This Saturday the Thomson Police Department is holding a community clean up, march and vigil in the Bussey Avenue and Gus Street areas. The day kicks off at 2 p.m. at Pitts Street Park.
However, in advance of that there will be a Stop The Gun Violence Motorcade.
Marion Crawford, who works for the city, has organized the motorcade, which will begin at Dollar General on Washington Road and end at Pitts Street Park right before the police department’s community clean up begins.
“It’s going to go through all the places where the violence has been taking place,” said Crawford.
According to Crawford, The Stop The Gun Violence Motorcade will pass along many of the city streets including Martin Luther King Jr. Street, Ellington Avenue, Gordon Street, Holt Street, Anderson Street, Mendell Avenue, Rolling Wood Place, Mobley Street, Harrison Road, Walnut Street, Whiteoak Road, Sills Street, Salem Drive. East Hill Street, Forest Drive, Dell Drive, Watson Street, Bussey Avenue, Gus Street, and Dixie Drive.
“It’s going to be a pretty good little thing for people to come out of their house and realize something needs to be done,” Crawford said.
He said it will not last more than 30 minutes. Lineup begins at 12:30 p.m. and the motorcade will depart from Dollar General at 1 p.m. Several public safety entities will be participating and Crawford said they will flash lights and sound their sirens as they drive through the neighborhoods.
“This could be your child, this wife, your husband,” Crawford said, as he asks the public to participate.
The community cleanup will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and trash bags will be provided.
After the cleanup, the Stop the Violence March will begin at 4:15 p.m. at Pitts Street Park. Following that, local preachers will lead a vigil from 4:45 to 5:15 at the coner of Bussey Avenue and Gus Street.