Clinton Courier News Clinton Courier News - Local News and Information for the community of Clinton TN en-us Sun, 25 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EST Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:04:39 EST (editor) Copyright 2006-2013, Republic Newspapers Inc. Newspapers James Green deemed mentally competent A Clinton judge has deemed James Allen Green mentally competent to stand trial on charges of killing an employee, Larry Snellings, at a South Clinton pawnshop in November of 2011. Green’s ongoing medical condition, however, is still a delicate situation as it relates to his charges. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EST Reward status for four schools Three schools from the Anderson County School System and one Clinton elementary school were saluted this week by the Tennessee Department of Education for being among the state’s top 5 percent in terms of annual growth and achievement. Tennessee’s Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman on Monday, Aug. 19, announced that Grand Oaks Elementary, Norris Middle and Norwood Elementary were identified as Reward Schools for the 2012-2013 school year. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EST Mayor asks for lawyer’s fees Anderson County taxpayers may have to assume tens of thousands of dollars in attorney fees accumulated via the ongoing legal fallout over Mayor Terry Frank refusing to sign off on a 2013-2014 Sheriff’s Department salary agreement, part of the budget, approved by County Commission in June. The Mayor has hired outside representation in a “salary suit” filed in July, 2013, by Anderson County Sheriff Paul White. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EST Coal miner museum gets approval from county Approximately 100 people packed into the Anderson County Courthouse’s Commission Room Monday night as a show of support for a proposed coalminers museum in downtown Lake City. It was that display of commitment from the Lake City community that acting Commission Chairperson Robin Biloski (Dist. 8) cited as the reason she changed her vote approving the county’s purchase of the former Bank of America Building to house the museum. Sun, 25 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EST Yes, it really is football time in Tennessee This seems to be the “Football is back” issue, so I thought I’d keep the theme going. Many, many, many, many years ago I suited up for “battle on the gridiron.” I still have my leather helmet somewhere. For the last couple of decades I usually play weekend scrimmages of “touch” in the backyard with my brothers and nephews and their assorted friends and acquaintances. Sun, 18 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EST Times of our lives After the Clinton Rotary Club’s meeting last Tuesday, I walked out of the back of the community center to where I had parked my truck. My mind was a million miles away. I was oblivious to my surroundings. All of a sudden I was stopped dead in my tracks. There was an appearance of fall in the temperature. Sun, 18 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EST Nepotism policy won’t cost coaches’ jobs Two young coaches employed by Anderson County Schools will not lose their jobs over a new nepotism policy that the state enacted into law beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. The Anderson County Board of Education ruled at its Thursday evening, Aug. 8, meeting that while the new nepotism policy does merit some organizational changes in how schools monitor their coaches, it does not force two popular, young assistant coaches at Clinton High School and Anderson County High School, respectively, to lose their jobs simply because one of their parents happens to be head coach of their team. Sun, 11 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EST Second defendant files suit over ‘In God We Trust’ sign A 65-year-old Knoxville man became the second criminal defendant in a week to file legal action claiming the four In God We Trust signs installed last week above the four entrances of the Anderson County Courthouse violate his constitutional rights. Floyd Hammond Jr., of Toby Hollow Rd., Knoxville, filed the motion on Tuesday, July 30, seeking to have drug and theft charges dismissed on grounds the signs as well as the public ceremony held to formally unveil the first sign have rendered the courthouse into “a temple of fundamentalist self-styled Christianity.” Sun, 04 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EST Thin sliver of time The Clinton City Council voted to grant Anderson County Government up to 12 additional months to finally give the long-troubled Glen Alpine Convenience Center a permanent new home. The council voted 5-2 at its Monday, July 22, meeting to extend the county’s deadline to relocate the convenience center, which has been the subject of controversy between the two municipalities for nearly three decades. “I remember the meeting 20 years ago when this was brought up,” Clinton City Councilman Charlie Lyons said. “I think we’re out of extensions.” Sun, 04 Aug 2013 12:00:00 EST Mayor responds to Sheriff Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank this week released a scathing response to a lawsuit filed by Sheriff Paul White on Tuesday July 16, regarding the Mayor’s reluctance to sign off on the Sheriff’s Department’s salary agreement for the next year. Frank’s response was released Wednesday through her attorney, Gregory Brown of Knoxville. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EST A ‘sign’ of the times Less than 24 hours after the first of four controversial signs displaying the words In God We Trust was displayed above an entrance of the Anderson County Courthouse a legal action was made in protest of the sign. Clinton Attorney David A. Stuart filed court papers on Wednesday, July 24, asking for attempted first-degree murder charges against his client, 22-year-old Kenneth Darrin Fisher, of Clinton, be dismissed because he alleges the In God We Trust signs violate Fishers’ freedom of worship rights. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EST Sheriff files suit against County Mayor The county’s two most prominent elected officials will soon face off in a court of law. Anderson County Sheriff Paul White on Tuesday evening officially filed a lawsuit against Mayor Terry Frank after a compromise on the Sheriff’s Department’s budget for this fiscal year was not reached at the Monday, July 15, County Commission meeting. White insists that this is not a personal attack on the Mayor but rather a requirement by law he is bound to if annual salary requirements are not met by county government. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EST A busy week for attorneys A day after Anderson County Commission blew off (a ‘No” vote in less than a minute with no discussion) his out-of-court settlement request local attorney John Phillip Harber followed through on his threat to file a lawsuit. The action stems from a confrontation involving the Clinton attorney and an Anderson County Sheriff’s Department deputy outside Clinton Middle School last October. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EST Gamers get Medieval on the competition All because four guys happen to like the Middle Ages Stephen Floyd, Colin Mawhinney, William Smith, and Aaron Williams, students from Anderson County Career and Technical Center, placed third at the national competition hosted by the Technology Student Association (TSA). TSA is an international organization offering leadership and opportunities in technology, innovation, design and engineering to middle and high school students. Members apply STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts through co-curricular programs. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EST To all those who love those who love English literature At some point this column will make sense. Don’t press me on when that will be. These are random thoughts on the state of education. Kevin Huffman, the current Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education is a lawyer. Sun, 07 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EST A monumental occasion for Johnnie A monumental occasion was marked on Wednesday, July 17, when Johnnie Sharp-Braden blows out the candles to celebrate another trip around the sun. Details of a celebration were kept hush for a while but it’s pretty safe to assume that Braden’s family and friends won’t let this day pass without making a pretty big deal out of the occasion. Sun, 07 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EST Clinton’s war on meth It is an on-going and seemingly endless fight. But for Clinton Police Department’s (CPD) war on meth there are allies. For nearly two years CPD officers and investigators, with the cooperation of local drug stores, have taken a pro-active stance in the battle against drug activity and “would be” meth manufacturers in and around Clinton. Sun, 07 Jul 2013 12:00:00 EST Smith wins Norris Lions’ scholarship Tyler Smith, son of Brandi Strong and Eric Smith of Anderson County, was awarded the 2013 Norris Lions Club Scholarship at the Anderson County High School Awards Ceremony May 16. Originally from Lake City, he spent the past 10 years as a resident of Clinton. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST And the winner is ... The Anderson County Solid Waste Department recently honored the 9-year-old winner of the contest to create a new logo for the department. Toby Graham, a student at Anderson County’s Fairview Elementary School, was deemed the winner of the recent contest. His logo design, which the county plans to digitally convert for use on the Internet, features a drawing of the Earth, surrounded by various phrases and symbols related to litter and “being green.” Sun, 30 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST Briceville shows up for Lynette Seeber The Briceville community showed up on Saturday, June 22, to send Lynette Seeber out in style. Seeber, the longtime director of the Briceville Library, has been on leave from the job for several months and recently made her retirement official. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST Only ‘God and cameras’ It’s all in a day’s work. An Anderson County Sheriff’s Department deputy will likely not soon forget the vehicle accident call he responded to last week in Oliver Springs. The driver of the vehicle likely doesn’t even remember it. The search continued late this week for 23-year-old Cody Wayne Rutherford, of Briceville. Rutherford managed to escape arrest Tuesday evening, June 25, despite being admittedly high on drugs and likely numb from taking multiple strikes from a taser fired by ACSD Deputy Charles G. Relford. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST Rexnord associates raise $3,100 for CAC Margaret Durgin, Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Anderson County (CAC), and Terri Ferry, from the Board of Directors for CAC and Anderson County Director of Student Services, accept a check from associates of Rexnord Corporation’s cylindrical bearing plant in Clinton. The money will be used to help further the Centers mission “To combat the severe physical and sexual abuse and resulting trauma by coordinating and providing services in a child friendly, safe and nurturing environment.” Sun, 23 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST ACSO halts deadly yard sale Anderson County Sheriff’s Office disagrees with Kimberly Murphy’s idea of “yard sale” items. While performing a Friday, June 7, status check at the site of one of this area’s largest methamphetamine busts in recent memory, an Anderson County Sheriff’s Department investigator discovered that not only was one of the defendants from the meth bust, Murphy, trespassing on the quarantined property, but she was apparently in the process of planning a yard sale to disburse of many of the contaminated items from inside the home. Sun, 23 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST A good man ... Every now and then someone steps up to help others and, when they do, they find a new reason to live. Eighty-six-year-old Luther Ivey of Clinton is just such a person. The Norris Area Food Pantry serves between 150 and 200 families a month with supplemental food to help them keep heart and soul together. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST Giving credit where it’s due Dist. 8 Commissioner Myron Iwanski credits Sheriff Paul White for preventing the county’s second tax increase in three years. Iwanski stated during the Monday, June 16, County Commission meeting that White’s willingness to take on additional state and federal prisoners at the already-overcrowded Anderson County Detention Facility allows the county to continue forward with its plans to open its multi-million-dollar jail expansion without having to go back to taxpayers for additional funding. Sun, 23 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST Timely Topics scholar Timely Topics Scholarship winner Alex Willard is pictured with his parents Lee and Beverly Willard (at right), and Faye Cantrell, scholarship chairman. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST Three Deputy Court Clerks certified The University of Tennessee honored Anderson County Deputy Court Clerk’s, Annette Prewitt, Joeley Searle, and Amanda Vowell, as Certified Public Administrators at a Capstone event at Montgomery Bell State Park on April 11, 2013. Prewitt serves as Chief Deputy Clerk to Anderson County Circuit Court Clerk, Tyler Mayes. Searle and Vowell are Office Administrators for Mayes in Circuit Court and General Sessions Court Division I, respectively. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST Clinton High School Class of 1963 The Clinton High School Class of 1963 held its 50th class reunion in May. The first night was held at the Holiday Inn Express at the Clinton I-75 interchange and the second day was spent at 205 Main Street in Clinton. Seventy-seven people attended both days. Pictured are: Front row, from left, Margarete Wright Bunch, Maxine Huckaby Wilson, Vicki Moore Austin, Betty Ward Adkins, Patsy Cappiello, Linda Conner Brown, Dolores Hohman Crowley, Margie Smith Bright, Jane Marie Brown Greenwalt, and Carol Bechtol Tindell. Second row from left, Caroline Chamblee Miller, David Denny, Lyndsey Steadman Denton, Becky Seeber Brown, Louise Rhyne Jones, Carolyn Minton Minor, Gretchen Macres Morrison, Linda Sims Alexander, Janice Smith Williams, Helen Rutherford Forrester, Jane Ivey Pemberton, Sue Kidwell Sinnamon, and Janice Phelps Helton. Third row, from left, Charles Yarnell, Bill Webster, Glen Wright, Jerry “Moose” Brown, Bryan Jackson, Richard Minor, Harold Singleton, Gary Jackson, and Henry Durant. Fourth row, from left, Nannie King Gallion, Naomi Summers Roberts, Bill Kesterson, Doug Petrowski, Kenneth Phillips, Jim Jones, Jerry Martin, Jerry Hensley, Jimmy Duncan, Jane Lynch Williams, Martha Gray Jameson, and Ben Adkins. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST The key to boosting classroom achievement When Tennessee Tech University graduate Lauren Murphy steps into her fifth-grade classroom this fall to teach, it will not be the first time. With a year of student teaching, mentoring and supervision behind her, Murphy is ready to teach at Clinton Elementary School. While the hard work and passion are Murphy’s alone, her preparation for the classroom is evidence that Tennessee Tech’s renewed focus on teacher readiness is making strides as well. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST Butterflies are free Lorrie Irwin’s first grade class at South Clinton Elementary School released their butterflies during the last week of school. Students observed the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly while studying the butterfly life cycle. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST ‘Just made a bad decision’ Anderson County Schools’ Director of Transportation Joe Forgety stated this week that the formal investigation into a Tuesday morning, May 21, bus crash is ongoing but school officials have seen enough evidence to know that bus driver Tammy Moore will no longer drive for the Anderson County School System. Moore, who reportedly had driven buses for the school system for 13 years, initially told investigators that it was an oncoming car that forced her to run the bus off the pavement of Johnson Gap Road before losing control and flipping it onto its side at the bottom of a small embankment. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST County passes budget Passing the county’s 2013/2014 budget might not have even been the most important step taken by Anderson County Government Thursday night. Any frequent observer of Anderson County’s often-polarized county government over the last several months could no doubt detect an unfamiliar sense of non-partisan camaraderie spreading among elected officials as the pressure cranked up on getting a budget passed at around the half-way point of Thursday night’s three-hour meeting in the courthouse. Sun, 16 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST Changes to ADFAC’s School Supplies program Beginning this July, several changes to Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties (ADFAC)’s long-running and popular School Supplies program will result in greater community involvement and additional children being served. Over the years, ADFAC’s School Supplies program has grown substantially, with nearly 1,400 students served last year. To enhance the current program and encourage future growth, ADFAC is implementing several changes this year. Sun, 09 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST Erbs receive Inclusive Employer award Natalie and David Erb of Erb Allstate Agency received the Inclusive Employer award from The Arc Tennessee during the Eleventh Annual Tennessee Disability MegaConference Awards Banquet held May 31 at the Nashville Airport Marriott. After learning about the Supported Employment program at Emory Valley Center, the Erbs identified clerical tasks they were currently doing and with some accommodations created a new position for a person with a disability and hired Michele. Michele received training, skill development and job coaching. Sun, 09 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST 2013 Relay for Life wrap up EDITOR: The committee would like to thank the community for all of the support and participation at this year’s event. Please stay tuned for more important announcements throughout the summer. The 2nd Annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner will be held on Aug. 17 at The Museum of Appalachia. The committee is currently planning a special event to accommodate for the inclement weather during last week’s relay. Be on the look out for more information. Please check out our Facebook page or website @ for the most up to date totals and information. Sun, 09 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST Nashville man charged with beating girlfriend in Clinton A Nashville man was arrested in Clinton early Saturday morning, May 25, charged with severely beating his girlfriend in front of her two young sons and reportedly striking one of the juveniles in the face. David L. Kemper, 27, was charged with aggravated domestic assault, aggravated child abuse and child endangerment Saturday morning after Clinton Police interviewed the hospitalized Georgia woman and her two sons, ages 7 and 5, about the events that left her in a Tennessee hospital and her two young sons reportedly in the company of a stranger at a Clinton hotel room. Sun, 09 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST A strange case of ‘child abuse’ An Andersonville woman apparently wanted to prove a point to a man she was living with when she called police to accuse him of abusing her child. Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Kory L. Blevins responded to a call from a Park Lane, Andersonville, residence on Wednesday evening, June 5, and met with a 52-year-old mother who wanted to file a report against a man who was living at the residence for swatting her daughter on the rear. Sun, 09 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST ACCTC FFA team takes first in state On June 1st the Anderson County Career & Technical Center (ACCTC) FFA Environmental and Natural Resources Team won the FFA state contest for the second year in a row. The contest was held at FFA Camp Clements in Doyle TN. Not only did the team win the FFA state contest, but all four members of the Anderson County team were the top four high individuals for the entire state contest. Sun, 09 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST Moving history The owners of the historic David Hall Cabin in Claxton have embarked on another local preservation project designed to move a 200-year-old cabin from its original location at 103 Powderhouse Road off Clinton Highway to the grounds of the David Hall Cabin at 830 Edgemoore Lane in Claxton. David Hall Cabin owners Harry and Libby Bumgardner recently purchased the Daniel Yarnell cabin from former owner Mike Overton and are currently working with a crew to dismantle the log structure with plans to methodically piece it back together at the David Hall site. Sun, 09 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST From little acorns to character assassination EDITOR: Reply to the John Ragan Guest Column, Sunday May 26, 2013. The only “Little acorns...” I could find in his desultory rambling discourse was the little factual basis upon which mighty distortions and political propaganda rests. Repeat over and over again the word Benghazi, and the word rewrite of talking points and low and behold you have a broth of innuendo and disinformation large enough to overcome nearly four years of exemplary service by Hillary Clinton in the trenches of diplomacy trying to restore our moral standing in the world after our reputation was waterboarded by Bush Chaney and a complicit Republican Congress. Sun, 02 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST Avery’s brave battle continues A fundraising carnival held at Norris Elementary School on Saturday, May 25, helped raise money to go toward medical bills for five-year-old Avery Baker and her father, Dr. Charles “Chuck” Baker, who are both battling different forms of blood cancers. Avery was diagnosed in April with leukemia and reportedly faces some 27 months of chemo treatments. Her father, a Clinton resident and Campbell County physician, is battling Hodgkins Lymphoma. Sun, 02 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST Fatal car crash on U.S.25W A 19-year-old woman was killed and three men were injured in a one-car vehicle accident early Wednesday morning in Clinton. Amber E. Smith, of Knoxville, died in the 12:50 a.m. single-vehicle wreck on the 1700 block of U.S. Highway 25W, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol accident report. Sun, 02 Jun 2013 12:00:00 EST Sharpe is Gladiator champ Winners of the Clinton Middle School 6th grade team Gladiator Mini-Science Fair are, from right, Zak Henderson (2nd place), Sami Perry (3rd place), Cierra Sobreal (honorable mention), Audrey Sharpe (1st place), Carly Ryan (honorable mention), Anthony Krause (honorable mention), and Molly Jo McDaniel (not pictured ó honorable mention). Sat, 25 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Native plant garden at CMS The Captain Planet Foundation provided Clinton Middle School science teacher Christen Keeney with a $500 grant to construct a native plant garden and to refurbish the school’s courtyard and existing beds. Her classes and the Landscaping and Garden Club partnered with The Home Depot on Clinton Highway, who helped with materials and plants. The Co-op in Clinton helped with mulch. The club and the science classes at CMS have worked really hard to help the environment while improving the conditions for outdoor observations and inquiry based learning of environment. Sun, 26 May 2013 12:00:00 EST From little acorns, mighty tyrannies grow? Please, forgive the title’s bruising of an old adage. Unfortunately, it seems all too appropriate in its altered form. Recently, wave after wave of scandals has broken across news desks, becoming a storm surge approaching tsunami proportions. The beach marks of each controversy reach ever further up the moral shoreline, increasingly threatening the nation’s ethical foundations. Sun, 26 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Two earn Eagle Scout rank Recently, two Boy Scouts from Clinton’s Troop 131 were honored at an Eagle ceremony held at Memorial United Methodist Church. Spencer Siefke, left, and Jonathan Hesser were awarded Scouting’s highest honor in the company of their Troop, family, friends, and Scout volunteers. Scouts earning this most prestigious award have to earn numerous ranks and merit badges as well as show leadership and complete an Eagle project. Siefke’s project was to create fish habitats using donated Christmas trees at Doakes Pond in Cambell County. Hesser’s project was a remodel of the audio visual room at Memorial United Methodist Church where his father has been a pastor for the past several years. A reception was held immediately following the ceremony at the church. Sun, 26 May 2013 12:00:00 EST ‘In memory of Shelby’ Last week (March 13-17) Clinton High School Students donated $500.00 to the American Heart Association in memory of Clinton High School student, Shelby Belle Mardis. Mardis recently passed away with a heart condition. Sun, 26 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Audit findings hold fate of new AVFD truck The Anderson County Commission’s Operations Committee will wait until the findings of an audit looking into the operations and finances of the Andersonville Volunteer Fire Department is revealed before making a recommendation on whether county government should buy the membership-funded department a new fire truck this year. Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank stated at the Monday, May 13, meeting that she expects the audit to be performed within the next month. County Commission ordered the audit in December but it was delayed due to available accounting firms being booked for tax season, said the Mayor. Sun, 26 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Franse fields gold medal Vickie Franse, a junior at Clinton High School, won the Tennessee AAA Championship in the 400 meters at the track and field championships at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro on Thursday (March 23) night. Franse finished the season unbeaten. Sun, 26 May 2013 12:00:00 EST In the blink of an eye He was a kid. Literally. A kid fresh out of high school so, as the saying goes, the world was his oyster. While many young people struggle to find their way along the paths life offers after they graduate high school, Curtis Long’s path was delivered to him in the guise of a six-pack of beer and a speeding car on a cool autumn night. And that guidance cost him. Sun, 26 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Not enough bang for A majority of Anderson County Commissioners agreed that a part-time fiscal analyst hired by Mayor Terry Frank in December does not offer enough return on a $30 per hour investment to continue funding the position with taxpayer money. A motion to move a total of $22,740 into a budget code reserved for funding the position failed with a 7-8 Commission vote at the Monday evening, May 20, meeting in the courthouse. Sun, 26 May 2013 12:00:00 EST City budget passed on first reading The City of Clinton likes things to be “ho-hum.” Boring. Run-of-the-mill. Clinton City Council passed the first reading of it’s $10,392,270 budget Thursday night during its monthly meeting. It passed unanimously. While that doesn’t sound as “newsworthy” and “exciting” as elected official’s political infights (or even the latest tattoo of a professional sports star) ... Well, it’s not supposed to be. Sun, 26 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Bus wreck investigated Officials from the Anderson County School System continue to investigate circumstances that led to a Tuesday morning, May 21, school bus accident on Johnson Gap Road near the intersection of Dutch Valley Road. The investigation, however, is taking a different direction than originally thought. Sun, 26 May 2013 12:00:00 EST ‘An Evening with the Stars’ a success EDITOR: What a night May 11 was for moe than 100 individuals supports served through Emory Valley Center in its mission to enhance the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities! Maggie and Andy Owen, supported by many volunteers led the charge to hold EVC’s second Prom, “An Evening with the Stars.” This year’s theme was a Hawaiian Luau, with decorations, food, and personal photos all relating to a fun adventure for our individuals. Sun, 19 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Funding for volunteer fire departments EDITOR: This month’s Operations Committee meeting included discussion on a proposed Resolution that would disqualify any fee or membership based fire department from participating in the County’s annual appropriations plan for major asset purchases. Under the current agreement, property taxes fund equipment purchases for both the municipal and volunteer fire departments on a yearly rotational basis. According to current state statutes, local governments have only two options available to fund or contribute to the County Fire Departments. Sun, 19 May 2013 12:00:00 EST A ‘Thank You’ to all EDITOR: The Antique Merchants Guild of Clinton wishes to thank all who helped make the Ninth Annual Clinch River Spring Antique Fair a success. In particular, it would not have been possible without the support of the City of Clinton and the Clinton Police Department. We also would like to thank Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge and The Community Bank for continuing to be sponsors of this wonderful community event. We also appreciate “WestWend” for providing the great musical entertainment on Friday evening. Sun, 19 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Analysis shows drop in crime An in-depth Anderson County Sheriff’s Department operational analysis for 2012 revealed that overall crime in Anderson County declined significantly over the previous 24 months but despite the diminished number of incidents the county’s jail population continues to soar. The analysis, released by the Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday, May 14, states that overall crime is down 15.40-percent from 2011 and down 24.53-percent over the last two years. Sun, 19 May 2013 12:00:00 EST ACHS’s M.O.O. Crew to the rescue High school is a wonderful place to be a part of to make new friends, get involved, and find your true self. So to convince the 8th graders that high school isn’t a place to be nervous and scared, the Anderson County M.O.O. Crew came in to save the day. Sun, 19 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Three CHS grads finalists for Outstanding Senior at MC Less than a month before receiving their bachelor’s degrees from Maryville College, three former students of Clinton High School shared the stage of the College’s Academic Awards Ceremony, where they were recognized as finalists for the prestigious Outstanding Senior Award. Blake Douglas, Emily Julian and Devan Reynolds ñ all 2009 graduates of Clinton High School ñ were introduced to the ceremony crowd by their faculty advisors. Sun, 19 May 2013 12:00:00 EST And finally ... Peace in Coal Creek Fourth and fifth-grade Briceville Elementary School students were joined by several local and state dignitaries on a wooded hillside on a side road in the Beech Grove community of Lake City Friday morning, May 17, to “officially” sign treaties to end the hostilities of Coal Creek War, an armed labor uprising fought in those same hills and valleys more than 120 years earlier. The Coal Creek War began in 1891 when coal mine owners in the Coal Creek Watershed attempted to replace free coal mine workers with convict miners leased out by the government. Sun, 19 May 2013 12:00:00 EST County Law Director speaks out Anderson County Law Director Jay Yeager went on the defense this week in response to damning accusations toward his office made by Mayor Terry Frank at the Wednesday, May 9, Budget Committee workshop when announcing her 2013-2014 budget proposal. Yeager stated that the allegations made by Frank regarding his office were not only false and misleading but in some cases outright lies. Sun, 19 May 2013 12:00:00 EST City will have first reading of budget May 23 Clinton City Council has moved it’s meeting time to Thursday, May 23, because of Memorial Day. At the May 23 meeting Clinton City Council will have its first reading of the 2013-2014 budget. For the fourth year there will be no property rate increase for Clinton residents. Sun, 19 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Ousley opening new Edward Jones office Michael Ousley has been named to open a new Edward Jones branch office located at 125 Leinart Street in Clinton, on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, the firm announced today. Ousley said he is enthusiastic about opening an additional branch office. Sun, 12 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Five-year-old in the fight of her life Sometimes things happen that quickly remind us of what is really important in life. Avery Baker is a 5-year-old girl who is in the fight of her life. She was recently diagnosed with Leukemia and has begun a grueling 27 month treatment plan of chemo. If that wasn’t enough, her father is battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Sun, 12 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Anti-bullying at CHS A group of Clinton High School students spearheaded a school-wide anti-bullying campaign from Monday, May 6, through Thursday, May 9 this week at the high school. CHS teacher Pat Hess said the idea for the campaign came about after students from her advanced criminal justice class viewed the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary “Bully”, which details the lives of five U.S. high school students who face school bullying on a daily basis. After seeing the film the students decided to do something about bullying at CHS and went about getting the signatures of 294 CHS students pledging to stop bullying. The pledges are signed on a poster hanging in the school’s hallway and displayed hanging behind the students in the above photo. Sun, 12 May 2013 12:00:00 EST GOP Senators drop the ball On Monday, the Senate passed a measure that would subject Internet commerce to state sales taxes for the first time. The misleadingly titled “Marketplace Fairness Act” enjoyed bipartisan support with 22 Republican senators voting “yea” on the bill. Currently, states cannot force Internet retailers outside of their borders to collect sales tax on their behalf. The Marketplace Fairness Act would change that. Sun, 12 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Clinton Elementary field trip First Graders from Clinton Elementary enjoyed a day at the Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg for the class’s field trip. Sun, 12 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Carpenter selected for Miss Tennessee Pageant Christa Sage Carpenter, age 11, has been chosen as a State Finalist in the National American Miss Tennessee Pageant to be held July 27 & 28, 2013 at the beautiful Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, Franklin. She is the daughter of Trent and Chantelle Carpenter and twin sister of Cannon Carpenter, all of Anderson County. The pageant is held for girls ages 10 through 12. Sun, 12 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Students take part in piano recital The following students of Lyndsey Steadman Denton performed in the annual piano recital at Clinton First Baptist Church May 4. Students earned state and local awards through adjudications in the Tennessee Festival of Music Clubs (TFMC) and National Guild of Piano Playing Auditions. Students also participated in the TFMC State piano competition at Chattanooga State Community College. Pictured are, from left, Emily Bigler, Catherine Meredith, William Winstead and Caroline Elliott. Not pictured is Jacori Wimes. Sun, 12 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Honors at NES Longtime Norris Elementary School volunteer Mary Hammond (right) presents NES Principal Jess Anne Cole (left) with a monetary gift on Monday, May 6, to purchase books to be used as part of the program “The Leader in Me,” which NES will begin instilling into its curriculum next school year. The surprise presentation took place during the school’s annual tea banquet held at the end of each academic year to honor volunteers and tutors who spend their free time helping students with schoolwork. Approximately 25-30 NES volunteers were honored at Monday’s banquet. As Cole was paying tribute to the volunteers Hammond turned the tables and presented Cole with the gift in the name of Cole’s late mother, Jo Ann Thomas, a former longtime educator who passed away recently. Hammond explained after the presentation that the school librarian, Crystie Hogue, would select the books to be available to the student body next school year in the NES library. Introduced by Dr. Franklin Covey, “The Leader in Me” is described on its web site as an innovative, schoolwide model that emphasizes a culture of student empowerment and helps unleash each child’s full potential. Sun, 12 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Iwanski selected to chair program Anderson County Government’s Alternatives to Incarcerations Committee held its first meeting in more than three months on Tuesday evening, May 7. The seven-person committee, charged with overseeing Anderson County Commission’s fledgling Alternatives to Incarceration program, unanimously elected Dist. 8 Commissioner Myron Iwanski as its chairman. Sun, 12 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Budget cuts? It’s going to be at least one more week before the county’s Budget Committee votes on Mayor Terry Frank’s proposed budget. News of the delay came approximately 24 hours after Frank shocked county officials during a Wednesday, May 7, Budget Committee workshop by outlining a proposal that drastically cuts funding for the county law director’s department and virtually dismantles the alternatives to incarcerations program. Sun, 12 May 2013 12:00:00 EST 314 pounds of unwanted medicine disposed of EDITOR: Last Saturday, April 27, 2013, local law enforcement agencies teamed up to host Operation Medicine Cabinet at four locations across the county. Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Clinton Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Oak Ridge Police Department, and Oliver Springs Police Department joined forces with Allies for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) to provide four convenient locations for medicine disposal. Sun, 05 May 2013 12:00:00 EST National Day of Prayer Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank (standing center) recites the Pledge of Allegiance to open the Thursday, May 2, National Day of Prayer ceremony held on the steps of the Anderson County Courthouse. Frank served as master of ceremony introducing various local religious leaders as well as county government employees who led the audience of more than 100 people in prayer. Sun, 05 May 2013 12:00:00 EST A tremendous impact on a student EDITOR: The Anderson County High School Marching Band has been raising money for new uniforms since the fall of 2011. Many parents, family, friends, alumni, and businesses have contributed to the fund and/or helped us raise money. Most recently we had a very successful car wash at Tornado Alley 3-Minute Car Wash which raised more than $2,000. We counted 301 cars coming through the line. Sun, 05 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Shakespeare ... And more at CHS The Clinton High School Theatre Department presented the classic William Shakespeare comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” during three rousing performances last week at the school’s Little Theatre. Written around 400 years ago, the play is categorized as a comedy and is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world. Sun, 05 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Clinton High School unveils net-zero classroom The state’s first net-zero classroom was unveiled Tuesday afternoon, April 30, on the campus of Clinton High School with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that was a long time coming but, according to CHS engineering teacher Ben Barrington, was well worth the wait. “It was great,” said Barrington. “Everything went great at the ribbon-cutting. We’ve been planning this for a couple years and we’re extremely excited to see the finished product. I think it’s even better than expected.” Sun, 05 May 2013 12:00:00 EST TBI report: Crime down in county Recently released data from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) indicates crime in Anderson County has decreased each of the last six years. According to state crime statistics for 2012, a total of 5,351 crimes were reported in Anderson County last year compared to 5,976 reported in 2011. Overall crime numbers were down in Tennessee by 2.8-percent however Anderson County’s reported crimes fell a whopping 10.5-percent. Sun, 05 May 2013 12:00:00 EST Becker honored by DA’s office Clinton Police Department Detective Vaughn Becker (left) was honored with a “Certificate of Excellence” for Anderson County District Attorney Dave Clark. It is only the second such certificate to be awarded by the DA’s office. In honoring Becker, Clark said the CPD Detective is called upon by area agencies for his expertise in managing a crime scene, and especially for his ability to work with abused children. Clark said that because of Becker’s work with other law enforcement agencies, those agencies are “always willing” to help out CPD if needed. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST Mobile meth lab busted, car seized Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Shaun L. Bannach recognized quickly that something was amiss upon spotting a man and woman lingering behind a suspiciously parked vehicle along Walden Ridge Road on Sunday evening, April 14, in the Briceville Community. Bannach states in his ACSD incident report that the couple appeared to be hiding something. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST Grand Oaks honors good character II Grand Oaks Elementary recently recognized exemplary character with a brunch, sponsored by Faith Lutheran Church in Oak Ridge. Each month a different character trait is emphasized and students are chosen who demonstrate that trait. Also recognized were the February “Citizenship” students. These students are, back row from left, Brian Cranmore, Camden Batchellor, McKenzie Queener, Brent Singleton, Dalton, Hyde. In the middle row are, from left, Morgan Lowe, Haley Metheny, Bryson Greene, Joseph Cantrell. In teh front row are, from left, Mason Miller, Dylan Fritts, Hunter Elmore, Jaxsen Kanipes and Bryson Rice. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST Grand Oaks honors good character I Grand Oaks Elementary recently recognized exemplary character with a brunch, sponsored by Faith Lutheran Church in Oak Ridge. Each month a different character trait is emphasized and students are chosen who demonstrate that trait. For the month of January, the character trait was “Caring” and the following students were recognized: Back row from leeft, Faith Mullins, Kelsie George, Dalton McMahan, Jacob Castillo, and Ashley Long. In the middle row are, from left, Kaylee Davis, Serenity Cranmore, Trinity Cranmore, and Kaden Eades. In the front row are, from left, Sophia Davis, Sierra Duncan, Khloe Castillo, and Alijiah Alloway. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST Dutch Valley Students of the Month March Students of the Month at Dutch Valley Elementary School are, front row from left, James Robinson, Logan Fritts, Katie McGuffey, Corbin White, Phillip Owens and Jacob Hileman. In the back row are, from left, Shawn Humphrey, Trevor Kemp, Quincy Willis, Hannah Carter, Andy King, Principal Jennifer Foust. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST NCES Students of the Month North Clinton Students of the Month for March are, front row from left, Leah Gaylor, Garrett Phillips, Jazz Braden, and Tucker Seeber. In the back row are, from left, Alyssa Tucker, Dakota Walden, Uriah Powers, Daniel Buhl, and Hunter Mason. Not pictured is Nathan Gilbert. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST Purple Pinky Day The Interact Club at Clinton High School hosted “Purple Pinky Day” to raise funds to combat the crippling killer Polio virus. Students donating to this humanitarian cause had their pinky finger dyed purple, just like children all over the world who receive the Polio vaccine. Polio is almost eradicated, but vaccinations must continue to prevent world-wide outbreaks that might affect the United States. The Clinton High School Interact Club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Clinton. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST AES holds pep rally with ACHS athletes Just before spring break, students at Andersonville Elementary enjoyed a pep rally courtesy of the athletes and band of Anderson County High School. The AES gymnasium was filled with students as ACHS cheerleaders led them in cheers and the ACHS band performed song after song. Athletes from virtually all of the Mavericks’ and Lady Mavericks’ team milled about, mingling with the students and offering encouragement to them. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST Circle of Champions Appalachian Underwriters, Inc. (AUI) is honored to have received the “Circle of Champions” Award for achieving performance growth metrics in 2012 with United States Liability Insurance Group. USLI, headquartered in Wayne, Penn., is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies. USLI offers a variety of Commercial and Specialty Insurance products countrywide. Presenting the award from USLI was Tom Nerney - CEO, Tom Snyder - Chief Marketing Officer and Sarah Lowe - Chief of Staff. Receiving the award on behalf of AUI was Bob Arowood - President and Jeff Hensley - Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “We appreciate the consistent growth USLI has afforded us over the years. It is representative of how well positioned they are in the market for the products they offer, further validated by the acceptance from our national independent agency base,” said Bob Arowood. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST Spring Cardboard Boat Race The 8th semi-annual Cardboard Boat Race was held at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Oak Ridge Marina. Engineering students from Clinton High School and Anderson County Career and Technical Center competed in this race of boats made entirely of cardboard and duct tape. CHS took 1st place and 3rd place. ACCTC captured 2nd place. Engineering instructor for CHS is Ben Barrington and Stacey Griffith is the instructor at ACCTC. The schools will compete again in the Fall. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST DVES winners Dutch Valley Elementary School Cookie Dough fundraiser winners enjoyed a limo ride and aunch at McDonalds. In the front row are, from left, Abby Foust, Maddy Hooks, Carson Brooks, Emilee Price, Lyrick Hargett, Callie Glymp, Callie Cox, Haley Howard, Faith McGuffey, Josh Patton, and Emma Glymp. In the back row are, from left, Caleb McGuff, Krysten Bunch, Justin Winsbro, Katelyn Patterson, Kyla Irwin, Alexis Maness, Zachary Pond, Quincy Willis, Lexie Douglas, and Ethan Boshears. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST In honor of a lifelong historian Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank and members of the John Rice Irwin Anderson County Chapter of Sons of the Revolution honored lifelong historian John Rice Irwin last week. Frank, members of the local SOR Chapter, and family and friends of John Rice Irwin gathered on Tuesday afternoon, April 16, at Meadow View Assisted Living, the facility at which John Rice Irwin lives; the facility is located near his beloved Museum of Appalachia. The purpose of the gathering: to honor Irwin with a proclamation recognizing his dedication to preserving the history of the Appalachian region and its people. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST Fire at Lake City warehouse believed to be arson Arson is believed to be the cause of a blaze that some local fire officials are saying is one of Lake City’s worst fires ever. The Saturday afternoon, April 20, blaze destroyed the 37,000-square-foot Dixie Roofing Company warehouse in the Lake City Industrial Park. More than 50 firefighters from six different area fire departments responded to work the blaze. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST Urging the veto of bills SB 1248 and HB 1191 Mercy For Animals is calling on Governor Haslam to veto SB 1248/HB 1191. These bills are transparent attempts by agribusiness interests to sweep evidence of animal cruelty under the rug and shield animal abusers from public scrutiny. They are ag-gag bills specifically designed to silence whistleblowers and keep the people of Tennessee in the dark about where their food comes from. The purpose of these bills is to prevent whistleblowers from documenting and exposing the full extent of animal abuse and other criminal activity in factory farms and slaughterhouses. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST They are fine folks EDITOR: I feel compelled to acknowledge the fine teachers of Grand Oaks Elementary School for their generosity toward the University of Colorado (CU-Boulder) Crew team during last weekend’s Regatta at Melton Lake. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST No problem with the volunteers EDITOR: I would like to thank the Andersonville Fire Department Board for their kind letter in last week’s paper. It was very nice of the board to call a meeting and have this item on their agenda. It would even be better if the board would consider placing the people they represent on the agenda and address the concerns of the people in the fire district in which they serve. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST Debbie Scarbrough honored with Humanitarian Award The American Red Cross is synonymous with helping people, and has been doing so for more than 130 years. Each March, the Red Cross recognizes its volunteers who help the organization assist those in need; this year, the Anderson County Red Cross recognized Debbie Scarbrough, coordinator of the Hospitality Houses at Methodist Medical Center during the Annual Humanitarian Awards Luncheon held on March 19. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST Allstate Foundation donation The Allstate Foundation recently made a $1,000 contribution to ADFAC (Aid To Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties, Inc.) through the Allstate Agency Hands in the Community grant program. The contribution was in honor of David Erb, local Allstate agent in recognition of his volunteering with the agency. Erb serves on the ADFAC Development & Public Relations Committee and is an active member of the “Dine & Donate” Committee, which is a new event that is replacing ADFAC’s “Feed The Need.” Pictured from left are, David Erb, Annie Cacheiro, ADFAC Executive Director and Cande Seay, ADFAC Vice President and Development Committee Chair. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST A lot worse than any political fight Anderson County Commission Chairman Chuck Fritts encountered an opponent this week capable of disbursing far more pain and misery than any vengeful local politico could ever muster. The longtime Dist. 1 Commissioner and second year chairman spent five days in the Oak Ridge Methodist Medical Center - from Saturday, April 20, until Wednesday, April 24 - after being bit on the left foot by a venomous brown recluse spider. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST Former Clinton City Manager hired by OR Former Clinton City Manager Steve Jones has been hired by the City of Oak Ridge to provide economic development support services, with a particular emphasis on industrial and commercial recruitment. The term of the support services agreement is April through October 2013. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST Concern growing over budget progress Escalating concern that the annual budget process is lagging under first-year Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank was somewhat addressed on Wednesday afternoon, April 13, when Frank issued a press release announcing that the county’s Budget Committee has planned its next budget workshop for Monday, May 6. The next official Budget Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 9. That is the self-imposed deadline date set by the committee to finalize its 2013-2014 budget. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST Hurdles waiting for budget Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank is attempting to put a positive spin on what figures to be a particularly challenging budget season for Anderson County Government. Both the Mayor and the county’s budget director stated last week that several significant financial hurdles facing county government this budget year should only serve as opportunities to improve governmental efficiencies for the future. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 12:00:00 EST