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Jonesborough man wins car

Jonesborough resident Nathan Coggins has always cared about the environment. He and his family raise a garden, recycle, and Coggins has even dreamed of one day owning an electric car complete with solar panels.
When Coggins, in December, visited the website for the Earth Day Network, the nonprofit organization that coordinates Earth Day globally, he signed up for a ‘Billion Acts of Green’ online contest.
The contest offered a list of ways to better the environment, asking contestants to make pledges to do some of those things.
“At home we raise a garden, plant trees, use compact fluorescent bulbs, cycle and recycle,” Coggins said. “We use a ground water source heat pump for our home and have passive solar and support our local ‘Green Power Switch,’ which electrifies our home with a percentage of energy from renewable resources.”
Since Coggins was already doing so many acts of green, he pledged to continue with them and signed up for the contest.
The contest’s grand prize, for two lucky winners, was a smart fortwo car valued at more than $11,500.
The smart fortwo car is the most fuel-efficient, non-hybrid, gasoline-powered car in the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 Fuel Economy Guide. It is completely recyclable, from its dashboards to its exterior door panels.
Coggins said he never expected to hear from the organization and was shocked when, about two weeks ago, he received a phone call telling him he had won one of the grand prize cars.
“I’ve never owned a new car,” said Coggins, a real estate broker who currently drives a 1992 Volvo.
While Coggins admits the car is “a little small,” he said it could be very cost effective considering the high price of gasoline right now.
Coggins said he isn’t sure when exactly he’ll receive the vehicle, but he expects it to be in the next couple of months.
Coggins and his wife, Kathey, live in Jonesborough. They have two children, James, 25, and Chelsea, 21.
Their son currently works at a research department of a solar panel manufacturing company in Oregon. He is scheduled to graduate in June with a degree in renewable energy from Oregon Institute of Technology.