inmates from Limestone Correctional Facility.

A spokesman for the district shop said he could sure use help from city-jail inmates to keep the highways clean.

Mayor Don Kyle gave a State of the City address last week in which he ticked off an impressive list of accomplishments, including better mowing of rights of ways.

But the litter is still there, and having a clean city is basic to good government.

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