Local police officer Sparks wins beautification award prize

Lauren Estes-Velez

Hartselle Enquirer

Although Captain Tom Sparks has been mowing the Hartselle Police Department for over 20 years, he was just recently honored for his work.

Hartselle Beautification Association Director Carolyn Wallace said each year they host a beatification challenge where she provides dates in which community members can turn in volunteer hours from projects they complete across Hartselle.

Sparks’ name was entered into the drawing eight times for his volunteer work in the community, enabling him to win the check for $500.
“It’s something that encourages you to take pride in Hartselle and keeping this area looking nice,” she said. “We give incentives with this process to encourage people to keep our city clean.”

Wallace said in years past they have had up to $10,000 in prizes donated for this event.

“It’s pretty simple, people volunteer their time and for each time they do so, they can put their name in,” Wallace said. “The more times their name is entered, the better chance they have to be selected for the check or a number of other prizes. I was very happy that Captain Sparks won. He does a lot of work for the community and really deserved this.”

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