CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Illegal dumping has become a growing issue in the Tri-Cities region. Saturday, volunteers gathered in the Cherokee National Forest along Buffalo Mountain, to clean up a tire dumpsite.

The event sponsored by the TVA and Appalachia CARES AmeriCorps garnered roughly 25 volunteers to clean up the area on Buffalo Mountain.

Saturday also marked National Public Lands Day.

KCCB Chairman Ed Jordan previously posted on social media asking for local and state officials to do something about the illegal dumping and littering in the area.