County officials presented with environmental awards

Friday, February 8, 2019
Tom Watson (second from left), commander of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem in Arkansas, presents Corey Spain (left), Carroll County Judge Sam Barr and Carroll County Solid Waste Authority director Phil Jackson with environmental awards for cleaning CR 507.
Photo by David Bell/Carroll County News

By Kelby Newcomb

CCNNews@cox-internet.com

Carroll County Judge Sam Barr, Carroll County Solid Waste Authority director Phil Jackson and maintenance supervisor Corey Spain of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office were presented with environmental awards Thursday.

Tom Watson, commander of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem in Arkansas, presented the awards, saying he wanted to recognize the officials for their service to Carroll County and the state of Arkansas.

Watson said Barr, Jackson and Spain coordinated an effort to clean County Road 507.

“Corey went down there with a trailer and with [prisoners in the ACT 309 work release program],” he said. “Phil provided the garbage truck and a trailer to pull. They filled both. That’s a lot of trash. There were electronics, computers, tires, everything up and down that county road.”

At times, Watson said they had to climb down bluffs to retrieve items.

“I just want to say ‘thank you.’ I live on that road,” he said. “I felt like you all needed to be awarded this in recognition of the marvelous job you did.”

Watson said the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem recognizes people for contributions to public health, the environment and public service.

“This is an ancient order started in the days of Jesus,” he said. “In the temple, when people were sick the knights of this order would take care of them. They took care of the lepers and do to this very day. It’s a service organization that is still alive and well today.”

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