Roads for Jesus event is Saturday
Motorists asked to watch for workers on roadside

COVINGTON - This Saturday, 1,500 people be working along local roadways, picking up litter for the third annual Roads for Jesus.

So if you see a small group of folks in orange T-shirts, give a friendly wave and remember to slow down.

"We definitely want motorists to slow down and watch out for our folks," said Todd Teasley, one of the event's organizers.

Roads for Jesus was started three years ago by members of Eastridge Community Church, who wanted to find a way to give back to the community.

This year, 15 churches will participate in the event, cleaning more than 200 miles of road, Teasley said.

Volunteers will leave from 15 different hosting areas Saturday morning and divide into 10 groups of 15 people.

The cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pickup trucks will follow behind volunteers, and the Newton County Sheriff's Office, Georgia State Patrol and local police departments will be assisting with traffic, Teasley said.

Following the cleanup, the group will converge at Homer Sharp Stadium for lunch and a celebration.

"It's still not too late to get involved," Teasley said.

Anyone interested in participating in the event should call Eastridge Community Church at 770-786-2048 and ask to speak to Linda Miller or Monty Eckels.

Participants do not have to be affiliated with a church, he said.

Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@newtoncitizen.com.