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The quest for Mayberry

The quest for Mayberry

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    Dale McMurtry (left), Bryan Baggett, Lanes Luckey, and Shawn Lindsey worked to bring together the solid waste department in Millersville. It took two years, but Lindsey convinced local officials that this was a worthwhile effort. Photos: Harrison McClary/Black Star

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    By streamlining garbage pickup, Millersville achieved a more cohesive solid waste program.

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    Richard Rollins picks up storm debris throughout Millersville. The truck sports the city's new logo.

How can solid waste service bring Millersville closer to the quest?

The “Quest for Mayberry” is really about fostering civic pride where little now exists. Millersville, Tenn., has been a city without defining characteristics, and with little sense of community, except among a few people involved in local government. So how can a solid waste service foster civic pride?

Civic pride comes from loving your community.

  • Creating a cleaner community makes it easier to love.
  • A litter-free community allows us to see the natural beauty.
  • Civic pride comes from knowing where you live.

  • City services and city-provided containers make it easy for both residents and people passing through to know that they are in Millersville. The trash cans provide a defining characteristic of our city.
  • Great cities come from great city services.

  • Good city services make people want to live in your city, and business and industry to locate within your city.
  • Create connections between government and citizens through hands-on weekly services.

  • This opens communications allowing local government to be more responsive to the needs of the citizenry. Civic pride exists when residents feel that they are being heard and their government can be counted on.
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